Chart Beat Chat

Fred and his readers discuss Madonna, "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," "Dominique" and more!


Hi Fred,

In July I mentioned that "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden held the Hot 100 record for being the only single in history to spend time in each of the top 10 positions on the chart during its run.

As it often happens when a record is mentioned, that record is soon broken. With a chart run [that includes moving] 24, 14, 10, 7, 5, 4, 3, 1, 2, 4, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 9, 8, 11, 12, 15 and 19 (through Sept. 1), "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" by T-Pain featuring Yung Joc has broken that record by spending time in each of the top 12 positions on the Hot 100.


Alan Van Antwerp
Austin, Texas

Dear Alan,

Thanks for noticing T-Pain's chart moves. Now that you've written about this, should we expect a single to occupy the top 13 positions?


Dear Fred,

I'm a big fan of Dionne Warwick. In a marketing campaign for her concert, she was billed as the female artist with the second highest number of Hot 100 hits. I've always thought that title belongs to Madonna. I did a little research and was shocked to find out that it was true and Madonna wasn't even in third place. Connie Francis is tied with Dionne.

Can you kindly give me a rundown of the top female artists with the most Hot 100 hits? As a bigger fan of Madonna, I'm hoping with the release of her new album, she will be No. 2.

Kirby Go
Vancouver, Canada

Dear Kirby,

The solo female artist with the most Hot 100 hits is Aretha Franklin, who has scored 76 chart entries between 1961 and 1998. By some strange coincidence, her 76th song to chart, "Here We Go Again," peaked at No. 76.

You're right about Dionne Warwick and Connie Francis being tied for second place, with 56 chart entries each. Connie collected her 56 songs between 1957 and 1969. Dionne ran up her total of 56 chart entries between 1962 and 1998.

Since Dionne and Connie are tied for second place, we skip down to fourth place, where Madonna has 52 chart entries (Brenda Lee appears to have 52 chart entries, but only if you count her Christmas perennial "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" three times. Since it was a re-entry the second and third time around, Lee's official total is 50).

You've probably already done the math -- Madonna needs five more Hot 100 songs to land in second place, a feat certainly within her reach. We'll have to wait and see if she can do it with one album or two.


Dear Fred:

Concerning foreign language No. 1 hits, Billboard had already determined before President Kennedy's assassination that "Dominique" would be No. 2 on the Hot 100 dated Nov. 30, 1963, on the way to its four-week stay at No. 1 starting Dec. 7. Also, "Dominique" had already ascended to No. 1 on the WLS-AM 890 chart dated Nov. 15, remaining there for three weeks before staying at No. 3 the next four weeks.

So I think your theory regarding the record's popularity only applies to its continued popularity after reaching the top, not its rise to the top.

David Dana-Bashian
Garden Grove, Calif.

Dear David,

You're correct. "Dominique" by the Singing Nun had a very fast rise on the Hot 100. By its third week on the chart, it was already No. 9 and the following week, on the Hot 100 dated Nov. 30, 1963, it climbed to No. 2. That chart couldn't have been influenced by President Kennedy's assassination.

Still, it was the right No. 1 song at the right time for a nation in mourning. It certainly would have been No. 1 no matter what, but I don't know if it would have been No. 1 for four weeks, especially with the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" holding at No. 2.