Taylor Swift’s single “Cruel Summer” has long been a fan favorite, but now, years after it was first released, it is no longer known only to her Swifties. The tune rose again to an important one Billboard chart this week, and by doing so, the singer broke from a tie with some big stars and proved his unwavering talent to create a tune that the American people cannot deny.
“Cruel Summer” jumped to No. 1 in this week’s edition of the Radio Songs chart, the weekly ranking lists the most popular radio tracks across the US, regardless of genre. Swift’s current focus is on the top spot, as it has been slowly working its way to the summit for months now.
Swift now claims eight No. 1 hits on the Radio Songs chart throughout his career, with “Cruel Summer” being his eighth. The superstar singer moved out of a four-way tie for the fourth most leader in the ranking thanks to the continued popularity of “Cruel Summer.”
With this latest win, Swift broke her tie with Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Usher. All three of the acts are consistent with their seven champions on the Radio Songs chart, although the ranking of the artists with the most leaders has changed. Now, that trio of stars is tied with each other for the fifth-most No. 1, while Swift holds the title for the fourth most wins.
Currently, Rihanna leads all acts with the most No. 1 smashes in the history of Radio Songs, with a lucky 13. Mariah Carey sits in second place, with 11, and she is the only other name with double-digit leaders. One winner ahead of Swift is Bruno Mars, who has amassed nine No. 1 hit in the tally.
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I’m a music journalist based in New York City. My byline has appeared in The Huffington Post, Billboard, Mashable, Noisey, The Hollywood Reporter, MTV, Fuse, and many other magazines and blogs around the world. I love following the charts and the biggest and most successful names in the industry, and I’m always interested in highlighting amazing successes and discovering what’s next.