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Elton John Moves 'Up' to Record-Extending 71st Adult Contemporary Hit

Elton John
Rachel Murray

Elton John performs during a SiriusXM Town Hall taping at The Wiltern on Jan. 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

The icon furthers his mark for the most entries in the chart's history as "Looking Up" debuts.

Elton John extends his record for the most appearances in the 54-year history of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, as "Looking Up" enters at No. 20. The song marks his 71st entry on the ranking. Barbra Streisand ranks second with 64 AC hits.

"Looking Up" is the lead single from John's Feb. 5 studio album Wonderful Crazy Night, co-produced by John and T Bone Burnett, who worked on John's last studio set, 2013's The Diving Board. The song also marks his highest AC debut (on the chart dated Jan. 30) since "You Can Make History (Young Again)" launched at No. 11 in 1996.

John first charted on AC with the No. 9-peaking classic "Your Song," which bowed on the Dec. 26, 1970, ranking. He tallied his 70th entry, the No. 18-peaking "Can't Stay Alone Tonight" (from The Diving Board), in 2014.

Here's an updated look at the artists with the most appearances in the Adult Contemporary chart's archives. Along with holding the record for the most AC visits, John also boasts the most No. 1s (15, a mark he shares with the Carpenters) and top 10s (39). When Billboard celebrated the survey's 50th anniversary in 2011, John was honored as the chart's all-time top performer.

Total AC Hits, Artist
71, Elton John
64, Barbra Streisand
58, Neil Diamond
53, Elvis Presley
50, Barry Manilow
50, Johnny Mathis
49, Kenny Rogers
48, Frank Sinatra
46, Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass
45, Dionne Warwick

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