Elton John Charts Record-Extending 72nd Adult Contemporary Hit
The icon pads his mark for the most entries in the chart's history, as "A Good Heart" debuts.
Elton John extends his record for the most appearances in the nearly 55-year history of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, as "A Good Heart" debuts at No. 30. The song marks his 72nd entry on the ranking. Barbra Streisand ranks second with 64 AC hits.
"Heart" is the second single from John's album Wonderful Crazy Night. "Looking Up" introduced the set and rose to No. 12 on AC in March, becoming his highest-charting hit on the tally since 2005, when "Answer in the Sky" reached No. 7. Wonderful Crazy Night opened at No. 8 on the Feb. 27 Billboard 200, arriving as his 19th top 10 on the chart. It has sold 95,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Music.
John first charted on AC with the No. 9-peaking classic "Your Song," which bowed on the Dec. 26, 1970, survey.
Here's an updated look at the artists with the most appearances in the Adult Contemporary chart's archives. Along with holding the record for the most AC visits, John also boasts the most No. 1s (15, a mark he shares with the Carpenters) and top 10s (39). When Billboard celebrated the survey's 50th anniversary in 2011, John was honored as the chart's all-time top performer.
Total AC Hits, Artist
72, Elton John
64, Barbra Streisand
58, Neil Diamond
53, Elvis Presley
50, Barry Manilow
50, Johnny Mathis
49, Kenny Rogers
48, Frank Sinatra
46, Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass
45, Dionne Warwick
All charts will be refreshed Tuesday (June 14) on Billboard.com.