The original “Love Story” was released from Swift’s second LP, 2008. Brave. The new take is from his upcoming re-recording of the album, Fearless (Taylor’s version). (Re-recordings of older songs or albums are treated separately from their originals, with separate chart histories for each version.)
“This is the first time that I have a number one debut in the Billboard Hot Country Songs and I’m very grateful to the fans for making this a possibility, “says Swift. Billboard. “They are the ones who encouraged me to get my music back and really showed up this week to carry it out. I’m surprised they sent a song to number one that had its first life over a decade ago. I couldn’t be happier than that. it happened now, and in this way. “
Released on February 12, the new version attracted 13.7 million US streams in the week ending February 18, according to MRC Data, and opens at No. 1 on Country Streaming Songs, awarding Swift their third leader.
The new track sold 25,000 downloads in its first frame and also ranks at the top of the nation’s digital song sales, marking Swift’s 15th No. 1 spot, all of which debuted at the top.
The re-recording, which is not being actively promoted on radio, also attracted 1.1 million over-the-air viewing audience impressions across all formats in the week ending February 21 (with 9% of reporters listed on the Country Airplay; most was Adult Pop Airplay, Contemporary Adult Panelists, and Pop Airplay combined).
How did 2008’s “Love Story” do in the follow-up week? It attracted 3.4 million streams, 34% more, and sold 700 downloads, 79% more, both well below the metrics of the new version. The original drew a higher radio audience, 1.9 million in the same period, as it has long been a rotating staple on pop, adult, and country stations, among other great hits of its day.
Swift is headlining Hot Country Songs for the first time since “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” dominated for 10 weeks in 2012-13, after which she went more fully to pop with her 2014 LP. 1989.
Here’s a rundown of Swift’s eight No. 1 Hot Country Songs (her top six led when the list reflected only country radio broadcast):
“Our Song”, six weeks, starting December 22, 2007
“Should Have Said No”, two, August 23, 2008
“Love Story”, two, November 22, 2008
“You Belong With Me”, two, August 22, 2009
“Sparks Fly”, one, November 26, 2011
“Ours”, one, March 31, 2012
“We will never be together again”, 10, 20 October 2012
“Love Story (Taylor’s Version)”, one to date, February 27, 2021
In addition to her honors, Swift is the first artist to lead Hot Country Songs in the 2000s, 10s, and 20s.
Meanwhile, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” is only the eighth single to be released at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs since the poll began as an all-encompassing genre ranking in October 1958. It is the first. of a woman and not of another companion. artists, and only second by a woman overall, after Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant to Be” began its record 50-week reign in December 2017.
Swift adds her 24th Hot Country Songs Top 10 and her third since last August, when “Betty” hit its sixth peak. The current promoted radio single “No Body, No Crime,” featuring Haim, reached its second place in December. The songs are from their 2020 albums. Folklore Y Increasingly, respectively.
While Swift and Parton are the only artists to headline Hot Country Songs with multiple versions of the same song, other hits – from some of the format’s biggest icons – have come close. Parton herself charted a third version of “I Will Always Love You”: As a duet with Vince Gill, it reached number 15 in 1995.
Waylon Jennings’ “Good Hearted Woman” reached No. 3 in 1972. Updated with Willie Nelson, the duo reigned in 1976. Additionally, Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” first reached No. 4 on the Most Played by Jockeys chart. in 1956 before. His live version, recorded at Folsom Prison in Folsom, California, led Hot Country Songs for four weeks in 1968.
(Honorable mention: Webb Pierce’s “There Stands the Glass” topped the charts in several countries in 1953. Sam Hunt tried the classic on his single “Hard to Forget,” which reached No. 3 on Hot Country Songs last June and led Country Airplay in July.)
“Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” debuts at the same time at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 multimeter and all genres. It opens as the 22nd n. Swift’s # 1 in Digital Song Sales. The song is her 129th entry on the Hot 100, extending her mark among women. Contributing to the loot, the original “Love Story” rose to No. 4 on the Hot 100 in January 2009.
Additional reporting by Tom Roland.