Parents usually want their children to outshine their own accomplishments, and if that's Berry Gordy's hope for his son Stefan, his wish is on the way to coming true. Stefan, a.k.a. Redfoo of Billboard cover stars LMFAO (along with Berry's grandson Skyler, a.k.a. SkyBlu), is sitting on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with the No. 1 song of the summer, "Party Rock Anthem." How does that long reign compare to the runs of all of the No. 1 songs on Berry's Motown family of labels?
Only four of the 57 Motown chart-toppers in Hot 100 history have ruled the chart longer than "Party Rock Anthem." The only Motown artists to outlast Gordy's son and grandson at No. 1 are Boyz II Men, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and Marvin Gaye. Here are the 10 longest-running Motown No. 1s, with "Party Rock Anthem" added to the list for comparison:
14 weeks "I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men (1994)
13 weeks "End of the Road," Boyz II Men (1992)
9 weeks "Endless Love," Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (1981)
7 weeks "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," Marvin Gaye (1968)
6 weeks "PARTY ROCK ANTHEM," LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (2011)
6 weeks "On Bended Knee," Boyz II Men (1994)
5 weeks "I'll Be There," The Jackson 5 (1970)
4 weeks "Baby Love," The Supremes (1964)
4 weeks "Upside Down." Diana Ross (1980)
4 weeks "All Night Long," Lionel Richie (1983)
4 weeks "Say You, Say Me," Lionel Richie (1985)
Motown's 57 No. 1s are spread among three of the company's imprints. There were 37 chart-toppers on Motown itself, starting with Mary Wells' "My Guy" in 1964. There were 15 No. 1s on Tamla, starting with the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" in 1961. And there were five No. 1s on Gordy, beginning with the Temptations' "My Girl" in 1965.