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Chart Beat Podcast: With Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ Dethroning Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road,’ Is His Record Unbeatable?

Plus, Hit Songs Deconstructed analyzes The Knack's "My Sharona," which topped the Hot 100 this week 40 years ago.

Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what’s on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.

This week, Gary, Trevor and Billboard.com senior editor Andrew Unterberger recap Billie Eilish‘s first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, “Bad Guy,” which this week dethrones the longest-leading hit in the chart’s history, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus), which departs the summit after 19 weeks at No. 1. We analyze how Eilish has been building toward her Hot 100 coronation for much longer than the nine weeks the song spent waiting at No. 2, how long Lil Nas X and Cyrus’ record could last and more.   

Plus, Dave and Yael Penn from Hit Songs Deconstructed return to the podcast to break down the song that rose to No. 1 on the Hot 100 this week 40 years ago: The Knack’s “My Sharona.” Reflecting its legacy, Dave analyzes how compositional characteristics of the pop/rock classic can also be found in Eilish’s “Bad Guy” and other modern hits.


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