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Drake Now Has A Lot Of Weeks At No. 1 On Hot 100 This Years

Drake now leads 33 to 32. Rihanna leads all acts with 41 frames in the lead in the 2010s.

As previously reported, Drake‘s “Nice for What” tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated April 28) for a second week, following its debut at No. 1.

Drake has now spent 33 cumulative weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, dating to his first week on top as featured on Rihanna‘s one-week No. 1 “What’s My Name?” (Nov. 20, 2010), the first of his five No. 1s.

Drake followed with a nine-week domination as featured on Rihanna’s “Work,” in 2016, and his first two No. 1s as a lead: “One Dance” (featuring WizKid and Kyla; 10 weeks, 2016) and “God’s Plan” (11 weeks, 2018).

With his latest and 33rd frame in the lead, Drake passes Bruno Mars (32) for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 among solo males in the 2010s. Among all acts, only Rihanna has totaled more weeks at the top spot this decade: 41.

As Drake takes the crown for the most frames at No. 1 among male acts in the 2010s, let’s look at how his time on top compares to that of the acts that have led the Hot 100 for the most weeks in each decade, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception.

Acts With the Most Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Decade-by-Decade

2010s (through April 28, 2018)
41, Rihanna
33, Drake
32, Bruno Mars
26, Katy Perry
24, Adele

2000s
41, Usher
36, Beyonce
26, The Black Eyed Peas
23, 50 Cent
23, Nelly

1990s
60, Mariah Carey
50, Boyz II Men
22, Monica
19, Puff Daddy
18, Celine Dion
18, Whitney Houston
18, TLC

1980s
27, Michael Jackson
21, Lionel Richie
16, Paul McCartney
16, George Michael
15, Madonna
15, Stevie Wonder

1970s
27, Bee Gees
17, Rod Stewart
15, Elton John
14, Paul McCartney (with 13 including a Wings billing)
13, Andy Gibb
13, Donna Summer

1960s
55, The Beatles
22, The Supremes
20, Elvis Presley
15, The 4 Seasons
13, The Rolling Stones

1950s (from Aug. 4, 1958)
9, Bobby Darin
6, Frankie Avalon
6, Tommy Edwards
6, Johnny Horton
5, The Fleetwoods
5, Domenico Modugno

Notably, the Hot 100’s evolution to Nielsen Music data beginning in 1991 has brought longer average reigns, and Mariah Carey holds the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in any decade: 60 weeks in the ’90s, passing The Beatles‘ 55 weeks in the ’60s. (Carey logged her 60 weeks on top in the ’90s via 14 No. 1s, for an average rule of 4.3 weeks. The Beatles tallied their 55 weeks at the summit in the ’60s from 18 No. 1s, for an average command of 3.1 weeks.)

Meanwhile, Drake has the rest of 2018 and all of 2019 to challenge the single-decade record for the most weeks at No. 1 by a solo male: he’s currently eight weeks from tying Usher‘s mark of 41 in the 2000s.

As for the most total weeks on top, from the Hot 100’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception through the latest, April 28-dated chart, here are the acts with the most total weeks at No. 1 in the Hot 100’s history (as Drake ties Janet Jackson and Katy Perry for ninth place).

Acts With the Most Total Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (through April 28, 2018)

79, Mariah Carey
60, Rihanna
59, The Beatles
50, Boyz II Men
47, Usher
42, Beyonce
37, Michael Jackson
34, Elton John
33, Drake
33, Janet Jackson
33, Katy Perry
32, Madonna
32, Bruno Mars
31, Whitney Houston
30, Paul McCartney (with 16 including a Wings billing)

Thus, in addition to approaching Usher’s record for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in a decade among solo males, Drake is also closing in on Usher’s overall mark: 47 weeks. Among male soloists, Michael Jackson ranks second (37), while, with one more week on top, Drake will tie Elton John for the third-best total (34 weeks at No. 1 each).


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