Hot 100 55th Anniversary By The Numbers: Top 100 Artists, Most No. 1s, Biggest No. 2s & More

The Beatles

In the course of charting over a half-century of music, the Billboard Hot 100 -- which now celebrates its 55th anniversary -- has seen some songs transform into hits, but it has also chronicled major chart feats. So in addition to the Hot 100 55th anniversary All-Time Top 100 Songs list, we've delved into the Hot 100's rich history to take a look, by the numbers, at the chart's Top 100 artists, the artists with the most Hot 100 No. 1's and top tens, the artists with the most overall Hot 100 hits, the biggest No. 2 hits, and more.

HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: SEE THE ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST

HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY CENTRAL
Hot 100 55th Anniversary All-Time Top 100 Songs
Hot 100 Top 100 Songs Word Cloud & Artists Map
Hot 100 at 55: New & Familiar Faces Highlight All-Time Ranking
Chubby Checker Video Q&A and 'Twist' Dance Lesson
Hot 100 List: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)
Hot 100: Top 100 Artists
1THE BEATLES
2MADONNA
3ELTON JOHN
4ELVIS PRESLEY
5MARIAH CAREY
6STEVIE WONDER
7JANET JACKSON
8MICHAEL JACKSON
9WHITNEY HOUSTON
10THE ROLLING STONES
11PAUL MCCARTNEY/WINGS
12BEE GEES
13CHICAGO
14USHER
15RIHANNA
16THE SUPREMES
17DARYL HALL JOHN OATES
18PRINCE
19ROD STEWART
20OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
21ARETHA FRANKLIN
22MARVIN GAYE
23PHIL COLLINS
24BILLY JOEL
25DIANA ROSS
26THE 4 SEASONS
27THE TEMPTATIONS
28DONNA SUMMER
29THE BEACH BOYS
30LIONEL RICHIE
31NEIL DIAMOND
32CARPENTERS
33BOYZ II MEN
34JACKSON 5/THE JACKSONS
35CONNIE FRANCIS
36BRENDA LEE
37BARBRA STREISAND
38KENNY ROGERS
39KATY PERRY
40BRYAN ADAMS
41CHER
42THE BLACK EYED PEAS
43GEORGE MICHAEL
44BOBBY VINTON
45JOHN MELLENCAMP
46BEYONCE
47THREE DOG NIGHT
48HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
49GLORIA ESTEFAN
50BON JOVI
51RAY CHARLES
52P!NK
53CHUBBY CHECKER
54FOREIGNER
55KOOL & THE GANG
56RICK NELSON
57DURAN DURAN
58COMMODORES
59EAGLES
60PAUL ANKA
61TLC
62BARRY MANILOW
63DIONNE WARWICK
64GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS
65HEART
66THE EVERLY BROTHERS
67BOBBY DARIN
68JAMES BROWN
69R. KELLY
70PAULA ABDUL
71NELLY
72ALICIA KEYS
73RICHARD MARX
74STARSHIP
75KELLY CLARKSON
76DESTINY'S CHILD
77LINDA RONSTADT
78CHRIS BROWN
79CELINE DION
80THE MIRACLES
81LADY GAGA
82BRUNO MARS
83BOB SEGER
84FLEETWOOD MAC
85NEIL SEDAKA
86BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
87TAYLOR SWIFT
88THE POINTER SISTERS
89JOHN DENVER
90FOUR TOPS
91TONY ORLANDO & DAWN
92KANYE WEST
9350 CENT
94MAROON 5
95THE 5TH DIMENSION
96CAPTAIN & TENNILLE
97ANDY GIBB
98AIR SUPPLY
99ROY ORBISON
100THE SPINNERS
The 55th anniversary edition of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs and Artists charts are based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, since the chart’s inception in August 1958 through the July 27, 2013 rankings. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the Hot 100's 55 years (i.e., the inclusion of Nielsen Entertainment airplay monitoring and point-of-sales tracking and the recent inclusion of streaming data, among earlier modifications), certain eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods. The Artist chart utilizes the same point system and adjusted weighting as the Songs list, but aggregates all titles for each act that charted over the course of its career.
Hot 100: Most No. 1s By Artist
The all-time list of the artists with the most Hot 100 No. 1 hits.
The Beatles20
Mariah Carey18
Michael Jackson13
Madonna12
Rihanna12
The Supremes12
Whitney Houston11
Janet Jackson10
Stevie Wonder10
Bee Gees9
Elton John9
Paul McCartney9
Usher9
Most Top 10 Hits By Artist
The artists with the most top 10 hits on the Hot 100.
Madonna38
The Beatles34
Michael Jackson28
Stevie Wonder28
Mariah Carey27
Janet Jackson27
Elton John27
Elvis Presley25
Rihanna24
Whitney Houston23
The Rolling Stones23

NEXT PAGE: Most Weeks at No. 1, Biggest No. 2 Hits, Most Hot 100 Hits

Hot 100: Most Weeks at No. 1 By Title
Songs that reigned the longest.
WeeksTitleArtistYear
16One Sweet DayMariah Carey & Boyz II Men1995
14I Gotta FeelingThe Black Eyed Peas2009
14We Belong TogetherMariah Carey2005
14Candle In The Wind 1997 / Something About The Way You Look TonightElton John1997
14Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)Los Del Rio1996
14I'll Make Love To YouBoyz II Men1994
14I Will Always Love YouWhitney Houston1992
13The Boy Is MineBrandy & Monica1998
13End Of The RoadBoyz II Men1992
12Boom Boom PowThe Black Eyed Peas2009
12Yeah!Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris2004
12Lose YourselfEminem2002
12SmoothSantana feat. Rob Thomas1999
Most Weeks at No. 1 By Artist
A ranking of the artists who have spent the most weeks at the Hot 100's pole position.
Mariah Carey79
The Beatles59
Boyz II Men50
Rihanna47
Usher47
Michael Jackson37
Beyonce36
Elton John34
Janet Jackson33
Madonna32
Most Hot 100 Hits By Artist
The artists with the most Hot 100 hits.
Glee Cast206
Lil Wayne119
Elvis Presley108
James Brown91
Jay Z79
Ray Charles74
Aretha Franklin73
The Beatles71
Elton John67
Stevie Wonder63
Hot 100: Biggest No. 2 Hits
Wks at
No. 2
TitleArtistPeak Date
10Work ItMissy "Misdemeanor" Elliott11/16/2002
10Waiting For A Girl Like YouForeigner11/28/1981
9You're Still The OneShania Twain5/2/1998
9I Love You Always ForeverDonna Lewis8/24/1996
8I Don't Wanna KnowMario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy4/24/2004
8Back At OneBrian McKnight11/20/1999
8Nobody's Supposed To Be HereDeborah Cox12/5/1998
8If I Ever Fall In LoveShai11/21/1992
7Gangnam StylePSY10/6/2012
7Bad RomanceLady Gaga12/5/2009
7CrazyGnarls Barkley7/22/2006
71, 2 StepCiara feat. Missy Elliott1/8/2005
7What's Luv?Fat Joe feat. Ashanti4/6/2002
7SurvivorDestiny's Child4/14/2001
7You Make Me Wanna...Usher10/25/1997
7Whoomp! (There It Is)Tag Team7/31/1993

SEE THE HOT 100 55TH ANNIVERSARY ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST

HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY CENTRAL
Hot 100 55th Anniversary All-Time Top 100 Songs
Hot 100 Top 100 Songs Word Cloud & Artists' Map
Hot 100 at 55: New & Familiar Faces Highlight All-Time Ranking
Chubby Checker Video Q&A and 'Twist' Dance Lesson
Hot 100 List: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)