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List of Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart achievements

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This is a page listing all of the significant Mainstream Top 40 chart achievements from the first published chart on October 3, 1992, to the current chart.

All-time chart achievements[edit]

On October 19, 2017, the Mainstream Top 40 co-hosts, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, gave hints as to what the number 1 all-time Mainstream Top 40 song was going to be on the charts.[1] Later that day, the top 100 all-time songs and the top 50-all time artists were released, with the number 1 all-time song being revealed as "Another Night" by Real McCoy.[2] Shown below are the top 10 songs and the top 10 artists from each chart.

Top 10 pop songs of all time (1992–2017)[edit]

Rank Single Year released Artist(s) Peak and duration
1.
"Another Night"
1994
Real McCoy #1 for 6 weeks
2.
"Smooth"
1999
Santana featuring Rob Thomas #1 for 8 weeks
3.
"Hanging by a Moment"
2000
Lifehouse #2 for 12 weeks
4.
"Apologize"
2007
Timbaland featuring OneRepublic #1 for 8 weeks
5.
"How You Remind Me"
2001
Nickelback #1 for 10 weeks
6.
"Here Without You"
2003
3 Doors Down #1 for 2 weeks
7.
"Don't Speak"
1996
No Doubt #1 for 10 weeks
8.
"Iris"
1998
Goo Goo Dolls #1 for 4 weeks
9.
"Closer"
2016
The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey #1 for 11 weeks
10.
"I Love You Always Forever"
1995
Donna Lewis #1 for 11 weeks

Source:[3]

Top 10 pop songs artists of all time (1992-2017)[edit]

Rank Artist
1.
Rihanna
2.
P!nk
3.
Maroon 5
4.
Katy Perry
5.
Justin Timberlake
6.
Britney Spears
7.
Taylor Swift
8.
Kelly Clarkson
9.
Mariah Carey
10.
Bruno Mars

Source:[4]

Song records[edit]

A blonde woman wearing a black dress performing
Mariah Carey shares the record with Taylor Swift for the highest debut with "Dreamlover" at #12
Taylor Swift shares the record with Mariah Carey for the highest debut with "Shake It Off" at #12

Highest debut[edit]

No. 12: Mariah Carey — "Dreamlover" (August 14, 1993), Taylor Swift — "Shake It Off" (September 6, 2014)
No. 13: Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar — "Bad Blood" (June 6, 2015)
No. 14: Lady Gaga — "Born This Way" (February 26, 2011), Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z — "Suit & Tie" (February 2, 2013)
No. 16: Madonna — "Frozen" (March 7, 1998), Britney Spears — "Hold It Against Me" (January 29, 2011)
No. 18: Taylor Swift — "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (September 1, 2012), Maroon 5 — "Maps" (July 5, 2014)

Most weeks at number one[edit]

14 weeks

  • Ace of Base — "The Sign" (1994)

11 weeks

  • Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men — "One Sweet Day" (1995–96)[5]
  • Donna Lewis — "I Love You Always Forever" (1996)
  • Natalie Imbruglia — "Torn" (1998)
  • Nelly featuring Tim McGraw — "Over and Over" (2004–05)
  • The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey — "Closer" (2016)

10 weeks

  • Dionne Farris — "I Know" (1995)
  • No Doubt — "Don't Speak" (1996–97)
  • Céline Dion — "My Heart Will Go On" (1998)
  • 'N Sync — "Bye Bye Bye" (2000)
  • Nickelback — "How You Remind Me" (2001–02)
  • Mariah Carey — "We Belong Together" (2005)[6]
  • Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell — "Blurred Lines" (2013)

9 weeks

  • Whitney Houston — "I Will Always Love You" (1992–93)
  • Janet Jackson — "That's the Way Love Goes" (1993)
  • Ace of Base — "All That She Wants" (1993)
  • Seal — "Kiss from a Rose" (1995)
  • Chumbawamba — "Tubthumping" (1997–98)
  • Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink — "Lady Marmalade" (2001)
  • OutKast — "Hey Ya!" (2003–04)
  • Leona Lewis — "Bleeding Love" (2008)
  • Ed Sheeran — "Shape of You" (2017)

Source:[7]

Most weeks in the top 10[edit]

  • 28 weeks – Real McCoy — "Another Night" (1994–95), Goo Goo Dolls — "Iris" (1998)
  • 27 weeks – Lifehouse — "Hanging by a Moment" (2001)
  • 26 weeks – No Doubt — "Don't Speak" (1996–97), Savage Garden — "Truly Madly Deeply" (1997–98)
  • 24 weeks – Donna Lewis — "I Love You Always Forever" (1996–97), Goo Goo Dolls — "Slide" (1998–99), Santana featuring Rob Thomas — "Smooth" (1999–00), 3 Doors Down — "Here Without You" (2003–04), Timbaland featuring OneRepublic — "Apologize" (2007–08); The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey — "Closer" (2016–17)
  • 23 weeks – Goo Goo Dolls — "Name" (1995–96), Ed Sheeran — "Shape of You" (2017)

Most weeks on the chart[edit]

  • 41 weeks – Edwin McCain — "I'll Be" (1998)[8]
  • 39 weeks – Real McCoy — "Another Night" (1995),[9] Goo Goo Dolls — "Iris" (1999),[10] Goo Goo Dolls — "Slide" (1999)[11]
  • 38 weeks – Santana featuring Rob Thomas — "Smooth" (2000),[12] P!nk — "U + Ur Hand" (2007)[13]
  • 36 weeks – Third Eye Blind — "Semi-Charmed Life" (1998),[14] Eagle-Eye Cherry — "Save Tonight" (1999),[15] Vertical Horizon — "Everything You Want" (2000),[16] Lifehouse — "Hanging by a Moment" (2001)[17]

Longest climbs to number one[edit]

  • 26th week – Alessia Cara — "Here" (2016)[18]
  • 25th week – CeeLo Green — "Forget You" (2011), Demi Lovato — "Give Your Heart a Break" (2012)[19]
  • 24th week – Alessia Cara — "Scars to Your Beautiful" (2017)
  • 23rd week – P!nk — "U + Ur Hand" (2007), Ellie Goulding — "Lights" (2012),[20] Shawn Mendes — "Stitches" (2015)

Longest climbs to the top 10[edit]

  • 31st week – Edwin McCain — "I'll Be" (1998)
  • 25th week – MKTO — "Classic" (2014), Daya — "Sit Still, Look Pretty" (2016), Jon Bellion — "All Time Low" (2017)
  • 22nd week – Imagine Dragons — "It's Time" (2013), The Neighbourhood — "Sweater Weather" (2014)
  • 20th week – CeeLo Green — "Forget You" (2011), Ed Sheeran — "The A Team" (2013), Daya — "Hide Away" (2016)

Highest weekly plays[edit]

Below are listed the 10 songs with the most weekly plays under Billboard's then panel. The panel is regularly updated, with stations being added or removed sometimes even weekly, and often expanded, thus the spins record is broken quite frequently.

  • Ed Sheeran - "Shape of You" (17,507)
  • Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood" (17,474)[21]
  • Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth - "See You Again" (17,356)[21]
  • The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey - "Closer" (17,298)
  • Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk!" (17,236)
  • Bruno Mars - "That's What I Like" (17,235)
  • Justin Bieber - "Sorry" (16,997)
  • The Weeknd - "Can't Feel My Face" (16,988)
  • Taylor Swift - "Wildest Dreams" (16,924)
  • Sia featuring Sean Paul - "Cheap Thrills" (16,905)

Artist records[edit]

Rihanna shares the record with Katy Perry for the most number-one singles (with 11) and holds the record for the most top ten singles (with 29), and the most overall appearances on the chart since her debut (43).[22]
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Katy Perry shares the record with Rihanna for the most number-one singles (with 11). Katy holds the record for most cumulative weeks at number one for Pop Songs.[23]

Artists with the most number-one singles[edit]

Source:[24]

Artists with the most cumulative weeks at number-one[edit]

  • Katy Perry (47)
  • Mariah Carey (45)
  • P!nk, Rihanna, Maroon 5 (32)
  • Ace of Base (29)
  • Taylor Swift (28)
  • Bruno Mars (27)
  • Justin Timberlake (26)
  • Christina Aguilera (25)
  • Boyz II Men, Nelly, Beyoncé (23)

Source:[25][26]

Artists with the most top-10 singles[edit]

  • Rihanna (30)
  • Pink (19)
  • Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5 (18)
  • Mariah Carey, Katy Perry (17)
  • Usher (16)
  • Britney Spears, Bruno Mars (15)
  • Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Nelly, Taylor Swift (14)

Source:[27][28]

Artists with the most entries[edit]

Source:[29]

Self-replacement at number one[edit]

  • Mariah Carey — "Fantasy" → "One Sweet Day" (Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men) (December 6, 1995)
  • OutKast — "Hey Ya!" → "The Way You Move" (OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown) (February 14, 2004)
  • Iggy Azalea — "Fancy" (Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX) → "Problem" (Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea) (July 12, 2014) †

† Iggy Azalea is the only act in Mainstream Top 40 history to replace herself at number one with her first two chart entries.

Source:[30]

Additional artist achievements[edit]

Lady Gaga is the only musical artist in history to have her first six singles all reach the number-one position on this chart.
  • Lady Gaga is the only artist to have her first six singles reach No. 1.[31]
  • As of 2011, Britney Spears holds the record for the longest span between No. 1s at 12 years, seven months and four days between her first No.1 and her latest.[32]
  • Katy Perry's Teenage Dream is the first and only album to have 6 singles top the chart.[33]
  • JoJo at age 13, became the youngest solo artist to have a number-one single on the chart with "Leave (Get Out)".[34]

Album records[edit]

Most number-one singles from an album[edit]

  • Teenage Dream by Katy Perry, 6 (2010–12)
  • 1989 by Taylor Swift, 5 (2014–15)
  • FutureSex/LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake, 4 (2006–07)
  • The Fame by Lady Gaga, 4 (2009)
  • The Sign by Ace of Base, 3 (1993–94)
  • Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette, 3 (1996)
  • Let Go by Avril Lavigne, 3 (2002–03)
  • Overexposed by Maroon 5, 3 (2012–13)
  • Purpose by Justin Bieber, 3 (2015–16)
  • Revival by Selena Gomez, 3 (2015–16)

Source:[35]

See also[edit]

  • Mainstream Top 40

References[edit]

  1. "Chart Beat Podcast: The Top 25 Pop Songs of the Past 25 Years, by Britney Spears, Rihanna & More". Billboard.com. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  2. "Rihanna Rules as No. 1 Artist In Pop Songs Chart's 25-Year History". Billboard.com. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  3. "Greatest of All Time Pop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. October 19, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  4. "Greatest of All Time: Pop Songs Artists". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. November 12, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  5. Trust, Gary (March 16, 2014). "March 16, 1996: Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men's 'One Sweet Day' Makes History On Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  6. Trust, Gary (March 26, 2010). "Ask Billboard: Happy 40th, Mariah!". Billboard. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  7. "The Chainsmokers' 'Closer' Ties for Second-Longest No. 1 Run Atop Pop Songs Chart". Billboard. December 6, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  8. "Billboard Pop Songs December 26, 1998 (Weeks on chart)".
  9. "Billboard Pop Songs June 03, 1995 (Weeks on chart".
  10. "Billboard Pop Songs January 23, 1999 (Weeks on chart".
  11. "Billboard Pop Songs July 10, 1999 (Weeks on chart".
  12. "Billboard Pop Songs April 15, 2000 (Weeks on chart".
  13. "Billboard Pop Songs September 01, 2007 (Weeks on chart".
  14. "Billboard Pop Songs January 24, 1998 (Weeks on chart".
  15. "Billboard Pop Songs May 15, 1999 (Weeks on chart".
  16. "Billboard Pop Songs September 02, 2000 (Weeks on chart".
  17. "Billboard Pop Songs November 03, 2001 (Weeks on chart".
  18. "Alessia Cara's 'Here' Completes Record Climb to No. 1 on Pop Songs Chart". Billboard.
  19. http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/photos/pdf/2012/TFNm0904.pdf
  20. http://www1.billboard.biz/bbbiz/photos/pdf/2012/tfn_m_081312.pdf
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Tops Another Tally & Breaks Weekly Plays Record". Billboard. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  22. "Rihanna Rewrites Record For Most Pop Songs No. 1s". Billboard. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  23. "Katy Perry Ties For Most Pop Songs No. 1s". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  24. Trust, Gary (October 16, 2017). "Taylor Swift Tops Pop Songs Chart With 'Look What You Made Me Do'". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  25. "Katy Perry Sets Record On Pop Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  26. "Chart Highlights: One Direction, Katy Perry, U2 Score New No. 1s". Billboard. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  27. "Hot 100 Chart Moves: Hailee Steinfeld's 'Starving' Hits the Top 40". Billboard. September 16, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  28. "Hot 100 Chart Moves: Lorde's A-Leaping & Ed Sheeran Debuts 10 Songs From 'Divide'". Billboard. March 15, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  29. "G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha Rule Pop Songs Chart With 'Me, Myself & I'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  30. "Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Top Pop, Rhythmic Songs Charts With 'Problem'". Billboard.
  31. Trust, Gary (2010-03-15). "Lady Gaga, Beyonce Match Mariah's Record". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  32. Trust, Gary (2011-09-12). "Britney Spears' Sustained Success 'Go'-es On At Pop Radio". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
  33. "Katy Perry". Billboard.
  34. "JoJo Signs Deal with Atlantic Records". Complex. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  35. "Selena Gomez Scores Third Pop Songs No. 1 With 'Hands to Myself' & Releases New Single From 'Revival'". Billboard.

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