Rihanna Ties The Beatles For Third in Most Weeks at Number 1 by Any Artist But With a Big Asterisk

Rihanna's single Work, featuring Drake, will be at number 1 for an eighth week tomorrow when the Billboard Hot 100 comes out.

That will give her a total of 59 weeks at number 1, tying her with the Beatles for third place on the all-time list.
  • 01. Mariah Carey (79 weeks)
  • 01. Elvis Presley (79 weeks)
  • 03. Rihanna (59 weeks)
  • 03. Beatles (59 weeks)
  • 05. Boyz II Men (50 weeks)
  • 06. Usher (47 weeks)
  • 07. Michael Jackson (37 weeks)
  • 08. Beyonce (36 weeks)
  • 09. Elton John (34 weeks)
  • 10. Janet Jackson (33 weeks)
  • 10. Katy Perry (33 weeks)
A couple caveats. This only applies to the "rock era" (1955 to today) which leaves out artists like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra who had dozens of number 1's in the 30's, 40's and early 50's.

In addition, this includes number 1's where an artist was only "featured" in a secondary role on the recording. To us, here at VVN Music, this is a totally inappropriate way to compute the list. "Featured" artists often only contribute a short section and, at most, a verse to the track. They are NOT the artist that should be credited and have been, in many cases, used by the record companies and artists as a way to enhance the saleability of a recording. 

Yes, there have been duets for many years. When Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton recorded Islands in the Stream, they each took an equal or near equal share of the song. One Sweet Day was listed as Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men but, again, the performing was fairly evenly divided. If the artists involved were to put out a Greatest Hits set, it would make sense that these songs appear on both of their collections. 

For artists like Presley, the Beatles, Carey and most of the top ten, this is not an issue as they were the main artist or part of a true duet on all of their chart toppers. 

Then there's Rihanna. Two of her biggest number 1's, Love the Way You Lie and The Monster were Eminem FEATURING Rihanna. They were mainly Eminem records with Rihanna contributing a melodic chorus. These two tracks would, most likely, never be considered one of Rihanna's "Greatest Hits" for a compilation. 

Love the Way You Lie was number 1 for seven weeks and The Monster for four. Take those off of Rihanna's total and she drops to number 6 on the list with 46 weeks total.

Billboard may have named Rihanna as equal to the Beatles on Monday based on their criteria but, in our opinion, she has quite a bit to go before reaching that lofty plateau. 

1 comment

Anonymous said...

Rihanna generation : facebook, twitter, streaming, downlowds, you tube, whatsapp & etc.
Beatles generation : A lot fo work.

With due respect, in a 20 years from now, I'm sure nobody will call "Work" a classic

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