Kodak Black's 'ZEZE' Is Highest-Charting 'Z' Song Ever to Hit the Streets Talkin Hot 100

Kodak Black's 'ZEZE' Is Highest-Charting 'Z' Song Ever to Hit the Streets Talkin Hot 100


The track zooms in as one in all solely 15 hits starting with the letter “z” to have charted.

Kodak Black's "ZEZE," that includes Travis Scott and Offset, has an enormous week on the Streets Talkin Hot 100 chart (dated Oct. 27). The monitor blasts in at No. 2 and debuts atop the Streaming Songs chart with 47.6 million U.S. streams, in accordance with Nielsen Music.

The monitor additionally makes Hot 100 historical past, of kinds. In the chart's 60-year historical past, "ZEZE" immediately turns into the highest-charting track to start with the letter "Z." (Thus, what number of have hit No. 1? That can be zero. Or zilch.)

In truth, just one different track starting with the letter "Z" has reached the highest 10: Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans' No. Eight-peaking 1963 hit "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah." That track is a cowl of James Baskett's 1946 model, made well-known in the Disney movie Song of the South and which received the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Soxx's model was produced by Phil Spector, with background vocalists from, amongst others, Darlene Love.

"ZEZE" and "Zip" bought us enthusiastic about the opposite songs that begin with "Z" to hit the Hot 100, and it seems that solely 15 have ever completed so.

Here they’re, sorted by peak place:

Peak Pos., Title, Artist, Peak Date
No. 2, "ZEZE," Kodak Black feat. Travis Scott & Offset, Oct. 27, 2018
No. Eight, "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, Jan. 12, 1963
No. 11, "Zorba the Greek," Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Feb. 26, 1966
No. 23, "Zack and Codeine," Post Malone, May 12, 2018
No. 36, "Zip Code," The Five Americans, No. 36, Sept. 16, 1967
No. 52, "Zabadak," Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick and Tich, Feb. three, 1968
No. 54, "Zombie," Bad Wolves, March 24, 2018
No. 61, "Zoom," Lil' Boosie feat. Yung Joc, Jan. 27, 2007
No. 61, "Zunga Zeng," K7, March 12, 1994
No. 64, "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart," The Trammps, Sept. 2, 1972
No. 78, "Zazueira (Za-zoo-wher-a)," Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, April 19, 1969
No. 80, "Zero," Chris Brown," Jan. 9, 2016
No. 92, "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart," The Furys, Feb. 16, 1963
No. 98, "Zero-Zero," Lawrence Welk, Dec. Eight, 1962
No. 99, "Zoom," Future, March 11, 2017

Oddly, 2018 is the one yr through which as many as three such songs have peaked on the Hot 100, as "ZEZE" follows "Zack and Codeine" and "Zombie." The earlier excessive for a yr? Two, in 1963.

"Z" truly isn't essentially the most unusual letter to begin a Hot 100 hit. That distinction belongs to the letter "X," as solely 12 songs starting with the letter have charted on the Hot 100, led by Lil Uzi Vert's "XO Tour Llif3" (No. 7, 2017). After "z," with 15 entries, "Q" is an in depth third, with 33, led by U.S. Bonds' two-week 1961 No. 1 "Quarter to Three."

Meanwhile, two artists whose names start with "Z" have led the Hot 100: Zager & Evans, with "In the Year 2525," a six-week No. 1 within the yr 1969, and Zayn, whose "Pillowtalk" debuted and spent every week at No. 1 in 2016.

The Zombies, in the meantime, hit a No. 2 excessive with "She's Not There" in 1964 (whereas ZZ Top reached No. Eight with each "Legs" in 1984 and "Sleeping Bag" in 1985).

Expanding to different charts, one track centered across the letter "Z" dominated Alternative Songs in 1989: The B-52s' "Channel Z."

Also: "ZEZE" isn't the one Hot 100 entry with two "Z"s making information this week: Bazzi hits the highest 40 with "Beautiful," that includes Camila Cabello.

And that concludes our analysis on this subject, about which we're clearly zealous.