In case you haven’t noticed, one of our favorite songs of 2012, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake“, has become one of this year’s biggest viral hits. After making waves for reasons related to the music itself and some, erm, “controversy” surrounding a remix, the Brooklyn-based producer watched as the track recently hit number one on the iTunes charts.
But that’s not why we’re here today. According to Billboard, “Harlem Shake” is now the number one song in the country following a change in methodology in how the Hot 100 chart is calculated. The singles chart, which has been around since 1958, now takes into account the YouTube streaming data associated with a song.
With all of this in mind, it’s not that much of a surprise to see a massive Internet hit like “Harlem Shake” climb to the top so easily. As it stands right now, it has 4,679,782 total views on YouTube and, as you know, a ton of plays by way of people dancing to the song in 30-second clips. But still, “Harlem Shake” is only the twenty-first single in the chart’s history to debut at No. 1. Personally, I’m just hoping we get to hear more new music from Baauer sooner rather than later, though I’m cool with him riding this one out, too.
Head to Billboard for more information.