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Mary J. Blige Breaks Record for Most Top 10 Hits on Adult R&B Songs Chart

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Mary J. Blige attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 21, 2018 in Los Angeles.

The icon breaks a tie with Gerald Levert to claim first place among all acts.

As Mary J. Blige’s “Only Love” lifts 11-10 on the Adult R&B Songs chart (dated Sept. 8), the veteran diva secures an unprecedented 23rd top 10 hit on the airplay chart, breaking a tie with Gerald Levert to claim first place to herself.

“Love” ascends on the chart despite a 4 percent dip in plays in the week ending Sept. 2, according to Nielsen Music.

Blige first appeared on the very first Adult R&B Songs ranking in 1993 (chart dated Sept. 18) with “Love No Limit,” about 16 months after her first professional release. “Limit” was the first of Blige’s 56 Adult R&B Songs chart entries, another record among all acts. That total contains six No. 1s; her first was “Not Gon’ Cry,” from the film soundtrack to Waiting to Exhale, which ruled for four weeks in March 1996. She most recently led with “U + Me (Love Lesson),” a three-week champ in May 2017.

In honor of the record-breaking feat, here’s a rundown of Blige’s 23 top 10s on the Adult R&B Songs chart, dating to its inception.

Song Title, Artist (if other than Blige), Peak Position, Peak Date
“Be Happy,” No. 8, Dec. 24, 1994
“I’m Goin’ Down,” No. 3, March 11, 1995
“Not Gon’ Cry,” No. 1 (four weeks), March 2, 1996
“Everything,” No. 7, Nov. 1, 1997
“Seven Days,” No. 3, March 14, 1998
“Lean on Me,” Kirk Franklin featuring Mary J. Blige, Bono, R. Kelly, Crystal Lewis & The Family, No. 2, Nov. 21, 1998
“All That I Can Say,” No. 5, Sept. 25, 1999
“Give Me You,” No. 9, May 13, 2000
“Be Without You,” No. 1 (14 weeks), Feb. 4, 2006
“Enough Cryin,” feat. Brook-Lynn, No. 6, Aug. 26, 2006
“Take Me As I Am,” No. 1 (one week), Jan. 27, 2007
“Just Fine,” No. 3, Feb. 2, 2008
“Ifuleave,” Musiq Soulchild featuring Mary J. Blige, No. 1 (eight weeks), Jan. 10, 2009
“I Am,” No. 2, April 17, 2010
“25/8,” No. 8, Dec. 10, 2011
“Mr. Wrong,” featuring Drake, No. 6, June 30, 2012
“Don’t Mind,” No. 3, Nov. 10, 2012
“Whole Damn Year,” No. 5, Nov. 29, 2014
“Doubt,” No. 6, May 9, 2015
“Thick of It,” No. 1 (16 weeks), Nov. 12, 2016
“U + Me (Love Lesson),” No. 1 (three weeks), May 6, 2017
“Set Me Free,” No. 8, Oct. 14, 2017
“Only Love,” No. 10 (to date), Sept. 8, 2018