Special Report

Artists With the Most No. 1 Hits

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25. Paula Abdul
> No. 1 hits: 6
> Total weeks at No. 1: 15
> First chart topper: Straight Up (Feb. 11, 1989)
> Last chart topper: The Promise Of A New Day (Sep. 14, 1991)

When star choreographer Paula Abdul released her debut album, “Forever Your Girl,” in 1988, it was a ridiculously massive hit, selling seven million U.S. copies and breaking the record for most No. 1 singles from a debut (four); “Straight Up” was the first to top the charts, and remains her signature hit. 1991’s “Spellbound” added two more chart-toppers to the collection (“Rush Rush” and “The Promise of a New Day”), for a grand total of six.

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24. Wings
> No. 1 hits: 6
> Total weeks at No. 1: 16
> First chart topper: Listen To What The Man Said (July 19, 1975)
> Last chart topper: With A Little Luck (May 27, 1978)

With Paul McCartney at the helm, Wings had a slew of hits in the 1970s, including the classic “Band on the Run.” Even though McCartney’s second band never achieved the renown of The Fab Four, Wings gave us plenty of upbeat ditties that went on to become hits, including the No. 1 “Listen To What The Man Said,” “Silly Love Songs,” and “With A Little Luck.”

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23. The Weeknd
> No. 1 hits: 6
> Total weeks at No. 1: 17
> First chart topper: Can’t Feel My Face (Aug. 22, 2015)
> Last chart topper: Save Your Tears (May 15, 2021)

Canadian singer Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye has sold over 75 million records in his career and shows no sign of slowing down soon. His second studio album, “Beauty Behind the Madness,” spawned his first two massive hits, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills,” and introduced millions to his soaring falsetto. His most recent hit, “Save Your Tears,” topped the charts in May 2021, bringing his grand total (for now) to six.

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22. Ariana Grande
> No. 1 hits: 6
> Total weeks at No. 1: 20
> First chart topper: Thank U, Next (Nov. 17, 2018)
> Last chart topper: Positions (Nov. 7, 2020)

You can be forgiven for forgetting that Ariana Grande began her career a decade ago as a Nickelodeon star with red-dyed hair, now that she’s officially a pop queen with six No. 1 hits to her name. While “The Way” from her 2013 debut album, “Yours Truly,” reached the top 10, it wasn’t until 2018 that “Thank U, Next” became her first No. 1 hit. An astonishing five more chart-toppers followed in the next two years, with “Positions” being her most recent.

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21. Justin Bieber
> No. 1 hits: 6
> Total weeks at No. 1: 24
> First chart topper: What Do You Mean? (Sep. 19, 2015)
> Last chart topper: Peaches (Apr. 3, 2021)

Like Grande, The Biebs also has six No. 1 hits in the books, and his 2010 debut studio album, “My World 2.0”, made him the youngest solo male act to top the chart in 47 years, at age 16. With such a long career and so many chart-topping singles (starting with “What Do You Mean?” in 2015 and most recently “Peaches” in 2021), it’s hard to believe that he’s not even 30.

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