Drake's 'God's Plan' Is Now One of the Most Dominant Hot 100 No. 1s of Last 25 Years | Billboard

As Drake's "God's Plan" spends a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 (dated March 3), the colossal hit joins rarefied air, becoming a smash so big that it flaunts more than twice as many Hot 100 chart points as its nearest competitor, the current No. 2, "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran. In essence, "Plan" is twice as popular as the No. 2 song of the week.

Yup, we're getting deep into the numbers in this one.

First, though, there's some fine print to explain: The Hot 100 ranks the most popular songs of the week in the U.S. based on a blend of streaming, airplay and sales data. The chart, which launched on Aug. 4, 1958, began using Nielsen Music's electronically-measured point-of-sale and radio airplay information on the list dated Nov. 30, 1991, which is when our research for this post begins. Since that date, only 20 songs have run away with enough sales, airplay and, since 2012, streaming activity to rule with at least a two-to-one points lead. With 311 No. 1s in that span (beginning with P.M. Dawn's "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"), a mere 6 percent of all leaders have ballooned to such heights.

Unsurprisingly, the list contains enduring megahits such as Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," which recorded the first two-to-one points lead. The ballad blasted the competition with a lead of that ratio (or more) for nine of its 14 weeks at No. 1, the most for song in the past 25-plus years.

Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight," meanwhile, claims the biggest ratio lead over a No. 2 song: It debuted at No. 1 on Oct. 11, 1997, with a massive points lead of 17 times the amount of the No. 2 challenger (Boyz II Men's "4 Seasons of Loneliness").

How did John score the most lopsided lead? "Candle," his tribute to the then-recently deceased Diana, Princess of Wales, sold a Nielsen-record 3.4 million physical singles in its first week of tracking. (And remember! This occurred in 1997, before the dawn of more consumer-friendly options such as YouTube and digital downloads. At the time, the only way to access a Hot 100 hit on-demand was to go to a physical retail venue and buy a commercially-released single on CD, cassette tape or even 7-inch vinyl.)

With "God's Plan" achieving such double-dominance on the Hot 100, Drake secures his place as the latest all-star to have outscored his competition by at least a two-to-one points margin. Here's the full roster:

"I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston

Nine weeks with 2x points as No. 2: Dec. 12, 1992-Feb. 6, 1993

Six weeks above No. 2 "If I Ever Fall in Love" by Shai; three weeks above No. 2 "Rump Shaker" by Wreckx-n-Effect

"I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men

Three weeks with 2x points as No. 2: Sept. 10-24, 1994

All above No. 2 "Stay (I Missed You)" by Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

"Tha Crossroads," Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Three weeks with 2x points as No. 2: June 8-22, 1996

Two weeks above No. 2 "Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey; one week above No. 2 "You're Makin' Me High"/"Let It Flow" by Toni Braxton

"I'll Be Missing You," Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112

Two weeks with 2x points as No. 2: July 5-12, 1997

One week above No. 2 "Mmmbop" by Hanson; one week above No. 2 "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks

"Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight," Elton John

Five weeks with 2x points as No. 2: Oct. 11-Nov. 8, 1997

Two weeks above No. 2 "4 Seasons of Loneliness" by Boyz II Men; three weeks above No. 2 "You Make Me Wanna…" by Usher

"My Heart Will Go On," Celine Dion

One week with 2x points as No. 2: Feb. 28, 1998

Above No. 2 "Nice and Slow" by Usher

"All My Life," K-Ci & JoJo

One week with 2x points as No. 2: April 4, 1998

Above No. 2 "Frozen" by Madonna

"The Boy Is Mine," Brandy & Monica

Two weeks with 2x points as No. 2: June 20-27, 1998

Both above No. 2 "You're Still the One" by Shania Twain

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," Aerosmith

One week with 2x points as No. 2: Sept. 5, 1998

Above No. 2 "The First Night" by Monica

"Heartbreaker," Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z

One week with 2x points as No. 2: Oct. 9, 1999

Above No. 2 "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas

"All for You," Janet Jackson

One week with 2x points as No. 2: April 14, 2001

Above No. 2 "Survivor" by Destiny's Child

"Hips Don't Lie," Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

One week with 2x points as No. 2: June 17, 2006

Above No. 2 "Ridin" by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone

"SexyBack," Justin Timberlake

Two weeks with 2x points as No. 2: Sept. 9-16, 2006

Both above No. 2 "London Bridge" by Fergie

"Right Round," Flo Rida

One week with 2x points as No. 2: Feb. 28, 2009

Above No. 2 "Dead and Gone" by T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake

"Harlem Shake," Baauer

Four weeks with 2x points as No. 2: March 2-March 23, 2013

All above No. 2 "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz

"Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell

Two weeks with 2x points as No. 2: Aug. 17-Aug. 24, 2013

Both above No. 2 "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus

"Hello," Adele

Three weeks with 2x points as No. 2: Nov. 14-Nov. 28, 2015

All above No. 2 "Sorry" by Justin Bieber

"Shape of You," Ed Sheeran

One week with 2x points as No. 2: March 25, 2017

Above No. 2 "Bad and Boujee" by Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

"Look What You Made Me Do," Taylor Swift

One week with 2x points as No. 2: Sept. 16, 2017

Above No. 2 "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

"God's Plan," Drake

One week with 2x points as No. 2: March 3, 2018

Above No. 2 "Perfect," by Ed Sheeran

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