Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” rebounds for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. Three weeks earlier, it became her 10th career leader. It takes over for her 11th, “Is It Over Now? (Taylor’s Version) [From the Vault],” which interrupted the reign of “Cru
Elsewhere in the Hot 100’s top 10, Jung Kook’s “Standing Next to You” debuts at No. 5, marking the BTS member’s third solo top 10, and The Beatles return with “Now and Then,” their landmark 35th top 10 – extending their record for the most among groups – and their first since 1996.
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data, the lattermost metric reflecting purchases of physical singles and digital tracks from full-service digital music retailers; digital singles sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites are excluded from chart calculations. All charts (dated Nov. 18, 2023) will update on Billboard.com Tuesday (Nov. 14). For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both X, formerly known as Twitter, and Instagram.
In the Nov. 3-9 tracking week, “Cruel Summer” drew 77.8 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 3%) and 13.8 million streams (down 9%) and sold 4,000 downloads (up 17%), according to Luminate.
The single scores a fourth week at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart; rebounds 21-8 on Streaming Songs, following a week at on top; and falls 12-19 on Digital Song Sales, also after a week in charge.
A week ago, Swift’s “Is It Over Now? (Taylor’s Version) [From the Vault]” soared in at No. 1 on the Hot 100, supplanting “Cruel Summer,” which dropped to No. 6, as parent album 1989 (Taylor’s Version) launched atop the Billboard 200 chart and all 21 songs from the set infused the Hot 100.
As “Cruel Summer” reclaims the baton atop the Hot 100, Swift becomes the second artist in the chart’s archives to reign with a song, take over at No. 1 with a different track, and directly return to the summit with that first leader. In 2021, BTS led for seven weeks with “Butter,” halted the song’s command with a No. 1 debut for “Permission to Dance” and then returned to the top the following week with “Butter” (which ran up its rule to 10 total nonconsecutive weeks).