Iggy Azalea is looking at an unfamiliar position this week as her song “Fancy” fell out of the No. 1 spot for the first time in two months, but despite the drop some critics believe the Australian rapper has turned out the greatest summer jam of all time.
The song enjoyed seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100, making it the only song to grace the top spot all summer long. In a time when critics are looking for the “Song of the Summer,” Iggy Azalea has just staked her claim to the top summer song of all time.
Slate writer Chris Molanphy summed it up:
Since the Song of the Summer is now an American pastime, like baseball—tonight’s All-Star Game marks the halfway mark of the season—it’s worth asking: Is it all over but the crying? Like “Blurred Lines” last year, which upset presumptive favorite “Get Lucky” before June was complete, do Iggy and Charli have the title already?
Molanphy had some hard numbers to back up the claim. Since 2010 Billboard has maintained an annual Songs of the Summer chart that looked at all songs that hit the chart between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The list, which goes all the way back to 1985, found that “Fancy” is at the top of pretty much every metric this year and a strong contender for all-time champion as well.
Though “Fancy” it has relinquished the top spot, Billboard points out that it is still crushing it in other venues.
The report noted:
“Fancy” falls to No. 2 on the Hot 100, although it leads Streaming Songs a ninth week (10.6 million, down 1 percent). It dips 3-4 on both Radio Songs (138 million, down 5 percent) and Digital Songs (154,000, down 10 percent); it led the lists for three and four weeks, respectively. Meanwhile, “Fancy” tops Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for an eighth week and Hot Rap Songs for a 13th frame.
Despite their drop from the top, both Azalea and Charli XCX charge ahead on the Hot 100 with follow-up singles. Azalea’s “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, vaults 97-65 as the chart’s top Digital Gainer (41,000, up 118 percent), while Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” climbs 20-16, led by a 10-8 lift on Digital Songs (100,000, up 3 percent).
While there are still a few weeks left and technically “Fancy” could still get knocked out of the top spot if a true smash hit comes out, Iggy Azalea has to be feeling pretty good — especially considering the fact that a few months ago most people had never even heard of the 24-year-old rapper.