Chart Breakdown: Week of October 28, 2017

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

For the past three weeks, the top 5 tracks on all the charts we cover have stayed exactly the same. Cardi B and Post Malone have been jockeying for the top spot ever since she snatched it from Taylor Swift back in the week of October 7th. This week though, the tables turned.

“Rockstar” by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage is now the Number One Song in the USA.

Gains in streaming (it’s the most streamed song of the week) pushed the track past Cardi B‘s “Bodak Yellow”, which this week falls to #2. “Rockstar” has only been on the charts for 4 weeks, debuting at #2, an impressive feat for any artist, but is only the 3rd song to survive at least three weeks in the 2 spot and still go on to top the chart. The other two such tracks were “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey  and Eminem‘s “Love the Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna.

The ascent of “Rockstar” to the top of the Hot 100 makes it the 5th Rap Number One of 2017. Those 5 top hits mark a major resurgence for the genre, which has not been this popular for nearly a decade. The last years to boast 5 rap hits were 2003, 2004, and 2006 when Rap and Hip-Hop dominated popular music. The genres then headed underground for years, with only occasional rap hits, always featuring extensive hooks sung by major artists, popping up from time to time.

With this week’s Top Three songs being “Rockstar,” “Bodak Yellow,” and Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255”, it is safe to say that Rap is back on top.


Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on this week in Rap and R&B/Hip Hop specifically:

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

“Rockstar” tops this week’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Chart as the overall biggest R&B/Hip Hop song in the country, knocking “Bodak Yellow” down to #2. “Rockstar” is the most streamed and downloaded track of the week while “Bodak” is the most played on radio.

“1-800-273-8255” hangs tight at #3 despite noted increases in performance.

At #4 again this week is “Unforgettable” by French Montana and Swae Lee, while 21 Savage’s “Bank Account” moves up to the 5 spot, knocking “Rake It Up” back down to #6.


The top five over on the Hot Rap Songs Chart is exactly the same as the top 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Chart, further evidence of the absolute dominance of Rap in popular music at the moment.


This week’s biggest R&B/Hip Hop album and biggest Rap album are the same (not something that happens every week), and both crowns belong to a new project from NF titled Perception. It is also the biggest album in the entire country, topping the Billboard 200 Chart. Debuting at the top of the albums chart, especially in today’s digital age is a major feat, so NF deserves a big shoutout for pulling that off.

With Post Malone at the top of the heap, and the Rap genre locking down the three biggest songs it’ll take some serious disruption from a new release to shake things up. Where will that come from? We’ll tell you about it on the next Chart Breakdown!

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Dante Mazza