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U.S. Pop Record Chart Facts

The Most #1 Hits    The Most Top 10 Hits     The Most Top 40 Hits

The Most Weeks Spent At #1     The Youngest Hitmakers     The Oldest Hitmakers




The Artists With the Most U.S. Number One Singles

Number Name Total
1 The Beatles 20
2 Mariah Carey 18
3 Elvis Presley 17
4 Michael Jackson 13
5 The Supremes 12
6 Madonna 12
7 Whitney Houston 11
8 Rihanna 11
9 Stevie Wonder 10
10 Janet Jackson 10


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The Artists With the Most U.S. Top Ten Singles

Number Name Total
1 Madonna 38
2 Elvis Presley 36
3 The Beatles 34
4 Stevie Wonder 28
5 Michael Jackson 28
6 Janet Jackson 27
7 Elton John 27
8 Mariah Carey 27


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The Artists With the Most U.S. Top 40 Singles

Number Name Total
1 Elvis Presley 80
2 Elton John 57
3 Lil Wayne 55
4 The Beatles 50
5 Glee Cast 50
6 Madonna 49


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The Artists With the Most Consecutive U.S. Number One Singles

Number Name Total
1 Whitney Houston 7
2 The Beatles 6
3 The Bee Gees 6
4 The Supremes 5
5 Michael Jackson 5
6 Mariah Carey 5
7 Katy Perry 5


The Artists Who Had The Most Cumulative Weeks At #1

Number Name Total
1 Elvis Presley 80
2 Mariah Carey 79
3 The Beatles 59
4 Boyz II Men 50
5 Usher 47
6 Rihanna 44
7 Michael Jackson 37
8 Beyoncé 36
9 Elton John 34
10 Janet Jackson 33
11 Whitney Houston 31
12 Paul McCartney 30


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The Youngest Artists To Have A U.S. Number One Single Between 1950 and 2000

Number Name Song Age
1 Stevie Wonder Fingertips - pt. 2 13 years 88 days
1 Donny Osmond Go Away Little Girl 13 years 276 days
3 Jimmy Boyd I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 12 years 353 days
4 Michael Jackson Ben 14 years 46 days
5 Laurie London The Whole World In His Hands 14 years 85 days
6 Little Peggy March I Will Follow Him 15 years 51 days
7 Brenda Lee I'm Sorry 15 years 220 days
8 Tiffany I Think We're Alone Now 16 years 36 days
9 Paul Anka Diana 16 years 41 days
10 Brian Hyland Yellow Polka Dot Bikini 16 years 270 days


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The Oldest Artists To Have A U.S. Number One Single Between 1950 and 2000

Number Name Song Age
1 Louie Armstrong Hello Dolly 63 years 10 months
2 Lawrence Welk Calcutta 57 years 11 months
3 Morris Stoloff Moonglow 57 years 10 months
4 Cher Believe 52 years 9 months
5 Frank Sinatra Somethin' Stupid 51 years 4 months
6 Elton John Candle In The Wind - 1997 50 years 6 months
7 Lorne Green Ringo 49 years 9 months
8 Dean Martin Everybody Loves Somebody 47 years 2 months
9 Bill Medley The Time Of My Life 47 years 2 months
10 Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man 46 years 6 months



Billboard Album Chart Facts
Most Weeks At Number One

(54) - West Side Story - Soundtrack (1961-1962)
(37 weeks) Thriller - Michael Jackson (1983-84
(31 weeks) Calypso - Harry Belafonte (1956)
(31 weeks) South Pacific - Soundtrack (1958)
(31 weeks) Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (1977)
(24 weeks) Saturday Night - Soundtrack (1978)
(24 weeks) Purple Rain - Prince (1984)
(21 weeks) Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em - MC Hammer (1990)
(20 weeks) The Bodyguard - Soundtrack (1992)
(20 weeks) Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley (1961)




Most Weeks In The Top Ten

(153 weeks) Music for Lovers Only - Jackie Gleason - (1953)
(130 weeks) Glenn Miller - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra Glenn Miller
(84 weeks) Peter, Paul and Mary - Peter, Paul and Mary (1962)
(84 weeks) Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen - (1984)
(78 weeks) Thriller - Michael Jackson (1982)
(78 weeks) Hysteria Def LeppardDef Leppard (1987)
(77 weeks) The Student Prince - Mario Lanza (1954)
(72 weeks) Merry Christmas - Bing Crosby (1955)
(72 weeks) Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette (1995)
(64 weeks) Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul (1988)




Most Weeks On The Hot 200 Album Chart

(741 weeks) The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
(490 weeks) Johnny's Greatest Hits - Johnny Mathis
(480 weeks) My Fair Lady - Original Cast
(331 weeks) Highlights from the Phantom of the Opera - Original Cast
(302 weeks) TapestryTapestry - Carole King
(295 weeks) Heavenly - Johnny Mathis
(283 weeks) Oklahoma! - soundtrack
(282 weeks) MCMXC a.D. - Enigma
(281 weeks) Metallica - Metallica (album)
(277 weeks) The King and I - Soundtrack
(277 weeks) Hymns - Tennessee Ernie Ford




At 85 years old, Tony Bennett became the oldest living musician to top the Billboard album chart when "Duets II" reached number one in September, 2011. The previous record was held by Bob Dylan who led the Hot 200 with "Modern Times" in September, 2006 at the age of 65.




The most Number One singles from one album: 5

- a tie between Michael Jackson's "Bad" and Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream"




The most Top Ten singles from one album: 7

- a tie between "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, "Born In The U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen and "Rhythm Nation" 1814 by Janet Jackson




Songwriters with the most number-one singles
  1. Paul McCartney (32)
  2. John Lennon (26)
  3. Mariah Carey (17)
  4. Barry Gibb (16)
  5. Brian Holland (15)
  6. Sean Garrett (15)









Odds and Ends
The longest title of a song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 is B.J. Thomas'

"Hey Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song".




The longest title of an album to reach the Billboard Hot 200 LP chart is Fiona Apple's

"When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'Fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right"

The title is made up of 90 words.




Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" holds the record for the longest time between release date and reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, taking sixty-four weeks to reach the top. When the LP finally got there in January, 1990, it stayed at #1 for 10 weeks.




Although it is generally acknowledged that the "Rock 'n' Roll era" began in the US when Bill Haley And His Comets reached the top of the Billboard chart in July, 1955 with "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock", many Rock historians believe that the first true Rock and Roll record was a song called "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and The Delta Cats, which topped the American R&B chart in May, 1951.




Herb Alpert is the only artist to have a US number one single with both a vocal arrangement (This Guy's in Love With You" in 1968) and an instrumental ("Rise" in 1979).




Hank Ballard and the Midnighters were the first group to place three records on The Billboard Hot 100 at the same time - "Finger Poppin' Time", "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" and "The Twist" in mid-July, 1960.




The shortest record to reach the Billboard Top 40 was "Some Kind-A Earthquake" by Duane Eddy. This seldom heard instrumental, which is only one minute, seventeen seconds long, reached #37 in 1959




The first live recording to ever top the Billboard chart was "Fingertips part 2" by Little Stevie Wonder, in August, 1963.




The first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 was Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy", which reached the top on September 24th, 1988.




The first foreign language recording to top the Billboard chart was "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno in 1958. Translated from Italian, the title means "In The Blue Sky Painted Blue (To Fly)".




The first comedy album to ever top the Billboard chart was "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" in 1960.




The first Country album to reach the top of the Hot 200 album chart was "Ring Of Fire" by Johnny Cash in January, 1964.




The first triple-disc album to top the Billboard chart was the soundtrack to "Woodstock".




In November, 1958, The Kingston Trio became the first group to ever have an album reach the top of the US chart. Before them, only solo artists had hit number one.




The first 45 rpm record to reach the Billboard charts was "You're Adorable" by Perry Como, on May 7, 1949.




Roy Hamilton's "Don't Let Go" became the first stereo single to reach the Billboard chart when it entered at #13 on February 22nd, 1958.




The first artist to write and record his own US #1 hit was Buddy Knox. His tune "Party Doll" topped the Billboard chart in March, 1957.




The first British artist to top the Billboard chart was Mr. Acker Bilk with "Stranger on the Shore" on May 26, 1962.
However, Vera Lynn was the first British artist to have the best selling record in the U.S. with "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" on July 26, 1952, four years before The HOT 100 was introduced.




"Wild Thing" by The Troggs is the only single to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 while being offered on two different labels simultaneously. Fontana was the group's British label and ATCO was also given a contract to release the song in the US. The compilers of the Billboard Hot 100 decided to combine the two singles (which had different B-sides) into one chart position.




A 60 track album called "Beatles Anthology I" holds the record for first-day sales, selling 450,000 units on the day of its release, November 19th, 1995.




The term "rock and roll", which was black slang for sexual intercourse, appeared on record for the first time in 1922 on Trixie Smith's "My Baby Rocks Me With One Steady Roll".




The term "rhythm & blues" was coined in 1948 by a young Billboard reporter and future Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler, to replace the negative term "Race Records".




Elvis Presley's 1956 recording of "Love Me" was the first million-seller to make the US charts without being released as a single. It was instead, an EP (extended play) 45 rpm, with three other songs on it: "Rip It Up", "Paralyzed" and "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again".




The Animals 1964 hit "House Of The Rising Sun" was the first Number 1 to have a playing time of more than four minutes.




The Four Aces 1955 release of "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" was the first US number one record that was specifically written for a motion picture.








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