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Hot 100 Turns 60! The Top 60 Male Artists of All-Time, From Elton John to Elvis Presley & More

As we celebrate the Billboard Hot 100's 60th anniversary, Billboard looks at the top-performing solo male artists in the chart's history, dating to its Aug. 4, 1958, inception.

As we celebrate the Billboard Hot 100‘s 60th anniversary, Billboard looks at the top-performing solo male artists in the chart’s history, dating to its Aug. 4, 1958, inception.    

The No. 1 spot belongs to the Rocket Man himself, Elton John. The legend has forged one of the most consistent and dominant musical resumes ever, logging 67 total Hot 100 entries between 1970 and 2000. Among them, he’s earned nine No. 1s as well as 27 top 10s.    

John’s biggest Hot 100 hit, his 1997 reworking of his 1973 track “Candle in the Wind,” in memory of Princess Diana (paired on a double-sided physical single with then-new song “Something About the Way You Look Tonight“), spent 14 weeks at No. 1. The single set a Nielsen Music-era record of 3.4 million physical singles sold in the first week of its U.S. release, sparking its launch atop the Oct. 11, 1997-dated Hot 100.   


Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney (based on their solo careers) round out the top five, fro Nos. 2 through 5, respectively.

Elsewhere on the list are 10 hip-hop artists, led by Drake at No. 9. The MC boasts the most entries among all soloists (187), as well as six No. 1s, including three in 2018, with his “In My Feelings” atop the tally for three weeks running.

Here’s a look at the top-performing solo male artists over the Hot 100’s first 60 years.     

60. The Weeknd

59. T.I.

58. Rick Springfield

57. Glen Campbell

56. Johnny Rivers

55. Eric Clapton

54. Ludacris

53. Ed Sheeran

52. Bobby Brown

51. Lil Wayne

50. Michael Bolton

49. Brook Benton

48. John Lennon

47. Tommy James

46. Billy Ocean

45. Dion

44. Roy Orbison

43. Andy Gibb

42. Flo Rida

41. 50 Cent

40. John Denver

39. Bruce Springsteen

38. Justin Bieber

37. Neil Sedaka

36. Bob Seger

35. JAY-Z

34. Kanye West

33. Richard Marx

32. Eminem

31. James Brown

30. R. Kelly

29. Bobby Darin

28. Nelly

27. Barry Manilow

26. Paul Anka

25. Justin Timberlake

24. Ricky Nelson

23. Chris Brown

22. Ray Charles

21. Chubby Checker

20. John Mellencamp

19. Bobby Vinton

18. George Michael

17. Bryan Adams

16. Kenny Rogers

15. Neil Diamond

14. Bruno Mars

13. Lionel Richie

12. Billy Joel

11. Phil Collins

10. Marvin Gaye

9. Drake

8. Rod Stewart

7. Prince

6. Usher

5. Paul McCartney

4. Michael Jackson

3. Stevie Wonder

2. Elvis Presley

1. Elton John

The Top 60 Male Artists of All-Time on the Billboard Hot 100 ranking is based on weekly performance on the Hot 100 from its Aug. 4, 1958, inception through July 21, 2018. All songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with cumulative weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods. Artists are then ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above, of all their Hot 100 chart entries.