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Remembering George Martin: 'Fifth Beatle' Holds Record for Most No. 1s by a Producer on Billboard Hot 100 Chart

George Martin with the Beatles
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The Beatles with EMI's George Martin in April 1963

The late George Martin, who has died at age 90, continues to hold the record as the producer with the most No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

George Martin, Producer and Arranger for The Beatles, Dies at 90

Martin produced 23 No. 1s on the Hot 100 chart, which launched with the Aug. 9, 1958-dated list. Of those 23 chart-toppers, 19 were by The Beatles (of their 20 total leaders, the record for an artist). He also produced No. 1s for The Beatles' Paul McCartney ("Say Say Say," with Michael Jackson and "Ebony and Ivory," with Stevie Wonder), Elton John ("Candle in the Wind 1997") and America ("Sister Golden Hair").

Most No. 1s by Producer on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart*
23 - George Martin
19 - Max Martin
16 - Dr. Luke
16 - Jimmy Jam
16 - Terry Lewis
14 - Mariah Carey
14 - Barry Gibb
13 - Lamont Dozier
13 - Albhy Galuten
13 - Brian Holland
(*through the chart dated March 19, 2016)

No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 Produced by George Martin
Title, Artist, Number of Weeks at No. 1, Peak Date
"I Want to Hold Your Hand," The Beatles, seven, Feb. 1, 1964
"She Loves You," The Beatles, two, March 21, 1964
"Can't Buy Me Love," The Beatles, five, April 4, 1964
"Love Me Do," The Beatles, one, May 30, 1964
"A Hard Day's Night," The Beatles, two, Aug. 1, 1964
"I Feel Fine," The Beatles, three, Dec. 26, 1964
"Eight Days a Week," The Beatles, two, March 13, 1965
"Ticket to Ride," The Beatles, one, May 22, 1965
"Help!," The Beatles, three, Sept. 4, 1965
"Yesterday," The Beatles, four, Oct. 9, 1965
"We Can Work It Out," The Beatles, three, Jan. 8, 1966
"Paperback Writer," The Beatles, two, June 25, 1966
"Penny Lane," The Beatles, one, March 18, 1967
"All You Need Is Love," The Beatles, one, Aug. 19, 1967

"Hello Goodbye," The Beatles, three, Dec. 30, 1967
"Hey Jude," The Beatles, nine, Sept. 28, 1968
"Get Back," The Beatles, five, May 24, 1969
"Come Together"/"Something," The Beatles, one, Nov. 29, 1969
"Let It Be," The Beatles, two, April 11, 1970
"Sister Golden Hair," America, one, June 14, 1975
"Ebony and Ivory," Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, seven, May 15, 1982
"Say Say Say," Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, six, Dec. 10, 1983
"Candle in the Wind 1997," Elton John, 14, Oct. 11, 1997