Rihanna has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. Her current smash, "Diamonds," jumps to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100. It's her 12th #1 hit, a tally equaled by only 10 other individuals since 1955. And that counts the Beatles as four individuals. This dramatizes how rapidly Rihanna, who is still just 24, has scaled the list of all-time chart champs.
Rihanna's tally of #1 hits consists of seven hits on her own plus collaborations with Jay-Z ("Umbrella"), T.I. ("Live Your Life"), Eminem ("Love The Way You Lie"), Drake ("What's My Name?") and Calvin Harris ("We Found Love").
Paul McCartney has had more #1 hits than any other artist since 1955, a total of 29. (Surprisingly, he has never had a #1 hit strictly on his own. His highest-charting hit strictly on his own was his first post-Beatles chart hit, "Another Day," which reached #5 in 1971.)
Elvis Presley had more #1 hits strictly on his own than any other artist. He had 17 #1 hits, without one collabo. Mariah Carey has had more # 1 hits strictly on her own than any other female artist—a total of 15. (In addition, she has had three #1 collabos.)
Here's a list of all individuals who have had six or more #1 hits since 1955.
Paul McCartney, 29. Includes 20 hits with the Beatles, six with Wings and one collabo each with his wife Linda McCartney ("Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"), Stevie Wonder ("Ebony And Ivory") and Michael Jackson ("Say Say Say").
George Harrison, 23. Includes 20 hits with the Beatles and three solo hits: "My Sweet Lord," "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" and "Got My Mind Set On You." Harrison died in November 2001. He was 58.
Ringo Starr, 22. Includes 20 hits with the Beatles and two solo hits: "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen."
John Lennon, 22. Includes 20 hits with the Beatles, one on which he shared billing with the Plastic Ono Nuclear Band ("Whatever Gets You Thru The Night") and one on his own ("(Just Like) Starting Over"). Lennon died in December 1980. He was 40.
Mariah Carey, 18. Includes 15 hits on her own and one collabo each with Boyz II Men ("One Sweet Day"), Jay-Z ("Heartbreaker") and Joe & 98 Degrees ("Thank God I Found You").
Diana Ross, 18. Her tally consists of 12 hits with the Supremes, five on her own and one collabo with Lionel Richie ("Endless Love").
Elvis Presley, 17. His tally consists of 17 hits on his own, from 1956's "Heartbreak Hotel" to 1969's "Suspicious Minds." Presley died in August 1977. He was 42.
Michael Jackson, 17. His tally consists of 12 hits on his own, four hits with the Jackson 5 and one collabo with Paul McCartney ("Say Say Say"). Jackson died in June 2009. He was 50.
Madonna, 12. Her tally consists of 12 hits on her own, from 1984's "Like A Virgin" to 2000's "Music."
Rihanna, 12. Includes seven hits on her own and collabos with four hip-hop stars (Jay-Z, T.I., Eminem and Drake) and one dance/electronic music star, Calvin Harris.
Mary Wilson, 12. Her tally consists of 12 hits with the Supremes, from 1964's "Where Did Our Love Go" to 1969's "Someday We'll Be Together." (She wasn't featured on the group's last two #1 hits, but she was part of the group and was in the photo on the single sleeves.)
Whitney Houston, 11. Her tally consists of 11 hits on her own, from 1985's "Saving All My Love For You" to 1995's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)." Houston died in February 2012. She was 48.
Janet Jackson, 10. Her tally consists of 10 hits on her own, from 1986's "When I Think Of You" to 2001's "All For You."
George Michael, 10. Includes five hits on his own, three hits as the key member of Wham! and one collabo each with Aretha Franklin ("I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)") and Elton John ("Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me").
Florence Ballard, 10. Her tally consists of 10 hits as a member of the Supremes, from 1964's "Where Did Our Love Go" to 1967's "The Happening." Ballard was pushed out of the group in 1967. She died in February 1976. She was just 32 at her death, younger than anyone else on this list.
Stevie Wonder, 9. Includes eight hits on his own and one collabo with Paul McCartney ("Ebony And Ivory").
Usher, 9. Includes five hits on his own and one collabo each with Lil Jon & Ludacris ("Yeah!"), Alicia Keys ("My Boo"), Young Jeezy ("Love In This Club") and will.i.am ("OMG").
Beyonce, 9. Includes four hits with Destiny's Child, two on her own and one collabo each with Jay-Z ("Crazy In Love"), Sean Paul ("Baby Boy") and Bun-B & Slim Thug ("Check On It").
Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, 9. Their tally consists of nine Bee Gees hits, from 1971's "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" to 1979's "Love You Inside Out." Maurice died in January 2003. He was 53. Robin died in May 2012. He was 62.
Elton John, 8. Includes six hits on his own and one collabo each with Kiki Dee ("Don't Go Breaking My Heart") and George Michael ("Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me").
Phil Collins, 8. Includes six hits on his own, one duet with Marilyn Martin ("Separate Lives") and one hit with Genesis ("Invisible Touch").
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, 8. Their tally consists of eight hits by the Rolling Stones, from 1965's "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" to 1978's "Miss You."
Katy Perry, 7. Includes five hits on her own and one collabo each with Snoop Dogg ("California Gurls") and Kanye West ("E.T.").
Lionel Richie, 7. Includes four hits on his own, two with the Commodores and one duet with Diana Ross ("Endless Love").
Frankie Valli, 7. Includes five hits with the 4 Seasons and two solo hits ("My Eyes Adored You" and "Grease").
Pat Boone, 6. His tally consists of six hits from 1955's "Ain't That A Shame" to 1961's "Moody River."
Daryl Hall & John Oates, 6. Their tally consists of six hits from 1977's "Rich Girl" to 1984's "Out Of Touch."
Paula Abdul, 6. Includes five hits on her own and one that featured The Wild Pair ("Opposites Attract").
Fergie, 6. Includes three hits with the Black Eyed Peas, two on her own and one collabo with Ludacris ("Glamorous").