On Jan. 17, Billboard announced that the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart dated Jan. 23 was Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album. The next day, Billboard revealed that Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” had debuted at No. 1 on the same week’s Billboard Hot 100. And ever since then, it’s been Wallen and Rodrigo alone sitting atop Billboard‘s marquee albums and songs charts.
The latest charts, dated March 13, marks the eighth consecutive frame that both Dangerous and “Drivers License” reign on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100, respectively. That eighth simultaneous week now makes it the longest consecutive joint rule of the two charts in the last 20 years.
The pair passes the seven straight weeks that Drake notched in 2016 with both the No. 1 album (Views) and No. 1 single (“One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla). The rapper’s seven-week dual rule was then interrupted for one week, as Views was temporarily replaced atop the Billboard 200 by Blink 182’s California, before resuming for one more non-consecutive week — making it eight weeks total for the duo spent simultaneously at No. 1. (Views ultimately spent 13 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200, while “One Dance” ruled the Hot 100 for 10 combined frames.)
The last album/song combination to notch eight consecutive simultaneous weeks atop the Billboard 200 and Hot 100? You have to go back to spring 2000 for that, when boy band *NSYNC’s blockbuster sophomore LP No Strings Attached debuted atop the Billboard 200 with record-breaking sales numbers on the chart dated April 8 — while on the Hot 100, classic rock outfit Santana began its second straight double-digit-week run at pole position, thanks to its second Supernatural smash, “Maria Maria,” featuring the Product G&B. “Maria Maria” lasted 10 straight weeks at No. 1, but No Strings Attached tapped out after eight frames, replaced on top by another TRL-era best-seller in Britney Spears’ Oops!….I Did It Again.
Before *NSYNC and Santana, there were three consecutive joint runs of at least eight weeks that happened in the ’90s — when double-digit-weeks reigns on both charts were more common on the whole than thus far in the 20th century. In 1997, the eight-week run of So-Cal alt-rockers No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom coincided with eight of soul great Toni Braxton’s 11 straight weeks atop the Hot 100 with her megaballad “Un-Break My Heart.” In 1992, the final eight weeks of country star Billy Ray Cyrus’ staggering 17-week reign atop the Billboard 200 with Some Gave All coincided with the first eight weeks (of a then-record 13-week run) at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for R&B quartet Boyz II Men’s torch song “End of the Road.”
And in between the two examples, legendary diva Whitney Houston pulled double duty atop the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 for a record 12 straight weeks in 1993 — with her Diamond-certified soundtrack to The Bodyguard, and its lead single, a towering cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” (The Bodyguard would reign for 13 weeks total, while “Always” ultimately spent 14 weeks at No. 1, breaking the record Boyz II Men set the year before.)
Prior to the ’90s, there were just two examples of consecutive joint eight-week runs atop the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, dating back to the 1963 merging of Billboard‘s stereo and mono charts into one all-encompassing albums chart — both occurring in the late ’70s. In 1977, two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers combined for the feat, as Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” overlapped at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for eight straight weeks with Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, which ultimately spent 14 total weeks atop the Billboard 200. Then a year later, the Bee Gees’ disco-era dominance was reflected in the simultaneous rule of their eight-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Night Fever,” and the 24-consecutive-week run atop the Billboard 200 of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, a various artists set that featured “Night Fever” and several other Bee Gees smashes.
In addition to Drake’s interrupted eight-week joint rule with Views and “One Dance,” there has been one other example in the past decade of an album and single ruling the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 for eight weeks simultaneously, but not consecutively. Pharrell’s effervescent “Happy” spent its first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2014 alongside Disney’s best-selling Frozen soundtrack atop the Billboard 200, but then the latter fell off for two weeks (as rappers ScHoolboy Q and Rick Ross took turns at No. 1 with their Oxymoron and Mastermind sets, respectively), before rejoining “Happy” for another seven weeks on top. (“Happy” ultimately spent 10 total weeks at No. 1, while the Frozen soundtrack reigned for 13 non-consecutive weeks.)
There aren’t a ton of obvious common historical elements linking the now-seven examples of simultaneous eight-week consecutive runs atop the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 — though it’s perhaps worth noting that five of the seven came predominantly in the first four months of the calendar year, when release schedules are often a little slower. That’s certainly helped Dangerous with its run so far this year, as only one album (The Weeknd’s The Highlights collection) has even hit a new peak of No. 2 during the eight weeks Dangerous has spent at No. 1 — and has also helped “Drivers License,” which for the most part has only had to fend off strong pushes from a new Cardi B release (“Up”) and a remix-boosted Ariana Grande single (“34+35,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat on its redo).
However, that’s likely to change this upcoming week. Big-ticket full-length releases are still sparse, but new singles from Justin Bieber (“Hold On”) and the Silk Sonic superduo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak (“Leave the Door Open”), and a whopping three-song pack from Drake (“What’s Next,” the Lil Baby-featuring “Wants and Needs” and the Rick Ross-featuring “Lemon Pepper Freestyle”) should make it the most competitive frame for “Drivers License” atop the Hot 100 since it debuted there eight weeks prior. We’ll see next week whether it whether its run will be halted at eight weeks — or if it and Dangerous can both hang on for one more week, and join Whitney’s Bodyguard/”I Will Always Love You” duo as the only nine-plus-week joint consecutive runs atop the two charts in Billboard history.
Additional research for this story was provided by Gary Trust.