Desperado is Rihanna’s fifth No. 1 of 2017, seventh from ANTI, and 32nd total leader.
Rihanna makes history with Desperado
Rihanna rocks the summit of Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart (dated Oct. 14) for the fifth time in 2017, a new high in a calendar year among all acts, as Desperado rises 2-1. Rihanna rolls ahead of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Katy Perry, each with four No. 1s in a January-December frame at least once; Rihanna hit that mark four times (in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016).
Before Desperado, Rihanna led this year with Wild Thoughts (by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, Aug. 26); Pose (July 15); Sex With Me (April 8); and Love on the Brain (Jan. 21). Desperado is Rihanna’s 32nd total topper, a sum second only to Madonna’s 46 in the chart’s 41-year history. Rihanna is also gaining on Madonna’s total at an astounding rate, with nine No. 1s since Madonna last topped the chart.
DESPERADO IS SEVENTH NO. 1 FROM ANTI ALBUM
Remixed by 3LAU, Fairlane and MK, among others, Desperado is Rihanna’s seventh No. 1 from her album ANTI, a streak that started on April 23, 2016, with Work (featuring Drake). Her other ANTI No. 1s are: Kiss It Better (Aug. 6, 2016), Needed Me (Aug. 20, 2016), as well as the aforementioned 2017 toppers Love on the Brain, Sex With Me and Pose. Rihanna interrupted her run of ANTI rulers twice with other No. 1s: Wild Thoughts and This Is What You Came For (by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna), which posted a rare two-week reign on July 9 and 16, 2016, on its way to becoming the chart’s No. 1 song of last year.
Rihanna’s lucky seven marks the most No. 1s from a single set since Katy Perry scored seven from the original edition of Teenage Dream in 2010-12,
Dating to the Dance Club Songs chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, here’s an updated look at the acts with the most No. 1s:
19, Janet Jackson
18, Katy Perry