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This Is the Artist With the Most No. 1 Hits

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35. Lady Gaga
> No. 1 hits: 5
> Total weeks at No. 1: 12
> First chart topper: Just Dance (Jan. 17, 2009)
> Last chart topper: Rain On Me (June 6, 2020)

Stephanie Germanotta began her career as a struggling singer-songwriter in NYC, but it wasn’t until she changed her stage name to Lady Gaga and released the monster album “The Fame” in 2008 that she exploded onto the scene, courtesy of chart-toppers “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” “Born This Way” and “Shallow” also reached No. 1, and her most recent chart topper, “Rain On Me,” was released in 2020.

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34. Justin Timberlake
> No. 1 hits: 5
> Total weeks at No. 1: 14
> First chart topper: SexyBack (Sep. 9, 2006)
> Last chart topper: Can’t Stop The Feeling! (May 28, 2016)

After starting out on “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” and as a standout member of boy band NSYNC, Justin Timberlake was a huge celebrity even before launching his solo career. “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body” were huge hits when released in 2002, but it wasn’t until 2006 when he charted his first No. 1, “SexyBack.” Four more No. 1s followed, most recently 2016’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

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33. The Four Seasons
> No. 1 hits: 5
> Total weeks at No. 1: 18
> First chart topper: Sherry (Sep. 15, 1962)
> Last chart topper: December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) (Mar. 27, 1976)

Led by the soaring falsetto of lead singer Frankie Valli and a stream of catchy tunes, The Four Seasons were one of the biggest acts of the 1960s. They first rose to stardom with 1962’s “Sherry,” quickly followed by “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Rag Doll.” Their final No. 1 hit came in 1975, with “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” which features then-drummer Gerry Polci on lead vocals.

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32. Olivia Newton-John
> No. 1 hits: 5
> Total weeks at No. 1: 18
> First chart topper: I Honestly Love You (Oct. 5, 1974)
> Last chart topper: Physical (Jan. 23, 1982)

Nowadays, Olivia Newton-John may be best remembered for starring as Sandy in “Grease,” but the Australian songstress was a certified pop star in the ’70s and early ’80s, with a string of No. 1 hits starting with 1974’s “I Honestly Love You.” Her best-known hit, 1982’s “Physical,” was also her last to scale the top of the charts.

31. Ludacris
> No. 1 hits: 5
> Total weeks at No. 1: 18
> First chart topper: Stand Up (Dec. 6, 2003)
> Last chart topper: Money Maker (Nov. 4, 2006)

Illinois-born rapper and “Fast & Furious” actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges started rapping at age nine, and his major label debut, 2000’s Back For the First Time, put him on the map with hits including “Southern Hospitality.” His first chart-topper, “Stand Up,” came three years later; his final, “Money Maker,” came three years after that.

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