Chart Watch Extra: The Individuals With The Most #1 Hits
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.
Diana Ross, 18. Her tally consists of 12 hits with the Supremes, five on her own and one collabo with Lionel Richie ("Endless Love").