Lil Wayne Passes Drake for Most Hot 100 Hits Among Soloists
Lil Wayne debuts as featured on Wale's "Running Back," marking his 133rd entry, one more than Drake's total.
Lil Wayne rewrites the mark for the most Billboard Hot 100 appearances among soloists in the chart's 58-year history, as he debuts as featured on Wale's "Running Back" at No. 100 (on the chart dated Feb. 11). Now with 133 Hot 100 entries, Lil Wayne breaks out of a tie with Drake, who has made 132 visits.
Among all acts, only the Glee cast boasts more Hot 100 appearances than Lil Wayne and Drake: 207. (Billed as the Glee Cast on its releases, the act was a rotating collective with certain members present, although not singing on every song, throughout the show's six-season run on Fox in 2009-15.)
Here is an updated count of the acts with the most charted Hot 100 entries dating to the ranking's Aug. 4, 1958, inception (though the chart dated Feb. 11):
Most Hot 100 Entries All-Time
207, Glee Cast
133, Lil Wayne
108, Elvis Presley
91, James Brown
86, Jay Z
82, Chris Brown
80, Kanye West
75, Ray Charles
73, Aretha Franklin
71, The Beatles
70, Nicki Minaj
70, Taylor Swift
Notably, the Hot 100 originated two years after the 1956 career launch of Elvis Presley. Still, Presley has charted the most entries by a soloist as a lead act, claiming lead billing in all 108 of his visits. James Brown follows among soloists as the lead on all 91 of his.
In line with the collaborative nature of hip-hop, Drake has been credited as a lead artist on 82 of his Hot 100 appearances (or 62 percent) and featured on 50; Lil Wayne has been lead on 47 (35 percent) and featured on 86.
Lil Wayne first hit the Hot 100 dated July 10, 1999, as featured (with Mannie Fresh) on Juvenile's with the eventual No. 19-peaking "Back That Thang Up." He's earned 19 top 10s, including two No. 1s: his own "Lollipop" (featuring Static Major), for five weeks in 2008, and as featured on Jay Sean's "Down" (two weeks, 2009).