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Post Malone Joins Elite List of Acts With Multiple Debuts at No. 1 or 2 on Billboard Hot 100

Post Malone becomes the ninth artist to have debuted more than one song in the top two positions of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Post Malone becomes the ninth artist to have debuted more than one song in the top two positions of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.    

His latest single, “Psycho,” featuring Ty Dolla $ignarrives at No. 2 on the Hot 100 dated March 10. It follows his smash “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, which debuted at No. 2 on the chart dated Oct. 7, 2017, and climbed to No. 1 three weeks later, ruling for eight total weeks.

Post Malone is just the second rapper to achieve the feat, joining Eminem, who has earned two top-two Hot 100 entrances, both in 2010.      

“Psycho” opens with 54.9 million U.S. streams, 80,000 downloads sold and 10.3 million radio audience impressions in its first tracking week, according to Nielsen Music.   

In total, 51 titles have debuted at Nos. 1 or 2 on the Hot 100, with eight acts having launched at either of those ranks at least twice. Malone and Eminem join Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift and Boyz II Men, the only group to achieve the feat twice.

Bieber and Carey hold the record for the most top two debuts: five apiece. (Three of Carey’s hits bowed at No. 1, compared to two for Bieber.) Carey was also the first artist to notch multiple top-two starts, as she achieved the feat in 1995 with “Fantasy” and her Boyz II Men collab “One Sweet Day.”


Notably, “Psycho” is the 22nd song to debut at No. 2 on the Hot 100 (to go along with 29 No. 1 openings). Of the first 21 tracks before “Psycho” to start in the runner-up spot, over half, 11, went on to reach No. 1, including Malone’s own “Rockstar.”

In alphabetical order, here are all the artists who have debuted at least two titles at Nos. 1 or 2 on the Hot 100.

Debut Position, Title, Debut Date
(* denotes song went on to hit No. 1)

Justin Bieber
No. 1, “What Do You Mean?,” Sept. 19, 2015
No. 1, “I’m the One” (DJ Khaled feat. Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne), May 20, 2017
No. 2, “Boyfriend,” April 14, 2012
No. 2*, “Sorry,” Nov. 14, 2015
No. 2, “Cold Water” (Major Lazer feat. Bieber & MO), Aug. 13, 2016

Boyz II Men
No. 1, “One Sweet Day” (with Mariah Carey), Dec. 2, 1995
No. 2*, “4 Seasons of Loneliness,” Sept. 27, 1997

Mariah Carey
No. 1, “Fantasy,” Sept. 30, 1995
No. 1, “One Sweet Day” (with Boyz II Men), Dec. 2, 1995
No. 1, “Honey,” Sept. 13, 1997
No. 2*, “Always Be My Baby,” April 6, 1996
No. 2*, “My All,” May 9, 1998

No. 1, “Not Afraid,” May 22, 2010
No. 2*, “Love the Way You Lie” (feat. Rihanna), July 10, 2010

Katy Perry
No. 1, “Part of Me,” March 3, 2012
No. 2*, “California Gurls” (feat. Snoop Dogg), May 29, 2010

Post Malone
No. 2*, “Rockstar” (feat. 21 Savage), Oct. 7, 2017
No. 2, “Psycho” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign), March 10, 2018

Britney Spears
No. 1, “3,” Oct. 24, 2009
No. 1, “Hold It Against Me,” Jan. 29, 2011

Taylor Swift
No. 1, “Shake It Off,” Sept. 6, 2014
No. 2, “Today Was a Fairytale,” Feb. 6, 2010