Glass Animals owns the #7 spot of the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Heat Waves,’ a song that hasn’t left the chart for 78 weeks, nearly six months longer than any other track. Propelled by TikTok, this song made it to #1 after 59 weeks on the chart — a record — and keeps hanging around.
At #8, we have our second appearance of Drake, this time in collaboration with London-born rapper 21 Savage. ‘Jimmy Cooks’ has been on the chart for six weeks, after debuting at #1.
Kate Bush enters the Billboard Top Ten for the first time in her career, as Stranger Things has pushed ‘Running Up That Hill’ all the way to #4 (and counting?). I wrote about the phenomenon a couple of weeks ago. This song has now earned Bush close to $4 million in streaming royalties. Wowza.
At #5 is ‘WAIT FOR U,’ a track by rapper Future featuring a verse from Drake and a sample of Nigerian vocalist Tems. This song previously hit #1, giving Drake his 10th chart-topping hit. Additionally, it debuted in the top spot, giving Drake his sixth #1 debut, the most by any artist. Previously, he was tied at five with Ariana Grande and BTS.
It wouldn’t be a ‘What the Kids are Listening To’ week if Drake didn’t make an appearance. The Canadian rapper has taken up permanent residence on the Billboard Hot 100.
‘Way 2 Sexy’ is one of a record 259 songs Drake has placed on this chart, and one of 54 in the top ten (also a record). This is his 9th song to reach #1.
At #2 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 is ‘Life is Good,’ a collaboration between rappers Future and Drake. This is the highest Future has ever charted on the Hot 100, while it’s Drake’s 10,000th song in the top ten. OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration.
In fact, Drake has now had 207 songs on the Hot 100, including 36 in the Top Ten and six at the #1 spot. The man is a juggernaut. His 207 Hot 100 songs (all since 2009) tie him for the most ever with — you’ll never guess it — the cast of Glee. Given that Glee is no longer releasing new music, Drake is sure to own that record outright the next time he commits his voice to tape.
I’ve been feeling really good about the Billboard Top Ten in this installment of ‘What the Kids Are Listening To.’ The songs have been listenable, the artists have been likable. Overall, a very chill and positive vibe.
Then comes an ugly bump in the road in the form of the abusive pig Chris Brown. How is it that in the Cancel Culture era, when artists can be written off for an offensive tweet, this convicted felon continues to release hit songs? Here’s a guy who isn’t allowed into the UK, Australia or New Zealand because of his criminal record, but American fans (many of them female) put his latest song at #7 on the Hot 100.