Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending January 14, 2021

Music ratings are divided into two weekly posts: one for albums, and one for individual songs; this is the song post. Songs achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 25 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales, the top 25 based on total U.S. streaming and the top 20 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay. 

In its first week, Olivia Rodrigo's megahit 'drivers license' topped the weekly song sales chart with nearly 38,000 in total sales, almost triple the number of second-ranked 'Lonely' (Justin Bieber) which was at about 14.5 thousand sales. The song also cleaned up in the streaming numbers with over 67 million streams in the week; quadruple the number of second-ranked 'Wasted on You' (Morgan Wallen) which scored nearly 17 million & was top 5 in total sales with 10,022. Outside the top 25 was Ariana Grande's '34+35' (1,870 sales/10.59 million streams), Cardi B's 'WAP' (1,826/8.18 million), and Bad Bunny's 'DAKITI' (1,476/10.36 million). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $40.3K revenue for the week; a song with less than $40.3K in revenue could theoretically have more sales than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG SALES CHART (1/8 - 1/14/2021)
SongArtistSales
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO37,669
LONELYJUSTIN BIEBER & BENNY BLANCO14,467
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND11,085
DYNAMITEBTS10,060
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN10,022
BANG!AJR9,354
ANYONEJUSTIN BIEBER9,243
SAVE YOUR TEARSTHE WEEKND8,078
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA7,959
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR6,041
SAND IN MY BOOTSMORGAN WALLEN5,849
BODYMEGAN THEE STALLION5,675
THEREFORE I AMBILLIE EILISH4,837
BEST FRIENDSAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT4,647
YOU BROKE ME FIRSTTATE MCRAE4,539
HOLYJUSTIN BIEBER F. CHANCE THE RAPPER4,246
BETTER TOGETHERLUKE COMBS4,228
I HOPEGABBY BARRETT3,397
WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVEPOP SMOKE2,973
WILLOWTAYLOR SWIFT2,941
POSITIONSARIANA GRANDE2,913
GOOD DAYSSZA2,798
WHOOPTYCJ2,709
DANGEROUSMORGAN WALLEN2,493
WARNINGMORGAN WALLEN2,386

Unsurprisingly, Rodrigo's 'drivers license' also topped the weekly U.S. streaming chart with an astounding 67.1 million streams in its first week of release. This gargantuan number completely dwarfed second-ranked 'Good Days' by SZA which rose to 18 million streams this week, versus 14.1 million last week. As we covered in the album post, Morgan Wallen's new album 'Dangerous: The Double Album' easily ranked atop both the Billboard & Rolling Stone top 200 and it was largely due to a monster week in streaming. Wallen placed 9 songs in the weekly top 25 with 'Wasted on You' (16.9 million) and 'Somebody's Problem' (14.1 million) leading the way. Below the top 25 was Wallen's 'Neon Eyes' (8.413m), Taylor Swift's 'Willow' (8.403m), Billie Eilish's 'Therefore I Am' (7.92m), and Tate McRae's 'You Broke Me First' (6.825m). Note: this list only includes songs that had over $40.3K revenue for the week; a song with less than $40.3K in revenue could theoretically have more streams than the 25th ranked song on this list and it would not appear here.

SONG STREAMING CHART (1/8 - 1/14/2021)
SongArtistStreams
DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO67,132,668
GOOD DAYSSZA18,247,705
WASTED ON YOUMORGAN WALLEN16,869,310
SOMEBODY'S PROBLEMMORGAN WALLEN14,139,956
MOOD24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR13,032,614
7 SUMMERSMORGAN WALLEN12,451,117
LEMONADEINTERNET MONEY & GUNNA12,039,944
SAND IN MY BOOTSMORGAN WALLEN11,864,354
WHOOPTYCJ11,667,118
WARNINGMORGAN WALLEN10,905,736
FOR THE NIGHTPOP SMOKE FEAT. LIL BABY & DABABY10,723,799
865MORGAN WALLEN10,613,044
ON MELIL BABY10,597,627
34+35ARIANA GRANDE10,594,837
MORE THAN MY HOMETOWNMORGAN WALLEN10,565,684
ANYONEJUSTIN BIEBER10,410,952
DAKITIBAD BUNNY & JHAY CORTEZ10,355,925
LEVITATINGDUA LIPA10,289,567
BLINDING LIGHTSTHE WEEKND10,078,001
POSITIONSARIANA GRANDE9,598,166
WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVEPOP SMOKE9,214,545
BODYMEGAN THEE STALLION9,107,395
WITHOUT YOUTHE KID LAROI8,876,959
STILL GOIN' DOWNMORGAN WALLEN8,767,055
COVER ME UPMORGAN WALLEN8,549,943

Ariana Grande's 'positions' topped the pop radio chart for a fifth consecutive week, but its 17,556 U.S. plays were actually ever-so-slightly down from last week (17,634) signaling that the song may have reached its peak. 24KGolden's 'Mood' retained the second spot, down 152 plays week-to-week, and Justin Bieber's 'Holy' remained in third, down only 55 plays. Despite not making the top 20, Olivia Rodrigo's 'drivers license' impressively still managed 1,948 plays (ranked 31) and reached an audience of 6.147 million even though it wasn't supposed to make its radio debut until Jan. 18. Ariana Grande's '34+35' saw the second most week-to-week growth, up 1731 plays (to 10,435), and Justin Bieber's 'Anyone' was third, up 1355 plays (to 4,838). Outside the top 20 was Miley Cyrus's 'Prisoner' (3,911/9.565m), Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber's 'Monster' (2,163/5.368m), and Bad Bunny's 'DAKITI' (1,878/4.658m).

POP RADIO CHART (1/8 - 1/14/2021)
Artist/TrackPlaysAudience
(millions)
ARIANA GRANDE Positions17,55655.745
24KGOLDN FEAT. IANN DIOR Mood16,36150.455
JUSTIN BIEBER FEAT. CHANCE THE RAPPER Holy15,20847.312
DUA LIPA FEAT. DABABY Levitating12,43836.092
JUSTIN BIEBER & BENNY BLANCO Lonely11,79538.383
AJR Bang!11,63231.876
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG Go Crazy11,49035.236
ARIANA GRANDE 34+3510,43534.362
AVA MAX Kings & Queens10,12330.897
BILLIE EILISH Therefore I Am9,65530.238
SAM SMITH Diamonds7,71421.495
DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURK Laugh Now Cry Later7,42119.526
THE WEEKND Blinding Lights6,74021.724
JASON DERULO Take You Dancing6,58415.531
TATE MCRAE You Broke Me First6,49819.554
ED SHEERAN Afterglow5,86216.774
RITT MOMNEY Put Your Records On5,52415.533
HARRY STYLES Golden5,24712.155
MACHINE GUN KELLY X BLACKBEAR My Ex's Best Friend5,06612.483
JUSTIN BIEBER Anyone4,83814.284
TAYLOR SWIFT Willow4,70213.819

Source: Nielsen Media Research & Alpha Data

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