Artist With Most Number One Hits In Any Genre

Billboard 100 standard record chart in the United States for songs' overall sales which are recorded weekly.
Billboard 100 standard record chart in the United States for songs' overall sales which are recorded weekly.( Source : pinterest )

Artist With Most Number One Hits In Any Genre are 1. The Beatles 2. Mariah Carey 3. Elvis Presley. This list contains some of the most popular names in music.

Billboard Hot 100 looks after its responsibility of recording the songs' sales record in the United States. The data are published weekly to provide chart rankings.

The rankings result from a particular song's sales record from all media, including physical and digital, online streaming and radio play in the U.S. Plethora of musical artists have flocked around to get the best record in Billboard.

However, only some have made history, especially for the most No.1 hits. The following table includes the artists from all time who have given the most number of No.1 hit songs from any genre:

Artist With Most Number One Hits In Any Genre

Artist NameNo.1 Hits on Billboard 100
The Beatles20
Mariah Carey19
Elvis Presley18
Rihanna14
Michael Jackson13
The Supremes12
Madonna12
Whitney Houston11
Drake11
Stevie Wonder10
Janet Jackson10

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11. Janet Jackson

One of the looks of Janet for the Together Again Tour in June 2023.
One of the looks of Janet for the Together Again Tour in June 2023.( Source : instagram )

R&B goddess Janet Jackson has been in the industry since 1974. Her last album release was in 2015, but she has continued performing live in concerts and tours.

Regarding her record of ten songs on the top of the Billboard 100, all of them were released between the 80s and 2000s.

The following list includes the song's title and the date they reached their peak:

  1. When I Think of You - October 11, 1986
  2. Miss You Much - October 7, 1989
  3. Escapade - March 3, 1990
  4. Black Cat - October 27, 1990
  5. Love Will Never Do (Without You) - January 19, 1991
  6. That’s The Way Love Goes - May 15, 1993
  7. Again - December 11, 1993
  8. Together Again - January 31, 1998
  9. Doesn’t Really Matter - August 26, 2000
  10. All for You - April 14, 2001

That’s The Way Love Goes spent eight weeks on the chart, the most time recorded by Jackson. It time record is followed by All for You at seven weeks, Miss You Much at four weeks, Escapade, and Doesn’t Really Matter at three weeks each.

When I Think of You, Again, and Together Again were at the No.1 spot for two weeks, while Black Cat and Love Will Never Do (Without You) were each at the same spot for one week.

10. Stevie Wonder

Stevie clad in a suit for a live performance in an old picture. (Photo by Rex Features)
Stevie clad in a suit for a live performance in an old picture. (Photo by Rex Features) ( Source : facebook )

Stevie Wonder is an icon of soul, R&B, pop, funk, gospel, jazz, and progressive soul music. But he ties with his cousin Janet regarding the No.1 hits record.

His song record of the highest time spent on the chart is seven weeks by Ebony and Ivory with Paul McCartney. Here is a table of his ten chart-topping songs:

Song NamePeak Date For No.1 Position
Fingertips - Part IIAugust 10, 1963
SuperstitionJanuary 27, 1973
You Are the Sunshine of My LifeMay 19, 1973
You Haven’t Done NothinNovember 2, 1974
I WishJanuary 22, 1977
Sir DukeMay 21, 1977
Ebony and Ivory with Paul McCartneyMay 15, 1982
I Just Called to Say I Love YouOctober 13, 1984
Part Time LoverNovember 2, 1985
That’s What Friends Are ForJanuary 18, 1986

9. Drake

A close snap of Drake during one of his live performances. (Photo by Amy Sussman)
A close snap of Drake during one of his live performances. (Photo by Amy Sussman)( Source : nytimes )

Drake is the only rapper on this list, which shows just how popular he is. The list below contains his 11 No.1 hits so far:

  1. What's My Name? (Rihanna Feat. Drake) - November 20, 2010
  2. Work (Feat. Rihanna) - March 5, 2016
  3. One Dance - May 21, 2016
  4. God’s Plan - February 3, 2018
  5. Nice for What - April 21, 2018
  6. In My Feelings - July 21, 2018
  7. Toosie Slide - April 18, 2020
  8. What's Next - March 20, 2021
  9. Way 2 Sexy (Feat. Future and Young Thug) - September 18, 2021
  10. Wait For U (Future Feat. Drake) - May 14, 2022
  11. Jimmy Cooks (Feat. 21 Savage) - July 2, 2022

Drake’s longest-running No. 1 hit is God’s Plan, which spent 11 weeks as the No.1 song on Billboard in 2018. Being a hip-hop global icon with so many hits, he holds a notable place in pop culture.

Note: Drake has an uncredited feature on Travis Scott's Sicko Mode. If counted, then he would be listed with 12 total number ones.

8. Whitney Houston

Houston was named the second-greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2023.
Houston was named the second-greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2023.( Source : vogue )

Whitney Houston has sold more than 220 million records worldwide. Among them, these 11 songs topped off the Billboard Hot 100:

Song NamePeak Date For No.1 Position
Saving All My Love for YouOctober 26, 1985
How Will I KnowFebruary 15, 1986
Greatest Love of AllMay 17, 1986
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)June 27, 1987
Didn’t We Almost Have It AllSeptember 26, 1987
So EmotionalJanuary 9, 1988
Where Do Broken Hearts GoApril 23, 1988
I’m Your Baby TonightDecember 1, 1990
All The Man That I NeedFebruary 23, 1991
I Will Always Love YouNovember 28, 1992
Exhale (Shoop Shoop)November 25, 1995

The 1992 hit song, I Will Always Love You, spent 14 weeks on the chart, the highest among all of Houston's songs. She is also responsible for The Bodyguard the highest selling record by a woman.

She passed away on February 11, 2012, but has left these many iconic moments to cherish forever.

7. Madonna

Madonna has sold over 300 million units in her record sales so far.
Madonna has sold over 300 million units in her record sales so far.( Source : facebook )

Madonna, the "Queen of Pop," has recorded 12 No.1 hit songs on Billboard Hot 100. The list includes the song titles and the date it peaked at the No.1 spot:

  1. Like a Virgin - December 22, 1984
  2. Crazy for You - May 11, 1985
  3. Live to Tell - June 7, 1986
  4. Papa Don’t Preach - August 16, 1986
  5. Open Your Heart - February 7, 1987
  6. Who’s That Girl - August 22, 1987
  7. Like a Prayer - April 22, 1989
  8. Vogue - May 19, 1990
  9. Justify My Love - January 5, 1991
  10. This Used to Be My Playground - August 8, 1992
  11. Take a Bow - February 25, 1995
  12. Music - September 16, 2000

Take a Bow spent seven weeks on the top spot, the longest time record by Madonna. It is followed by Like a Virgin, which spent six weeks.

With such impressive records, Madonna remains one of the highest-grossing female artists of all time.

6. The Supremes

The Supremes (Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson) in 1967.
The Supremes (Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson) in 1967.( Source : nytimes )

The Supremes tie with Madonna for the sixth position of having 12 No.1 hits on Billboard. The table below includes the songs and its peak date:

Song NamePeak Date For No.1 Position
Where Did Our Love GoAugust 22, 1964
Baby LoveOctober 31, 1964
Come See About MeDecember 19, 1964
Stop! In the Name of LoveMarch 27, 1965
Back in My Arms AgainJune 12, 1965
I Hear a SymphonyNovember 20, 1965
You Can’t Hurry LoveSeptember 10, 1966
You Keep Me Hangin’ OnNovember 19, 1966
Love Is Here and Now You’re GoneMarch 11, 1967
The HappeningMay 13, 1967
Love Child (with Diana Ross)November 30, 1968
Someday We’ll Be Together (Diana Ross & The Supremes)December 27, 1969

5. Michael Jackson

Jackson had professionally debuted with his family group, the Jackson 5, in 1964.
Jackson had professionally debuted with his family group, the Jackson 5, in 1964.( Source : pinterest )

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson sold over 400 million records worldwide. The following songs remain his No.1 hits on the standard chart:

  1. Ben - October 14, 1972
  2. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough - October 13, 1979
  3. Rock With You - January 19, 1980
  4. Billie Jean - March 5, 1983 (highest at seven weeks)
  5. Beat It - April 30, 1983
  6. Say Say Say (with Paul McCartney) - December 10, 1983
  7. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (with Siedah Garrett) - September 19, 1987
  8. Bad - October 24, 1987
  9. The Way You Make Me Feel - January 23, 1988
  10. Man in the Mirror - March 26, 1988
  11. Dirty Diana - July 2, 1988
  12. Black or White - December 7, 1991 (highest at seven weeks)
  13. You Are Not Alone - September 2, 1995

4. Rihanna

Rihanna at the 2023 Oscars, where he performed later. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz)
Rihanna at the 2023 Oscars, where he performed later. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz)( Source : vogue )

Rihanna is the second highest-selling female artist, with over 250 million records sold worldwide. The table here shows her 14 No.1 hit songs and their peak date:

Song NamePeak Date For No.1 Position
SOSMay 13, 2006
Umbrella (feat. JAY-Z)June 9, 2007
Take a BowMay 24, 2008
DisturbiaAugust 23, 2008
Live Your Life (T.I. feat. Rihanna)October 18, 2008
Rude BoyMarch 27, 2010
Love the Way You Lie (Eminem feat. Rihanna)July 31, 2010
What’s My Name? (feat. Drake)November 20, 2010
Only Girl (In the World)December 4, 2010
S&M (feat. Britney Spears)April 30, 2011
We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)November 12, 2011
DiamondsDecember 1, 2012
The Monster (Eminem feat. Rihanna)December 21, 2013
Work (feat. Drake)March 5, 2016

3. Elvis Presley

Presley lived from January 8, 1935 to August 16, 1977 and made his debut in 1953.
Presley lived from January 8, 1935 to August 16, 1977 and made his debut in 1953.( Source : imdb )

Many of Elvis Presley's songs came out before the Billboard Hot 100 chart was created in 1958. The list below includes the 18 hits by him:

  1. Heartbreak Hotel - March 10, 1956
  2. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - June 2, 1956
  3. Don't Be Cruel - August 4, 1956
  4. Hound Dog - August 4, 1956
  5. Love Me Tender - October 20, 1956
  6. Too Much - January 26, 1957
  7. All Shook Up - April 6, 1957
  8. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - June 24, 1957
  9. Jailhouse Rock - October 14, 1957
  10. Don't - January 27, 1958
  11. Hard Headed Woman - June 30, 1958
  12. A Big Hunk O' Love (with The Jordanaires) - August 10, 1959
  13. It's Now Or Never (with The Jordanaires) - August 15, 1960
  14. Are You Lonesome To-night? (with The Jordanaires) - November 28, 1960
  15. Stuck On You (with The Jordanaires) - April 25, 1960
  16. Surrender (with The Jordanaires) - March 20, 1961
  17. Good Luck Charm (with The Jordanaires) - April 21, 1962
  18. Suspicious Minds - November 1, 1969

2. Mariah Carey

Mariha's All I Want For Christmas Is You is also a certified best-selling holiday song by a female artist.
Mariha's All I Want For Christmas Is You is also a certified best-selling holiday song by a female artist.( Source : facebook )

Songbird Supreme Mariah Carey is the highest record-selling female artist. Here is a table of all her songs that went No.1 in the U.S. chart:

Song NamePeak Date For No.1 Position
Vision of LoveAugust 4, 1990
Love Takes TimeNovember 10, 1990
SomedayMarch 9, 1991
I Don’t Wanna CryMay 25, 1991
EmotionsOctober 12, 1991
I’ll Be ThereJune 20, 1992
DreamloverSeptember 11, 1993
HeroDecember 25, 1993
FantasySeptember 30, 1995
One Sweet Day (Boyz II Men)December 2, 1995
Always Be My BabyMay 4, 1996
HoneySeptember 13, 1997
My AllMay 23, 1998
Heartbreaker (feat. JAY-Z)October 9, 1999
Thank God I Found You (feat. Joe & 98 Degrees)February 19, 2000
We Belong TogetherJune 4, 2005
Don’t Forget About UsDecember 31, 2005
Touch My BodyApril 12, 2008

1. The Beatles

The Beatles hails from Liverpool, England, during the mid 1950s.
The Beatles hails from Liverpool, England, during the mid 1950s.( Source : cnn )

The Beatles' record of 20 No.1 songs has gone unbroken even after five decades of their disbandment. The following list includes the songs and their peak dates:

  1. I Want to Hold Your Hand - February 1, 1964
  2. She Loves You - March 21, 1964
  3. Can’t Buy Me Love - April 4, 1964
  4. Love Me Do - May 30, 1964
  5. A Hard Day’s Night - Aug. 1, 1964
  6. I Feel Fine - December 26, 1964
  7. Eight Days a Week - March 13, 1965
  8. Ticket to Ride - May 22, 1965
  9. Help! - September 4, 1965
  10. Yesterday - October 9, 1965
  11. We Can Work It Out - January 8, 1966
  12. Paperback Writer - June 25, 1966
  13. Penny Lane - March 18, 1967
  14. All You Need Is Love - August 19, 1967
  15. Hello Goodbye - Aug. 19, 1967
  16. Hey Jude - September 28, 1968 (highest record for nine weeks)
  17. Get Back (with Billy Preston) - May 24, 1969
  18. Come Together/Something - November 29, 1969
  19. Let It Be - April 11, 1970
  20. The Long and Winding Road/For You Blue - June 13, 1970

With this, we conclude the Billboard Hot 100 list of the top eleven artists who have the highest numbers of hits.

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