Olivia Rodrigo boasts the biggest song in the world following its first week of availability, as “Drivers License” debuts at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.
Meanwhile, SZA’s “Good Days” reaches the Global 200’s top 10, jumping from No. 17 to No. 8.
Billboard’s two global charts (the latest of which are dated Jan. 23) premiered in September and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.
Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.
Most Weekly Streams for a Song by a Woman
Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” bounds onto the Billboard Global 200 with 130 million streams and 49,000 sold worldwide in the Jan. 8-14 tracking week, the week’s top sums in both metrics, following its Jan. 8 release and buzzworthy first week of tracking.
The single by the singer-songwriter and actress, known for her roles including in Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, starts with the second-most weekly streams since the chart began, trailing only the weekly high for BTS’ “Life Goes On” in its first week (152.5 million, Dec. 5).
Plus, the weekly global streaming total for “Drivers License” narrowly marks the highest for a song by a woman. With 130,060,000 streams, it passes the 130,042,000 for Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Jan. 2).
The California-born Rodrigo, 17, is also the most-recently-born artist to top the Global 200, and the youngest at the time of ranking at No. 1. Born Feb. 20, 2003, she takes the title from Jawsh 685 (born Nov. 5, 2002), who led the list dated Oct. 17, 2020, with “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat),” with Jason Derulo and BTS.
Rounding out the Global 200’s top five, The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” hits a new high, rising 5-2; BTS’ “Dynamite” drops to No. 3, after four weeks at No. 1; Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez’s “Dákiti” falls 2-4, after three weeks on top; and 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring Iann Dior, slips 4-5, after reaching No. 2.
Plus, SZA scores her first Global 200 top 10, as “Good Days” vaults 17-8. The song, released Christmas Day, ascends with 32.3 million streams (up 43%) and 4,000 sold (up 38%). It likewise hits the top 10 on the Hot 100.
Double No. 1 Debut
Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” concurrently zooms onto the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart at No. 1, with 54.5 million streams and 12,000 sold in territories outside the U.S. in the Jan. 8-14 tracking week.
The song is the third to debut atop the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts simultaneously, following BTS’ “Life Goes On” (Dec. 5) and Ariana Grande’s “Positions” (Nov. 7).
The next four songs on the Global Excl. U.S. chart each descend a notch: BTS’ “Dynamite,” down to No. 2 after a record eight weeks at No. 1; Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez’s “Dákiti” (2-3), following its five-week rule; The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” (3-4), a week after hitting a new top rank; and 24kGoldn’s “Mood” (4-5), which reached No. 2.
The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated Jan. 23) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 20). For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard’s subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.