Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-‘Shake’s Mariah Carey
With Taylor Swift topping the Billboard Hot 100 with “Shake It Off,” she’s outperformed the No. 2 peak of Mariah Carey’s 2005 hit of the same name.
And, despite Swift reaching No. 1 with a song title that Carey took to No. 2, their peaks are reversed with two similar-themed hits: I’m thinking about the song that Mariah released right before her ”Shake It Off,” her 14-week 2005 No. 1 "We Belong Together." Taylor reached No. 2 in 2009 with "You Belong With Me."
Looking at Swift’s new Hot 100 No. 1 through this lens adds yet more history to Swift’s incredible week, which included a record launch at radio.
Of all the songs above, Swift and Carey join an even more exclusive club of like-titled Nos. 1 and 2 hits that are different compositions, placing alongside “Dreamlover”/”Dream Lover,” “Hold On,” “Cherish” and “Wild Thing.” Meanwhile, three different songs called “Cherish” have risen to Nos. 1 or 2, by the Association, Kool & the Gang and Madonna.
Thus, for the songs above that reached No. 1 and 2 as originals and remakes (“We Are the World,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love”), their repeat trips up the Hot 100 reinforce their evergreen appeal. In cases like “Cherish” and, now, “Shake It Off,” it’s more merely coincidence (and a fun chart one at that) that identical titles … fueled by undeniably catchy hooks … became hits multiple times.
By conquering the Hot 100’s summit for the second time, however (after first doing so with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in 2012), Taylor distances herself from three outstanding ladies who almost managed to hit the top with crossover smashes: LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live” (1997), Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” (1998) and Faith Hill’s “Breathe” (2000), all of which peaked at No. 2.
With seven No. 1s on Hot Country Songs and now two on the Hot 100, what other artists, along with Parton, have tallied multiple No. 1s on each chart? Swift joins an incredibly select group of now just seven acts with more than one No. 1 on both Hot Country Songs and the Hot 100.
The repeat pop/country crossover kings and queens (ranked by combined Hot Country Songs and Hot 100 No. 1s):
Dolly Parton (26: 24, Hot Country Songs; two, Hot 100)
Kenny Rogers (20: 18, Hot Country Songs; two, Hot 100)
Elvis Presley (10: three, Hot Country Songs; seven, Hot 100)
Taylor Swift (nine: seven, Hot Country Songs; two, Hot 100)
Glen Campbell (seven: five, Hot Country Songs; two, Hot 100)
John Denver (seven: four, Hot Country Songs; three, Hot 100)
B.J. Thomas (five: three, Hot Country Songs; two, Hot 100)