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Bruno Mars Matches Mariah Carey & Beyonce as Only Artists With Three Top Five Hot 100 Hits From Each of Their First Three Albums

Mars reaches such heights as "Finesse," with Cardi B, flies 35-3 on the Hot 100.

As previously reported, Bruno Mars and Cardi B‘s “Finesse” rockets from its No. 35 debut to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Jan. 20).

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran‘s “Perfect” leads the Hot 100 for a sixth week and Justin Timberlake‘s “Filthy” soars in at No. 9 after its first seven days of availability.

As for “Finesse,” the song’s vault gains Mars entrance to an exclusive club: artists with at least three top five Hot 100 hits from each of their first three proper albums. He’s the first male and third act overall to boast such career-opening consistency, following only Mariah Carey and Beyoncé.

Let’s take a chronological look at the elite three superstars, now including Mars, to earn such triple-triples (or, in Carey’s case, more) over the Hot 100’s 59-year history.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
“Vision of Love,” No. 1 on the Hot 100 for four weeks, beginning Aug. 4, 1990
“Love Takes Time,” No. 1 (three weeks), Nov. 10, 1990
“Someday,” No. 1 (two weeks), March 9, 1991
“I Don’t Wanna Cry,” No. 1 (two weeks), May 25, 1991

“Emotions,” No. 1 (three weeks), Oct. 12, 1991
“Can’t Let Go,” No. 2, Jan. 25, 1992
“Make It Happen,” No. 5, April 11, 1992


Music Box
“Dreamlover,” No. 1 (eight weeks), Sept. 11, 1993
“Hero,” No. 1 (four weeks), Dec. 25, 1993
“Without You”/”Never Forget You,” No. 3, March 19, 1994

“Fantasy,” No. 1 (eight weeks), Sept. 30, 1995
“One Sweet Day,” with Boyz II Men, No. 1 (16 weeks), Dec. 2, 1995
“Always Be My Baby,” No. 1 (two weeks), May 4, 1996

Carey is the only artist with at least three top five Hot 100 hits from each of her first four proper albums … a feat that Mars could match with his next LP. (Among Carey’s run of her first four proper sets above were two other releases not counted for this story’s look at proper albums specifically: her 1992 MTV Unplugged EP and 1994’s holiday album Merry Christmas.)

Beyoncé (as a soloist apart from Destiny’s Child)
Dangerously in Love
“Crazy in Love,” feat. JAY-Z, No. 1 on the Hot 100 for eight weeks, beginning July 12, 2003
“Baby Boy,” feat. Sean Paul, No. 1 (nine weeks), Oct. 4, 2003
“Me, Myself and I,” No. 4, Feb. 21, 2004
“Naughty Girl,” No. 3, June 5, 2004

“Deja Vu,” feat. JAY-Z, No. 4, Aug. 12, 2006
“Irreplaceable,” No. 1 (10 weeks), Dec. 16, 2006
“Beautiful Liar,” with Shakira, No. 3, April 7, 2007 (from the set’s deluxe version)

I Am…Sasha Fierce
“If I Were a Boy,” No. 3, Nov. 8, 2008
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” No. 1 (four weeks), Dec. 13, 2008
“Halo,” No. 5, May 23, 2009

Bruno Mars
Doo-Wops & Hooligans
“Just the Way You Are,” No. 1 on the Hot 100 for four weeks, Oct. 2, 2010
“Grenade,” No. 1 (four weeks), Jan. 8, 2011
“The Lazy Song,” No. 4, June 18, 2011

Unorthodox Jukebox
“Locked Out of Heaven,” No. 1 (six weeks), Dec. 22, 2012
“When I Was Your Man,” No. 1 (one week), April 20, 2013
“Treasure,” No. 5, Aug. 3, 2013

24K Magic
“24K Magic,” No. 4, Dec, 10, 2016
“That’s What I Like,” No. 1 (one week), May 13, 2017
“Finesse,” with Cardi B, No. 3 (as of Jan. 20, 2018)

(Mars first released the EP It’s Better If You Don’t Understand in 2010, prior to Doo-Wops & Hooligans later that year.)


As previously reported, if we expand the stat to the Hot 100’s top 10, Mars is still just the sixth act with at least three Hot 100 top 10s from each of their first three proper albums. He follows Lionel Richie, the only male before Mars to earn the honor, and the first artist overall to do so, in 1982-86 (following his time as the Commodores’ frontman); Whitney Houston, who scored at least three top 10s over her first four albums, including The Bodyguard (categorized as both a soundtrack and a Houston album), in 1985-93; Carey; Beyoncé; and Lady Gaga (2009-11, including 2010’s The Fame Monster).