Billboard continues to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its Hot 100 singles chart, this time by ranking the top 10 female artists of all time based on their chart achievements over the years. So who came out on top? Watch the video above for the whole list.
Covering four decades of music, Madonna took top honors as the biggest female artist in Billboard history. Over the course of her career she has accumulated 12 number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including iconic songs “Like a Virgin” (1984), “Like a Prayer” (1989), “Vogue” (1990) and “Music” (2000). She has also had eight number-one albums on the Billboard 200 albums chart, from “Like a Virgin” (1984) all the way to “MDNA” (2012).
Madonna overtook Mariah Carey for the top spot on Billboard’s list, which may be surprising given some of Carey’s historic chart achievements. She has had more number-one hits on the Hot 100 than any other solo artist (18), and she has spent the most cumulative weeks on top of the Hot 100 (79). Additionally, her collaboration with Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day,” is tied with the Latin crossover hit “Despacito” as the longest running number-one hit with 16 weeks on top.
Coming in at number-three is Janet Jackson, who has had 10 chart-toppers on the Hot 100, including “Miss You Much” (1989), “That’s the Way Love Goes” (1993) and “Together Again” (1997). Her 1989 “Rhythm Nation” album alone produced four-chart toppers. And it’s one of only four albums in history to produce 7 top-10 singles, which makes Jackson the only female artist to accomplish that feat.
Where did other superstars like Whitney Houston, Rihanna and Taylor Swift rank? And is there anyone missing who you think should have made the cut? Watch the video above, and comment on the list below.