Every new Drake release brings its share of Billboard chart history, and his new collaboration with DJ Khaled and Lil Baby, “Staying Alive,” is no different.
Earlier this year, he became the first solo male in history to debut atop the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously twice, thanks to his latest LP Honestly, Nevermind and its single “Jimmy Cooks,” featuring 21 Savage.
Now, he secures the honor of the artist with the most top five hits in Hot 100 history, with 30, as DJ Khaled’s “Staying Alive,” on which he and Lil Baby are featured, debuts at No. 5 on the latest, Aug. 20-dated chart. Drake passes The Beatles, who have 29, for sole ownership of the record over the list’s 64-year history. The Beatles solely held the top-five mark for 55 years, having last reached the region in 1970 with “The Long and Winding Road”/”For You Blue,” which spent two weeks at No. 1.
“Staying Alive” also helps Drake extend his records for the most top 10s, top 20s, top 40s and overall Hot 100 entries, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception.
It’s worth noting that, for about a decade now, the Hot 100 has included streaming data. That’s also after December 1998, when album cuts became eligible to chart, so songs didn’t have to be commercially available as singles to appear on the ranking, as before. Thus, an entire album’s tracklist can chart after its debut in 2022, whereas a major album decades ago could have charted only as many songs on the Hot 100 as it had released commercially for individual purchase.
Chart methodology changes over time, thanks to the evolution of how fans consume music, and in turn, so does the measurement of that activity. For decades, the best way to measure the popularity of individual songs was to track individual physical, and later digital, single purchases, and their radio airplay. Eventually, the chart expanded to include airplay-only cuts (and the record industry halted most major physical single releases in the late ’90s). Today, with streaming factoring into the chart, along with airplay and sales, streaming’s strength, especially, makes it common for hit albums like Drake’s latest to infuse the Hot 100 with a double-digit amount of songs, a feat that Drake continues to make a fairly regular, and impressive, occurrence.
As Drake makes more history, here’s a look at all the Hot 100 records that the superstar has broken in his career, and those he hasn’t (yet).