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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Rihanna Notches Her 40th Top 20 Hit With ‘Love on the Brain’

Rihanna ties Elton John & becomes just the sixth act with as many as 40 top 20 Hot 100 entries. Plus, seasonal songs soar & more.

As previously reported, Rae Sremmurd leads the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 24) for a fifth week with “Black Beatles,” featuring Gucci Mane.

Meanwhile, Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello‘s “Bad Things” bounds into the top 10, soaring from No. 17 to No. 10. “It feels like my heart is going to explode from how excited I am,” Cabello beamed to Billboard upon hearing the news.

Who else does good things on the latest Hot 100?

Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
‘Tis the season for holiday songs of all eras to return to the Hot 100 (as, per chart rules, older songs can rank in the chart’s top 50 if experiencing notable multi-metric resurgences). Carey’s 1994 classic dashes 23-17, thanks to 32 million in all-format radio audience (up 20 percent) in the tracking week; 10.4 million U.S. streams (up 32 percent); and 27,000 downloads sold (up 12 percent), according to Nielsen Music.

The song, which continues atop the Holiday 100 chart, reached its No. 11 high on the Hot 100 last holiday season. Could this be the year that it finally hits the top 10?


Rihanna, “Love on the Brain”
Rihanna records her milestone 40th top 20 Hot 100 hit, as “Love on the Brain” bounds 30-20. The Anti single lifts 23-20 on the Digital Song Sales chart (27,000 sold, up 16 percent) and 25-21 on Radio Songs (46 million in audience, up 16 percent), while nearing Streaming Songs (5.8 million U.S. clicks, 17 percent).

Rihanna becomes just the sixth act to have made 40 visits to the Hot 100’s top 20, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception. Here is an updated count, led by the King of Rock & Roll and the Queen of Pop:

Most Top 20 Hot 100 Hits
48, Elvis Presley
44, Madonna
42, Lil Wayne
42, The Beatles
40, Elton John
40, Rihanna
36, Stevie Wonder
35, Drake
35, Taylor Swift
33, Mariah Carey
33, Michael Jackson
32, Jay Z
30, The Rolling Stones

(Notably, the Hot 100 began two years after Presley’s 1956 career launch.)


John Legend, “Love Me Now”
As his new album, Darkness and Light, debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 14 (with 39,000 equivalent album units), its first single vaults 53-23 on the Hot 100, becoming his fifth top 40 Hot 100 hit, and third-highest-charting. He reached No. 24 with both “Ordinary People” (2005) and “Green Light,” featuring Andre 3000 (2008); ruled for three weeks at No. 1 with “All of Me” (2014); and added his second top 10 as featured on Meghan Trainor‘s No. 8-peaking “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” (2015).

“Love Me Now” is the Hot 100’s top digital sales gainer, increasing by 138 percent to 32,000 sold in the tracking week (ending Dec. 8), thanks in large part to promo for the album, including a Dec. 6 appearance on CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden.

Bobby Helms, “Jingle Bell Rock”
Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
Helms’ 1957 carol and Lee’s 1958 holiday standard re-enter the Hot 100 at Nos. 35 and 37, respectively. They rank at Nos. 2 and 3 on both the Holiday 100 and Holiday Streaming Songs, with 7.7 million and 7.1 million domestic streams, respectively.

As “Rock” originally reached No. 35 on Dec. 29, 1958, it matches its peak. “Tree” hit a No. 14 peak in 1960.

Lady Gaga, “Million Reasons”
The second single from Gaga’s former Billboard 200 No. 1 Joanne re-enters the Hot 100 at new No. 52 high (passing its prior No. 57 peak). Following her performance of the ballad on The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016, broadcast on CBS Dec. 5, and aided by a 69-cent sale price in the iTunes Store, the song charges 34-6 on Digital Song Sales (44,000, up 144 percent), becoming her 16th top 10 on the tally.

Lead Joanne single “Perfect Illusion” reached No. 2 on Digital Song Sales and No. 15 on the Hot 100.