The song dethrones Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me,” which led the list a week ago upon the annual survey’s 2020 bow and this week dips to No. 2.
The 20-position Songs of the Summer running tally tracks the most popular titles based on cumulative performance on the weekly streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day through Labor Day (this year encompassing charts dated June 6 through Sept. 5). At the end of the season, the top song of the summer will be revealed.
Notably, “Savage” leads the Songs of the Summer chart without having topped the weekly Hot 100 during each of the season’s first two weeks. After it led the Hot 100 dated May 30, the song has ranked at No. 2 on the June 6 and 13 charts. Still, its total chart points over the two frames are enough for it to perch atop the summery summary.
Meanwhile, such turnover atop Songs of the Summer is atypical in the chart’s first two weeks. In the 2010s, only 2018 featured two songs atop the list in its first two frames: Drake’s “Nice for What” and Post Malone’s “Psycho,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. (Drake’s “In My Feelings” eventually won that year’s title.)
Last year, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, held the top spot on Songs of the Summer from start to finish.
Rounding out the new Songs of the Summer top five, DaBaby’s “Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch, holds at No. 3, as it reaches No. 1 on the Hot 100; The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” repeats at No. 4; and Doja Cat’s “Say So” is steady at No. 5.
One song debuts on Songs of the Summer: Trevor Daniel’s “Falling,” at No. 20, as it hits the weekly Hot 100’s top 20 for the first time, climbing 21-18.