Liam Payne becomes the third member of One Direction to score a solo top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as “Strip That Down,” featuring Quavo, rises 11-10 (on the list dated Sept. 16). With the ascent, 1D joins the lofty company of The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and New Edition as groups with three or more solo members who’ve scored Hot 100 top 10s.
Payne follows (former 1D member) Zayn and Harry Styles in notching at least one solo top 10 hit on the Hot 100. Zayn, who left the boy band in March 2015, has earned two: “Pillowtalk,” which debuted at No. 1 in February 2016, and the No. 2-peaking “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker),” with Taylor Swift, this March. Styles’ first and so far only solo top 10, “Sign of the Times,” debuted and peaked at No. 4 in April.
Looking ahead, Niall Horan could be the next 1D member to join the club, as his “Slow Hands” flirts with the top 10, bulleting at No. 15 this week (down from its No. 14 peak, but still rising in airplay). The group’s other member, Louis Tomlinson, also places on the Hot 100, at No. 62, with “Back to You,” featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals, after it debuted at its No. 40 peak (and Tomlinson’s solo Hot 100 high).
After Tomlinson became the fifth and final member of One Direction to earn a solo top 40 hit on the Hot 100 in August, we researched every band that has appeared on the Hot 100 (dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception) and found that it’s rare for five members of an act to chart solo, anywhere on the ranking. Wu-Tang Clan boasts the most group members with solo Hot 100 entries: eight. (Note that this research doesn’t include “supergroups,” like Tr
But, naturally, it’s even rarer for multiple members of a group to score a solo top 10 hit on the Hot 100. Per our number-crunching, The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac each boast four members with individual top 10 hits, while New Edition and, now, One Direction sport three apiece.
For The Beatles, Paul McCartney leads the Fab Four with 23 solo top 10s, followed by John Lennon (eight), Ringo Starr (seven) and George Harrison (five). As for Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks has earned four solo top 10s, while Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Bob Welch each have one.
It’s worth noting that all six members of New Edition have made trips to the Hot 100’s top 10 outside the group. Bobby Brown (nine), Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant (two each) achieved the feat as solo acts, while Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe teamed up for three as trio Bell Biv DeVoe.
As groups, The Beatles racked up 34 top 10 Hot 100 hits (the most among groups). Fleetwood Mac has tallied nine; One Direction, six; and New Edition, four.