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Serena Slam Number One Songs

The following is a list of all the songs that were ranked #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during each of Serena Williams 23 Grand Slam wins in women's tennis. The list was updated on September 5, 2022, after Serena was defeated in her final U.S. Open match in Flushing, N.Y.

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"Bailamos" - Enrique Iglesias (9/11/99)/ U.S. Open #1

"Bailamos" by Enrique Iglesias was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 when Serena Williams won her first women's singles major tournament at the 1999 U.S. Open in Flushing, NY. It was also Enrique's first #1 single on the American pop chart

"Foolish" - Ashanti (6/8/02)/ French Open #1

Ashanti's "Foolish" topped the Hot 100 when Serena won her second major, the 2002 French Open, at Roland Garros in Paris.

"Hot in Herre" - Nelly (7/6/02)/ Wimbledon #1

Ten rap songs reached #1 during a Serena major win, and Nelly's classic was the first. It was atop the chart the day Ms. Williams won her first (of seven) Wimbledon tournaments on July 6, 2002.

"Dilemma" Nelly featuring Kelly Roland (9/7/02)/ U.S. Open #2

No "Dilemma" for Serena. She won her second U.S. Open while Nelly and Kelly topped the chart with their hit duet (and Nelly's followup to the previous Serena major tourney #1 hit, "Hot in Herre").

"Lose Yourself" - Eminem (1/25/03)/ Australian Open #1

Serena Williams completed her career slam by winning her first Australian Open in Melbourne on January 25, 2003. Eminem's hit about losing oneself in the moment was in the midst of a 12-week run atop the Hot 100 chart.

"This Is The Night" - Clay Aiken (7/5/03)/ Wimbledon #2

Remember Clay Aiken? Remember this song? Well, he has the honor of having the only American Idol song to top the chart during a Serena major tournament win. It was during Serena's second Wimbledon title in July 2003.

"Let Me Love You" - Mario (1/29/05)/ Australian Open #2

After going more than a year (five majors) without a win, Serena won her seventh major title while this song by Mario topped the pop chart. It was her second Australian Open championship.

"Irreplaceable" - Beyoncé (1/27/07)/ Australian Open #3

Interestingly, there's only been one #1 song by Beyoncé during Serena's major championship weeks, and it's this fittingly titled one - the second consecutive to be co-penned by singer Ne-Yo (who also wrote Mario's "Let Me Love You") - which topped the chart during Serena's '07 Aussie Open win. This slam tournament win also snapped a two-year drought for Serena. Now retired, Serena Williams is indeed irreplaceable!

"Low" - Flo Rida (1/26/08)/ Australian Open #4

For awhile, it began to look as if the Aussie Open would be the only major tournament Serena could win anymore. The 2008 event would become her fourth, putting it (temporarily) ahead of the other three majors for Serena. The #1 song that week was “Low”—the first of two for rapper Flo Rida during a Serena championship weekend.

"Whatever You Like" - T.I. (9/7/08)/ U.S. Open #3

Many artists have peaked and fallen during the 17-year history of Serena's major tourney wins. T.I. was one of the hottest rappers around when his "Whatever You Like" topped the chart. Serena won her first U.S. Open in six years that summer. Nowadays, when he’s not trying his hand at stand-up comedy, T.I. and his wife Tiny are fighting allegations of kidnapping and sexual assault.

"Boom Boom Pow" - Black Eyed Peas (7/4/09)/ Wimbledon #3

While Americans were celebrating our Independence Day holiday in 2009, Serena was reminding the world which American ruled women's tennis with her third Wimbledon title in London, England. Fitting for the fireworks that no doubt marked that weekend, the #1 song was "Boom Boom Pow" by the Peas.

"Tik Tok" - Ke$ha (1/30/10)/ Australian Open #5

Serena started the new decade and the 2010 season with her fifth Australian Open title. The number one song that week was by singer Ke$ha, who was enjoying her first #1 single with "Tik Tok." By the end of the decade, another TikTok—of the social media platform variety—would take over the world.

"California Gurls" - Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg (7/3/10)/ Wimbledon #4

The first of two Katy Perry Songs on this list, "California Gurls" ranked #1 during Serena's 2010 Wimbledon win - her fourth. No one drew the connection at the time, but Serena was arguably the most famous “California Gurl” that week!

"Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen (7/7/12)/ Wimbledon #5

Another two-year drought for Serena would end with this 5th Wimbledon championship, which occurred while Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen had Americans singing along to "Call Me Maybe," the song of the summer in 2012.

"Whistle" - Florida (9/9/12)/ U.S. Open #4

Flo Rida's second #1 during a Serena major win happened when she won the 2012 U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in Queens, NY. It was her fourth U.S. Open win and the 15th overall slam win for the American superstar.

"Can't Hold Us" - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton (6/8/13)/ French Open #2

When Serena Williams won the 2013 French Open she had just regained the #1 ranking in women's tennis a few months earlier. It's a status she held for nearly two years straight. The uplifting chart topper that marked the occasion: "Can't Hold Us" by rappers Macklemore and Lewis, a jam that could have easily been applied to Serena and her big sister Venus!

"Roar" - Katy Perry (9/8/13)/ U.S. Open #5

When a singer has ten #1 singles in just under six years, it's not surprising that at least two of them ranked #1 during a Serena major win. Such is the case for Katy Perry, whose "Roar" topped the U.S. charts during the 2013 U.S. Open (Serena's 5th Open Championship).

"Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift (9/7/14)/ U.S. Open #6

Serena began her second career "Serena Slam" by winning the 2014 U.S. Open tournament. It was also her most recent U.S. Open win, something she tried to rectify with this year's (2022) tournament. The #1 song during the 2014 win: "Shake It Off" by pop's princess Taylor Swift. Of course, while Serena has moved on, it’ll be a while before we fans can shake off her most recent loss and final tournament.

"Uptown Funk" - Mark Bronson ft. Bruno Mars (1/31/15)/ Australian Open #6

Chances were that if Serena was going to win a tournament in 2015, "Uptown Funk" would have been the #1 single during it. The song ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks from January to April. Serena's sixth Aussie Open win in Melbourne placed her halfway to the second Serena Slam on January 31.

"Bad Blood" - Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar (6/6/15)/ French Open #3

Arguably the hottest star of 2015, Taylor Swift racked up three #1 singles in under nine months, two of which reigned during Serena Slam wins. "Bad Blood" was the second of those, topping the chart while Serena won that year's French Open on June 6.

"See You Again" - Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth (7/11/15)/ Wimbledon #6

Serena's sixth Wimbledon championship title in July 2015 completed her second "Serena Slam" by giving her all four major titles concurrently. It also placed her one major win away from tying Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 Slam titles. Perhaps fittingly, the title of the #1 song that week was "See You Again," because she certainly would.

"One Dance" - Drake ft. Wizkid and Kyla (7/9/16)/ Wimbledon #7

After completing her "Serena Slam" with the 2015 Wimbledon Championship, Serena failed to achieve the calendar slam when she lost that year's U.S. Open. Tabloids and social media attributed the loss to Canadian rapper Drake, who was rumored to be dating Serena and who was present in the stands. Drake had a history of "jinxing" sports outcomes of the team's and players he supported that year. So it's a bit of irony that the #1 song during the week that Serena made history and won her 22nd Grand Slam title in 2016 was by none other than Drake: "One Dance.”

“Shape Of You” - Ed Sheeran (1/28/17)/ Australian Open #7

Serena’s last Grand Slam win was in Melbourne while she was eight weeks pregnant. None of us knew it at the time. And few of us, if any, thought that it would be her last major win. She would reach four more Grand Slam finals after giving birth to daughter Olympia, but that elusive 24th trophy would never happen.

It’s that turn of events that makes Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” the last song to top the Billboard Hot 100 during a Serena major championship week.

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