Also from the Take That, Critics! file: A moment of Epic Fail – her spectacular debut on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" at No. 13 the week of September 1, 2012, before falling to No. 19 the next week, rebounding slightly and then starting to fall again – turns into a Moment of Awesome on several counts:
On October 20, thanks to changes in chart methodology by Billboard magazine for the Hot 100, Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and several other charts (airplay as well as digital downloads and physical sales), the song rebounds from No. 21 the week of October 13 all the way to No. 1. Aside from the No. 1 debut "More Than a Memory" by Garth Brooks, the song's 20-notch leap to the top of the charts is the biggest in chart history (beating out C.W. McCall's "Convoy," which jumped from No. 12 to the top in one week in December 1975, some 37 years earlier, and perhaps just the second from-outside-the-top-10-to-the-top leap in history.note "Dirt" by Florida Georgia Line (40-1) and "Burnin' It Down" by Jason Aldean (42-1) have since made larger leaps to No. 1.
As the song also topped the Hot 100, it becomes just the 38th No. 1 song in the history of the country charts to also top the Hot 100 (or one of the component charts prior to 1958). It also broke a 12-1/2 year dry spell between songs topping both charts. The last to do so was "Amazed" by Lonestar (No. 1 country for eight weeks, from July through September 1999, No. 1 pop in March 2000).
The song also broke several longevity records, which had been set more than 45 years ago. When it notched its ninth week at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, it surpassed "Amazed" (and the Alan Jackson-Jimmy Buffett duet "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" from 2003) in most weeks at No. 1. The last time a song spent longer at No. 1 ... was in 1966, some 46 years earlier: "Almost Persuaded" by David Houston (at nine weeks). In addition, the ninth week gave Swift the most weeks at No. 1 by a solo female artist, surpassing Connie Smith's "Once A Day" – who spent eight weeks at No. 1 on what was then called the Hot Country Singles chart, from November 1964 to January 1965, nearly 48 years earlier! After dropping back to No. 2 on December 22, 2012 (yielding to Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise"), "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" rebounded once again to the No. 1 spot for the week of January 12, 2013, giving the song its 10th (non-consecutive) week atop the Hot Country Songs chart ... and in the process it became the first song to spend at least 10 weeks at No. 1 since Buck Owens' "Love's Gonna Live Here" had double-digit weeks at No. 1 from October 1963 to January 1964 ... some 49 years later. Amazing ... Swift and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is breaking country music records that have stood since before the Beatles!
With the release of "Blank Space", Taylor became the first female ever to top the Hot 100 with two different songs in consecutive weeks.
Blank Space in and of itself is pretty awesome. According to interviews, Taylor got the idea from how the news media portrays her as this clingy, needy serial dater who turns around and writes angry songs about her breakups. Her thought was that this clingy, crazy serial dater actually sounded like a really intriguing character, and wrote a song from that perspective. And it went to number one. Taylor Swift reclaimed the sensationalized caricature the tabloids painted of her and turned it into wildfire chart and sales success. Suck on it.