While McKinley High School's show choir placed third in its most important singing competition to-date in the "Glee" first-season finale in May, the Fox TV ensemble ascends to the second-highest sum of Hot 100 appearances in the chart's 52-year history.
With four debuts, the "Glee" cast ups its count to 93 charted titles dating to its arrival June 6, 2009. The troupe passes James Brown and now trails only Elvis Presley for most Hot 100 entries since the list's Aug. 4, 1958, launch:
Here is a comparison of the Hot 100 performances of this week's four debuting "Glee"-makes and the peaks of their prior charted versions:
No. 1 (two weeks), Katy Perry, 2010
No. 8, "Glee" cast, 2010
With lead vocals by Darren Criss of newly-introduced glee club the Warblers, the song marks the cast's second Hot 100 top 10. Only its cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " (No. 4) placed higher.
"Stop! in the Name of Love/Free Your Mind"
No. 1 (two weeks), the Supremes, 1965 ("Stop! in the Name of Love")
No. 96, Margie Joseph, 1971 ("Stop in the Name of Love")
No. 29, the Hollies, 1983 ("Stop in the Name of Love")
No. 8, En Vogue, 1992 ("Free Your Mind")
No. 38, "Glee" cast, 2010
"Teenage Dream," "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Stop! in the Name of Love" mark the 29th, 30th and 31st remakes of Hot 100 No. 1s that the "Glee" cast has returned to the chart.
"One Love (People Get Ready)"
No. 41, "Glee" cast, 2010
While Bob Marley & the Wailers' classic peace anthem was first released in 1977, it never before appeared on the Hot 100. The song incorporates the Impressions' "People Get Ready," which reached No. 14 in 1965. Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart's cover rose to No. 48 in 1985.
As "Teenage Dream" debuts atop Digital Songs, as Chart Beat reader Pablo Nelson of Berkeley, Calif., notes, the "Glee" cast collects its first No. 1 on a Billboard song ranking.
Nelson additionally points out that despite their hefty Hot 100 hauls, neither the "Glee" cast nor Brown have reached No. 1. Brown achieved his best rank with the No. 3-peaking "I Got You (I Feel Good)" in 1965.
'TIME' FLIES: After the Black Eyed Peas became the first group in two decades to notch five Hot 100 top 10s from an album, scoring a quintet of top 10s from "The E.N.D.," the act returns to the chart with its second-highest debut.
"The Time (Dirty Bit)," the first single from "The Beginning," due Nov. 30, soars in at No. 12. Only the foursome's "I Gotta Feeling" began higher (No. 2, June 2009).
"The Time (Dirty Bit)" debuts on the Hot 100 23 years to the week after the song whose chorus it borrows - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" - reigned. The track marks the second song recorded for the 1987 "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack to return in reinvented form. Lumidee rose to No. 43 in 2007 with her take, featuring Tony Sunshine, on Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind," a No. 3 Hot 100 hit in 1988.
Having reigned for six weeks in her prior chart appearance, with "I Dreamed a Dream" beginning last December, Boyle becomes just the seventh woman in the chart's 56-year history as a weekly survey to send her first two chart entries to the top:
"Whitney Houston," 14 weeks at No. 1, 1986
"Whitney," 11, 1987
"Jagged Little Pill," 12 weeks at No. 1, 1995-96
"Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie," two, 1998
"...Baby One More Time," six weeks at No. 1, 1999
"Oops!...I Did It Again," one, 2000
"Songs in A Minor," three weeks at No. 1, 2001
"The Diary of Alicia Keys," two, 2003
(Spears and Keys sent each of their first four Billboard 200 chart entries to No. 1).
"Autobiography," three weeks at No. 1, 2004
"I Am Me," one, 2005
Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana
"Hannah Montana" soundtrack, two weeks at No. 1, 2006
"Hannah Montana 2" soundtrack/"Meet Miley Cyrus," one, 2007
"I Dreamed a Dream," six weeks at No. 1, 2009-10
"The Gift," one (to-date), 2010
Not only do the Black Eyed Peas cover a smash from 1987 with "The Time (Dirty Bit)," but Boyle does, as well. "The Gift" includes an ethereal rendition of Crowded House's No. 2 hit "Don't Dream It's Over."
ROYAL RETURN: After collecting 49 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hits in his 50 years, including 13 No. 1s, Michael Jackson appears on the list posthumously for the second time, as "Hold My Hand," with Akon, opens as the chart's Hot Shot Debut at No. 53. A year ago last week, five months after his passing, Jackson's "This Is It," featuring the Jacksons, reached No. 18.
"Hold My Hand" is the first focus track from "Michael," due Dec. 14. "Breaking News," introduced on Jackson's web site, departs the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Bubbling Under chart after debuting last week at No. 1.
"Hold My Hand" is now available digitally, paving the way for the late King of Pop's first Hot 100 appearance next week since February 2008, when "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008," also with Akon, peaked at No. 81.
WE'RE MAKING A LIST ...: A week before Thanksgiving, several U.S. radio stations are already programming all-holiday music.
In yuletide tradition, Billboard's seasonal Holiday Songs airplay chart returns, with Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" logging a ninth week at No. 1, dating to the ranking's 2001 inception. Only Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (22 weeks) and Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (15) have totaled more cumulative weeks at No. 1.
Lee's and Ives' titles rank at Nos. 4 and 2, respectively, on Holiday Songs, sandwiching Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" at No. 3.
(Not all consumers have fast-forwarded to December, skipping next week's holiday. Adam Sandler's turkey tribute "The Thanksgiving Song" flies 16-5 on Comedy Digital Songs).