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Rihanna Earns 50th Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 Hit With N.E.R.D. Collab ‘Lemon’

The song leaps 50-40.

Rihanna notches her milestone 50th top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit, as “Lemon,” with N.E.R.D., lifts from No. 50 to No. 40 (on the chart dated Jan. 27).

Among all acts, Elvis Presley leads with 80 top 40 Hot 100 hits, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception (two years after Presley began his run of iconic hits).

Among women, only Taylor Swift boasts more top 40 entries than Rihanna: 55.

Meanwhile, Rihanna matches The Beatles‘ total of 50 top 40 Hot 100 entries. She passes Madonna, with 49.


N.E.R.D., fronted by Pharrell Williams, earns its first top 40 hit in its first Hot 100 visit.

Most Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 Hits All Time
80, Elvis Presley
71, Lil Wayne
67, Drake
57, Elton John
55, Taylor Swift
51, Glee Cast
50, The Beatles
50, Rihanna
49, Madonna

Rihanna first reached the Hot 100 dated June 11, 2005, with “Pon De Replay.” The song would hit No. 2, becoming her first of 31 Hot 100 top 10s to date. Only Madonna (38) and The Beatles (34) have earned more.

Rihanna has tallied 14 Hot 100 No. 1s, trailing only The Beatles (20) and Mariah Carey (18).

As previously reported, Camila Cabello crowns the Hot 100 for the first time, as “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, lifts from No. 2 to No. 1. Young Thug likewise earns his first Hot 100 leader.