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Drake Ties James Brown in Third Place for Most No. 1s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Drake, 2016
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Drake performs at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Day 1 held at T-Mobile Arena on Sept. 23, 2016 in Las Vegas. 

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.

Drake scored his first leader on his first try, as his debut hit, “Best I Ever Had,” shot to No. 1 for seven weeks in 2009. The MC has topped the list at least once every year since, excluding 2017. His longest-running No. 1, 2016’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, smashed the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in chart history when it commanded the list for 18 weeks.

Here’s a chronological look at Drake’s 17 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs leaders:

Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Best I Ever Had,” seven weeks, June 27, 2009
“I Invented Sex,” Trey Songz featuring Drake, two weeks, Dec. 26, 2009
“Say Something,” Timbaland featuring Drake, one week, March 27, 2010
“Fall for Your Type,” Jamie Foxx featuring Drake, two weeks, Feb. 12, 2011
“Moment 4 Life,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, five weeks, Feb. 26, 2011
“I’m On One,” DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, 11 weeks, July 16, 2011
“She Will,” Lil Wayne featuring Drake, four weeks, Oct. 15, 2011
“Make Me Proud,” featuring Nicki Minaj, three weeks, Feb. 4, 2012
“The Motto,” featuring Lil Wayne, two weeks, Feb. 25, 2012
“No Lie,” 2 Chainz featuring Drake, five weeks, Aug. 18, 2012
“Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, Oct. 12, 2013
“Only,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown, Dec. 27, 2014
“Hotline Bling,” 11 weeks, Nov. 14, 2015
“Work,” Rihanna featuring Drake, 11 weeks, Feb. 13, 2016
“Summer Sixteen,” Drake, Feb. 20, 2016
“One Dance,” featuring WizKid & Kyla, 18 weeks, May 21, 2016
“God’s Plan,” one week to date, Feb. 3, 2018