First Woman To Top The Billboard Alternative Chart in 17 Years!

LordeBack in the day it was called “College Radio”, then it became known as the “Alternative Charts”.    Billboard has been compiling the Top 40 Billboard Alternative hits for the past 25 years.   It has been one of the most male dominated music formats.  In fact, did you know only seven women have had solo hits hit #1 on this chart?  Alanis Morrissette did it three times in the mid-90’s and Sinead O’Connor topped the charts twice in 1990.    The last woman have a #1 hit was Tracy Bonham’s one-hit wonder, Mother Mother, in June of 1996.   The complete list is included below.


TRACY-BONHAM-BURDENAfter a seventeen year wait, a New Zealand teenager who goes by Lorde has done the unthinkable and scored a #1 hit on the Alternative Chart.  What is even more astonishing is that Lorde wasn’t even born yet when Tracy Bonham’s hit was released.   Lorde’s single, Royals, is a chillwave, hip hop inspired song that crosses musical boundaries.   She’s a fan of Lana Del Rey and you can definitely feel her influence on the track.



Title, Artist, Chart Date Reached No. 1
“Royals,” Lorde, Aug. 24, 2013
“Mother Mother,” Tracy Bonham, June 8, 1996
“Ironic,” Alanis Morissette, March 16, 1996
“Hand in My Pocket,” Alanis Morissette, Oct. 14, 1995
“You Oughta Know,” Alanis Morissette, July 22, 1995
“God,” Tori Amos, March 19, 1994
“Blood Makes Noise,” Suzanne Vega, Oct. 10, 1992
“The Emperor’s New Clothes,” Sinead O’Connor, May 12, 1990
“Nothing Compares 2 U,” Sinead O’Connor, March 31, 1990
“Love and Anger,” Kate Bush, Dec. 9, 1989