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Taylor Swift Tallies 70th Hot 100 Hit, Tying Nicki Minaj for Second-Most Among Women

A week after Minaj passed Swift with the bow of "Black Barbies," Swift returns the volley with the entrance of "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," with Zayn. Among women, Minaj & Swift trail only Aretha…

As previously reported, Rae Sremmurd leads the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 31) for a sixth week with “Black Beatles,” featuring Gucci Mane. Among other notable news, Zayn and Taylor Swift‘s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” debuts at No. 6, marking Swift’s milestone 20th Hot 100 top 10, a sum that only five other women have previously achieved. (Madonna leads all acts with 38 top 10s.)

“Live” also marks Swift’s 70th career Hot 100 entry, pulling her even with Nicki Minaj, who had passed Swift a week ago when her “Beatles” makeover “Black Barbies” debuted. Both artists now trail only Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, the leader among women with 73 appearances.

Here is an updated count, dating to the Hot 100’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception:

Women With the Most Hot 100 Hits
73, Aretha Franklin
70, Nicki Minaj
70, Taylor Swift
57, Madonna
57, Rihanna
56, Dionne Warwick
53, Beyonce
53, Connie Francis
48, Brenda Lee
47, Mariah Carey
43, Miley Cyrus
41, Barbra Streisand
40, Mary J. Blige
40, Janet Jackson
40, Diana Ross


Notably, and in line with the collaborative nature of hip-hop, Minaj has been credited as a lead artist on 27 of her Hot 100 entries and featured on 43; Swift has been the lead on 67 of her 70 chart entries; and Franklin has boasted lead billing on all 73 of her Hot 100 hits (with much of her career predating years in which featured credits became common). Among all acts, the cast of Fox’s Glee leads with 207 Hot 100 entries, followed by Lil Wayne (132) and Drake (131). Franklin is in 10th place among all acts, and Minaj and Swift are tied for 12th.

The only act currently in between Franklin and the tandem of Minaj and Swift? The Beatles, with 71 total Hot 100 entries.