Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” Officially Reaches #1 On Pop Radio Chart

“Cruel Summer” completes its run to #1 on this week’s listing.

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As recently as this spring, there was legitimate fear that “Cruel Summer,” a standout from Taylor Swift’s 2019 album “Lover,” would never receive a true run at mainstream radio.

As of this week, those concerns are officially put to bed — and then some. The acclaimed hit rises three places to #1 on this week’s Mediabase pop radio chart.

“Cruel Summer” claims #1 on the strength of the ~15,495 spins it received during the July 23-29 tracking period.

Given when “Cruel Summer” first emerged, one can obviously call the run to #1 a long one. On the other hand, the song rocketed up the chart once formally launching as a radio single. It spent the past several weeks as one of the greatest airplay gainers (if not THE top gainer).

Swift may also have the #2 position on this week’s chart; per the morning Mediabase update, her “Karma” narrowly holds in that runner-up spot. Rema & Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down” slides two places to #3, while Miguel’s “Sure Thing” holds at #4. Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” stays in the #5 position.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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