With 17 No. 1s each, the pair trails only Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder’s shared record of 20 chart-toppers.
Drake’s “God’s Plan” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (dated Feb. 3), securing his 17th leader on the list. With his newest No. 1, the superstar MC matches the No. 1s tally of one of the chart’s earliest legends, James Brown. The pair trails only Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, who have accumulated 20 chart-toppers each on the all-time leaderboard, dating to the ranking’s inception on Oct. 20, 1958.
Notably, Drake’s total benefits from a common trend in the hip-hop era: featured credits. Nine of his 17 No. 1s bill him in a supporting capacity, while the remaining eight credit him in a lead role. Comparatively, Brown served as the lead act on all his hits.