The Pop Songs chart, which began in 1992, measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 164 mainstream top 40 stations.
Before “Look,” the lead single from Swift’s new album Reputation, due Nov. 10, she last led Pop Songs with “Wildest Dreams,” for two weeks in November 2015. The ballad became the fifth No. 1 from her last album, 1989, following “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar (five); “Style” (three); “Blank Space” (six); and “Shake It Off” (two). She previously reigned with “I Knew You Were Trouble.” (seven weeks, 2013) and “Love Story” (one, 2009).
Swift is now one of seven acts with at least eight Pop Songs No. 1s, following Katy Perry and Rihanna, the leaders with 11 apiece, Maroon 5 and P!nk (nine each), and Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake (also eight each).
Meanwhile, fellow Reputation track “…Ready for It?” bullets at its No. 19 high on Pop Songs. As for Swift ascending with two songs in the top 20, “Taylor is one of the artists that has earned that right and deserves to have more than one song in regular rotation, especially when both sound as big as these do,” says Erik Bradley, WBBM-FM Chicago assistant program director/music director.
“Taylor is a superstar artist who is able to create a huge buzz with her new releases,” echoes WBLI Nassau, New York, PD Jeremy Rice. “Look at Ed Sheeran, who released ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’ on the same day; both songs went on to power rotation” (and made Sheeran the first artist to debut two titles in the Billboard Hot 100‘s top 10 simultaneously).
Calling “Look” “the reaction record” and “Ready” “the safer, mass-appeal track,” Rice says, “You need to have core artists with multiple hits. This is a good thing. The Beatles had [a record] five songs in the [Hot 100’s] top five in 1964. Think how great that was.”
On the all-genre airplay, streaming and sales-based Hot 100, Swift’s “Look” spent three weeks at No. 1. Check back later today for highlights of the new, Oct. 28-dated Hot 100’s top 10. All charts will update tomorrow (Oct. 17) on Billboard.com.