Rihanna Now Claims The Second-Most Top 40 Hits Among Women

Rihanna might not be busy promoting any new music from an album of her own, but that doesn’t mean her name doesn’t appear on the charts. In addition to being one of the most successful artists in her own right, the Barbadian singer continues to be one of the most sought-after collaborators in the music business, and adding her to a track can help bolster its profile and potentially make it a hit. That’s something one trio confirmed this week, and it has helped Rihanna move up in the ranking when it comes to which artists have the most smashes to their credit.

Production group N.E.R.D. (whose best-known member is Pharrell) sees their recent single “Lemon,” which features Rihanna, rise to No. 40 on the Hot 100, the all-encompassing songs chart in America. Now that it has officially become a Top 40-charter (a marker of a hit by most standards), the female powerhouse has earned her fiftieth entry inside the important region. She joins an extremely exclusive club of artists who have managed to place that many hits on the ranking, and she’s just the second solo woman in history to do so.

Rihanna is now the eighth name to clock at least 50 Top 40 hits, and some of the people she stands with (or at least near) are the biggest to have ever recorded. According to Billboard, Elvis still stands in first place with 80 Top 40 hits to his name, but he probably won’t own the throne for much longer. Lil Wayne and Drake aren’t too far behind, and at the rate they collect Top 40 smashes, they’ll likely overtake the King of Rock and Roll in just a few years. Those two hip-hop legends have 71 and 67 Top 40 songs, respectively.

Also present in the 50-plus club are Elton John, Taylor Swift, the cast of the TV show Glee, and The Beatles, who Rihanna is now tied with. By sending “Lemon” into the Top 40, RiRi passes Madonna by a single song, though she’ll surely collect more whenever she releases her next album. The only other solo woman in front of Rihanna is Taylor Swift, who now has 55 Top 40 singles to her name, including her most recent release, “End Game,” which serves as the third proper single off her latest album Reputation.

Rihanna has racked up her 50 Top 40 hits (and keep in mind, those are only the ones that have actually made it to No. 40—she has many, many more that didn’t rise quite as high) in just 13 years, which averages out to almost four Top 40 hits per year. For most artists, four songs that reach the Top 40 in the U.S. would be a great career, but for someone like Rihanna, that’s only the average album campaign.


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