Taylor Swift is making history with her new album ‘Midnights’ which was released in October this year. Her song ‘Anti-Hero’ alone has broken records and sustained the No. 1 position in many charts, and it comes as no surprise that it has scored the historic No. 1 at Radio Songs Chart. This makes Taylor Swift the first artist ever to have songs in the chart from the 2000s, 2010s and 2020s.
‘Anti-Hero’ has escalated from No. 2 on the charts to No. 1 on the Radio Songs survey with a total of almost 80 million airplay audience impressions according to Luminate. With this song achieving this honour, Swift has become the 7th Radio Songs leader. She is tied with Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Usher for the fourth most No. 1s since December 1990. The artists who lead are Bruno Mars with 9 No. 1s, Carey with 11 and Rihanna on the top with 13.
Taylor Swift has had 7 songs at No. 1 over the course of her career including ‘You Belong With Me’, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, ‘Shake it Off’, ‘Blank Space’, ‘Bad Blood’, ‘Wildest Dreams’ and now ‘Anti-Hero’. Christina Aguilera is the only other artist who has managed to secure a place over three decades: 1990s with ‘Genie in a Bottle’, 2000s with ‘Lady Marmalade’ and 2010s with her feature in ‘Moves Like Jagger’.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Anti-Hero’ has peaked in all-genre, multi-metric Billboard Hot 100 where she monopolised the entire top 10 in one week alone. This included all her tracks from ‘Midnights’. However, this is nothing when compared with how high ‘Anti-Hero’ is soaring alone. The song has ruled on the Hot 100 for 6 weeks after its release.
– Riya Sohini