Chart Check: Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Dethrones Drake, Takes No. 1 Spot on Billboard Hot 100, Becomes Rapper’s First Billboard Top 10 Hit

Posted May 14, 2018

Childish Gambino‘s mega hit ‘This Is America‘ took social media by storm last week and now, the song has officially claimed the no. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 according to Billboard directly.

It topped the Streaming Songs chart with 65.3 million U.S. streams and Digital Song Sales chart with 78,000 downloads in its first week.

“America,” which premiered live on the May 5 episode of “SNL,” is Glover’s first Hot 100 chart-topper. His previous best was “Redbone,” which peaked at No. 12 last August.

Gambino dethrones Drake’s “Nice for What,” which topped the Hot 100 for four weeks. The Lauryn Hill-sampled song sits at No. 2 on the Hot 100 this week, while “God’s Plan” is No. 3. Drake’s run of consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 ends at 15, giving him the fourth-longest such run in the chart’s history.

America” is Childish Gambino’s first Hot 100 No. 1, or even top 10. He hit a previous No. 12 Hot 100 high last August with his fourth and most recent entry on the chart, “Redbone.” His three prior charted titles, in 2013-16, peaked between Nos. 64 and 86.

He likewise earns his first No. 1s on Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales, passing his prior respective highs of Nos. 10 and 14 with “Redbone.”

“America” concurrently begins atop Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, also marking Childish Gambino’s first No. 1 on each chart (which, like the Hot 100, mixes streaming, airplay and sales data).

Congrats Childish!! Get into the full top 10 below.


1. Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
2. Drake – “Nice for What”
3. Drake – “God’s Plan”
4. Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
5. Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
6. Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey – “The Middle”
7. BlocBoy JB feat. Drake – “Look Alive”
8. Camila Cabello – “Never Be the Same”
9. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
10. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”

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