American Singles chart achievements

Here are 10 American chart facts that will hopefully interest you.

Only two acts in American chart history have occupied the top three positions at the same time, The Beatles in 1964 with Can’t Buy Me Love, Twist & Shout and Do You Want to Know a Secret and matched in 2019 by Ariana Grande with 7 Rings, Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored and Thank U, Next.

The longest gap between Top 10 hits is held by the Ronettes from Be My Baby in 1963 to Sleigh Ride in 2022.

The longest climb to no. 1 record was also broke in 2020 when Glass Animals’ hit Heat Waves topped the chart in its 59th week.

Most weeks at number was Lil Nas X’s song Old Town Road which, in 2019, spent 18 weeks there.

Most weeks at number two without getting to number one: two have achieved this, Foreigner’s 1981 hit Waiting for a Girl Like You and Missy Elliott’s Work It but spend 10 weeks in runner up position.

Most weeks in the top five: in 202/21 The Weeknd with Blinding Lights spent 43 weeks in the top five.

Biggest jump to the top from within the top 100. In 2009, Kelly Clarkson with My Life Would Suck Without You leapt from 97–1.

Grandest plummet out of the Hot 100: In 2016, following his death Prince was back with Purple Rain but as quick as it arrived, it disappeared vanishing from number four.

Acts with the most U.S. number ones, the goes to the Beatles with 20, but Mariah Carey is closing the gap, she’s currently on 19.

And finally, most consecutive weeks in the top 10: that record holder is Katy Perry where between 2010 and 2011 she spent 69 weeks on the chart with the songs California Gurls, Teenage Dream, Firework, E.T.,  and Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).


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