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Men Have Linked the Longest Streak of Hot 100 No. 1s in 25 Years

Seven No. 1s in-a-row, from "Black Beatles" to "I'm the One," mark the most consecutive leaders by exclusively male acts since 1991-92.

If five male artists sharing credit atop the Billboard Hot 100 (dated May 20) isn’t enough of a sign of the success that male acts are enjoying on the chart of late, here’s another: Seven straight songs by only male artists, whether soloists, duos or groups, have topped the Hot 100, marking the longest such streak in more than 25 years.

As previously reported, DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One,” featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, blasts in at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The new leader continues a streak of all-male No. 1s dating to Nov. 26, 2016, the week after The Chainsmokers‘ “Closer,” featuring female singer Halsey, logged the last of its 12 weeks on top.


Here’s a look (listed by each song’s first week at No. 1) at the current run of male acts leading the Hot 100:

1, “Black Beatles,” Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane (seven weeks at No. 1 beginning Nov. 26, 2016)
2, “Starboy,” The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk (one, Jan. 7, 2017)
3, “Bad and Boujee,” Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert (three, Jan. 21, 2017)
4, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran (12, Feb. 18. 2017)
5, “Humble.,” Kendrick Lamar (one, May 6, 2017)
6, “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars (one, May 13, 2017)

7, “I’m the One,” DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne (one to date, May 20, 2017)

The last time seven consecutive hits ruled the Hot 100 without a female artist in the mix (including group members)? We need to go back more than a quarter-century:

1, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Michael Bolton (one week at No. 1 beginning Nov. 23, 1991)
2, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss,” P.M. Dawn (one, Nov. 30, 1991)
3, “Black or White,” Michael Jackson (seven, Dec. 7, 1991)
4, “All 4 Love,” Color Me Badd (one, Jan. 25, 1992)
5, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” George Michael/Elton John (one, Feb. 1, 1992)
6, “I’m Too Sexy,” Right Said Fred, (three, Feb. 8, 1992)
7, “To Be With You,” Mr. Big (three, Feb. 29, 1992)

As for the last streak of more than seven male-only Hot 100 No. 1s? Showing their prominence in that era, Michael Jackson and George Michael, as in the list above, also figure into this stretch in 1988 (along with, appropriately enough, a group with the word “boys” right there in its name):

1, “Dirty Diana,” Michael Jackson (one week at No. 1 beginning July 2, 1988)
2, “The Flame,” Cheap Trick (two, July 9, 1988)
3, “Hold On to the Nights,” Richard Marx (one, July 23, 1988)
4, “Roll With It,” Steve Winwood (four, July 30, 1988)
5, “Monkey,” George Michael (two, Aug. 27, 1988)

6, “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses (two, Sept. 10, 1988)
7, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin (two, Sept. 24, 1988)
8, “Love Bites,” Def Leppard (one, Oct. 8, 1988)
9, “Red Red Wine,” UB40 (one, Oct. 15, 1988)
10, “Groovy Kind of Love,” Phil Collins (two, Oct. 22, 1988)
11, “Kokomo,” The Beach Boys (one, Nov. 5, 1988)
12, “Wild, Wild West,” The Escape Club (one, Nov. 12, 1988)
13, “Bad Medicine,” Bon Jovi (one, Nov. 19, 1988)

And, as notable as that streak is (which followed a fellow accumulation of 13 in 1985), it still doesn’t mark the most consecutive Hot 100 No. 1s devoid of women. The all-time high for guys? A streak of 17 straight No. 1s in 1961 (relatively not long after the Hot 100’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception):

1, “Calcutta,” Lawrence Welk (two weeks at No. 1 beginning Feb. 13, 1961)
2, “Pony Time,” Chubby Checker (three, Feb. 27, 1961)
3, “Surrender,” Elvis Presley (two, March 20, 1961)
4, “Blue Moon,” The Marcels (three, April 3, 1961)
5, “Runaway,” Del Shannon (four, April 24, 1961)
6, “Mother-In-Law,” Ernie K-Doe (one, May 22, 1961)
7, “Travelin’ Man,” Ricky Nelson (two, May 29, 1961)

8, “Running Scared,” Roy Orbison (one, June 5, 1961)
9, “Moody River,” Pat Boone (one, June 19, 1961)
10, “Quarter to Three,” U.S. Bonds (two, June 26, 1961)
11, “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” Bobby Lewis (seven, July 10, 1961)
12, “Wooden Heart,” Joe Dowell (one, Aug. 28, 1961)
13, “Michael,” The Highwaymen (two, Sept. 4, 1961)
14, “Take Good Care of My Baby,” Bobby Vee (three, Sept. 18, 1961)
15, “Hit the Road Jack,” Ray Charles (two, Oct. 9, 1961)
16, “Runaround Sue,” Dion (two, Oct. 23, 1961)
17, “Big Bad John,” Jimmy Dean (five, Nov. 6, 1961)

In stark contrast, the longest streak of Hot 100 No. 1s by women barring male acts (solo or group members)? Five, in 1999: “Have You Ever?,” Brandy; “…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears; “Angel of Mine,” Monica; “Believe,” Cher; and “No Scrubs,” TLC.


Meanwhile, looking at consecutive weeks in charge, men have now ruled the Hot 100 without any female acts credited for 26 consecutive frames, or an even six months, marking the longest such streak this decade. The last run in which women were absent from No. 1 on the Hot 100 for at least a half-year straight (including group members)? In 2003-04, men led the list for 30 consecutive weeks, largely thanks to OutKast and Usher: “Hey Ya!,” OutKast (nine weeks at No. 1); “The Way You Move,” OutKast feat. Sleepy Brown (one); “Slow Jamz,” Twista feat. Kanye West and Jamie Foxx (one); “Yeah!,” Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris (12); and “Burn,” Usher (seven).

Clearly, male artists have been commanding the Hot 100’s upper reaches since late last year, as, beyond their current No. 1s streak, the April 29-dated Hot 100 found no women, solo or in groups, in the top 10 for the first time in more than 33 years. Among likely factors: a bounty of virally-driven hip-hop hits (a realm generally dominated by men) and some female superstars currently sitting in between album cycles.

Additional reporting by Trevor Anderson