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This Is the Artist With the Most No. 1 Hits

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40. Eagles
> No. 1 hits: 5
> Total weeks at No. 1: 5
> First chart topper: Best Of My Love (Mar. 1, 1975)
> Last chart topper: Heartache Tonight (Nov. 10, 1979)

There’s no denying that Eagles’ combination of smooth Southern California harmonies and guitar-driven power rock was a winning formula for some absolutely massive hits. Anchored by Glenn Frey and Don Henley (with an assist from the towering Joe Walsh on guitar), the Eagles had a string of five chart-toppers, starting with the soulful “Best of My Love” in 1975 and ending with country rock anthem “Heartache Tonight” in 1979.

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39. KC & The Sunshine Band
> No. 1 hits: 5
> Total weeks at No. 1: 6
> First chart topper: Get Down Tonight (Aug. 30, 1975)
> Last chart topper: Please Don’t Go (Jan. 5, 1980)

Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight! Helmed by lead vocalist Harry Wayne Casey, KC and the Sunshine Band (which derived its name from a combination of Casey’s last name and the fact that they hailed from Florida) ruled the charts during the disco era, with five No. 1 hits, including party staples “That’s The Way (I Like It),” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” and, of course, “Get Down Tonight.”

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38. Britney Spears
> No. 1 hits: 5
> Total weeks at No. 1: 6
> First chart topper: …Baby One More Time (Jan. 30, 1999)
> Last chart topper: Hold It Against Me (Jan. 29, 2011)

Newly #freed Princess of Pop Britney Spears exploded onto the scene with the massive hit “…Baby One More Time,” which rocketed to the top of the charts in early 1999 and ushered in a teen pop revival that lasted well into the ’00s. Her most recent chart topper came in 2011 with “Hold It Against Me,” but we have a feeling there are lots more to come.

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37. Cher
> No. 1 hits: 5
> Total weeks at No. 1: 12
> First chart topper: Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves (Nov. 6, 1971)
> Last chart topper: Believe (Apr. 3, 1999)

Born Cherilyn Sarkisian in 1946, Cher has had a career for the ages. As one-half of the musical duo Sonny & Cher (with then-husband Sonny Bono), “I Got You Babe” hit No. 1 on the charts back in 1965. It wasn’t until 1971, however, that she achieved a solo No. 1 hit with “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves.” Three additional No. 1 hits soon followed, including “Dark Lady,” making her the female artist with the most number-one singles in United States history at the time. Her final No. 1 hit, “Believe,” came in 1999.

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36. Prince
> No. 1 hits: 5
> Total weeks at No. 1: 12
> First chart topper: When Doves Cry (July 7, 1984)
> Last chart topper: Cream (Nov. 16, 1991)

Prince was extraordinarily prolific, with 39 albums released during his lifetime and countless unreleased songs still in his vault at the time of his untimely death at age 57 in 2016. The virtuoso musician known for his eclectic array of musical styles and flamboyant persona only had five No. 1 hits, however, starting with “When Doves Cry” in 1984 and ending with “Cream” in 1991.

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