T-swift dominates the Billboard Hot 100

/ T-Swift dominates the Billboard Hot 100

Taylor Swift released her latest album ‘Midnights’ in late October 2022 and for the week of November 5, 2022 it entered the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. This sounds pretty impressive, but we thought it would make sense to jump into the data and see just how impressive it is. Fortunately, there is a Python package for extracting data from Billboard charts, and using Domo’s Jupyter Notebook integration, we can easily download that data into Domo (note that this work was the first time I’ve written python code myself , and I’m pretty proud that I got this job done with just a little code review/revision by my team). For this analysis, we took the weekly Billboard Hot 100 songs back to 1982, so we have 40 years of history. The Jupyter code to get this data can be found here if you want to try it yourself.

Let’s come to those data. Unsurprisingly, this is the first time a single artist has had all of the Top 10 songs in one week, as we can see in the chart below. Drake approached September 2021 with 9 of the Top 10 songs and a week of July 2018 with 7. Interestingly, if I change the analysis to look at the Top 20, both Taylor Swift and Drake had a week with 14 songs on the Top. 20 (shout out to the new Domo variables feature that allows for this quick adjustment in the charts below).

Perhaps a week is too short a time to explore, and I also wondered if this concentration of Top 10 songs is a more modern phenomenon of the streaming age. The chart below shows the number of artists with a certain number of Top 10 songs in a given year (not just a week). You can see that only in recent years have artists had more than 6 songs in the Top 10 in a given year (first time in 2018). Before that, it was pretty rare to have multiple songs in the Top 10 in a single year.

You can continue to explore 40 years of Billboard data (data below, which will be updated weekly) and use the variables to customize which metric or ranges to explore. One last interesting point that surprised me a bit when looking at the number of unique songs on the Hot 100, the most unique songs by an artist go to the cast of Glee, with 206 different songs appearing on the Hot 100. Sure, you could argue they’re covers of other artists, but I still found it to be quite a surprise. Have fun exploring the data.

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