Post Malone ‘Circles’ Back to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, Maroon 5 & Roddy Ricch Reach Top Three
"Circles" returns to the top as Christmas hits melt away.
Post Malone‘s “Circles” returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a third total week at No. 1. The song leads again after a four-week interruption by The Weeknd’s “Heartless” (for one frame) and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (for three).
Meanwhile, Maroon 5‘s “Memories” leaps from No. 9 to No. 2 on the Hot 100, matching the band with The Rolling Stones as the only groups to place in the top two in three distinct decades over the chart’s 61-plus-year history.
Plus, rapper Roddy Ricch earns his first Hot 100 top 10, as “The Box” bounds 13-3, while becoming his first No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart.
Let’s run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Jan. 11) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 7).
“Circles,” on Republic Records, leads the Hot 100 for a third total week, after first topping the tallies dated Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. The song’s four-week hiatus between weeks at No. 1 is the longest since Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” reigned for two weeks and then spent eight frames at No. 2 (below Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”) before returning for two more weeks on top in September-November 2014.
Before that, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” took a nine-week break between topping the Hot 100, marking the longest such wait in the survey’s archives for a song in one chart run; only Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” had a longer gap, having led in September 1960 and again in January 1962, over two separate chart cycles.
“Circles” scores a third week at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart, up by 3% to 102.1 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending Jan. 5, according to Nielsen Music. It rises 6-2 on Digital Song Sales, up 43% to 23,000 sold in the week ending Jan. 2, and 38-7 on Streaming Songs, up 16% to 24.2 million U.S. streams in the same span. (Several songs soar on Streaming Songs as holiday hits clear out after Christmas.)
Maroon 5’s “Memories” surges 9-2 on the Hot 100, besting its prior No. 4 high and lifting the band into lofty company historically: as the act has now ranked in the Hot 100’s top two on charts dated in the ’00s, ’10s and ’20s, it joins The Rolling Stones as the only groups to place in the top two in three distinct decades.
Maroon 5 notched one Hot 100 No. 1 in the ’00s; three No. 1s and two No. 2 hits in the ’10s; and, now, its first top-two hit of the ’20s. The Rolling Stones’ count: six top-two hits in the ’60s (five of which reached No. 1); three No. 1s in the ’70s; and one top-two hit in the ’80s. As “Memories” inducts Maroon 5 into the club, “Start Me Up” punched the Stones’ ticket, revving to No. 2 in 1981.
The other acts overall with top-two Hot 100 entries in three decades: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Elton John, Gladys Knight, Brenda Lee, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Usher, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder. Ahead of them all, Carey has placed in the top two in four decades, having made history last week (on the Jan. 4-dated chart) when “Christmas” logged its third week at No. 1, granting her time on top in the ’90s, ’00s, ’10s and ’20s.
“Memories” rebounds 3-1 for a third week atop Digital Song Sales (25,000, up 37%); holds at No. 3 on Radio Songs (95 million, up 5%); and re-enters Streaming Songs at No. 22 (17.7 million, up 15%).
Roddy Ricch achieves his first Hot 100 top 10, as “The Box” vaults 13-3 and becomes his first No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart (6-1; 42.6 million, up 15%). It also jumps 50-31 on Digital Song Sales (6,000, up 29%) and gains by 177% to 3.6 million in radio reach.
“The Box” additionally marks the 21-year-old Compton, California, native’s first No. 1 the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (3-1) and Hot Rap Songs (2-1) charts, which employ the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100. The track is from the rapper’s debut studio album, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, which began as his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, dated Dec. 21.
Roddy Ricch further posts his second-highest Hot 100 rank, as Mustard’s “Ballin’,” on which he’s featured, climbs 19-12. On Streaming Songs, the track reaches the top 10 (31-10; 23.6 million, down 4%).
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five, Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” lifts 8-4, following its three-week reign, and Arizona Zervas’ “Roxanne” rebounds 6-5, after reaching No. 4.
Lizzo’s No. 3-peaking “Good as Hell” ascends 10-6 on the Hot 100, as it rules Hot R&B Songs for a ninth week; Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” returns to the Hot 100’s top 10 at a new high, swinging 14-7; and Travis Scott’s “Highest in the Room,” which debuted atop the Oct. 19-dated Hot 100, rockets 38-8, helped by a new remix featuring Rosalía and Lil Baby available on the Scott-led album Jackboys, which this week launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Capping the Hot 100’s top 10, Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber’s No. 4-peaking “10,000 Hours” pushes 17-9, as it tops Hot Country Songs for a 13th week, and Selena Gomez’s “Lose You to Love Me” jumps 18-10, after it opened atop the Nov. 9 chart.
Meanwhile, a week after five holiday hits decorated the top 10 (a weekly record), they all depart not only the top tier but the entire Hot 100: Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” and Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” from Nos. 1 through 4, respectively, and Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” from No. 7.
Carey’s 1994 carol becomes the first song ever to drop off the Hot 100 from No. 1 (with older titles removed if below No. 50 after 20 weeks; it has tallied 37 total weeks), after first setting the record a year ago when it exited from No. 3. (Like Frosty the Snowman, all four songs will surely be back again someday, likely leading the way for Christmas jingles next holiday season.)
Find out more Hot 100 news on Billboard.com this week, and, for all chart news, you can listen (and subscribe) to Billboard‘s Pop Shop Podcast and follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 7), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.