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Ask Billboard: Justin Bieber Has Passed Bryan Adams & Celine Dion for Most Hot 100 No. 1s Among Canadians

Plus, how notable is his less-than-two-year span of five leaders?

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Hi Gary,

Thanks to his featured role on Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito,” Justin Bieber is now the Canadian artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers!

Here’s the count of acts from the Great White North with the most Hot 100 No. 1s:

5, Justin Bieber
4, Bryan Adams
4, Celine Dion
3, Drake
3, Nelly Furtado
3, The Weeknd

Bieber has come a long way in a brief amount of time, after so many non-No. 1s, eh? (Canadian talk, eh?) As noted at the time, he led at last with “What Do You Mean?,” his 47th Hot 100 entry, passing Taylor Swift, with 46, for the most appearances before topping the chart. Since then, he’s gotten quite comfortable at the summit.


Plus, Bieber has now topped Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Songs (as featured on DJ Khaled‘s “I’m the One”) and Hot Latin Songs (“Despacito”), as well as Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with two non-Hot 100 No. 1s: “Where Are U Now,” by Skrillex and Diplo with Bieber, and as featured on Major Lazer‘s “Cold Water.”

Hot Country Songs? Give him time.

He’s the (Canadian number) one,

Pablo Nelson
Oakland, California

Hi Pablo,

So much attention has been paid to “Despacito” becoming the first Spanish language-dominant No. 1 on the Hot 100 since Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” in 1996 that focus was elsewhere (including geographically). But, yes, congrats to Bieber on reigning as the new Canadian king of the Hot 100, per the stat above!

And, just to go … all around the world (as an ode to Bieber’s No. 22 Hot 100 hit, featuring Ludacris, from 2012), The Beatles have achieved the most No. 1s among all artists, 20, and, thus, the most for a British act; Mariah Carey is the U.S.-born artist with the most Hot 100 leaders, 18; and Rihanna flies the flag for Barbados, with 14.

Another Bieber feat: he’s accumulated his five Hot 100 No. 1s in a span of one year and eight months, from “What Do You Mean?” (Sept. 19, 2015) through “Despacito” (May 20, 2017). While Katy Perry and Rihanna have each collected that many No. 1s in shorter spans this decade, Bieber is the first male artist to amass five Hot 100 leaders that quickly since … Michael Jackson scored five from Bad in only nine months and two weeks in 1987-88. Plus, Bieber is the first male artist to tally his first five No. 1s so swiftly since … Elvis Presley, who needed just one year, seven months and one week in 1959-61 (with Presley’s career having predated the Hot 100’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception). Among all artists, none gathered their first five Hot 100 No. 1s more quickly than Bieber since Carey, who added her fifth (“Emotions”) on Oct. 12, 1991, just one year, two months and a week after her first (“Vision of Love”) on Aug. 4, 1990 (the Hot 100’s birthday).


Can Bieber add to his No. 1 count with “2U,” David Guetta‘s new single featuring Bieber? We’ll find out tomorrow, when the new Hot 100 (dated July 1) is released.

And, moving south from Canada …


Hi Gary,

Ever since “Despacito” hit the Hot 100’s top 10, I was anticipating this occurrence. Now, for the past five weeks, the lead acts in the Hot 100’s top two were born in Puerto Rico – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee – or have Puerto Rican heritage, as Bruno Mars’ father is half Puerto Rican.

But wait, there’s more! Both songs in question, “Despacito” and “That’s What I Like,” mention Puerto Rico in their lyrics.

Luis De Jesús
Orlando, Florida