Fun Facts For Billboard Hot 100 Trivia Nerds

By Amrit Singh / August 21, 2008 - 6:30 pm

Bookmark this one for the next time you hit rock trivia night. Billboard is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Hot 100 charts! The celebration consists of framing the archival data in ways interesting to people who would be excited by the 50th Anniversary of the Hot 100 charts. This means awesome organizational tactics like Most Weeks At #2 Without Hitting #1 and Artists With Most #2 Hits and other such things that shouldn’t excite me as much as they do. With me? Here’s the first batch:

Most Weeks at No. 1
Mariah Carey (79)
The Beatles (59)
Boyz II Men (50)
Usher (43)
Michael Jackson (37)
Elton John (34)
Janet Jackson (33)
Beyonce (32)
Madonna (32)
Whitney Houston (31)
Paul McCartney/Wings (30)

Most Hot 100 Hits
Elvis Presley (108)
James Brown (89)
Aretha Franklin (73)
Ray Charles (73)
The Beatles (72)
Elton John (67)
Stevie Wonder (63)
The Rolling Stones (57)
Marvin Gaye (56)
Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons (56)
Dionne Warwick (56)

Most No. 2 Hits Without Reaching No. 1 By Artist
Creedence Clearwater Revival (5)
Blood, Sweat & Tears (3)
En Vogue (3)

Most Weeks At #2 Without Reaching #1
11/28/81: Foreigner – “Waiting For A Girl Like You” (10)
11/16/02: Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott- “Work It” (10)
08/24/96: Donna Lewis – “I Love You Always Forever” (9)
05/02/98: Shania Twain – “You’re Still The One” (9)
11/21/92: Shai – “If I Ever Fall In Love” (8)
12/05/98: Deborah Cox – “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” (8)
11/20/99: Brian McKnight – “Back At One” (8)
04/24/04: Mario Winans (Feat. Enya & P. Diddy) – “I Don’t Wanna Know” (8)

Each week there will be another set of lists at billboard.com/hot100. One day there will be a way to meaningfully track MP3 downloads in order to make numbers like these relevant again. Until then, there’s nostalgia. And trivia nights.

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