Billboard Hot 100 Analysis: 11/13/2014



Welcome back for another analysis of the Billboard Hot 100! Here’s all you need to know about the chart released today.


  1. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  2. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
  3. Animals by Maroon 5
  4. Habits (Stay High) by Tove Lo
  5. Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
  6. Hot Boy by Bobby Shmurda
  7. Love Me Harder by Ariana Grande & The Weeknd
  8. Take Me To Church by Hozier
  9. Black Widow by Iggy Azalea f/Rita Ora
  10. Don’t Tell ‘Em by Jeremih f/YG

The Top 5 is relatively static this week, as “Shake It Off” registers a fourth week at #1. Each of its first 12 weeks spent on the Hot 100 so far have been at either #1 or #2, a feat that hasn’t happened since “I Gotta Feeling” managed 16 consecutive weeks with that distinction in 2009. Rising 4-3, “Animals” continues to be a slow riser for Maroon 5, and could have an outside shot of playing for #1 itself in a few weeks.

Jumping 24-7, Ariana Grande’s latest single “Love Me Harder” bursts into the Top 10 as the lone new entry this week. Giving Grande her 4th Top 10 this year and fifth overall, “Harder” also marks the first trip inside the top region for The Weeknd. In a Top 10 that has remained more or less the same for the past month, it’s exciting to see a new song clear its path so abruptly. We’ll see if “Love Me Harder” can follow this big jump even higher, or if it will peter out in the end like “Break Free” did after rocketing to #4 over the summer.

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