Mariah Carey – With the recent release of her 16th US #1 hit with We Belong Together, she has officially become the most successful female solo artist of all time! She also holds the record for most successful debut. Her first five singles reached #1 on Billboard. She is also the only artist to have a #1 hit in each year 1990-1999
1927 – This Australian band had a 1989 #1 hit in their native land with That’s When I Think of You which also became a near top 40 hit in the UK. In America, it peaked at #100 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it stayed for only one week making it the least successful hit of the 80’s in America
Whitney Houston – She holds the record for consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard Charts. From 1985-1987, she charted 7 back to back #1 hits.
Stars on 45 – Their 1981 #1 hit, simply called Medley “technically” is the longest song title to become a chart hit on Billboard. It originally appears in complete title form on the printed edition of the Billboard Chart. The actual title is: Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I’ll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want To Know A Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You’re Going To Lose That Girl / Stars On 45
Ray Stevens – He holds the actual record for longest song title to chart on Billboard with Jeremiah Peabody’s Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green And Purple Pills
Rod Stewart and The Faces – Holds the record for longest song title to chart in the UK with You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)
The Charlatans – Holds the record for longest “unbracketed” song title to chart in the UK with I Never Want An Easy Life If Me And He Were Ever To Get There
Prince and the New Power Generation – His 1992 hit 7 is offially the shortest song title to chart on Billboard
Kenny G – His 1997 hit Auld Lang Syne holds the record for shotest Hot 100 history on the Billboard charts. It spent 5 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 charts, two of which were top 40 (both in the top 10)
Michael Jackson – His 1995 song You Are Not Alone was the first song in Billboard Hot 100 history to debut at #1. His album Thriller also holds the record for biggest selling album ever. It is now in excess sales of over 51 million copies.
Shania Twain – She holds the record for most Hot 100 hits from one album. Her 1997 release Come on Over charted 8 hits into the Billboard Hot 100. She is also the only artist to sell back to back diamond albums. Her 1995 album ‘The Woman in Me’ and her 1997 album ‘Come on Over’ both sold over 10 million copies
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men – Their song One Sweet Day Holds the record for most weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts with 16 weeks
Bryan Adams – His song Everything I Do (I Do it For You)’ holds the record for most weeks at #1 on the UK charts with 16 weeks
Elvis Presley – Holds the record for most hits on the Billboard Charts with a total of 150 from 1956-2002. Also holds the record for most #1’s from a male solo artist with a total of 18 #1’s on the Billboard charts.
Kylie Minogue – Holds the record for most top 10’s from a debut. Her first 11 singles all made the UK top 10
The Isley Brothers – Hold the record for being the only act to have had atleast one top 40 hit in six consecutive decades on the Billboard Charts: 1950’s – 2000’s
The Beatles – They hold the record for most #1’s by a group in America. They charted twenty #1 hits on the Billboard Charts
Kelly Clarkson – Holds the record for biggest gain to #1 in America. Her debut single A Moment Like This debuted in the Billboard Hot 100 at #52. The next week it was #1
The Spice Girls – Hold a record for most consecutive debut #1’s by a all female group. Their first 7 singles all entered the UK charts at #1. Of their 12 hits they had, 11 of them reached #1 in the UK. Stop, which was their 8th single, charted at #2
Elton John – His Princess Diana tribute single ‘Candle in the Wind 97 / Something About the Way You Look Tonight’ is the biggest selling single in history. To date, it has sold over 33 million copies and reached #1 in 22 countries
Cliff Richard – Is the most successful british solo artist of all time. He currently (as of May 2005) has 121 UK hits to his credit that began back in 1958. Only 16 of those reached the American Billboard Hot 100, plus two more that didn’t reach the UK charts (‘Don’t Turn the Light Out’ in 1977 and ‘Give A Little Bit More’ in 1981)
Righteous Brothers – Their song Unchained Melody is the only song in UK chart history to top the singles chart with 4 different versions. Jimmy Young took it to #1 in 1955, Robson and Jerome in 1995 and Gareth Gates in 2002
Status Quo – They are the most successful british band to become one hit wonders in America. From 1968-2004, they have charted 55 UK top 40 hits. Their first hit Pictures of Matchstick Men in 1968 hit the US top 40 and became their only American top 40 hit and the first in only two American hits they would have. The other was Ice the Sun in 1968
Ice Cube Featuring Mack 10 & Ms. Toi – Their song You Can Do It was officially the last American chart hit of the 20th Century. The re-chart of (You Drive Me) Crazy by Britney Spears is technically the last