Chart Breakdown: Week of September 30th 2017

Chart Breakdown is a weekly feature watching the Billboard Charts, which track the performance of songs nationwide. 

Cardi B and Taylor Swift faced off yet again this week in a contest for command of the Billboard Hot 100 (which ranks songs across all genres). Swift wins out this week as last with “Look What You Made Me Do” while Cardi‘s “Bodak Yellow” holds steady in the the two spot.

Bounding up two big spots on the Hot 100 to #3 is “1-800-273-8255” a major collaboration from LogicAlessia Cara, and Khalid. The track, named for the number of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, is the biggest streaming gainer of any song in America this week, fueled by views of its deeply emotional, cinematic music video.

With the two biggest hits in R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap identified, let’s take a closer look at how things shook out in those genres this week:

Note: Billboard groups Hip Hop and R&B together as a single genre while Rap is counted separately. Even so, songs can be counted in both categories. 

R&B/Hip Hop

“Bodak Yellow” tops this week’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Chart as the overall biggest R&B/Hip Hop song in the country for the third week in a row. It is also the most streamed song in the genre and the most played genre hit on radio.

“1-800-273-8255” holds steady at #2 for a second week.

At #3 again this week is former chart leader “Wild Thoughts” from DJ KhaledRihanna, and Bryson Tiller. The track also counts as the biggest R&B hit of the week.

Rounding out the Top 5 this week are “Unforgettable” by French Montana and Swae Lee at #4, and 21 Savage’s “Bank Account”, which knocks “Rake It Up” from Yo Gotti featuring Nicki Minaj, down to #6 and grabs the 5 spot, an exact reversal of what happened last week.


The biggest rap song this week is again “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” by Cardi B, which spends a fifth week on top.

“1-800-273-8255” holds at #2, keeping “Unforgettable” at #3.

The last two rap hit in the Top 5 this week are 21 Savage’s “Bank Account” and “Rake It Up” from Yo Gotti and Nicki Minaj which swap the #4 and #5 spots, making this the second week in a row in which these two tracks have switched places.


This week’s biggest R&B/Hip Hop album and biggest Rap album are the same (not something that happens every week), and the prize this time around goes to Luv Is Rage 2 by Lil Uzi Vert. On the overall Billboard 200 albums chart, which counts all genres, Luv is Rage 2 is down to #4 this week from #2 last, while that chart is topped by a new album from country singer Thomas Rhett.

It’s Swift: 2 Cardi: 0. While Taylor may be hard to beat, Cardi B and Logic are doing their best to give the superstar a run for her money. Can one of them take her down next week and return Hip Hop to the top of the charts? Plus, will some new blood crack the Top 5 of these genres? Check back next week and find out!

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Dante Mazza