Mariah Carey Tops ‘TIME’s List Of Most Successful & Enduring Singers Of All Time

Published: Saturday 30th Aug 2014 by David



Not even the likes of Beyonce could surpass Mariah Carey this time around, unable to match the icon’s sales stats when both were placed on TIME’s list of Pop’s most enduring entertainers!

How Mimi beat Bey?

Find out below…

Flaunting their findings here, the publication calculated that Mariah stands tall as the most successful and enduring Pop entertainer to debut after 1960 by using a points system which sees each act on the tally awarded a score of 10 for every #1 they scored on the ‘Hot 100.’

‘The Daily Mail’ explains:

Mariah’s best year was 2005 when she released the singles We Belong Together, Don’t Forget About Us, and Shake It Off.

Carey also scored major points for 1995 when she dropped Fantasy and One Sweet Day alongside Boyz II Men.

The five-time Grammy winner had less luck with her 14th studio album – Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse – which has sold a dismal 103,000 copies.

Quite interestingly, Beyonce’s ranking on the list did not come with the benefit of points awarded to Destiny’s Child, despite the fact that she served as its lead singer/songwriter.

This, when coupled with a chart record that hasn’t seen her top the ‘Hot 100‘ since 2008, made it impossible for her to beat Carey, with her most successful chart year as a solo act being 2003 thanks to smash hit singles ‘Baby Boy‘ and ‘Crazy in Love.

Time Magazine’s Ultimate Pop Star Ranking

Mariah Carey

The Beatles
Janet Jackson

Whitney Houston
Michael Jackson
Katy Perry
Boyz II Men

Elton John
Stevie Wonder
Kanye West
Bruno Mars

50 Cent
Alicia Keys
The Supremes
Bee Gees
Rolling Stones
Justin Timberlake

Black Eyed Peas
Elvis Presley
Lady Gaga

Jay Z
Jennifer Lopez
Donna Summer
Olivia Newton-John
Chris Brown
Christina Aguilera

Lionel Richie
Phil Collins
Celine Dion
Barbra Streisand
Snoop Dogg
Maroon 5
Lil Wayne
The 4 Seasons
Toni Braxton

Marvin Gaye
Taylor Swift
Britney Spears
Miley Cyrus


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  1. The Great Lacefronce. August 30, 2014

    Dc’s success doesn’t count towards Thiefonce Sam

    The Flea Hive always using DC to inflate

    Lol @THIEFonces declining record sales 🙂

    • DIGGER BEY August 30, 2014

      The Epic Lies u Hoeianna stans tell kii kii. Increasing Record Sales…..BEYONCE >>> 4. Decreasing Record Sales…..TTT >>>> Unapurchased LMFAOOOOOOOOOOO

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  2. Saumil August 30, 2014

    Seriously a Beyonce video in a mariah post.
    I mean what the hell is wrong with you.
    Still haven’t got over the rush of beyonce receiving a award a few days ago.

  3. Beysus August 30, 2014

    Queen Mimi 🙂

  4. Mark111 ( Me. I Am The 4th Baby Mama ) August 30, 2014

    I heard Rihanna was #2. #oops
    The fact that She is second to the highest selling female artist, almost caught up with #1’s and record sold says a lot. And the fact that these roaches Queen isn’t on this list also says a lot. Lol #

    • FAF August 30, 2014

      I can’t find yours either despite her endurance being passed from dame to jay.. ?

    • Barb B**** August 30, 2014

      Only one absent from the list is AALIYAH. Beyonce is on the list. N***** is you bliiind?? *Rihanna voice*

    • JOHNVIDAL August 30, 2014

      Where are Rihanna´s album sales at though? LOL You know she only has cheap digital singles sales to brag about, and that´s in part due to the constant releases, like 6 singles every year since 2005 🙂

      • Cupid August 30, 2014

        Y’all diss Rihanna’s albums sales as if there are many other artist selling around 4million album copies WW with almost every album….. I don’t get it.

  5. BeySlays August 30, 2014


    • Mooyoncè August 30, 2014

      You sound PRESSED… Don’t be mad because Mariah, RIHANNA, and more are put above Mooyoncè!! You need something to do or something to read… Go read the lawsuit papers (one of many) that Uglyoncè has!

      • BeySlays August 30, 2014

        Let’s see how much Cowriahs barnyard tour grosses 🙂

      • Mooyoncè August 30, 2014

        Child boo! I rather watch Mooriah’s barn yard before I watch Mooyoncè’s I AM… Satan Drag Stripper Show! The b**** will forever be JLO’s & Tina Turner’s lessor. And she dam sure can’t come close to Janet no matter how much her tour gross! #Bloop

    • Mimi Carey August 30, 2014

      Beyodel is a flop sis

  6. Eloviano August 30, 2014

    Yonce remains unbothered with a 2x platinum album, might I add the only black female to do so since her 3rd studio album I Am Sasha Fierce.

    • GRUMP August 30, 2014

      Mariah remains unbothered with her two diamond albums, soon to be 3 and her best selling Christmas album and single of all time, her 18 #1 singles and her $520 million net worth.

      • DIGGER BEY August 30, 2014

        That biitch is seeeeething cause Nick dump her ass. #UNBOTHERED MY ASS

      • Fco. P August 31, 2014

        which one is her 3rd about to go diamond?

  7. ThatMessJuice August 30, 2014

    Lmao!!! So I call you out for not making a post on this in the Nicki Minaj post, you delete that post, see my comment and make this half ass job of the article?????????? Beyonce is no where close the top, in fact RiRi is a close second, where is that mention. Like I said in that deleted post FOH!!!

    • DIGGER BEY August 30, 2014

      Kii Kiii Hun u and that Worthless Irrelevant list is the mess. I didn’t even know Time Mag write jokes lmfao

  8. UGH August 30, 2014

    When I first read this, I said “WTF? Her new album is flopping” Then I realized how they are technically right. While MC is not as global as MJ (who should have a TGJ article celebrating his birthday yesterday), he had not made music since he was holding Mariah backstage when she crying her eyes out (2001) and crazily enough the media blacklisted Janet by 2004 (won’t get into that, or I’ll get into my feelings) & her last major hit was 2001 excluding maybe Feedback, they MURDERED tabloids with Whitney 02/03 & made headline after headline (NEGATIVE) when she attempted her I Look To You comeback in 09. Also, Madonna kills every female alive as a touring FORCE, but she only has 3 albums released in the last 10 years… This would only leave Mimi as every artist from the 60’s only pop up when a tribute is given or they have passed (I.e. James Brown). Even though Beyoncé, Katy, and Rihanna are the IT girls, their commercial success does not match the 80’s/90’s legends (Janet, Mariah, Madonna, Whitney, MJ, & Prince), as well as their careers are not as long (solo artist for B). So it makes sense, you just have to do a LOT of how, where, when, and who to get the answer LOL. Congrats.

    PS: Watch the stan wars start in… (TGJ wrote this just to start it and pay some bills)

  9. Mingxx August 30, 2014

    Thief beyonce new album sales arent that grand. Someone with so much exposure cant do Adele numbers Mariah has more #1s than thief beyonce she cant even sell 3 million in the US and worldwide sales arent that grand we still say thief beyonce 5th is a flop videos and all

  10. HerMadgesty August 30, 2014

    Mariah has no power. #56k #lessthanciara #HASBEEN #FLOP #COW

    • BeySlays August 30, 2014

      omg ciara sold more! Ultimate DEATH!!

    • Mooyoncè August 30, 2014

      DEATH! 58k is more than what Whoredonna will sell… wait take that back, she’ll probably do another concert bundle #FreeCDs #YouSoundPressed

      • FAF August 30, 2014

        Ciara does a lot more without the use of payola *sips*

      • Mooyoncè August 30, 2014

        Sweetheart, Ciara can’t get Future to use a condom or book a stage! If he had Payola, he still wouldn’t get much further than Aaliyah on that runway *sips*

      • FAF August 30, 2014

        ^and she’d still look better and pull nighas and spend their money like she been doing



      • FAF August 30, 2014

        And even with those stages ur faves highest first week is 100k below the princess
        *breaks teacup*


        *plays ciara to the stage while the 7th man exits rihoebags motel*

      • Mooyoncè August 30, 2014

        DEATH! Riri is NO where under Ciflop’s goodies! As for Mariah, where was her big promo campaign? Cici took that same prerecorded track on EVERY show that let her flop ass get on stage and went everywhere to get those little sales. Sit down! If Rihanna and Mariah flop they can look back on legacies and millions of albums AND singles sold… Mariah can look back on hundreds of millions sold… WTF can Cici do besides book the preshow or an empty parking lot? *sips tea*

  11. jojo August 30, 2014

    Why didn’t you post about Rihanna coming in at number 2 on the list I swear this site is sooo bias. If if where Beyonce at #2 I’m sure you would have mentioned it.

  12. Stephy. August 30, 2014

    The Biggest Pop Star Of All Time Was/Is Michael Jackson.

  13. Did you say Justin Bieber,One Direction,ladygaga,miley Cyrus or Beyonce ( Aaliyah < Brandy) August 30, 2014

    @Mark111: Instead of done tryna find Beys impact why don’t ya search for Aaliyahs movie,cause we done know nobody go make her more important than she be lol

  14. Stephy. August 30, 2014


    • rihanna # 1 fan t September 1, 2014

      they helped make her who she is

    • rihanna # 1 fan t September 1, 2014


  15. Mimi Carey August 30, 2014

    And this faggys & transsexuals is why Mariah is the baddest b****. Smokeandmirrorsyonce could never….

  16. metzo August 30, 2014

    Seriously, I don’t see the point in bringing Beyonce’s name in a Mariah post. Let Mariah have her shine on this post, without Queen Bey being the center of attention like always. She has enough accolades including being “The Most powerful AND Influential Female Musician of the past years.
    Congrats to MiMi, the legend!

    • BeeHov #1 August 30, 2014

      Agreed. Everyone is just being shady little queens like always!

  17. Did you say Justin Bieber,One Direction,ladygaga,miley Cyrus or Beyonce ( Aaliyah < Brandy) August 30, 2014

    I love Miley but the fact that she is this high proves a point bout this list.. Rihanna above MJ and Whitney?lol s*** got scary…@Mark111: stop throwing shade u can’t back up..Make sure the plane u on is bigger than u carry ur baggage lol

  18. LB August 30, 2014

    Hey Sam, I know you love Beyonce but why is it that the hive like to use Destiny’s Child to inflate Beyonce’s “accomplishments?”, you never hear Michael Jackson using The Jackson 5, or Justin Timberlake using NO’Sync.

    Mariah Carey
    The Beatles
    Janet Jackson

    Congratulations to all on the list, but most of all congratulations to Mariah Carey, who is the most successful female artist of all time. Best selling female artist of the soundscan era, 18 #1s, has written and produced ALL her hits, vocal powerhouse and Best selling female artist Ever.

    Also congratulations to Rihanna, in just 7 years you have achieved stardom that has taken many years to reach. You deserve all the success for all that you have accomplished due to hard work.

    Everyone else worked hard too and congrats to them too.

    • Stephy. August 30, 2014

      “NO’Sync” <—- Exactly!!!!!!!!

      • LB August 30, 2014


    • Mimi Carey August 30, 2014

      What kinda Rihanna fan? It’s been 9 years hasn’t it?

  19. SMH August 30, 2014

    All that overblown hype about her being the “Queen”, yet when you look at the receipts, the biitch isn’t even in the top 10 of all time. I’ll just leave it at that lol.

    • BeeHov #1 August 30, 2014

      7th top selling artist in MUSIC HISTORY! Keep trolling!!

      • JOHNVIDAL August 30, 2014

        Hmm… no. Beyonce is not top7 best selling artist of all time. That´s for sure. Or maybe you are just pulling a Rihanna and counting cheap digital singles sales, and not just what really counts, real album sales (and even in that case I doubt it).

      • BeeHov #1 August 30, 2014

        @John I was referring to Mariah. #SIT

      • JOHNVIDAL August 31, 2014

        Maybe you need to SIT cause @SMH was obviously talking about Beyonce, not Mariah.

  20. Eloviano August 30, 2014

    Of course Mariah will emerge triumphant, she has 18 no1 hits on the Hot 100,the most by a solo artist. And congrats to her and the lambs. Like I said Beyoncé is unbothered,she has countless records on her own. And like Stephy said, Michael Jackson is the biggest pop star of all time.

    • BeeHov #1 August 30, 2014

      But if you were unbothered though, you wouldn’t keep copying and pasting your comment. We ALL know that B is first to get a 2x plaque, we saw the post and your comment. That’s enough.

      • Eloviano August 30, 2014

        Reread my 1st and 2nd comment and kindly show me where I copied and pasted the same thing.

      • BeeHov #1 August 30, 2014

        Rewriting and adding a line from a psychotic f** is nothing but a copy and paste… if you were in school you would get failed for plagiarism.

  21. Did you say Justin Bieber,One Direction,ladygaga,miley Cyrus or Beyonce ( Aaliyah < Brandy) August 30, 2014

    First off Nazi u can’t compare 5 Albums to miss release a year forgettable trashs music which is garbage she can’t sing live.No body remembers rihanna s*** in Ten years forgettable junk like a certain some1 who died at 22

  22. Eloviano August 30, 2014

    And let’s not at R**** microwavable song’s, we all know she jumped on whatever was hot at the moment. I respect Beyoncé for taking risks and releasing an R&B album at the height of EDM. She could have easily called Max Martin or Dr Luke if she wanted a number 1 hit.

  23. LB August 30, 2014

    Like I said, the hive more interested in outdoing Rihanna than their favs accomplishments.

    The songs people remember are HITS, that is not to say only #1s, I mean HITS, and if you look at Rihanna’s top 40 entries, her music WILL be remembered, whether you like it or not.

    • Hadley August 30, 2014

      And so will Beyonces. Your point being?

    • Unbiased August 30, 2014

      Why do you need the hive approval? lol. When it’s all said and done Beyonce and Rihanna both have legacies. You guys go back and forth for no reason at all.

  24. whut August 30, 2014

    Congrats to Mariah, who deserves her spot. She was a force to be reckoned with in the 90’s and the 2000’s. Janet & Madonna get special props for being the only 2 living Pop Icons from the 80’s to still be a relevant force in music. Especially Janet, still holding her spot despite that blacklist. Say what you will about Rihanna, but fact remains that she has been a dominant force on the charts for almost 10 years consistently. And anyone who ever questions Usher’s supremacy over Justin Timberlake can kindly have several.

  25. Unbiased August 30, 2014

    Sam, Bey’s name does not have to be mentioned in every post. No matter how hard people try to discredit Mariah, she has achieved so much. Also, she wrote most of her hits, she deserves the respect she gets. Also, for people trying to discredit Beyonce, you will always lose. She will go down as one of the greats, and if people want to call her a “queen” they can. I have saw that woman live, and she is absolutely amazing. In my opinion, you can have all the hits, but if you can’t sing or put on a decent show they mean nothing. Talent>>

  26. LOL August 30, 2014




  27. Katy Kadet August 30, 2014

    Mariah is a has been this list is the only thing she has managed to achieve unlike her flop album and marriage

    • Yep August 30, 2014

      Better a has been than a never was. Speaking of never was… Katy Perry vocal talent.

    • Yep August 30, 2014

      Never was… Katy Perry’s send writing talent.

      • Yep August 30, 2014


    • BeeHov #1 August 30, 2014

      Talking about flops… downloaded your free copy of of Prism yet on Google Play or are you above the age of 5? Katy’s didn’t even last half of Mariah’s so the self drag…

    • truth August 30, 2014

      $hitty white trash Perry’s songs sound like nursery rhymes for re-tards.

  28. Grace August 30, 2014

    This list is a load of bull.

  29. Yep August 30, 2014

    Mariah The Queen of R&B Pop

  30. Stephy. August 30, 2014

    Why Oh Why, do I keep seeing people say stuff like “Forgettable hits” or “No one will remember those hits”??? Who in the hell remembers all 20 of The Beatles number 1 hits besides BEATLES FANS?!?!?!? Every artist that achieves multiple #1’s like that have forgettable hits. No everyone is gonna remember all them damn hits. #1’s are based off of what was the most popular song of that certain week in USA (or whatever country you live in). Does not necessarily mean, it was one of the biggest songs in history.

  31. Hadley August 30, 2014

    Didn’t Beyonce already Top TIMES most Influential already?

  32. Davis August 30, 2014

    The fact that JANET is infront of her brother LMAOOO. Who takes this list serious. Where did they pull this from their asses? Let Navy celebrate. This list is clearly stupid! How is the KING OF POP so low down?

    • BeeHov #1 August 30, 2014

      He hasn’t made music since 2001, and the self drag… weren’t you stanning when TIME Magazine wrote that powerful article on Beyoncé? #Sit

      • Davis August 30, 2014

        MJs new album has already outsold Mariahs and he is DEAD and BURIED. Next>>>>

      • BeeHov #1 August 30, 2014

        AND? He is benefiting from a death spike and is the King of Pop. That still does not take away from Mariah. You have yet to dispute why shading Mimi is going to take away from MJ.

        Fyi: DEAD and BURIED MJ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Beyoncé

      • Davis August 30, 2014

        Where did I take away from Mariah? The list is based on SINGLEs alone hence why its mess. Just deal. And why are you obsessed with Beyonce? No where is she mentioned here.

      • Mooyoncè August 30, 2014

        Rihanna wasn’t mentioned yet you brough her up, and the list isn’t based on singles, it’s based off of eras.

      • Davis August 30, 2014

        Ok mooyonce/beehov. You’re just mad cos I shaded the g****. I see.

    • pat August 30, 2014

      It said modtv”enduring”. Michael n whit kinda opted out of that category. #noshade

  33. Stephy. August 30, 2014

    I’m just gonna put this out there…

    Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (Song) did not go number 1. Hell, it didn’t even reach top 3!! But, that song is more memorable & iconic than ANY Mariah, Rihanna, Beyonce, Madonna or any other pop star song in HISTORY!

    • Molly August 30, 2014

      Well this is true peak position means nothing its the impact the song has.

    • GRUMP August 30, 2014

      Not trying to argue but All I want for Christmas is as Iconic and memorable as thriller. Thriller was iconic not for the song but for the visuals and dance and video.

      • Stephy. August 30, 2014

        This is very true! Hmmm, I think you have a point there. But, the album still sold 70+ milion & the single still sold 10+ million (digital & Physical)… So, I still stand by my words that THRILLER is bigger!

  34. Barb B**** August 30, 2014

    Elvis Presley and MJ are the biggest stars ever to walk this earth.
    And why are Britney and Beyonce so low. This list is a mess! No credibility at all.

    • Perez is an Ape August 30, 2014

      Just mad cause Icky Garbage could NEVER be on a list like this.

    • Stephy. August 30, 2014

      You must didn’t read carefully huh?

  35. Stephy. August 30, 2014

    “Who’s Lovin’ You” By Michael Jackson is more memorable than most of these pop stars #1 hits tbh… This song is covered in more singing competition shows than most songs. Despite, being released in 1970!!!

  36. JOHNVIDAL August 30, 2014

    Yaaass Congrats true great Mariah Carey!
    Anyway, why is Sam making the post about Mariah and Beyonce… when Beyonce is not even like top 10??? LMAO The obsession

  37. I Stan For Myself August 30, 2014

    I wonder how they came to this conclusion. This list is very strange.

  38. JOHNVIDAL August 30, 2014

    Oh and btw the list is useless. It is only based on singles success from what I understand, which makes it irrelevant. If it were a mix of singles success and album success or other things it would be different and kind of respectable (and of course useless artists like Rihanna or Akon or Katy Perry wouldn´t be anywhere to be seen 🙂 )
    PS: still shocked at how Sam wrote this post, making it seem like it is surprising that Mariah carey beat Beyonce at something LOL Reality check is needed 🙂

  39. Citi August 30, 2014

    Why do Rihanna fans refer to Bey as Jay’s slave, are you kidding me? Bey had a career before she started dating him. Meanwhile Jay just let Rih take a break after working her like q dog for almost 9 years straight. Rih had a 360 deal, don’t get it twisted. But, congrats to her she has achieved a lot at a young age.

  40. I Stan For Myself August 30, 2014

    Oh I see its all about Hot 100s. LOL. Pretty irrelevant because in no way shape or form is Rihanna superior to 90% of the people below her on the list. Congrats to Mariah though.

    • JOHNVIDAL August 30, 2014


  41. I Will Adorn You August 30, 2014

    Yawn. This is no shade to Mariah but call me when its not just about singles. This is why these lists are irrelevant because no one analyzes pop stars this way. Its about overall legacy not just singles success.

    • GRUMP August 30, 2014

      Well I assume Mariah will still be in the top 5 when it’s about Legacy or album sales or talent.

      • I Will Adorn You August 30, 2014

        Yep. Thats why I specifically said its no shade to her.

  42. Suicide Blonde August 30, 2014

    The list is based on the hot 100, Mariah have most #1 singles for a solo artist and the most in a short time, i believe, she deserves the #1 spot on this one.

  43. Molly August 30, 2014

    Death at Rihanna,Mariah, Katy and Ludacris being above Overrated Beyonce.

    • I Will Adorn You August 30, 2014

      They are above Britney, MJ and Elvis also. This list is based on singles only. Its totally stupid why you have to single out Beyonce.

      • Molly August 30, 2014

        Beyonce gets the most hype why not single out the overrated b****

      • I Will Adorn You August 30, 2014

        She only gets the most hype because you see it that way. Don’t be mad! It only makes you look pressed.

    • DIGGER BEY August 30, 2014

      DEEEEEEATH @ This Non Factor Biitch Stan. #CIRRELEVANT

  44. Revolution August 30, 2014

    Only on lists like these will you find Ludacris in front of The Rolling Stones lmfao. Mess.

    • rih love August 30, 2014

      Mad bcos ur fav didnt even make it to top ten.

      • Revolution August 30, 2014

        My fave is not on the list at all. And shes still a legend with much more respect than Rihanna could ever have even with these pointless rankings. So no Im not mad, save that for children.

  45. rih love August 30, 2014

    The only thing the beyhive talk about is beyonce theatrics shows. Beside shaking ass what will beyonce be rememberd for? I can sit in my room and listen to mariah old songs & get my life back without having her shake her ass for me.

    • Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

      Those “theatric” shows will be apart of her legacy! She is known as the greatest entertainer of this generation and she has plenty of meaningful songs through out her discography. It’s just with this current wave of generic singers/songs,makes it hard for some artist to to the charts. Alot of Beyonce’s songs will be remembered over alot of these basic #1 singles. 😉

  46. Molly August 30, 2014

    Congratulations MiMi i find it hilarious the self proclaimed King Bey couldn’t even make top 10 with all the hyping up her s***** stans do you’d think Beyonce would slaughter everyone she can’t even get past basic perry kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    • Barb B**** August 30, 2014

      Death. You’re so pressed by the Hive.

    • Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

      Sweety you have uggly as your gravatar and you stan for 57kara.. The nerve

  47. Tasha August 30, 2014

    Times already crowned Bey most influential last year. Don’t see what the big deal is. Singles sales is not what makes you a legend. Congrats to everyone though!

    • Mooyoncè August 30, 2014

      Wow a magazine influential article def makes you a legend….

      • Tasha August 30, 2014

        But did I say that though?

  48. Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

    Congrats to all the talented artists on the list. Rihanna’s points come from her single sales and #1 singles. I don’t understand how her basic ass beat MJ, Whitney and several others. oh well

    • rih love August 30, 2014

      Stay pressed! i dont understand how thiefyonce won 17grammy when statistics shows her ass is more basic than katy perry

      • Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

        Are u serious? Beyonce has won grammys because she’s a talented singer. Her musis is worthy of grammys. She will also sweep the grammys in a few months with this new album..

        DEATH@ you sayin Bey is more basic than Katy perry. I cant. She’s a 30 year old op star making music for children and hasn’t been awarded a grammy yet! 😀

  49. ronnoc August 30, 2014

    Clearly this point system is flawed if damn Katy Perry is above Elton john.. i can’t

  50. Stephy. August 30, 2014

    Mariah Carey’s biggest hit is not even a #1 hit nor a top 20 hit for that matter.

    “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is her biggest hit worldwide! With sales that stands over 14,000,000+ singles sold WW. This X-Mas song will be the biggest & most memorable song of her entire career.

    • LB August 30, 2014

      Have you noticed Beyonce’s vocal damage? I now see why she is lip syncibg a lot lately, if you see her XO performance at the Brits and her recent VMA performance, you can hear her heading to Alicia Keys vocal damage territory.

      • Stephy. August 30, 2014

        Yea, Beyonce voice has dropped an octave or two since 2011 (post baby). She can still sing tho. I think?

      • SURPRISE…….(DEC.13) August 30, 2014

        Have u noticed Rihjection still cannot still carry a tune!!!!!!! SHCOKER!!!!! Bey’s voice is not damaged, it’s just dat she now has a more deep mature voice with more texture to it, it actually has made her singing more emotive, look at her singing resentment on the on the run tour…… She is not concerned with hitting d highest note but conveying actual emotion..

  51. DRB August 30, 2014

    If this list was album sales too, Mariah would still be top 5, only behind the biggest men to do it.
    Saying it’s bs only hurts other artists, not her. She pulled her weight with BOTH.

  52. LB August 30, 2014

    I like the part where the article mentions Beyonce’s last hit was in 2008, what was that, single ladies?

    • Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

      Beyonce’s last hit was in 2014. Drunk in Love. That single will be remembered over the monster and all the other meaningless singles Rih/katy has put out. #Surfboard get into it 😉

      • LB August 30, 2014

        Drunk in love only entered the top 5 because of streaming. It is sort of a hit, not a hit honey.

      • Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

        LOL sort of a hit? When everyone was quoting “Watermelon” and “Surfbort”? Who even remembers The monster? kii DIL’s chart position was due to airplay, streams AND sales. Plus Bey was promoting like your faves HAVE to do.

      • Valerie August 30, 2014

        Wtf is ‘sort of a hit’. No ones here for your random definitions. It was hit. End of story. Catchy lyrics, played everywhere and loved by the majority.

      • Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

        *wasn’t promoting

  53. DRB August 30, 2014

    Sam, you’re full of s***. This had nothing to do with Beyonce. I see you’ve forgotten the past.
    What Mariah’s doing now does not discredit the accumulation for 24 years.

  54. Lana Lover August 30, 2014

    Not surprised to see Beyonce getting dragged. When you have crazy fans like hers that always make it seem like she’s better then everyones fav & putting other artists down when she cannot even out do Katy Perry on a list.

  55. rih love August 30, 2014

    Where is the all time queen of gays thiefyonce on the list? The fact that her tired ass didnt even crack the top ten! Lmao. Now statistics speaks.

  56. GRUMP August 30, 2014

    Congrats to Queen M. To think that 18 of her #1’s are HER SONGS, 17 Where Co-written and Co-produced by her speaks volumes. Rihanna being second is a joke, all those features shouldn’t count.

    • JOHNVIDAL August 31, 2014

      No lies detected!

  57. LB August 30, 2014

    Convenient that Madonna, Whitney, etc inflate their album sales by counting those shipments from before the soundscan era.
    I believe if this was album sales, Mariah would be either #1 or top 3.

    • Stephy. August 30, 2014

      Its ok boo. RIAA is counted as their sales. Shipments was the only way back in the slavery days.

  58. Mimi Carey August 30, 2014

    Instead of the hive getting mad at people’s comments go get your fav another hit its a damn shame she only got 1 top 10/20 hit on her last album.

    Beyonce has basic album and single sales.

    • Valerie August 30, 2014

      And instead of worrying about the Hive, go purchase Me. i am. The elisive flop. But then everyone know you’re not a real Mariah stan away.

      • Mimi Carey August 30, 2014

        That b**** keeps using my name. It’s a C-Error stan in disguise

  59. Valerie August 30, 2014

    Cool. Congrats Mariah!

  60. Eloviano August 30, 2014

    Resorting to calling me a “psychotic f**” since you failed to show me what and where I copied and pasted the same thing, proves you’re nothing but a pathetic lifeless troll looking to start a keypad war,just to fill that empty void in your life. This conversation is over and you’re now #dismissed from my comment section. Now beat it!

  61. Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

    Beyonce owns ya’ll! kii Out of all the names on the list everyone is worrying about Queen Bey. lmaooo

    • LB August 30, 2014

      Why can’t the queen own the hot 100?

      • Eloviano August 30, 2014

        The same way your “Icon” can’t scan above 500k,let alone 300k in 1st week sales?

      • Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

        Because her music isn’t generic enough, like your faves 😉

  62. Valerie August 30, 2014

    DEATH! So now some want to run with TIMES rankings like the gospel but when its Beyonce topping their lists it is ‘irrelevant’.
    I aint mad though, its funny. Everyone already knows ConveyerBeltANNAH tops most with the quantity of singles.

  63. Stephy. August 30, 2014

    Mariah Carey would still be on this list (Top 7) even with Album Sales added…

    Mariah Carey: 1990 (9,000,000+)

    Emotions: 1991 (4,000,000+)

    Mtv Unplugged: 1992 (3,000,000+)

    Music Box: 1993 (10,000,000+) <—- DIAMOND

    Merry Christmas: 1994 (5,000,000+)

    Daydream: 1995 (10,000,000+) <— DIAMOND

    Butterfly: 1997 (5,000,000+)

    #1’s: 1998 (5,000,000+)

    Rainbow: 1999 (3,000,000+)

    Glitter: 2001 (1,000,000+)

    Greatest Hits: 2001 (1,000,000+)

    Charm-bracelet: 2002 (1,000,000+)

    The Remixes: 2003 (200,000+)

    The Emancipation Of Mimi: 2005 (6,000,000+)

    E=MC2: 2008 (1,000,000+)

    Memoirs Of Angel: 2009 (500,000+)

    Merry Christmas Too You: 2010 (500,000+)

    Elusive FLOPtuese: 2014 (100,000+) <—- FLOP FLOP FLOP

    • rih love August 30, 2014

      My dear educate the illitetate behives

    • LB August 30, 2014

      I hate that emancipation sold 6 million+ based on your Wikipedia #s, that’s her absolute worst album. Worst than Glitter. It survived off of we belong together.

      • LB August 30, 2014

        RIAA, so these are shipments? Count Soundscan, Mariah’s figures are larger.

      • Stephy. August 30, 2014

        Yes, they are shipments. Mariah has shipped a good 65 million albums & SOLD a good 56 million albums (soundscan). Not including, BMG club album sales & independent album store sales.

        Her RETAIL sales are still bigger than any FEMALE artist. With Celine Dion @ number 2.

      • LB August 30, 2014

        Why is Celine @ #2 that woman is over hyped, and overrated IMO.

      • Stephy. August 30, 2014

        I have no idea tbh… Her music is very boring & stale. She is very political correct & liked by many people. In her prime, she could BLOW. But, her voice & music does NOTHING for me. SHe has not had a hit single since like 1998. She a HUGE album seller tho. She actually has 1 album to sell over 10+ million in the Soundscan era. But, Mariah still beats her. Despite, Celine having 123p48901230498127402 albums.

    • Dossome August 30, 2014

      + she sells 300,000k+ albums in back catalogue in the USA alone every year.AIWFCIY alone sells over 300k downloads in the US every year.Couple that with the amount of airplay AIWFCIY,Hero,ABMB,WBT and Fantasy get every year.This woman can flop however she wants because she’s set for eternity

  64. Mingxx August 30, 2014

    Rihanna and Mariah has more #1s then overrated beyonce whos flop album only sold a measly 2million.. I mean damn only 2 mill really b****. Tgj asked if thiefyonce cld do Adele numbers well hell no.

    • Eloviano August 30, 2014

      This stale shade^
      If Adele does 21 numbers nearly 2 decade’s into her career,then talk. Till >>>>>_/_/_/_/_/

      • Memo August 30, 2014

        Beyoncé has been longer than Adele in the business and she doesn’t have a diamond-certified album. The self drag!

  65. loretta123 August 30, 2014

    Rihanna’s SOLO career is 2005-2014 ,NINE years,POSITION NR 2

    Beyonce’s SOLO career is 2002-2014 ,TWELVE YEARS, POSITION NR 15

    • Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

      Beyonce’s solo career began in 2003 sweety. So that’s eleven years, while Rihanna is approaching ten with MORE albums AND singles.. nice try 😉

  66. Eloviano August 30, 2014

    This stale shade^
    If Adele does 21 numbers nearly 2 decade’s into her career,then talk. Till then >>>>>_/_/_/_/_/

  67. Brandys Starr August 30, 2014

    Wow this list is stupid. Don’t nobody care about this s*** in real life. You have people like Katy in front of Marvin Gaye.
    Who eliminates everything that counts towards success and legacy besides singles?
    Mariah is #1 but she can BACK IT UP in other avenues unlike people like Rihanna, Akon and Katy Perry.

    • SlaytyPerry August 30, 2014

      Brandy hasn’t had a hit since 2002

    • JOHNVIDAL August 30, 2014

      Exactly my point in my first comment. At least the #1 (Mariah) deserves it. Those others wouldn´t be here if this were a serious list.

  68. SlaytyPerry August 30, 2014

    Mariah is good for a throwback 🙂

    • JOHNVIDAL August 30, 2014

      Katy Perry was never good. That´s for sure.

    • Mimi Carey August 30, 2014

      Katy is good for………*tumbleweeds*

  69. LB August 30, 2014

    A Katy Payola Stan trying to throw shade? Have you downloaded your FREE copy of Prism off of Google Play yet?

    • Mimi Carey August 30, 2014

      But weren’t you JUST stanning for Katy? Baby you are a kii kii

    • GaGa’s Tampon August 30, 2014

      I’m still in tears!!! …

      • LB August 30, 2014

        Best Kiiiiii this year.

  70. Eloviano August 30, 2014

    Your fave is ahead of Marvin Gaye, Elton John, Barbara Streisand etc on an irrelevant list based on cheap $1 singles and your pressed like a pavement gum about Yonce.

  71. LB August 30, 2014

    I like that the hive are pressed at this list when even if we were counting album sales, Beyonce still wouldn’t even top this list, hell she can’t even outdo Britney Spears.

    • Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

      Where is Britney now?? kii

      • LB August 30, 2014

        Polishing her diamond plaques.

      • Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

        When will she polish A plaque for S****** Jean???

    • SURPRISE…….(DEC.13) August 30, 2014


      • blue August 30, 2014

        because rihanna isnt the greatest current entertainer she is the biggest popstar on the planet, which she has been referred to numerous times

      • Naomi August 31, 2014

        So has Beyonce though.

  72. rih love August 30, 2014

    Beyonce should better hold on to shaking her tired ass and weave togther with those divorce rumours, cos thsts the only thing keeping her relevant. I like the fact that it was boldly pointed out that her last hit was in 2008.

    • Slay_Hive August 30, 2014

      LOL Beyonce will always be relevant. Even when she doesn’t have new music out, the blogs, media, fans and HATERS are checking for her. Her album didn’t go 2x platinum for nothing. Others struggle even with meaningless #1 singles. You know your fave the stiff p**** patting yodeler! BYE

      • rih love August 30, 2014

        Your fav have to fake divorce story just to sell concert ticket. So much for being relevant when statistics finally proves she is more basic than miley cyrus.

      • Yazmine August 30, 2014

        How do statistics prove that?

  73. Dossome August 30, 2014

    Well,this list is pretty irrelevant if you ask me.Well,at least Mariah’s legacy is not dependant on accolades thrown her way by magazines

    • rih love August 30, 2014

      Ur fav is being thrown fake accolades. 17 grammy with no memorable hit. She cant sell both songles and alhit. Behive pls get ur fav a legendary hit plssssss

      • Hadley August 30, 2014

        Beyonce has more memorable non #1s than 70% of Rihanna #1s
        though. And theres nothing fake about those accolades. They are all real honey.

      • Dossome August 30, 2014

        Grrrrrrl…none of my favs has 17 Grammys,so bye

  74. Mark111 ( Me. I Am The 4th Baby Mama ) August 30, 2014

    The Roaches does the most on the net except click that purchase button so that your “queen” can finally have a #1 hit. Say what you want, but she needs to go back to her shady ass father, cause he had the world knowing when Beyoncé is here on every format. I’m really questioning those album sales cause something isn’t adding up. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pepsi bought most of those albums, seeing how Samsung bought a million of her no good camel last album.

    • Yazmine August 30, 2014

      *Polishes Beyonce Multiplatinum #1 albums* How many of those does Rihfund have?

    • Hadley August 30, 2014

      Tell my why pepsi didn’t purchase her singles since they’re cheaper?
      What doesn’t add up is al those #1s yet you’re still getting outdone by Beyonce albums. Hmmm.

  75. Stephy. August 30, 2014

    @LovelyBird, why you don’t like that album??? It had some gems on it like…

    1.) We Belong Together
    2.) Its Like That
    3.) Get Your Number
    4.) Mine Again
    5.) Stay The Night
    6.) Circles
    7.) Fly Like A Bird
    8.) So Lonely (One & Only) Pt. 1
    9.) Don’t Forget About Us
    10.) I Wish You Knew
    11.) Making It Last All Night
    12.) Sprung Over You
    13.) I Should Be Your Girl
    14.) Joy Ride
    15.) When I Feel It
    16.) So Lonely (One & Only) Pt. 2

    Those are my favs from that ALBUM SESSION (some songs are outtakes)… It was/still is her most solid album/era of the 2000s

    • LB August 30, 2014

      I only liked we belong together and circles, otherwise I felt it was a horrible album compared to what Marian is capable of.

      • LB August 30, 2014


      • Stephy. August 30, 2014

        Dang, REALLY?! Well, I guess I can respect that. I LOVED it & so did AMERICA!

  76. Yazmine August 30, 2014

    The fact that these bxtches are so worried about Beyonces position shows how irrelevant it is. NEXT>>>>

  77. Dossome August 30, 2014

    I hate how she sings in Mine Again…Personally,it’s not better than Elusive Chanteuse but We Belong Together,Fly Like A Bird,Circles and It’s Like That rank very high in my all-time favorites list

    • Dossome August 30, 2014


    • Stephy. August 30, 2014

      Her voice was already damaged by that point. But, she carried it very well… Mine Again is a personal fav from many people from that album. Melody, lyrics & rawness (piano, live band & voice). I think is which why (and me) many people like that song.

  78. Eloviano August 30, 2014

    I wanna see the receipts *in my Whitney Houston voice* The Mrs Carter Show was a worldwide success without her courting an controversy,unlike your fave who gets sheet foiled between Drake and Chris Brown’s d***, nude pic’s on Instagram, get into petty twars in order to stay relevant.

  79. LB August 30, 2014

    @Stephy are we finally in agreement that Butterfly is Mariah’s best album to date?

    • Stephy. August 30, 2014

      Yes, it is her best album. I love it. Listening to it right now! “Babydoll” is like heaven to my ears! But, its not her best VOCALLY! EMOTIONS & DEBUT is her best VOCALLY

  80. Kendall August 30, 2014

    I don’t think this list is very important at all. Stuff like this confuses people as to what makes a true legend. I don’t see people like Tina, Aretha or Prince on that list. Yet you have Akon, Ludacris and Katy Perry there. Its the reason why the music industry doesn’t know what a real ‘slay’ is these days. They think its about the amount of entries you have or airplay not how charismatic or talented you are.

  81. Kim Kardashian Fan August 30, 2014

    Demi Lovato credits Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé with ‘revolutionising our generation’s view of what beautiful is’
    I really credit women like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian, [they] completely revolutionized what our generation’s view of perception of what beautiful is and I really think that they had a huge impact on that.
    ‘You can think whatever you want about the Kardashians, but they really did help tons of women feel comfortable in their own skin and I like to carry that message on.’

    The pop star said any red carpet now shows the shift.

    ‘Look at J.Lo, look at Scarlett Johansson, Sophia Vergara, Beyoncé – who I don’t really consider human, she is more like a goddess – they have amazing figures it’s more realistic and achievable.’

  82. RNB August 30, 2014


  83. Theman August 30, 2014

    Some of her notes on “TEOM” are stronger than other albums..

  84. OMG Logic!!! August 30, 2014

    Did anyone expect any less from the Goddess of Vocals? The Songbird Supreme will always sit above the rest of the peasants.

    • DIGGER BEY August 30, 2014

      Goddess of Vocals! The Voice! Queen of Vocals. ALL BELONG TO WH! #LIES U TELL

  85. XXX August 30, 2014

    Mariah got there without having another artist on 70% of her chart toppers. But besides that, the list is pretty pointless. They should have called it something different like ‘most successful artists in singles’ because the title does not pertain to its content at all.

  86. DIGGER BEY August 30, 2014

    I passed this post earlier and witness THIS EPIC HOT SHIITY FOOLERY @ ITS BEST list. WTFFFFF. So Time had the nutts to put R****, Luda and Usher over Rolling Stones, Madonna, KING B, Whitney, MJ, Elton, Em, Elvis and Celine???????????????????? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I’ve had my best laugh n years HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  87. DIGGER BEY August 30, 2014

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I see Time has focus on #1s and not Epic Talent kii kii kii. Not even successful longevity. I feel like I’m @ The Laugh Factory LMFAOOOO

    • Tommy August 30, 2014

      Ape looking Ni99er..

      • DIGGER BEY August 31, 2014

        Kii Kii You sound upset that my black ass >>>>>>>> your mother’s posseum face kii kii

  88. lolwowwww August 30, 2014

    okay i have definitely had it sam. all this beyonce non sense. you don’t mention rihanna but bey? keep sucking her nutsack, shell never give your unprofessional ass website an interview, not matter how much brown nosing you do.

  89. GILBERTO August 30, 2014

    Thriller alone had more impact and bigger sales than Mariah Carey’s entire career. How exactly is she in front of him? Even a MJ copycat like Usher is ahead of him? Rihanna? What a joke! Just this fact puts TIMES’ diarrhea in form of list into the toilet bowl of irrelevance.
    This is based on Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10. I’m done. Can I flush this s*** now?
    * sound of s*** sinking like Battleshit sank on Box Office *

    P.S Weeks on any chart =/= impact.

    • blue August 30, 2014

      battleship pulled in more than half the titles by your fave…and why is the BBH 100 irrelevant? when its the measure by which every artist bases their careers?

    • Memo August 31, 2014

      Had it been Beyoncé, you’d be peeing your pants.

  90. GILBERTO August 30, 2014

    OBJECTION! First things first (I’m the realest), let’s analyze what they SAID: “Want to know how Beyoncé compares to Elvis when it comes to generating hit songs? Here’s the definitive ranking of the King, Queen and 48 other singers who have scored a top ten hit on the Billboard charts since 1960.”
    – “How Beyoncé compares to Elvis when it comes to generating hit songs?”
    Comparing Beyoncé to Elvis. From all the other singers they could compare the King of Rock… IMPACT CHECK.
    – “Here’s the definitive ranking of the King, Queen and 48 other singers”
    Calling Beyoncé QUEEN. IMPACT CHECK.
    – “…48 other singers”
    Other singers not even mentioned… LACK OF IMPACT CHECK.
    – ” who have scored a top ten hit on the Billboard charts since 1960″
    Using an IRRELEVANT chart to make a list;
    Point system =/= sales and airplay;
    Sales and airplay =/= MOST SUCCESSFUL and ENDURING;
    Overlook the fact songs have been charting longer this decade than used to be, like, decades ago.

    My veredict: TIME found guilty of making a IRRELEVANT list lacking of GOOD SENSE, LOGIC, AND TASTE. TGJ is also guilty as charged for reading but not comprehend a BASIC PAPER, and making a big deal over it, like always. Anyone making a big deal over this s***, trying to attack KING BEE, is a stan of a SINGLE ARTIST. CASE CLOSED.

    • blue August 30, 2014

      the delusion.

    • Lolz August 31, 2014

      The truth

    • DIGGER BEY August 31, 2014

      Yessssss Gilberto! Case Muthafawkin Closed kii kii

  91. blue August 30, 2014

    Love how people are all this list isnt relevant just because they it isnt exactly how they wanted it or didnt place their fave in the right position truth is it didnt lie…yes its based on singles which like it or not are the foundation of any popstar. Take whitney, madonna, mj…the general public especially the new generation doesnt know from what album any of their classics are from all they know is that an mj song rocks today as it it 15 years ago. like it or not singer are remembered for the songs not albums…20 years from now people wont be going out to buy a bey or rihanna album…they will hear one of their songs sampled on a new hit and go out to find the original track

  92. blue August 30, 2014

    and when it comes to world wide recognition Celine>>Whitney>>>>>>>>>Mariah

    the USA isnt the world

    and put them on a stage today (if whitney hadnt gone so sooon), vocally and performance wise Celine>>>>Whitney>>>>>>>>Mariah

    • Stephy. August 31, 2014

      Whitney’s vocal damage when she was alive was far worse than Mariah’s. Shut up!

  93. ChrisTUNA AguiHAHA August 31, 2014

    Kudos to Mariah!

  94. Tits Mcgee August 31, 2014

    Congrats to Mariah! This is a FACT! She has endured
    a long time. She is music.


  95. Eloviano August 31, 2014

    @memo Mariah,Britney, Alanis Morissette, Nora Jones are all flops with diamond album sale’s, so miss me with that ish. Marvin Gaye, Elton John, Bob Marley don’t have diamond certified album’s, so bye …._/

    • Memo August 31, 2014

      Deal with Mariah being an icon despite her flop album.

      • Eloviano September 1, 2014

        And you’ll deal with Mariah being Cirrelevant’s lesser.

  96. DIGGER BEY August 31, 2014

    I can’t BELIEVE Time released this Tragic Mess.I think they were in the stage of organizing the list and somebody released it prematurely. Thats the only real logic I see when T Pain is ahead of pioneers! @Blue…..Miss us with THE EPIC BULLSHIIT. Singles aren’t the foundation to a popstar. Its longevity and success. I could careless where my my fav places in this lisy, because its obvious lacking Reality. The people that are still getting talked about today are more than singles. It was their talent and body of work that made them stand the test of time. The Most Enduring Singer would be MJ!

  97. DIGGER BEY August 31, 2014

    I think Time should’ve just called this Most Successful Singers of The Hot 100 Era. Most Enduring and Successful Singers of All Time is very misleading!!!! Some of this biitches wouldn’t be present, if it was Most Enduring and Successful Singers of all time. That’s the only reason why R**** can make a list next to Icons, are due to hit singles. That’s all she has. She’s next to people that have sold 50 to 100 millions of albums and they reached those numbers with less albums kii kii. While shes barely around 30 million sold WW. And the US, its a Massacre!! #THE FOOLERY

  98. Naomi August 31, 2014

    The title for this list is very misleading. Quite insulting to the real greats placed below the likes of Rihanna, even not on there at all.

  99. MISHKA September 3, 2014

    The list is just s random, but I can deal with Mimi taking the #1 spot ahead of Bey.

    Mariah’s life is quite the rollcoaster yet she has always managed to come back on top. Those #1 songs… and THAT christmas song we get to deal with every year. Mariah is the diva, the true hustler.

  100. clyde May 6, 2016

    out of ALL the rest, Mariah Carey is the best!

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