Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Mariah Carey & The Beatles
Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Mariah Carey & The Beatles
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Hot 100 Turns 60! Artists With the Most No. 1s, From The Beatles to Rihanna & More

by Xander Zellner
August 02, 2018, 2:00pm EDT

The Beatles reign with a record 20 toppers.

Over 27,000 songs have graced the Billboard Hot 100 in the chart's 60-year history. Of those, 1,077 have reached No. 1 -- a select 3.8 percent.    

In honor of the Hot 100's 60th anniversary, we're looking at the best of the best, including the artists with the most No. 1s in the chart's archives. More specifically, we're highlighting the nine acts with at least 10 No. 1s each; call it the 10-Timers Club, if you will.    

The list features seven solo artists and two groups. The Beatles, unsurprisingly, lead the way with a record 20 No. 1s, all earned between 1964 and 1970. The Fab Four also scored 34 top 10s (second only to Madonna's 38), hitting No. 1 in over half their visits to the top 10.   

Notably missing from the list is Elvis Presley, who, in the Hot 100 era, scored seven No. 1s. The start of Presley's career predated the Hot 100, which launched on Aug. 4, 1958, meaning that some of his classics, such as "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock," preceded the chart's existence. He did, however, reach the summit with "A Big Hunk O' Love," "Stuck on You," "It's Now or Never," "Are You Lonesome Tonight," "Surrender," "Good Luck Charm " and "Suspicious Minds."     

Here are all nine members of the 10-Timers Club, along with each act's No. 1 hits.    

Title, Weeks at No. 1, Peak Date

The Beatles, 20 No. 1s
"I Want to Hold Your Hand," seven weeks beginning Feb. 1, 1964
"She Loves You," two, March 21, 1964
"Can't Buy Me Love," five, April 4, 1964
"Love Me Do," one, May 30, 1964
"A Hard Day's Night," two, Aug. 1, 1964
"I Feel Fine," three, Dec. 26, 1964
"Eight Days a Week," two, March 13, 1965
"Ticket to Ride," one, May 22, 1965
"Help!," three, Sept. 4, 1965
"Yesterday," four, Oct. 9, 1965
"We Can Work It Out," three, Jan. 8, 1966
"Paperback Writer," two, June 25, 1966
"Penny Lane," one, March 18, 1967
"All You Need Is Love," one, Aug. 19, 1967
"Hello Goodbye," three, Aug. 19, 1967
"Hey Jude," nine, Sept. 28, 1968
"Get Back," with Billy Preston, five, May 24, 1969
"Come Together"/"Something," one, Nov. 29, 1969
"Let It Be," two, April 11, 1970
"The Long and Winding Road"/"For You Blue," two, June 13, 1970

Mariah Carey, 18 No. 1s
"Vision of Love," four weeks beginning Aug. 4, 1990
"Love Takes Time," three, Nov. 10, 1990
"Someday," two, March 9, 1991
"I Don't Wanna Cry," two, May 25, 1991
"Emotions," three, Oct. 12, 1991
"I'll Be There," two, June 20, 1992
"Dreamlover," eight, Sept. 11, 1993
"Hero," four, Dec. 25, 1993
"Fantasy," eight, Sept. 30, 1995
"One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, 16, Dec. 2, 1995
"Always Be My Baby," two, May 4, 1996
"Honey," three, Sept. 13, 1997
"My All," one, May 23, 1998
"Heartbreaker," feat. JAY-Z, two, Oct. 9, 1999
"Thank God I Found You," feat. Joe & 98 Degrees, one, Feb. 19, 2000
"We Belong Together," 14, June 4, 2005
"Don't Forget About Us," two, Dec. 31, 2005
"Touch My Body," two, April 12, 2008

Rihanna, 14 No. 1s
"SOS," three weeks beginning May 13, 2006
"Umbrella," feat. JAY-Z, seven, June 9, 2007
"Take a Bow," one, May 24, 2008
"Disturbia," two, Aug. 23, 2008
"Live Your Life," T.I. feat. Rihanna, six, Oct. 18, 2008
"Rude Boy," five, March 27, 2010
"Love the Way You Lie," Eminem feat. Rihanna, seven, July 31, 2010
"What's My Name?," feat. Drake, one, Nov. 20, 2010
"Only Girl (In the World)," one, Dec. 4, 2010
"S&M," feat. Britney Spears, one, April 30, 2011
"We Found Love," feat. Calvin Harris, 10, Nov. 12, 2011
"Diamonds," three, Dec. 1, 2012
"The Monster," Eminem feat. Rihanna, four, Dec. 21, 2013
"Work," feat. Drake, nine, March 5, 2016

Michael Jackson, 13 No. 1s
"Ben," one week beginning Oct. 14, 1972
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," one, Oct. 13, 1979
"Rock With You," four, Jan. 19, 1980
"Billie Jean," seven, March 5, 1983
"Beat It," three, April 30, 1983
"Say Say Say," with Paul McCartney, six, Dec. 10, 1983
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You," with Siedah Garrett, one, Sept. 19, 1987
"Bad," two, Oct. 24, 1987
"The Way You Make Me Feel," one, Jan. 23, 1988
"Man in the Mirror," two, March 26, 1988
"Dirty Diana," one, July 2, 1988
"Black or White," seven, Dec. 7, 1991
"You Are Not Alone," one, Sept. 2, 1995

Madonna, 12 No. 1s
"Like a Virgin," six weeks beginning Dec. 22, 1984
"Crazy for You," one, May 11, 1985
"Live to Tell," one, June 7, 1986
"Papa Don't Preach," two, Aug. 16, 1986
"Open Your Heart," one, Feb. 7, 1987
"Who's That Girl," one, Aug. 22, 1987
"Like a Prayer," three, April 22, 1989
"Vogue," three, May 19, 1990
"Justify My Love," two, Jan. 5, 1991
"This Used to Be My Playground," one, Aug. 8, 1992
"Take a Bow," seven, Feb. 25, 1995
"Music," four, Sept. 16, 2000

The Supremes, 12 No. 1s
"Where Did Our Love Go," two weeks beginning Aug. 22, 1964
"Baby Love," four, Oct. 31, 1964
"Come See About Me," two, Dec. 19, 1964
"Stop! In the Name of Love," two, March 27, 1965
"Back in My Arms Again," one, June 12, 1965
"I Hear a Symphony," two, Nov. 20, 1965
"You Can't Hurry Love," two, Sept. 10, 1966
"You Keep Me Hangin' On," two, Nov. 19, 1966
"Love Is Here and Now You're Gone," one, March 11, 1967
"The Happening," one, May 13, 1967
"Love Child," with Diana Ross, two, Nov. 30, 1968
"Someday We'll Be Together," Diana Ross & The Supremes, one, Dec. 27, 1969

Whitney Houston, 11 No. 1s
"Saving All My Love for You," one week beginning Oct. 26, 1985
"How Will I Know," two, Feb. 15, 1986
"Greatest Love of All," three, May 17, 1986
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," two, June 27, 1987
"Didn't We Almost Have It All," two, Sept. 26, 1987
"So Emotional," one, Jan. 9, 1988
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go," two, April 23, 1988
"I'm Your Baby Tonight," one, Dec. 1, 1990
"All The Man That I Need," two, Feb. 23, 1991
"I Will Always Love You," 14, Nov. 28, 1992
"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," one, Nov. 25, 1995

Janet Jackson, 10 No. 1s
"When I Think of You," two weeks beginning Oct. 11, 1986
"Miss You Much," four, Oct. 7, 1989
"Escapade," three, March 3, 1990
"Black Cat," one, Oct. 27, 1990
"Love Will Never Do (Without You)," one, Jan. 19, 1991
"That's The Way Love Goes," eight, May 15, 1993
"Again," two, Dec. 11, 1993
"Together Again," two, Jan. 31, 1998
"Doesn't Really Matter," three, Aug. 26, 2000
"All for You," seven, April 14, 2001

Stevie Wonder, 10 No. 1s
"Fingertips – Pt 2," Little Stevie Wonder, three weeks beginning Aug. 10, 1963
"Superstition," one, Jan. 27, 1973
"You Are the Sunshine of My Life," one, May 19, 1973
"You Haven't Done Nothin," one, Nov. 2, 1974
"I Wish," one, Jan. 22, 1977
"Sir Duke," three, May 21, 1977
"Ebony and Ivory," with Paul McCartney, seven, May 15, 1982
"I Just Called to Say I Love You," three, Oct. 13, 1984
"Part Time Lover," one week, Nov. 2, 1985
"That's What Friends Are For," Dionne & Friends, four, Jan. 18, 1986