Ladies are finally making a big return to the Top of the Hot 100. Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do dethroned Justin Bieber’s Despacito winning streak. It marks the first time in 2017 that a woman has topped the chart, ending a 43-week-long drought.
Swift is the first female to appear as lead artist on a No. 1 track since Sia’s Sean Paul-featuring Cheap Thrills last year. It is also the first totally solo female artist since Adele’s Hello, which reigned beginning in November 2015 and into January 2016.
Cardi B and Rihanna both have spots in the the Top 5 for their tracks Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) and Wild Thoughts. The most popular theory as to why there has been an absence of women in the Top 10, and sudden return, is that big-name female stars have been between projects.
Now that more top female stars are back in new album cycles, we’d expect to see the charts even out. Multiple high-profile female artists have released new material in recent months. Still, many of the popular female stars who dropped new projects over 2017 so far took on risky new artistic directions that may have left them less chart-potent.