Billboard Hot 100 Sets Record for Gridlock as ‘Happy’ Retains Top Spot
By Kevin Rutherford
Ever had that friend who complains literally all the time that the popular music charts are always the same with little change? For the last three weeks, he/she’s been kind of right.
Billboard revealed today this week’s Hot 100 ranking, and it was more of the same, with Pharrell topping the chart for the eighth week with the virtually inescapable “If You’re Happy and You Know It” update “Happy”.
But it was what followed the No. 1 hit that was the real story, or lack thereof. The entire top seven of the Hot 100 was in the exact same chart placements they were last week, just like they were the week before. That makes three straight weeks of the same top seven: “Happy”, John Legend‘s “All of Me”, “Dark Horse” from Katy Perry and Juicy J, Jason Derulo‘s 2 Chainz-featuring hit “Talk Dirty”, “Frozen” hit “Let It Go”, “Pompeii” from Bastille and Lorde‘s sophomore hit, “Team”.
It’s the first time, according to Billboard, such a thing has happened in the chart’s 55-year history, making the count simultaneously regular and irregular in its record-breaking gridlock.
The previous best in this feat was 1982, when the top seven stayed stagnant for two weeks in a row. Survivor‘s “Eye of the Tiger” was at the apex of the chart for those two weeks.
Scary thing is that this current string of familiarity might not be over. According to the publication’s chart formula, “Happy” still leads “All of Me” by 12 percent of the accrued points for the tally, and each of the songs listed have shown no signs of slowing down.
The saving grace could be DJ Snake and Lil Jon‘s “Turn Down for What”, the dance jam that jumped two spots from No. 10 to 8 on the chart. There’s also Ed Sheeran‘s new single “Sing”, which was the top debut on the chart this week at No. 15. The British singer-songwriter performed the Pharrell-produced/written track on Saturday Night Live last weekend.