From The Weeknd to The Beatles: The 10 Lead Acts to Simultaneously Hit Nos. 1 & 2 on Hot 100
On this week's Billboard Hot 100, The Weeknd finds himself sitting pretty at the No. 1 and 2 slots thanks to "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills" from his Billboard 200-topping album Beauty Behind the Madness.
That's a major achievement, especially when you factor in how few other artists have done this before. The Weeknd is just the 10th act to simultaneously occupy the first two spots on the Hot 100 as a lead act in the chart's 57-year history. (Even if you count featured artists, the Weeknd is just the 16th act.)
To celebrate the Weeknd's 1-2 punch victory and to remember the classic acts to achieve this feat before him, we've rounded up all 10 artists to simultaneously occupy the Nos. 1 & 2 slots on the Hot 100 as a lead act in a convenient graphic above. (We note the first week each artist accomplished the double chart-topping feat.)
As you might expect, the names on this list are some of the most popular in music history: Mariah Carey, The Beatles, Bee Gees and Usher. Some of them might surprise you, though – while T.I., Akon, OutKast, the Black Eyed Peas and Nelly are certified hitmakers, it's crazy to think they nabbed an honor that eluded superstars like Madonna and Michael Jackson.
Also, the songs that took these acts to Nos. 1 & 2 simultaneously probably aren't the ones you'd expect. Sure, Mariah Carey was a red-hot, chart-topping juggernaut in the '90s, but she actually earned this rare distinction in 2005. Speaking of rare distinctions, the Beatles succeeded in occupying the top five spots on the Hot 100 in April 1964 -- an insane achievement that hasn't been matched since.
Even more Fab feats: the Beatles doubled up at Nos. 1 & 2 for a record 10 weeks (all consecutively) in 1964. And, they did so with two entirely different pairs of songs, making them the only act to be Nos. 1 & 2 simultaneously with different twosomes. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" were Nos. 1 & 2 for six weeks ("Want" on top for four, then "Loves" for two). The following four frames, the iconic quartet's "Can't Buy Me Love" reigned, with "Twist and Shout" at its No. 2 peak each week.
For more on the Weeknd's massive week, read our complete coverage here.
Research by Gary Trust