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Olivia Rodrigo’s Elite Graduating Class: More Stars Who Scored Hot 100 No. 1s by Age 18

In honor of Olivia Rodrigo's graduation day, the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is looking at other pop stars who scored one (or two!) Billboard Hot 100 No. 1's by the time they were 18.

Olivia Rodrigo let fans know over the weekend that she’s officially a high school graduate — which shines a light on just how much the singer/songwriter has accomplished at such a young age, including two No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U.” And she’s hardly alone in that youthful success.

There are dozens of other artists who were 18 years old or younger when they hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, and there are even five other examples of pop stars who topped it twice before they were graduation age, including Brenda Lee (“I’m Sorry” and “I Want to Be Wanted”) who was just 15 when she scored back-to-back chart-toppers.


On the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, Katie & Keith break down all these teenage hitmakers, including the very youngest 13-year-old (!) Hot 100 champs Little Stevie Wonder (“Fingertips – Pt 2”) and Donny Osmond (“Go Away Little Girl”). Listen below:

Also on the show, we’ve got chart news on Polo G, Migos, Bo Burnham, TWICE and Maroon 5 — and that’s just on the Billboard 200 albums chart! Plus, we have news about Taylor Swift announcing Red as her next re-recorded album and the Foo Fighters ushering in full-capacity live shows in both California and New York.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard‘s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard‘s deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson and senior director of Billboard charts Keith Caulfield every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)