Ariana Grande Reaches Top of Billboard Hot 100 With Rodgers and Hammerstein
Grande's new song samples a beloved classic from The Sound of Music.
For the first time in the history of their partnership, beloved musical-theater songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II have reached the top spot of Billboard's Hot 100. And it's all thanks to Ariana Grande.
Grande's latest single, "7 Rings," incorporates the melody of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things," from The Sound of Music. Instead of "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens," Grande updates the tune to reflect a shopping spree: "Breakfast at Tiffany's and bottles of bubbles..." Rodgers and Hammerstein are two of the credited 10 writers on the song.
Rodgers and Hammerstein have reached the Billboard Hot 100 before, thanks to songs like Gwen Stefani's "Wind It Up" (No. 6), which samples "The Lonely Goatherd", and Paul Anka's "Some Enchanted Evening" (No. 23). This is the first time that they've reached No. 1.
Rodgers had previously landed in the top spot as coauthor, with previous partner Lorenz Hart, of "Blue Moon," as sung by the Marcels' in 1961. Hammerstein hit No. 3 with Jerome Kern for Linda Scott's "I've Told Every Little Star" the same year.
Watch Grande's "7 Rings" video below: