From The Beatles to One Direction: Groups With Multiple Members Who Have Scored Solo Hot 100 No. 1s

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Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles from One Direction pose as they attend the book signing of One Direction's new book 'Where We Are' held at Alexandra Palace on Nov. 18, 2013 in London.

Harry Styles joins Zayn as One Direction members that have reigned on their own.

Harry Styles' coronation on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Watermelon Sugar" is a win for One Direction, too.

As Styles' summer smash hits No. 1 (on the chart dated Aug. 15), 1D now boasts two members who have led the list as soloists. Zayn crowned the Hot 100 with "Pillowtalk" in 2016.

One Direction (currently on break, and which Zayn departed in 2015) joins a select number of groups with multiple members who have notched solo No. 1 hits on the Hot 100.

As noted below, The Beatles initiated the elite category and remain the only act with as many as four Hot 100-topping soloists. Genesis follows with three.

Here is a look at the groups that have each spun off at least two members that have led the Hot 100 solo. (Not included are acts, including one-off assemblages and supergroups, with multiple members that reigned prior to their formations, such as Artists of Then, Now & Forever, Traveling Wilburys – of which The Beatles' George Harrison was a member – and USA for Africa.)

The Beatles: 20 Hot 100 No. 1s, 1964-70
George Harrison: three, "My Sweet Lord"/"Isn't It a Pity"; "Give Me Love – (Give Me Peace on Earth)"; "Got My Mind Set on You," 1970-88
Paul McCartney (including Wings): nine, "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" (with Linda McCartney); "My Love" (with Wings); "Band on the Run" (Wings); "Listen to What the Man Said" (Wings); "Silly Love Songs" (Wings); "With a Little Luck" (Wings); "Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)" (with Wings); "Ebony and Ivory" (with Stevie Wonder); "Say Say Say" (with Michael Jackson), 1971-84
Ringo Starr: two, "Photograph," "You're Sixteen," 1973-74
John Lennon: two, "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" (with the Plastic Ono Nuclear Band); "(Just Like) Starting Over," 1974-81

Genesis: one Hot 100 No. 1, "Invisible Touch," 1986
Phil Collins: seven, "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"; "One More Night"; "Sussudio"; "Separate Lives" (with Marilyn Martin); "Groovy Kind of Love"; "Two Hearts"; "Another Day in Paradise," 1984-90
Peter Gabriel: one, "Sledgehammer," 1986
Mike (Rutherford) + The Mechanics: one, "The Living Years," 1989

The Black Eyed Peas: three Hot 100 No. 1s, 2009-10
Fergie: three, "London Bridge"; "Glamorous" (feat. Ludacris); "Big Girls Don't Cry," 2006-07 one, "OMG" (Usher feat., 2010

Blind Faith: no Hot 100 entries; self-titled album topped Billboard 200 in 1969
Eric Clapton: one Hot 100 No. 1, "I Shot the Sherriff," 1974
Steve Winwood: two, "Higher Love," "Roll With It," 1986-88

Destiny's Child: four Hot 100 No. 1s, 1999-2001
Kelly Rowland: one, "Dilemma" (Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland), 2002
Beyoncé: seven, "Crazy in Love" (feat. Jay-Z); "Baby Boy" (feat. Sean Paul); "Check on It" (feat. Slim Thug); "Irreplaceable"; "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"; "Perfect" (Ed Sheeran duet with Beyoncé); "Savage" (Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé), 2003-20

Fugees: highest Hot 100 peak: No. 29,"Fu-Gee-La," 1996; "Killing Me Softly" hit No. 2 on Radio Songs, 1996
Lauryn Hill: one Hot 100 No. 1, "Doo Wop (That Thing)," 1998
Wyclef Jean: one, "Hips Don't Lie" (Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean), 2006

Hot Boys: one Hot 100 entry: No. 65, "I Need a Hot Girl," 2000
Juvenile: one Hot 100 No. 1, "Slow Motion" (feat. Soulja Slim), 2004
Lil Wayne: three, "Lollipop" (feat. Static Major); "Down" (Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne); "I'm the One" (DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne), 2008-17

One Direction: highest Hot 100 peak: No. 2, "Best Song Ever," 2013
Zayn: one Hot 100 No. 1, "Pillowtalk," 2016
Harry Styles: one, "Watermelon Sugar," 2020

Notably, Styles' "Watermelon Sugar" dethrones Taylor Swift's "Cardigan" from the Hot 100's top spot. The latter became Swift's first No. 1 since 2017's "Look What You Made Me Do," which Jack Antonoff co-wrote and co-produced. Should he land a Hot 100 leader as a solo artist, fun. would join the list above: the act ruled with "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) in 2012 and lead singer Nate Ruess reigned in 2013 as featured on P!nk's "Just Give Me a Reason."


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