For the fifth week in a row, superstars Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé lead the Hot 100 with their song “Perfect.” The track was originally released by Sheeran alone, but just as it looked like he would (or possibly wouldn’t, it’s impossible to know now) send it all the way to the top of the singles tally, he re-released it with Queen Bey in tow, and the two took the newly-named “Perfect Duet” to the throne, where it ended 2017 and kicked off 2018.
Like last week, no new titles enter the top 10 on the all-encompassing songs ranking, though one track does come tantalizing close to leading…just as it has done before.
Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello’s breakout single as a solo star, “Havana,” has grown in stature and is back at its peak of No. 2. The track, which also features a verse by rapper Young Thug, worked itself all the way to the runner-up slot weeks ago, where it languished for over a month. It was then forced further down when Post Malone and 21 Savage’s eight-week No. 1 smash “Rockstar” made way for Sheeran and Bey, and it looked like “Havana” would never get its chance to be in charge. Now, it has swapped positions with “Rockstar,” and it once again is one slot away from owning the Hot 100, though it will be tough for Cabello and Young Thug to knock two of the most popular musicians on the planet off the peak.
Rock band Imagine Dragons are back at No. 4 with their most recent single “Thunder,” which hasn’t yet been able to break past fourth place and rise higher. Coming in just behind the poppy/rocky tune (depending on what you want to call it) is G-Eazy’s “No Limit,” which also features fellow hip-hop stars Cardi B and A$AP Rocky.
Pop singer Halsey is having a good week, as her solo cut “Bad At Love” has grown to a new peak of No. 6. The singer’s only solo top 10 (she earned her first as a featured guest on The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” which sat at No. 1 for a dozen weeks in 2016) has been bouncing up and down for several frames now, and if things go well, it may soon break the top.