Special Report

Artists With the Most No. 1 Hits

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3. Rihanna
> No. 1 hits: 16
> Total weeks at No. 1: 15
> First chart topper: SOS (5/13/2006)

At 31 years old, Rihanna is the second-youngest artist to release more than four No. 1 songs. Rihanna’s best-performing single, “We Found Love,” spent 10 weeks at No. 1 and was declared 9x Multi-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2015.

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2. Mariah Carey
> No. 1 hits: 18
> Total weeks at No. 1: 60
> First chart topper: Vision Of Love (8/4/1990)

Powerhouse singer Mariah Carey has charted 18 No. 1 singles, the earliest of which was “Vision of Love” in 1990 and the most recent “Touch My Body” in 2008. The song “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men spent 16 weeks at No. 1, tying one other song for most weeks at the top of the Hot 100.

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1. The Beatles
> No. 1 hits: 20
> Total weeks at No. 1: 59
> First chart topper: I Want To Hold Your Hand (2/1/1964)

The Beatles’ influence on popular music cannot be overstated. In just over a decade of activity, the band was hugely innovative without sacrificing quality, as proved by their 20 chart-topping singles, more than any other artist. The Beatles’ song to spend the most time at No. 1 is the Paul McCartney-penned “Hey Jude,” at nine weeks.