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

The Beatles arrive in America on February 7, 1964

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
1 THE BEATLES
2 MADONNA
3 ELTON JOHN
4 ELVIS PRESLEY
5 MARIAH CAREY
6 STEVIE WONDER
7 JANET JACKSON
8 MICHAEL JACKSON
9 WHITNEY HOUSTON
10 THE ROLLING STONES
11 PAUL MCCARTNEY/WINGS
12 BEE GEES
13 CHICAGO
14 USHER
15 RIHANNA
16 THE SUPREMES
17 DARYL HALL JOHN OATES
18 PRINCE
19 ROD STEWART
20 OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
21 ARETHA FRANKLIN
22 MARVIN GAYE
23 PHIL COLLINS
24 BILLY JOEL
25 DIANA ROSS
26 THE 4 SEASONS
27 THE TEMPTATIONS
28 DONNA SUMMER
29 THE BEACH BOYS
30 LIONEL RICHIE
31 NEIL DIAMOND
32 CARPENTERS
33 BOYZ II MEN
34 JACKSON 5/THE JACKSONS
35 CONNIE FRANCIS
36 BRENDA LEE
37 BARBRA STREISAND
38 KENNY ROGERS
39 KATY PERRY
40 BRYAN ADAMS
41 CHER
42 THE BLACK EYED PEAS
43 GEORGE MICHAEL
44 BOBBY VINTON
45 JOHN MELLENCAMP
46 BEYONCE
47 THREE DOG NIGHT
48 HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
49 GLORIA ESTEFAN
50 BON JOVI
51 RAY CHARLES
52 P!NK
53 CHUBBY CHECKER
54 FOREIGNER
55 KOOL & THE GANG
56 RICK NELSON
57 DURAN DURAN
58 COMMODORES
59 EAGLES
60 PAUL ANKA
61 TLC
62 BARRY MANILOW
63 DIONNE WARWICK
64 GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS
65 HEART
66 THE EVERLY BROTHERS
67 BOBBY DARIN
68 JAMES BROWN
69 R. KELLY
70 PAULA ABDUL
71 NELLY
72 ALICIA KEYS
73 RICHARD MARX
74 STARSHIP
75 KELLY CLARKSON
76 DESTINY'S CHILD
77 LINDA RONSTADT
78 CHRIS BROWN
79 CELINE DION
80 THE MIRACLES
81 LADY GAGA
82 BRUNO MARS
83 BOB SEGER
84 FLEETWOOD MAC
85 NEIL SEDAKA
86 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
87 TAYLOR SWIFT
88 THE POINTER SISTERS
89 JOHN DENVER
90 FOUR TOPS
91 TONY ORLANDO & DAWN
92 KANYE WEST
93 50 CENT
94 MAROON 5
95 THE 5TH DIMENSION
96 CAPTAIN & TENNILLE
97 ANDY GIBB
98 AIR SUPPLY
99 ROY ORBISON
100 THE 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 Beatles 20
Mariah Carey 18
Michael Jackson 13
Madonna 12
Rihanna 12
The Supremes 12
Whitney Houston 11
Janet Jackson 10
Stevie Wonder 10
Bee Gees 9
Elton John 9
Paul McCartney 9
Usher 9
Most Top 10 Hits By Artist
The artists with the most top 10 hits on the Hot 100.
Madonna 38
The Beatles 34
Michael Jackson 28
Stevie Wonder 28
Mariah Carey 27
Janet Jackson 27
Elton John 27
Elvis Presley 25
Rihanna 24
Whitney Houston 23
The Rolling Stones 23

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.
Weeks Title Artist Year
16 One Sweet Day Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men 1995
14 I Gotta Feeling The Black Eyed Peas 2009
14 We Belong Together Mariah Carey 2005
14 Candle In The Wind 1997 / Something About The Way You Look Tonight Elton John 1997
14 Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) Los Del Rio 1996
14 I'll Make Love To You Boyz II Men 1994
14 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston 1992
13 The Boy Is Mine Brandy & Monica 1998
13 End Of The Road Boyz II Men 1992
12 Boom Boom Pow The Black Eyed Peas 2009
12 Yeah! Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris 2004
12 Lose Yourself Eminem 2002
12 Smooth Santana feat. Rob Thomas 1999
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 Carey 79
The Beatles 59
Boyz II Men 50
Rihanna 47
Usher 47
Michael Jackson 37
Beyonce 36
Elton John 34
Janet Jackson 33
Madonna 32
Most Hot 100 Hits By Artist
The artists with the most Hot 100 hits.
Glee Cast 206
Lil Wayne 119
Elvis Presley 108
James Brown 91
Jay Z 79
Ray Charles 74
Aretha Franklin 73
The Beatles 71
Elton John 67
Stevie Wonder 63
Hot 100: Biggest No. 2 Hits
Wks at
No. 2
Title Artist Peak Date
10 Work It Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott 11/16/2002
10 Waiting For A Girl Like You Foreigner 11/28/1981
9 You're Still The One Shania Twain 5/2/1998
9 I Love You Always Forever Donna Lewis 8/24/1996
8 I Don't Wanna Know Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy 4/24/2004
8 Back At One Brian McKnight 11/20/1999
8 Nobody's Supposed To Be Here Deborah Cox 12/5/1998
8 If I Ever Fall In Love Shai 11/21/1992
7 Gangnam Style PSY 10/6/2012
7 Bad Romance Lady Gaga 12/5/2009
7 Crazy Gnarls Barkley 7/22/2006
7 1, 2 Step Ciara feat. Missy Elliott 1/8/2005
7 What's Luv? Fat Joe feat. Ashanti 4/6/2002
7 Survivor Destiny's Child 4/14/2001
7 You Make Me Wanna... Usher 10/25/1997
7 Whoomp! (There It Is) Tag Team 7/31/1993

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)
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