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List of Billboard Hot 100 chart achievements and milestones

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This is a comprehensive listing that highlights significant achievements and milestones based upon Billboard magazine's singles charts, most notably the Billboard Hot 100. This list spans the period from the issue dated January 1, 1955 to present. The Billboard Hot 100 began with the issue dated August 4, 1958, and is currently the standard popular music chart in the United States.

Prior to the creation of the Hot 100, Billboard published four singles charts: "Best Sellers in Stores", "Most Played by Jockeys", "Most Played in Jukeboxes" and "The Top 100". These charts, which ranged from 20 to 100 slots, were phased out at different times between 1957 and 1958. Though technically not part of the Hot 100 chart history, select data from these charts are included for computational purposes, and to avoid unenlightening or misleading characterizations.

All items listed below are from the Hot 100 era, unless otherwise noted (pre-Hot 100 charts).

Contents

All-Time Hot 100 achievements (1958–2018)

In 2008, for the 50th anniversary of the Hot 100, Billboard magazine compiled a ranking of the 100 best-performing songs on the chart over the 50 years, along with the best-performing artists.[1][2] In 2013, Billboard revised the rankings for the chart's 55th anniversary edition.[3] In 2015, Billboard revised the rankings again.[4] In 2018, the rankings were revised again for the Billboard chart's 60th anniversary.[5] Shown below are the top 10 songs and top 10 artists over the 60-year period of the Hot 100, through July 2018. Also shown are the artists placing the most songs on the overall "all-time" top 100 song list.

Top 10 songs of All-Time (1958–2018)

Rank Single Year(s) released Artist(s) Peak and duration
1.
"The Twist"
1960, 1961*
Chubby Checker #1 for 3 weeks
2.
"Smooth"
1999
Santana featuring Rob Thomas #1 for 12 weeks
3.
"Mack the Knife"
1959
Bobby Darin #1 for 9 weeks
4.
"Uptown Funk"
2015
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars #1 for 14 weeks
5.
"How Do I Live"
1997
LeAnn Rimes #2 for 4 weeks
6.
"Party Rock Anthem"
2011
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock #1 for 6 weeks
7.
"I Gotta Feeling"
2009
The Black Eyed Peas #1 for 14 weeks
8.
"Macarena (Bayside Boys mix)"
1996
Los Del Rio #1 for 14 weeks
9.
"Shape of You"
2017
Ed Sheeran #1 for 12 weeks
10.
"Physical"
1981
Olivia Newton-John #1 for 10 weeks

* – re-released
Source:[6]

Top 10 Hot 100 artists of All-Time (1958–2018)

Rank Artist
1.
The Beatles
2.
Madonna
3.
Elton John
4.
Elvis Presley
5.
Mariah Carey
6.
Stevie Wonder
7.
Janet Jackson
8.
Michael Jackson
9.
Whitney Houston
10.
Rihanna

Source:[7]

Artists with the most songs on Billboard's Top 100 Hits of All-Time (1958–2018)

Number of
songs
Artist Songs (ranking)
3
Lionel Richie "Endless Love" (18), "Say You, Say Me" (94), "All Night Long" (96)
Boyz II Men "I'll Make Love to You" (22), "One Sweet Day" (38), "End of the Road" (55)
Bee Gees "How Deep Is Your Love" (25), "Night Fever" (42), "Stayin' Alive" (59)
Paul McCartney "Silly Love Songs" (40), "Say Say Say" (44), "Ebony and Ivory" (76)
2
Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk" (4), "Just the Way You Are" (82)
The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" (7), "Boom Boom Pow" (56)
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You" (9), "Perfect" (91)
The Beatles "Hey Jude" (12), "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (48)
Mariah Carey "We Belong Together" (14), "One Sweet Day" (38)
Diana Ross "Endless Love" (18), "Upside Down" (80)
Andy Gibb "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" (29), "Shadow Dancing" (49)
Marvin Gaye "Let's Get It On" (41), "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (84)
Michael Jackson "Say Say Say" (44), "Billie Jean" (86)
Pharrell Williams "Blurred Lines" (51), "Happy" (79)
Elton John "Candle In the Wind 1997" (52), "That's What Friends Are For" (78)
Stevie Wonder "Ebony and Ivory" (76), "That's What Friends Are For" (78)

Source:[6]

Song milestones

Most weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100

Number of
weeks
Artist(s) Song Year(s)
19
Lil Nas X
(1 week solo, 18 weeks featuring Billy Ray Cyrus)
"Old Town Road" 2019
16
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men "One Sweet Day" 1995–96
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber "Despacito" 2017
14
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" 1992–93
Boyz II Men "I'll Make Love to You" 1994
Los del Río "Macarena" (Bayside Boys mix) 1996
Elton John "Candle in the Wind 1997" /
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
1997
Mariah Carey "We Belong Together" 2005
The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" 2009
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk" 2015
13
Boyz II Men "End of the Road" 1992
Brandy and Monica "The Boy Is Mine" 1998
12
Santana featuring Rob Thomas "Smooth" 1999–2000
Eminem "Lose Yourself" 2002–03
Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris "Yeah!" 2004
The Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow" 2009
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell "Blurred Lines" 2013
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth "See You Again" 2015
The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey "Closer" 2016
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You" 2017
11
All-4-One "I Swear" 1994
Toni Braxton "Un-Break My Heart" 1996–97
Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112 "I'll Be Missing You" 1997
Destiny's Child "Independent Women Part I" 2000–01
Drake "God's Plan" 2018
10
Debby Boone "You Light Up My Life" 1977
Olivia Newton-John "Physical" 1981–82
Santana featuring The Product G&B "Maria Maria" 2000
Ashanti "Foolish" 2002
Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland "Dilemma"
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx "Gold Digger" 2005
Beyoncé "Irreplaceable" 2006–07
Flo Rida featuring T-Pain "Low" 2008
Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris "We Found Love" 2011–12
Pharrell Williams "Happy" 2014
Adele "Hello" 2015–16
Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla "One Dance" 2016
Drake "In My Feelings" 2018

Pre-Hot 100 Notes:

Source:[8][9]

Most weeks at number two (without hitting number one)

Number of
weeks
Artist(s) Song Year(s) Kept off of number-one by
10
Foreigner "Waiting for a Girl Like You" 1981–82 "Physical" (Olivia Newton-John), "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" (Hall & Oates)[10]
Missy Elliott "Work It" 2002–03 "Lose Yourself" (Eminem) [11]
9
Donna Lewis "I Love You Always Forever" 1996 "Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)" (Los del Río) [12]
Shania Twain "You're Still the One" 1998 "Too Close" (Next),[13] "The Boy Is Mine" (Brandy and Monica) [11]
8
Shai "If I Ever Fall in Love" 1992–93 "I Will Always Love You" (Whitney Houston)
Deborah Cox "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" 1998–99 "I'm Your Angel" (R. Kelly featuring Celine Dion), "Have You Ever?" (Brandy)
Brian McKnight "Back at One" 1999–2000 "Smooth" (Santana featuring Rob Thomas) [11]
Mario Winans featuring Enya and P. Diddy "I Don't Wanna Know" 2004 "Yeah!" (Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris), "Burn" (Usher)
Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud" 2015 "Uptown Funk!" (Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars) [11]

Source:[14]

Most total weeks in the top ten

The following songs have spent 28 or more weeks in the top ten.

Number of
weeks
Artist(s) Song Year(s) Source
33
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You" 2017
[15]
Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B "Girls Like You" 2018–19
[15]
Post Malone and Swae Lee "Sunflower" 2018–19
[16][17]
32
LeAnn Rimes "How Do I Live" 1997–98
[15]
The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey "Closer" 2016–17
[15]
Travis Scott "Sicko Mode" 2018–19
[15]
31
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk" 2014–15
[15]
30
Santana featuring Rob Thomas "Smooth" 1999–2000
[15]
29
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem" 2011–12
[18]
Halsey "Without Me" 2018–19
[15]
28
Jewel "You Were Meant For Me"/"Foolish Games" 1997
[18]
Bruno Mars "That's What I Like" 2017
[18]
The total weeks displayed in this section are total weeks the song was charted inside the top 10 portion of the chart, instead of total weeks spent on the chart.

Most total weeks on the Hot 100

Number of
weeks
Artist(s) Song Year(s)
87
Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" 2014
79
Awolnation "Sail" 2014
76
Jason Mraz "I'm Yours" 2009
69
LeAnn Rimes "How Do I Live" 1998
68
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem" 2012
OneRepublic "Counting Stars" 2014
65
Jewel "Foolish Games" / "You Were Meant for Me" 1998
Adele "Rolling in the Deep" 2012
64
Carrie Underwood "Before He Cheats" 2007
62
Lifehouse "You and Me" 2006
The Lumineers "Ho Hey" 2013
Note: The year displayed is the year the songs ended their respective chart runs.

Source:[19]

Number-one debuts

Year Issue date Song Artist(s)
1995 September 2 "You Are Not Alone" Michael Jackson
September 30 "Fantasy" Mariah Carey
November 25 "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" Whitney Houston
December 2 "One Sweet Day" Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
1997 June 14 "I'll Be Missing You" Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
September 13 "Honey" Mariah Carey
October 11 "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" Elton John
1998 February 28 "My Heart Will Go On" Celine Dion
September 5 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Aerosmith
November 14 "Doo Wop (That Thing)" Lauryn Hill
2003 June 28 "This Is the Night" Clay Aiken
2004 July 10 "I Believe" Fantasia
2005 July 2 "Inside Your Heaven" Carrie Underwood
2006 July 1 "Do I Make You Proud" Taylor Hicks
2009 October 24 "3" Britney Spears
2010 May 22 "Not Afraid" Eminem
November 13 "We R Who We R" Kesha
2011 January 29 "Hold It Against Me" Britney Spears
February 26 "Born This Way" Lady Gaga
2012 March 3 "Part of Me" Katy Perry
2013 March 2 "Harlem Shake" Baauer
2014 September 6 "Shake It Off" Taylor Swift
2015 September 19 "What Do You Mean?" Justin Bieber
November 14 "Hello" Adele
2016 February 20 "Pillowtalk" Zayn
May 28 "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Justin Timberlake
2017 January 28 "Shape of You" Ed Sheeran
May 20 "I'm the One" DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne
2018 February 3 "God's Plan" Drake
April 21 "Nice for What"
May 19 "This Is America" Childish Gambino
November 17 "Thank U, Next" Ariana Grande
2019 February 2 "7 Rings"
March 16 "Sucker" Jonas Brothers
Since 2009, at least one song debuted at number one per year. 1995 and 2018 each saw four songs debut at number one (a record amount).

Source:[20]

Biggest jump to number one

Changes in when the eligibility of a single first begins, as well as more accurate digital download totals, have made abrupt chart jumps more commonplace. From 1955 to 2001, under Billboard's previous methodologies, only two singles ascended directly to #1 from a previous position beneath the Top 20: The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love", which jumped from #27 to the top slot in April 1964, and Brandy and Monica's "The Boy Is Mine" which jumped from #23 to #1 in June 1998.

Biggest single-week upward movements

Under Billboard's previous methodologies, jumps of this magnitude were rare. One exception was Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley PTA," which advanced 74 slots in August 1968;[40] this upward acceleration went unmatched for 30 years, but has been surpassed over a dozen times since 2006. Changes in when the eligibility of a single first begins, as well as more accurate digital download totals, have made abrupt chart jumps more commonplace.

Longest climbs to number one

Biggest drop from number one

Source:[43]

Biggest single-week downward movements

Source:[54]

Biggest drops off the Hot 100

† – A recurring holiday song charting during the Christmas season.

†† – "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry" reappeared on the Hot 100 for two weeks in 2016, and the above reflects their re-entries only. When the songs originally charted in 1984, their chart positions in their final week on the Hot 100 were well below the top 10.

Prior to 2008, the biggest drop off the Hot 100 was "Nights in White Satin" by The Moody Blues, which ranked at #17 in its final week on the chart in December 1972. This high drop-off position was matched in January 1975 by "Junior's Farm" by Paul McCartney and Wings. The record descent held for over three decades. Each song above dropped off the Hot 100 upon four or fewer weeks; "Nights in White Satin" and "Junior's Farm" dropped off after 18 and 12 weeks, respectively.

Source:[62]

Number-one songs covered by different artists

Source:[63][64]

Non-English language number-ones

Instrumental number-ones

† – Contains vocal part, but is considered an instrumental. See Instrumental#Borderline cases for more.

Artist achievements

Most number-one singles

Number of singles Artist Biggest number-one†
20
The Beatles "Hey Jude"[6]
18
Elvis Presley "Don't Be Cruel" / "Hound Dog"[65][66]
Mariah Carey "We Belong Together"[6]
14
Rihanna "We Found Love"[6]
13
Michael Jackson "Say Say Say" (duet with Paul McCartney)[6]
12
The Supremes "Love Child"[67]
Madonna "Like a Virgin"[68]
11
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You"[6]
10
Stevie Wonder "Ebony and Ivory" (duet with Paul McCartney)[6]
Janet Jackson "Miss You Much"[69]

† The biggest number-one listed by each artist reflects its overall performance on the Hot 100, as calculated by Billboard, and may not necessarily be the single which spent the most weeks at #1 for the artist, such as Madonna's "Like a Virgin" (six weeks at #1, compared to seven for "Take a Bow"), Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" (fourteen weeks at #1, compared to sixteen for her duet with Boyz II Men, "One Sweet Day") and Michael Jackson's duet with Paul McCartney, "Say Say Say" (six weeks at #1, compared to seven for both his solo singles "Billie Jean" and "Black or White").

‡ Pre-Hot 100 charts and Hot 100.

  • Billboard now credits the dual #1 Presley single "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog" as a single chart entity, and credits Presley with 17 number one singles.[70] "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog" spent 11 weeks at #1, "Hound Dog" for 6 weeks, "Don't Be Cruel" for 5 weeks. Many chart statisticians however, such as Joel Whitburn, still list Presley as having 18 number ones.


Source:[71][72][73][74]

Most cumulative weeks at number one

Weeks at
number one
Artist Source
79
Elvis Presley † [70]
Mariah Carey [75]
60
Rihanna [75]
59
The Beatles [75]
50
Boyz II Men [75]
49
Drake [76]
47
Usher [75]
42
Beyoncé [75]
37
Michael Jackson [75]
34
Elton John [75]
† Pre-Hot 100 charts and Hot 100. Presley is sometimes credited with an "80th week" that occurred when "All Shook Up" spent a ninth week on top of the "Most Played in Jukeboxes" chart. Although Billboard's chart statistician Joel Whitburn still counts this 80th week based on preexisting research, Billboard magazine itself has since revised its methodology and officially credits Presley with 79 weeks.[70] Much of Presley's total factors in pre-Hot 100 data. If counting from the August 1958 Hot 100 inception, Presley totaled 22 weeks at #1.
  • Note: For singer Fergie, if Black Eyed Peas is included, this would put Fergie on the list with 34 weeks at #1.
  • Note: For singer Michael Jackson, if The Jackson 5, which would also be later known as The Jacksons is included, this would give Michael Jackson 47 cumulative weeks at #1.
  • Note: For singer Beyoncé, if Destiny's Child is included, this would give Beyoncé 59 cumulative weeks at #1. All six weeks from the Perfect duet with Ed Sheeran are also included.
  • Note: For singer Diana Ross, if The Supremes are included, this would give Diana Ross 42 cumulative weeks at #1.
  • Note: For each of the Beatles:
    • If John Lennon's total weeks were to include the Beatles, this would give John Lennon 65 cumulative weeks at #1.
    • If Paul McCartney's total weeks were to include the Beatles, as well as Wings, this would give Paul McCartney 89 cumulative weeks at #1.
    • If George Harrison's total weeks were to include the Beatles, this would give George Harrison 65 cumulative weeks at #1.
    • If Ringo Starr's total weeks were to include the Beatles, this would give Ringo Starr 61 cumulative weeks at #1.

Most consecutive number-one singles

Number of
singles
Artist First hit and date Final hit and date Streak-breaking song
7
Whitney Houston "Saving All My Love for You"
(October 26, 1985)
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
(April 23, 1988)
"Love Will Save the Day"
(#9 – August 27, 1988)
6
The Beatles "I Feel Fine"
(December 26, 1964)
"We Can Work It Out"
(January 8, 1966)
"Nowhere Man"
(#3 – March 26, 1966)
Bee Gees "How Deep Is Your Love"
(December 24, 1977)
"Love You Inside Out"
(June 9, 1979)
"He's A Liar"
(#30 – October 24, 1981)
5
Elvis Presley "A Big Hunk o' Love"
(August 10, 1959)
"Surrender"
(March 20, 1961)
"I Feel So Bad"
(#5 – May 1961)
The Supremes "Where Did Our Love Go"
(August 22, 1964)
"Back in My Arms Again"
(June 12, 1965)
"Nothing but Heartaches"
(#11 – September 4, 1965)
Michael Jackson "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"
(with Siedah Garrett)
(September 19, 1987)
"Dirty Diana"
(July 2, 1988)
"Another Part of Me"
(#11 – September 10, 1988)
Mariah Carey "Vision of Love"
(August 4, 1990)
"Emotions"
(October 12, 1991)
"Can't Let Go"
(#2 – January 25, 1992)
"Fantasy"
(September 30, 1995)
"My All"
(May 23, 1998)
"When You Believe" (with Whitney Houston)
(#15 – January 30, 1999)
Katy Perry "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
(June 19, 2010)
"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
(August 17, 2011)
"The One That Got Away"
(#3 – January 7, 2012)
Houston's "Thinking About You" is not counted as interrupting the streak, as it never appeared on the Hot 100, due to not being released to Pop radio. Likewise, Perry's "Not Like the Movies" and "Circle the Drain" were only promotional singles, not radio singles.

Sources:[77][78][79][80][81][82][82][83]

Most consecutive weeks simultaneously topping the Hot 100 and Billboard 200

Number of
weeks
Artist Year(s)
charted
Singles Albums
12
The Beatles
1964
"I Want to Hold Your Hand",
"She Loves You", "Can't Buy Me Love"
Meet the Beatles!,
The Beatles' Second Album
Whitney Houston
1992–93
"I Will Always Love You" The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album
7
Michael Jackson
1983
"Billie Jean" Thriller
Drake
2016
"One Dance" (featuring Wizkid and Kyla) Views
The Monkees
1966–67
"I'm a Believer" The Monkees, More of the Monkees

Sources:[84]

Most consecutive years charting a number-one single

Number of
years
Artist First number-one hit and week Final number-one hit and final week
11
Mariah Carey "Vision of Love"
(August 4, 1990)
"Thank God I Found You"
(February 19, 2000)
7
Elvis Presley † "Heartbreak Hotel"
(March 17, 1956)
"Good Luck Charm"
(April 28, 1962)
The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
(February 1, 1964)
"The Long and Winding Road"
(June 20, 1970)
6
The Supremes "Where Did Our Love Go"
(August 22, 1964)
"Someday We'll Be Together"
(December 27, 1969)
Lionel Richie "Endless Love"
(August 15, 1981)
"Say You, Say Me"
(January 11, 1986)

† Pre-Hot 100 charts and Hot 100.

Source:[85][86][87]

Most number-one singles in a calendar year

Number of
singles
Artist Year
charted
Singles
6
The Beatles
1964
"I Want to Hold Your Hand"
"She Loves You"
"Can't Buy Me Love"
"Love Me Do"
"A Hard Day's Night"
"I Feel Fine"
5
1965
"I Feel Fine"
"Eight Days a Week"
"Ticket to Ride"
"Help!"
"Yesterday"
4
Elvis Presley †
1956
"Heartbreak Hotel"
"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You"
"Hound Dog" / "Don't Be Cruel"
"Love Me Tender"
1957
"Too Much"
"All Shook Up"
"(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear"
"Jailhouse Rock"
The Supremes
1965
"Come See About Me"
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
"Back in My Arms Again"
"I Hear a Symphony"
Jackson 5
1970
"I Want You Back"
"ABC"
"The Love You Save"
"I'll Be There"
George Michael
1988
"Faith"
"Father Figure"
"One More Try"
"Monkey"
Usher
2004
"Yeah!" (featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris)
"Burn"
"Confessions Part II"
"My Boo" (Duet with Alicia Keys)
Rihanna
2010
"Rude Boy"
"Love the Way You Lie" (Eminem featuring Rihanna)
"What's My Name?" (featuring Drake)
"Only Girl (In the World)"

† Pre-Hot 100 charts.
Chart notes: If counting Presley's dual hit song "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" separately then Elvis has 5 for 1956. Some Presley songs included here charted #1 on Cashbox, but not on the Billboard Top 100, the precursor to the Billboard Hot 100.

Sources:[77][88][89][90]

Most top 10 singles

Number of
singles
Artist Source
38
Madonna [91]
35
Drake [91]
34
The Beatles [91]
31
Rihanna [91]
30
Michael Jackson [91]
28
Stevie Wonder [91]
Mariah Carey [91]
27
Elton John [91]
Janet Jackson [91]
25
Elvis Presley† [91]
Taylor Swift [92]

† If his career before the inception of the Hot 100 is included, Elvis Presley is credited 36 top 10 singles.[93]

Most consecutive weeks in the top 10

Number of
weeks
Artist Years
charted
Singles
69
Katy Perry
2010–11
"California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
"Teenage Dream"
"Firework"
"E.T." (featuring Kanye West)
"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
61
The Chainsmokers
2016–17
"Don't Let Me Down" (featuring Daya)
"Closer" (featuring Halsey)
"Paris"
"Something Just Like This" (with Coldplay)
51
Drake
2015–16
"Hotline Bling"
"Work" (Rihanna featuring Drake)
"Summer Sixteen"
"One Dance" (featuring Wizkid and Kyla)
48
Ace of Base
1993–94
"All That She Wants"
"The Sign"
"Don't Turn Around"
46
Rihanna
2010–11
"Love the Way You Lie" (Eminem featuring Rihanna)
"Only Girl (In the World)"
"What's My Name?" (featuring Drake)
"S&M"

Source:[94][95][96][97]

Most top 10 debuts

Number Artist Source
20
Drake [98]
15
Taylor Swift [98]
12
Eminem [98]
11
Lil Wayne [98]
10
Ariana Grande [98]
8
Justin Bieber [99]
6
Lady Gaga [99]
Rihanna [99]
Post Malone [100]

Most top 40 singles

Number Artist Source
99
Drake [101]
81
Lil Wayne [30][101]
Elvis Presley [30][102][101]
63
Taylor Swift [103][104]
57
Elton John [30][101]
54
Nicki Minaj [101][105]
51
Glee Cast [106]
50
The Beatles [106]
Rihanna [106]
Jay-Z [106]
49
Madonna [106]
Kanye West [106]

† If his career before the Hot 100 inception is included, Presley is credited with 115 Top 40 entries.[72]


Most Hot 100 entries

Entries Artist Source
207
Glee Cast [107]
204
Drake [107]
163
Lil Wayne [107]
109
Elvis Presley [107]
104
Nicki Minaj [107]
100
Jay-Z [107]
96
Kanye West [107]
96
Chris Brown [107]
95
Taylor Swift [108]
91
James Brown [107]
75
Ray Charles [107]
75
Eminem [107]
73
Aretha Franklin [107]
72
Justin Bieber [107]
71
The Beatles [107]

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† Elvis Presley's career predated the inception of the Hot 100 by two years. He has charted 150 singles on Billboard if tracking his entire career.

Most consecutive weeks on Hot 100

The artists with 150 or more consecutive weeks on the Hot 100:

Source:[109]

Self-replacement at number one

† The Beatles are the only act in history to have three consecutive, self-replacing #1s.

Source:[110]

Simultaneously occupying the top two or more positions

  • Elvis Presley: October 20 – November 3, 1956 (Pre-Hot 100 charts)
  1. "Hound Dog" / "Don't Be Cruel"
  2. "Love Me Tender" ("Best Sellers in Stores" and "Most Played by Jockeys" charts)
  • The Beatles: From February 22, 1964 until April 25, 1964 the Beatles held the top two positions, with various singles. In some of the weeks, the band held the top three or top four slots, the only act in chart history to do so until 2019. On April 4, 1964, The Beatles occupied the entire top five.[111]
  1. "Can't Buy Me Love"
  2. "Twist and Shout"
  3. "She Loves You"
  4. "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
  5. "Please Please Me"
  • Bee Gees: March 18 – April 15, 1978
  1. "Night Fever"
  2. "Stayin' Alive"
  • Puff Daddy: August 9–30, 1997
  1. "I'll Be Missing You" (Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112)
  2. "Mo Money Mo Problems" (The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase)
  • Ja Rule: March 9–23, 2002
  1. "Ain't It Funny" (Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule)
  2. "Always on Time" (Ja Rule featuring Ashanti)
  • Ashanti: April 20 – May 18, 2002
  1. "Foolish"
  2. "What's Luv?" (Fat Joe featuring Ashanti)
  • Nelly: August 10–31, 2002
  1. "Hot in Herre"
  2. "Dilemma" (Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland, songs switched positions on August 17, 2002)
  • OutKast: December 20, 2003 – February 7, 2004
  1. "Hey Ya!"
  2. "The Way You Move" (OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown)
  • Usher: June 26 – July 3, 2004; July 17, 2004
  1. "Burn"
  2. "Confessions Part II"
  • 50 Cent: April 16–30, 2005
  1. "Candy Shop" (50 Cent featuring Olivia)
  2. "Hate It or Love It" (The Game featuring 50 Cent)
  • Mariah Carey: September 10, 2005
  1. "We Belong Together"
  2. "Shake It Off"
  • Akon:
  • December 2, 2006
  1. "I Wanna Love You" (Akon featuring Snoop Dogg)
  2. "Smack That" (Akon featuring Eminem)
  • April 14, 2007
  1. "Don't Matter"
  2. "The Sweet Escape" (Gwen Stefani featuring Akon)
  • T.I.: October 18, 2008; November 1–29, 2008
  1. "Live Your Life" (T.I. featuring Rihanna)
  2. "Whatever You Like" (songs switched positions several times)
  • Black Eyed Peas: June 27[112] – July 18, 2009[113]
  1. "Boom Boom Pow"
  2. "I Gotta Feeling" (songs switched positions on July 11, 2009)
  • Pharrell Williams: June 29[114] – July 27, 2013
  1. "Blurred Lines" (Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell)
  2. "Get Lucky" (Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams)
  1. "Fancy" (Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX)
  2. "Problem" (Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea)
  • The Weeknd: September 26, 2015[120]
  1. "Can't Feel My Face"
  2. "The Hills"
  • Justin Bieber:
  1. "Sorry"
  2. "Love Yourself" (songs switched positions on February 13, 2016)
  1. "Despacito" (Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber)
  2. "I'm the One" (DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne)
  • Drake:
  1. "Nice for What"
  2. "God's Plan"
  1. "Nice for What"
  2. "Nonstop"
  • Ariana Grande: On February 23, 2019, Grande became the first solo artist to occupy the top 3 spots, and the first overall artist to do so since The Beatles.[131]
  1. "7 Rings"
  2. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"
  3. "Thank U, Next"

Simultaneously three or more singles in the top 10

Posthumous number-ones

Source:[147]

Age records

  • Louis Armstrong (age 62 years, 279 days) is the oldest artist to top the Hot 100. He set that record with "Hello, Dolly!" on May 9, 1964.
  • Cher (age 52 years, 297 days) is the oldest female artist to top the Hot 100. She set the record with "Believe" on March 13, 1999.[148] The previous record holder was Grace Slick of Starship, who was 47 years, 156 days old when their hit "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" began its two-week reign on April 4, 1987.
  • Michael Jackson (age 11 years, 155 days) is the youngest artist to top the Hot 100. He achieved the record, as part of the Jackson 5, with "I Want You Back" on January 31, 1970.
  • Stevie Wonder (age 13 years, 89 days) is the youngest solo artist to top the Hot 100. He set the record with "Fingertips Pt. 2" on August 10, 1963.
  • Little Peggy March (age 15 years, 50 days) is the youngest female artist to top the Hot 100. The song which established this record for her was "I Will Follow Him", which reached #1 on April 27, 1963.
  • Fred Stobaugh (age 96 years, 23 days) is the oldest living artist to chart on the Hot 100. He was featured on the Green Shoe Studio song "Oh Sweet Lorriane", which ranked at #42 on September 14, 2013.[149] The previous record was held by Tony Bennett, who was 85 years, 59 days old when his song "Body and Soul", a duet with Amy Winehouse, ranked at #87 on October 1, 2011.
  • French-born Jordy Lemoine (age 5 years, 156 days) is the youngest artist to chart on the Hot 100. He established the record when his song "Dur dur d'être bébé! (It's Tough to Be a Baby)", where he is credited simply as Jordy, entered the chart on June 19, 1993.[150][151]

Gap records

  • The longest gap between #1 hits on the Hot 100 for an artist is 24 years, 355 days by Cher. Her single "Believe" hit #1 on March 13, 1999, her first time on top since "Dark Lady" on March 23, 1974.[148][152]
  • Cher also holds the record gap between first and most recent #1 on the Hot 100 over the longest period of time: 33 years, 232 days. The first of three weeks at #1 for "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher was August 14, 1965. The last week at #1 for Cher's "Believe" was April 3, 1999.[152]
  • The record for the longest wait from an artist's Hot 100 debut entry to its first #1 belongs to Santana, with 30 years between the time he first cracked the Hot 100 with "Jingo" (October 25, 1969) and the first of 12 weeks at #1 with "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas (October 23, 1999).[153]
  • When "4th Dimension" by Kids See Ghosts featuring Louis Prima debuted at #42 for the week of June 23, 2018,[154] Prima became the artist with the longest overall span of singles on the Hot 100 – 57 years, 130 days on account of his single "Wonderland by Night" which last appeared at #89 on the Hot 100, dated February 13, 1961.[155]
  • Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" holds the record for the longest trip to the Hot 100's top 10: 60 years and two weeks. It first appeared on the Hot 100 dated December 22, 1958 and reached the top 10 on the chart dated January 5, 2019 peaking at #8.[156] Additionally, as his song "Dreams" debuted on the third Hot 100 ever, (dated August 18, 1958) Helms subsequently ends the longest wait for an artist's first top 10: 60 years, four months and two weeks.[156]
  • Burl Ives holds the record for the longest break between Hot 100 top 10's: He returned to the top 10 after 56 years, seven months and two weeks, when "A Holly Jolly Christmas" reached #10 on the chart dated January 5, 2019.[156]

Album achievements

Most number-one singles from one album

Number of
Singles
Artist Album Year
5
Michael Jackson Bad
1987
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
2010
4
Various artists Saturday Night Fever
1977
Whitney Houston Whitney
1987
George Michael Faith
Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl
1988
Janet Jackson Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
1989
Mariah Carey Mariah Carey
1990
Usher Confessions
2004

Source:[157]

Most top ten singles from one album

Number of
singles
Artist Album Year
7
Michael Jackson Thriller
1982
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.
1984
Janet Jackson Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
1989
Drake Scorpion
2018
6
Michael Jackson Bad
1987
George Michael Faith
Janet Jackson Janet.
1993
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
2010
5
Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down
1983
Janet Jackson Control
1986
Genesis Invisible Touch
Madonna True Blue
Huey Lewis and the News Fore!
Whitney Houston Whitney
1987
Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl
1988
Bobby Brown Don't Be Cruel
New Kids on the Block Hangin' Tough
Bon Jovi New Jersey
Milli Vanilli Girl You Know It's True
1989
Various artists † Waiting to Exhale
1995
Usher Confessions
2004
Fergie The Dutchess
2006
The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D.
2009
Taylor Swift 1989
2014

Source:[159][160]

Other album achievements

NOTE: Numbers listed here are, per Billboard's rules,[166] over one release.

Producer achievements

Producers with the most number-one singles

Number of
singles
Producer(s) Best known producing for Biggest number-one hit and date
23
George Martin The Beatles "Hey Jude"[167]
(September 28, 1968)
22
Max Martin Britney Spears, Katy Perry,
Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande
"Dark Horse"[168]
(February 8, 2014)
16
Steve Sholes Elvis Presley "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel"
(August 18, 1956)
Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis Janet Jackson "Miss You Much"[69]
(October 7, 1989)
Dr. Luke Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson,
Kesha, Miley Cyrus
"Tik Tok"[169]
(January 2, 2010)
14
Barry Gibb Bee Gees, Andy Gibb "How Deep Is Your Love"[169]
(December 24, 1977)
Mariah Carey Herself "We Belong Together"[169]
(June 4, 2005)

† Pre-Hot 100 charts and Hot 100

Source:[170][171][172][173][174]

Songwriter achievements

Songwriters with the most number-one singles

Number of
singles
Songwriter Best known writing for Biggest number-one hit and date
32
Paul McCartney The Beatles "Hey Jude"[167]
(September 28, 1968)
26
John Lennon
22
Max Martin Katy Perry, Britney Spears,
Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande
"Dark Horse"[168]
(February 8, 2014)
17
Mariah Carey Herself "We Belong Together"[175]
(June 4, 2005)
16
Barry Gibb Bee Gees, Andy Gibb "How Deep Is Your Love"[176]
(December 24, 1977)
Dr. Luke Katy Perry, Kesha, Miley Cyrus "Tik Tok"
(January 2, 2010)

Source:[173][171][172][177][178][179]

Most number-one singles in a calendar year

Number of
singles
Songwriter(s) Year Number-one hits (in chronological order)
7
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
1964 The Beatles – "I Want to Hold Your Hand"†, "She Loves You"†, "Can't Buy Me Love"†, "Love Me Do"
Peter and Gordon – "A World Without Love"
The Beatles – "A Hard Day's Night", "I Feel Fine"†††
Barry Gibb †† 1978 Bee Gees – "How Deep Is Your Love", "Stayin' Alive"†
Andy Gibb – "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water"†
Bee Gees – "Night Fever"†
Yvonne Elliman – "If I Can't Have You"†
Andy Gibb – "Shadow Dancing"
Frankie Valli – "Grease"
5
Lamont Dozier
Brian Holland
Eddie Holland
1965 The Supremes – "Come See About Me", "Stop! In the Name of Love", "Back in My Arms Again"†
Four Tops – "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"†
The Supremes – "I Hear a Symphony"
John Lennon †††
Paul McCartney †††
1965 The Beatles – "I Feel Fine", "Eight Days a Week", "Ticket to Ride", "Help!", "Yesterday" †††
Robin Gibb
Maurice Gibb
1978 Bee Gees – "How Deep Is Your Love", "Stayin' Alive", "Night Fever"†
Yvonne Elliman – "If I Can't Have You"†
Andy Gibb – "Shadow Dancing"
  • † Chronologically sequential, replacing each other at #1
  • †† Holds all-time record of writing the most consecutively charted (self-replacing) #1 songs on the Hot 100, with 4.
  • ††† Hold all-time record of writing the most consecutive #1 A-side singles, with 6. Record includes these five 1965 A-sides and "We Can Work It Out", which hit #1 in January 1966.

Source:[77][88][178]

Selected additional Hot 100 achievements

  • The first #1 song on the Hot 100 was "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson (August 4, 1958).
  • The shortest #1 song of all time is "Stay" by Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs. It runs for a length of 1 minute, 38 seconds.[180] It topped the Hot 100 for one week on November 21, 1960.[181]
  • The #1 song in the first week Billboard incorporated sales and airplay data from Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems was "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" by P.M. Dawn (November 30, 1991).
  • The #1 song in the first week Billboard allowed songs without a commercial single release to chart on the Hot 100 was "I'm Your Angel" by R. Kelly and Céline Dion (December 5, 1998). Though the song was making its first appearance on the Hot 100 that week, Billboard did not consider it a debut at #1, since it appeared on unpublished test charts prior to the allowance of airplay-only songs on the main chart.[182] "I'm Your Angel" also entered the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart that week at #1,[183] so it would have been ineligible to chart on the Hot 100 before then.
  • The first "airplay-only" song to reach #1 (no points from a commercial single release) was "Try Again" by Aaliyah (June 17, 2000).
  • Drake holds the record for the most entries in the Hot 100 during a one-week period, with 27 on the July 14, 2018 chart.[184] The Beatles had long held this record, occupying 14 positions on the Hot 100 dated April 11, 1964, a feat unmatched for nearly 51 years. On March 7, 2015, Drake tied the Beatles mark,[185] and he equaled it again on October 17 that year.[165] Justin Bieber then reset the record to 17 on December 5, 2015,[186] before Drake reclaimed the record with 20 on May 21, 2016, and broke his own record with 27 on July 14, 2018.[165][187]
  • Drake also holds the record for the most debuting entries on a Hot 100 chart by any artist, with 22 on July 14, 2018.[184]
  • Taylor Swift is the record-holder among female artists for the most simultaneous entries in the Hot 100, with 18 on the September 7, 2019 chart. Previous record holders were Billie Eilish (14), Cardi B (13), Ariana Grande (12), and Beyoncé (12).[188][108]
  • Ariana Grande is the record-holder among female artists with the most songs charting in the top 40 simultaneously, with 11 on the February 23, 2019 chart.[189]
  • The Beatles are the only artists to simultaneously hold the top 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and Billboard 200 albums chart. They achieved this feat for nine consecutive weeks, from February 29, 1964, to April 25, 1964. For the first five weeks of that run, through March 28, 1964, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" were the #1 and #2 singles (which swapped positions during March 1964), while Meet the Beatles! and Introducing... The Beatles held the top 2 spots on the albums charts. For the remaining weeks of the run, "Can't Buy Me Love" and their cover of "Twist and Shout" were the #1 and #2 singles, while Meet the Beatles! and Introducing... The Beatles continued their reign as the top 2 albums.[190][191]
  • Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney hold the record of writing all of the Top 3 singles for one week. The Gibbs co-wrote the top 3 singles for the week of March 18, 1978 – #1 "Night Fever" and #2 "Stayin' Alive" for the Bee Gees, and #3 "Emotion" for Samantha Sang. Lennon and McCartney co-wrote the top 3 singles for the week of March 14, 1964 – #1 "I Want to Hold Your Hand", #2 "She Loves You", and #3 "Please Please Me", all for The Beatles. They continued this record the following week of March 21, 1964, when "She Loves You" switched places with "I Want to Hold Your Hand".
  • The Black Eyed Peas hold the record for the longest uninterrupted time at #1 on the Hot 100, a total of 26 consecutive weeks from April to October 2009. "Boom Boom Pow" spent the first 12 weeks on top, with "I Gotta Feeling" taking over for the remaining 14 weeks.[192] Prior to August 2009, Usher held this record, spending 19 consecutive weeks on top of the chart in 2004 with "Yeah!" (12 weeks at #1) and "Burn" (first 7 of its 8 total weeks at #1).[193]
  • On December 4, 2010, Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)" reached the top spot two weeks after "What's My Name?", becoming the first time in Hot 100 history that an album's debut single hit #1 after the second single did.[194]
  • Ed Sheeran became the first artist to debut more than one song in the top 10 for the same week. On the chart dated January 28, 2017, "Shape of You" debuted at #1, while "Castle on the Hill" entered at #6.[195] Drake later achieved this feat on three separate occasions, doing so on April 8, 2017,[164] February 3, 2018,[196] and July 14, 2018.[197] In the latter week, Drake broke the record by debuting four songs in the top 10.
  • Drake is the only artist to have a number-one debut replace another number-one debut. He did this April 21, 2018, when "Nice For What" replaced "God's Plan" at the summit, after the latter had spent eleven weeks on top.[198]
  • Drake holds the record for being on the Hot 100 for the most consecutive weeks. He placed at least one song, either in a lead or featured role, on every chart from his debut on May 23, 2009, to August 19, 2017, for a total of 431 weeks in a row.[199]
  • Ariana Grande is the only artist to have the lead single from each of her first five albums debut in the Hot 100's top 10.[200][129]
  • On July 14, 2018, Drake set the record for the most songs in the top ten at once, with seven. The Beatles had previously held the record, since 1964, with five entries.[130]
  • Ariana Grande is the first artist whose first two number-one songs both debuted at the top.[201] She achieved this with the songs "Thank U, Next" and "7 Rings", on the charts dated November 17, 2018 and February 2, 2019, respectively.

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