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Moves Like Jagger: Maroon 5 Matches The Rolling Stones for Hot 100 Longevity Record

They're the only groups with top-two hits in three distinct decades each.

From “Sugar” to “Brown Sugar,” Maroon 5 joins The Rolling Stones in elite Billboard Hot 100 company.

As previously reported, Maroon 5’s “Memories” leaps from No. 9 to No. 2 on the Hot 100 (dated Jan. 11), granting the Adam Levine-led act placements in the top two on weekly charts dated in the 2000s, ’10s and, as of this week, the ’20s. Maroon 5 joins the Mick Jagger-fronted Stones as the only groups to have ranked in the top two in three distinct decades over the survey’s 61-plus-year history (dating to its Aug. 4, 1958, launch).

Here’s a look at Maroon 5’s top-two Hot 100 hits, totaling seven over the ’00s, ’10s and ’20s: “Makes Me Wonder” (No. 1, 2007); the aptly titled “Moves Like Jagger,” featuring Christina Aguilera (No. 1, 2011); “Payphone,” featuring Wiz Khalifa (No. 2, 2012); “One More Night” (No. 1, 2012); “Sugar” (No. 2, 2015); “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B (No. 1, 2018); and “Memories” (No. 2, to-date, 2020).

And, The Rolling Stones’ count, with 10 such hits in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (No. 1, 1965); “Get Off My Cloud” (No. 1, 1965); “19th Nervous Breakdown” (No. 2, 1966); “Paint It, Black” (No. 1, 1966); “Ruby Tuesday” (No. 1, 1967); “Honky Tonk Women” (No. 1, 1969); “Brown Sugar” (No. 1, 1971); “Angie” (No. 1, 1973); “Miss You” (No. 1, 1978); and “Start Me Up” (No. 2, 1981).

Overall, Maroon 5 is the 19th act to have ranked in the Hot 100’s top two in at least three decades, with one, Mariah Carey, having placed in the bracket in four decades, as she made history last week (on the Jan. 4-dated chart) when “All I Want for Christmas Is You” logged its third week at No. 1, giving her time at the summit in the ’90s, ’00s, ’10s and ’20s.

Artists to Rank in the Hot 100’s Top Two in at Least Three Decades

(*designates that act ranked at No. 1 in each decade noted)

’90s, ’00s, ’10s, ’20s: Mariah Carey*
’00s, ’10s, ’20s: Maroon 5
’60s, ’10s, ’20s: Brenda Lee (achieved last week, thanks to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”)
’90s, ’00s, ’10s: Christina Aguilera*, Jay-Z, Britney Spears*, Usher*
’80s, ’90s, ’00s: Janet Jackson*, Madonna*
’70s, ’80s, ’90s: Michael Jackson*, Elton John*
’60s, ’70s, ’90s: Cher

’60s, ’70s, ’80s: Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, The Rolling Stones, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder*
’50s, ’60s, ’70s: Elvis Presley

Of those acts, Knight notched top-two Hot 100 hits in both the ’60s and ’70s with The Pips, but did so solo in the ’80s, as part of Warwick’s all-star “That’s What Friends Are For,” also with John and Wonder. Thus, as a group, Gladys Knight and The Pips miss out on sharing Maroon 5 and The Rolling Stones’ achievement. Similarly, Robinson and The Miracles hit No. 2 in the ’60s and No. 1 in the ’70s before he added the solo No. 2 hit “Being With You” in 1981.

Beyond Maroon 5 and the Stones’ unparalleled Hot 100 history, other groups boast impressive longevity in the chart’s upper reaches.

Five groups have ranked in the Hot 100’s top five in three separate decades: The Beach Boys (1960s, ’70s and ’80s), Chicago, Queen and Styx (’70s, ’80s and ’90s) and the Carlos Santana-led Santana (’70s, ’90s and 2000s).


Notably, Queen falls just shy of Maroon 5 and the Stones’ record, as the band hit the top two in the ’80s and ’90s (reaching No. 2 with “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 1992 after the song had initially hit No. 9 in 1976). Queen earned two No. 1s, both in 1980, and if the first of those, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” had ascended to the top two in late 1979 instead of on the chart dated Feb. 2, 1980, the group would share Maroon 5 and the Stones’ mark.

Expanding to groups with Hot 100 top 10s in three or more decades, Aerosmith leads with such smashes in four distinct decades: the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, from “Dream On” in 1976 through “Jaded” in 2001.

Plus, three groups have tallied Hot 100 top 10s in each of three decades: The Beatles (’60s, ’70s and ’90s, as they returned in 1995 with “Free as a Bird”), Bee Gees and Jackson 5/The Jacksons (’60s, ’70s and ’80s).

Meanwhile, two artists have appeared in the Hot 100’s top 10 in each of five decades. As a soloist, Michael Jackson ranked in the region in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s, while, last week, Andy Williams matched Jackson’s mark, as “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” placed at No. 7 on the first chart dated in the ’20s, after a week in the top 10 in the ’10s (in 2018). The legendary late singer previously tallied top 10s in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.