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Rihanna featured on Billboard’s Greatest of All Time

Who are the top single and album artists in Hot 100 and Billboard 200 history? The Beatles (No. 1 all-time artist) and Adele (biggest album), but also Eminem, Rihanna and… Air Supply? For the first time Billboard reveals the most successful music.

Even though she didn’t arrive on the Billboard Hot 100 until 2005, with the No. 2-peaking dancehall reggae-splashed “Pon De Replay,” Rihanna ranks prominently as the No. 13 artist of the chart’s 57-year history. Her 13 No. 1s — from 2006’s “SOS” to 2013’s “The Monster” (by Eminem featuring Rihanna) — place her in rarefied historical air: She’s tied with Michael Jackson for the third-best No. 1 singles total, behind only The Beatles (20) and Mariah Carey (18).

Key to the 27-year-old Barbadian’s success is her wide range, says Kid Kelly, SiriusXM vp music programming. “She has surprised fans with the ability to reinvent herself authentically album to album, song to song.” She also deftly moves among genres, from dance music (“We Found Love,” her 2011 smash with Calvin Harris, sits at No. 25 on the all-time Hot 100) and R&B/hip-hop (her Grammy-nominated 2010 No. 1 single “What’s My Name?” showcased Drake) to pop (2008’s “Take a Bow” and Altered the years inside the parentheses. “Disturbia”). Rihanna’s most recent Hot 100 top 10 even found her in coffeehouse-folk mode, as she hit No. 4 in February with the Kanye West and Paul McCartney collaboration “FourFiveSeconds.” Other acts with whom she has shared Hot 100 credit are also diverse: Bono, Jay Z, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj and Slash.


With her eighth album on the way, her first since 2012’s Billboard 200 No. 1 Unapologetic, Rihanna is poised to climb even higher on the all-time artist list. “She doesn’t make any style sound forced,” says WBBM-FM Chicago assistant program director/music director Erik Bradley. “Her versatility has helped her reach.”

Hot 100 Artists

1, The Beatles
2, Madonna
3, Elton John
4, Elvis Presley
5, Mariah Carey
6, Stevie Wonder
7, Janet Jackson
8, Michael Jackson
9, Whitney Houston
10, The Rolling Stones
11, Paul McCartney
12, Bee Gees
13, Rihanna
Full list

Hot 100 Songs

25, We Found Love
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Most Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Hits By Artist

38, Madonna
34, The Beatles
29, Michael Jackson
28, Stevie Wonder
27, Mariah Carey
27, Janet Jackson
27, Elton John
26, Rihanna
25, Elvis Presley
23, Whitney Houston
23, Paul McCartney
23, The Rolling Stones

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 By Artist

79, Mariah Carey
59, The Beatles
51, Rihanna
50, Boyz II Men
47, Usher
37, Michael Jackson
36, Beyoncé
34, Elton John
33, Janet Jackson
33, Katy Perry


Source: Rihanna Daily

Rihanna featured on Billboard’s Greatest of All Time

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