Rihanna scores her 22nd Top 5 hit on Billboard
Rihanna earns her 22nd top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100, as Love on the Brain rises 6-5 on the chart dated March 25. Airplay continues to drive the ballad most heavily, as it keeps at No. 3 on Radio Songs (107 million, essentially even week-over-week).
Rihanna breaks out of a fifth-place tie with Elvis Presley (who tallied 21 top fives after the Hot 100’s 1958 inception; his career predates the Hot 100, as he first hit Billboard charts in 1956). The only artists with more top five Hot 100 hits than Rihanna: The Beatles (29), Madonna (28), Mariah Carey (26) and Janet Jackson (24).
Here’s an updated count of the artists with the most top five hits on the Hot 100 all-time:
29, The Beatles
26, Mariah Carey
24, Janet Jackson
21, Elvis Presley
20, Michael Jackson
20, Stevie Wonder
19, Elton John
19, Whitney Houston
16, Paul McCartney
15, The Supremes
Meanwhile, not only do The Beatles own the mark for most top five Hot 100 hits, but the iconic band’s Paul McCartney has notched another 16 apart from the group (as a soloist, including collaborations, and with his former band Wings), making for an astonishing 45 trips to the top five overall.
McCartney’s most recent top five Hot 100 hit? FourFiveSeconds, with Kanye West and … Rihanna. The song hit No. 4 on Feb. 28, 2015, becoming Rihanna’s 19th top five title (as well as West’s 11th, and most recent).