The race was essentially over as soon as it began.
Billboard’s annual Songs of the Summer running tally tracks the most popular songs based on cumulative performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
As “Fancy” crowned the Hot 100 for seven weeks (beginning June 7, a week prior to the start of the Songs of the Summer 14-week tracking period), it ruled the Songs of the Summer chart wire-to-wire. Helping fuel its domination, the track remained in the weekly Hot 100’s top five for another six weeks after its reign. “Fancy” is the first Song of the Summer to block all competitors from the weekly Songs of the Summer summit since Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, the winner for 2010.
“Fancy” is also the second debut hit to earn No. 1 Song of the Summer honors in the last three years, following Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” in 2012. In between, Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, claimed the honor last year. (Rounding out each of the last five years’ top summer hits, LMFAO‘s “Party Rock Anthem,” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, won for 2011.)
“Fancy” earns its place in the line of top Songs of the Summer by fending off runner-up, and fellow first hit, “Rude” by MAGIC! The pop/reggae romp dethroned “Fancy” on the Hot 100 and led the list for six weeks in July/August.
With “Fancy” and “Rude” at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, maiden Hot 100 hits hold the top two positions on a Songs of the Summer recap for the first time since 1999, when Christina Aguilera‘s “Genie in a Bottle” ruled, followed by Jennifer Lopez‘s “If You Had My Love.”
Azalea also boasts the No. 3 Song of the Summer, as featured on Ariana Grande‘s “Problem.” The song peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 for five weeks (ranking below “Fancy” in each frame).
Azalea is the first woman with two of the top three in a Songs of the Summer seasonal survey. She’s just the third artist with such a presence or better overall: in 2009, the Black Eyed Peas locked up the top two spots with “I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow,” respectively; in 2004, Usher ranked at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, with “Confessions Part II” and “Burn.” (Unlike Azalea, both artists served as lead acts on their hits.)
Beyond Azalea’s victory and MAGIC! and Grande’s strong showings, check Billboard.com on Thursday (Sept. 4), when all charts refresh and the top 10 Songs of the Summer will be revealed in the list’s entirety.