Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2011 #FBF

Published: Friday 25th Mar 2016 by Rashad
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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we jet back to 2011 to recount the then-history making reign of ‘Born This Way’ – the leading single from Lady Gaga‘s highly anticipated sophomore album of the same name. Giving the singer her third chart-topper on the Hot 100, ‘Born’ debuted at #1 with a whopping 448,000 sold its first week.  Temporarily giving Gaga claim to the ‘best-selling first week of any single by a female’ title (later broken by Taylor Swift), the tune would go on to dominate the Hot 100 for an impressive 6 weeks from late February to mid-April 2011.

Despite spurring much chatter with its controversial video and later inciting a feud with Queen of Pop Madonna for claims of ‘copying’ and being ‘reductive’ in nature, ‘Born This Way’ remains a fan favorite of Gaga and one of her most successful releases to date.  According to Billboard, the song sold over 4 million copies to date in the U.S. alone.

Tuck in below to relive the magic of ‘BTW’ and see where some of your other faves from the day landed on the Hot 100 this week in 2011…

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  1. LB March 25, 2016

    LMAO someone is missing. I remember when S&M hit #1, LOUD was snatching.

    Anyway, according to HDD, Anti is still in the top 5.

  2. Annalise March 25, 2016

    This is too close for a throwback. I’m still trying to forget that most of these trashy songs existed.

    • HailBeysus March 25, 2016


      • Annalise March 25, 2016


    • JOHNVIDAL March 26, 2016

      Totally! The real difference comes when they do one about the 90s. That´s when you see the drastic decline in quality.

  3. BeyKnowlesBest March 25, 2016

    I miss the days Bey, Rih & Gaga all reigned on the charts!!!

    • King Mark111 /.\ March 26, 2016

      This will be Gags last time topping the charts and Beyonce couldn’t even Crack the top 20 this year. Meanwhile Rihanna had S&m and her biggest hit to date, We Found Love. Rihanna BEEN cropping on the roach queen.

      • BAM. March 29, 2016


  4. HailBeysus March 25, 2016

    Lmfao!! She took so many L’s but in the end she won. Several year’s later 4 is still charting. Where is Loud, Artpop and Prism??? I can’t at the Queen being on so many minds! Yas!!! Bish!!! Slay these feeble minds as they tremble in fear knowing that album is on its way!!

    • HailBeysus March 25, 2016

      Kii actually i should be asking where is Born This Way and Teenage Dream!?!? I can’t at 4 outlast Gagas Born This Way and Artpop on the charts. I can’t at 4 outlasting Katys Teenage Dream and Prism! I absolutely can’t at 4 outlasting Loud, Talk That Talk and Unapologetic!! ???!!!

  5. ???Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??? March 25, 2016

    Wow! I was just singing the chorus to “Born This Way” too. Isn’t that so funny? I have a feeling that she’s gonna get it right with this next era and reclaim her pop roots with Red-One. I just know she’s gonna come for Katy and Taylor’s necks.
    Can you guys please do a Retro Rewind post in Paramore’s “Ain’t it Fun?” and Hayley’s feature on Zedd’s “Stay the Night” please? SHE TOLD THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH WITH NO LIES DETECTED IN THE FORMER SONG!

  6. ???Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??? March 25, 2016

    Oh, and I find it funny how Taylor isn’t anywhere in this Hot 100 top 25 list with one of the singles from “Speak Now”. Chile, her singles burn out too quickly, whether pop or country. Not my Rih and Bey. I can promise you that.

    • HailBeysus March 25, 2016

      ??? her singles do disappear quick af! They’re so forgettable. It’s a wonder how her music manges to sell so well.

      • ???Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??? March 25, 2016

        *Looks at current Hot 100 list for the week to find “Out of the Woods”* ??

        “Can’t find said struggle single on chart, so instead looks for chart position for “New Romantics”* ??

        Ms. Swift played around with her power and thought the general public wouldn’t mind her being too overexposed on radio for this “1989” era. Oops! ???

  7. Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is ? March 25, 2016

    This was the year music turned to s***.

  8. .:: Centurion ::. March 25, 2016

    LMFAOOO! Not 2011. Wasn’t that the time of the legendary 4closure dragfest happened? Wasn’t that the time it, even though it was a very private person, was so desperate and frantic that it had to announce its pregnancy on live television? ? What a time!

    • Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is ? March 25, 2016

      4 also happened to sell a Million copies in the States alone. And that was without STREAMING.

      • Nia Long March 26, 2016

        Loud did near 2 million WITHOUT streaming. What’s your point? Centurion never lies.

      • Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is ? March 26, 2016

        Loud came out in 2010 ???. We’re talking about 2011, she dropped Talk That Talk that year. And how much did it sell again?? ???

  9. Jamie March 25, 2016

    What number was run the world girls?

    • ???Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??? March 25, 2016

      No shade, y’all, but I think it peaked at #29 on the Hot 100. Don’t kill the messenger. I may be wrong about the chart peak, though.

  10. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) March 25, 2016

    I see Keri Hilson but no Bey. Lmao ??

  11. King B March 25, 2016

    5 years later, 4 is still charting, in and out of BB200. Where is Born This Way? TD? Loud/TTT, even with ANTI release, no one wants to buy her catalogue. And also, where is The Fame, THE E.N.D, Circus Funhouse? IASF is currently on charts. I’m proud of Beyoncé, even with “flop” lead singles, she just continue with her release. It also leaked one month prior. In the end, it sold 1.5 million in US, 600k in UK. W/o streaming, fake certifications, 99 cent deal, re-release(with new songs), hit. RTW, LOT sold nearly 1.5 million downloads in US alone, w/o being in the top 10.

    • JOHNVIDAL March 26, 2016

      I don´t know if your examples are the best since The Fame has sold so many more copies than 4 and its success lasted years. It was one of those albums that change tendencies, so I don´t see how one can downplay Gaga like that. It is her worst album to date though. She has grown so much more as an artist after that.

  12. Tran anti no honey love time but it okay girl March 25, 2016

    Born this way is an amazing song And album go lady GaGa

    • JOHNVIDAL March 26, 2016

      It was a great album and she definitely started to use her whole potential vocally speaking during that era. The song itself wasn´t too great. But good enough for nowadays standards. The rest of teh album was better. And she can definitely say nobody was releasing that type of album that year.

  13. King Mark111 /.\ March 26, 2016

    The year when the pest ate a whole humble pie. Since 2011, #1’s and hits didn’t matter. Lol

    • King B March 26, 2016

      As an Aaliyah’s fan, you should eat one humble pie too. It is always the fans of flops that love talking about Beyoncé. Ps. 7/11 is top 20 without any promotion.

      • Nia Long March 26, 2016

        Bragging on 7/11? Didn’t Four Five Seconds & BBHMM peak at top 10? Once again, another L for the Beyhive.

  14. Beyonce Bowdown2rihanna March 26, 2016

    Can Beyonce release a song without a video let’s see how it will chart. Rihanna work sat pretty at nos1 on hot100 before the video arrived, when will beyawnce???

    • JOHNVIDAL March 26, 2016

      Who cares when nobody takes her seriously and has not sold real album copies in abundance in her entire career? lol At least Beyonce can perform and sing. And definitely can sell an album better than Rihanna.

  15. JOHNVIDAL March 26, 2016

    Two real talents in that top 5 (Gaga and Cee Lo). Not bad for nowadays standards and charts LOL

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