The Beatles have spent an astounding 59 weeks with songs at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That’s great, but Rihanna’s “Work” just finished its ninth week atop the chart, which places her in second place with 60 weeks at number one. The only person left to beat: Mariah Carey, who has done it for 79 weeks.
The Beatles may still have the distinction of the artist with the most songs at number one that don’t have a featured artist. None of their 60 weeks were from songs of that nature, but Eminem’s “Monster” and “Love The Way You Lie,” both of which feature Rihanna and both of which count towards her total, spent a combined 11 weeks in the top spot. Similarly, in 1995 and 1996, Carey’s duet with Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day,” spent 16 weeks in the first spot.
The good news for Rihanna is that her career seems to be on more of an upward trajectory than the other two mentioned artists, so there’s hope yet for that number one spot.