Billboard Releases The Hot 100’s Top Artists Of All Time

Published: Friday 3rd Aug 2018 by David

Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Rihanna‘s success on the Billboard Hot 100 has seen them soar above and beyond their rivals on the Hot 100s Top Artists of all Time.

1. The Beatles

2. Madonna

3. Elton John

4. Elvis Presley

5. Mariah Carey

6. Stevie Wonder

7. Janet Jackson

8. Michael Jackson

9. Whitney Houston

10. Rihanna


11. The Rolling Stones

12. Paul McCartney

13. Bee Gees

14. Usher

15. Chicago

16. The Supremes

17. Prince

18. Daryl Hall & John Oates

19. Rod Stewart

20. Olivia Newton-John

21. Drake

22. Aretha Franklin

23. Marvin Gaye

24. Taylor Swift

25. Katy Perry


Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates during various periods. Artists are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above, of all of their Hot 100 chart entries.

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  1. IG @ mixedboy August 3, 2018

    Mariah 😍 … Congrats to all the ladies in the Top 10. We often put them against each other but I’m happy to see this!!!

    • Oliver and elio August 3, 2018

      Hey is not in it! Not fair at All

    • Meme August 3, 2018

      And Rihanna will surpass that a$$ as soon as she drop this double disc.

      Side note: all y’all on this blog don’t ever put Rihanna name in he same sentence as any other artist today. She’s competing with herself and the dead legends.

      • Tokyo Vanity fan August 3, 2018

        Don’t be an idiot

      • Caleb August 3, 2018

        Her singles have always been huge. No one denies that.

      • Rasputia Latimore August 4, 2018

        Get educated. Mostly all of them artists in the top 10 where in the top 10 around Rihanna’s age. Same old list decade after decade. Rihanna is the newbie. The others been on that list a very very very long time. Some are so old they are on the list twice like Michael (solo artist and as the Jacksons). Mostly all of these artists, including Rihanna, are Resputia’s favorities. I just love twirking to hot music while Norbit brings me weed and wine coolers.

    • The Truth August 3, 2018

      And her ranking will only rise some more once she drops her next album!

      Her forthcoming 19th #1 record will likely push her to #1 or #2 on this list, for sure 🙂

  2. Datredd23 August 3, 2018

    Rihanna the youngest in that list at only 30!!!

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

      And the only one without a classic or great live showing (in their prime).

      • Datredd23 August 3, 2018

        Funny seeing as we found Love was named top female hit of the decade aswell

        Also funny seeing as talk that talk just reached a billion streams first female to do that as well Anti is nearly at 3 billion streams I’d say she’s pretty relieved still and legendary already

      • Datredd23 August 3, 2018

        4 albums with over a billion streams *^

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

        You’re talking about popularity. There’s no denying she’s popular. What’s that have to do with Aanything That I said? Nothing.

      • Whoops 🤭🤷🏽‍♀️🖕🏾 August 3, 2018

        @Datredd24 That’s great but Rihanna simply hasn’t had the kind of impact as anyone else on that list. Period. The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Whitney, Mariah, Stevie, Elvis, etc. Rihanna has NEVER, EVER, moved a crowd or had a moment the way they have. Ever. Everybody on that list was so much more than just a hot100 hit artist and I dare you to try to argue that Rihanna has excelled in other areas on the same level that they have. That would be interesting af. The hot100 is where her “legendary” moments begin and end. And Billions of streams is not enough to declare her legendary either, because 1. everybody else up there actually had to sell their music at full price, and 2. the average person doesn’t even know that. Being legendary implies being memorable and in the minds of the general public, nobody other has her fans is gonna know that Rihanna has 4 albums with over a billion streams. People remember moments, not records. If you’re only legendary to your own fans then you’re not legendary. You’ve only proven that she’s popular…

    • Oliver and elio August 3, 2018

      So disappointed that my girl bey is not top 25 😥

      • Caleb August 3, 2018

        At least she’s sold albums.

  3. Kenhern August 3, 2018

    Chris Brown is on the list… wtf is Britney?

    • Erica August 3, 2018

      Britney never was a hot 100 girl due to the fact she was banned from radio for years. She was always consider an album seller

      • ??? August 3, 2018

        lmao britney was never banned from radio, stop lying. she was just never an artist who charted alot of hit records, her music is for mickey mouse radio lmfaooooo

      • Erica August 3, 2018 I speak facts hunni I follow this girl for a long time to know what I’m talking about, Clear channel who own most of radio back than banned her. It wouldn’t make since for her to be selling a mill first week, but be struggling on radio & on the single chart that just don’t add up

      • Caleb August 3, 2018

        It has nothing to do with radio ban. It’s to due with the fact that her early songs weren’t released as physical singles and charged based ONLY on radio play.

      • Mar August 4, 2018

        Banned from radio? 😂 you do realize up until a few years ago she was still getting number ones right?

    • Erica August 3, 2018

      know yo facts H-O she was banned from radio when she decided to let pepsi sponsor her tour instead of radio. It’s fact!

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

        @erica that’s a whole lie. Tf!?

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

        Erica that is a Britney Stan b

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

        Erica that is a Britney Stan blog.. I need an OFFICIAL unbiased receipt. Literally nobody has ever reported that. Ever

      • Erica August 3, 2018

        Even without out proof common sense would tell how can she sell so big in album sell but struggle with singles

      • ??? August 3, 2018

        lmao because her Mickey mouse music is not hit friendly thats why lmao, so stop trying to make that lie happen hunni, britney was never banned from radio lmfaooooo 😂 😂

  4. Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

    The top 9 is full of legendary, unique, organically talented acts with loads of unforgettable, classic songs, albums, eras and live showings. The top 9 are truly legendary and one of a kind. Glad a lot are women and ppl of color. Come through!!

    • The Wig Snatcher August 3, 2018

      Was there some shade to Rihanna for choosing the number nine? LOL

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

        No not really. I’m always for a woman of color doing her thing. But at the end of the day besides being popular she lacks heavily in what the top 9 all have. Whether it’s superb writing, superb vocals, superb performing, superb instrument playing, super dancing, superb stage showing.. they all are masters of their craft.. RiRi isn’t a master of anything but she’s damn sure beautiful, popular and can pick decent hits from the writers who present her their art. No shade tho, just facts

      • ??? August 3, 2018

        lmao shade and jealousy cuz Rihanna has basically slayed every artist of this generation and they MAD AF lmfaooooooo

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

        ??? Just facts babe. Sorry

      • ??? August 3, 2018

        lmaoo yes, babe Rihanna slaying this generation is facts, wbk, not sorry lmfaooooo

  5. The Wig Snatcher August 3, 2018

    Beyoncé and Jay-Z didn’t have enough money to make the top 25 (let alone buying the #1 and #2 spots)???

  6. Beam Me Up Scotty August 3, 2018

    I think the list is interesting. The more I see data from Billboard the more I realize how much of a queen Rihanna truly is. She is the highest grossing female of all time and the only relevant artist today that is in the top 10 of this list. She may not have “classics” as some of you say, but to me all the songs that I like from her are classics.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

      Well you stan nicki Minaj. We know your standards are PUH-RETTY low, baby girl 😂😂

    • JOHNVIDAL August 3, 2018

      Highest grossing what? LOL She a manufactured joke. Like Britney. Difference is Britney killed it in album sales, because she was a bigger phenomenon, while the marketing team for Rihanna had to focus on singles cause she wasn´t as big 🙂 She cannot see any of the other artists in that top 10. And her lack of album success proves it.

      • Datredd23 August 3, 2018

        Wait about 3 more years and Fenty Beauty will make Rihanna a billionaire with all of the music accolades in her younger 30s how is she not successful? Her brands are worth more then half the artists in that list ! Please stawp

      • gina August 3, 2018

        but Rihanna made the list and Britney didn’t, so maybe she should have hired Rihanna’s marketing team, maybe she would be a young legend like Rihanna and not an industry joke despite all those albums “sold” lol

      • Bam August 3, 2018

        Lol you’re funny. Stay mad love! You repeat the same mess everytime.

      • Erica August 3, 2018

        ok so Britney was banned from radio early in her career that’s fact & Rihanna won’t be a billionaire her company will be worth a billion same as Britney fragrance brand which is worth 2 billion as of right now

      • ??? August 3, 2018

        lmfaooo stop lying bishhh, britney was never banned, stop trying to make fetch happen lmfaooooo 😂 😂

  7. thanosoftitans August 3, 2018

    Congrats to everyone who made the list! So happy to see Whitney and Michael made the list!

  8. Niko Minadze August 3, 2018

    I am a big fan of Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Rihanna‘s success.
    Congratulation, Best Of Luck “Billboard”
    To know more about them Visit here

  9. Bianca August 3, 2018

    some artists have hype that surpass what they actually do. u can discredit rihanna all u want because she is not your fav but at the end of the day she’s done what she came to do. don’t have all the razzle dazzle million dancers and mini movie in the background but she makes music ppl like and thats what its about. u can be as talented as ever but that said talent needs to produce good movies not epic video movies. most ppl wanna listen to their music not watch it.

    • Bianca August 3, 2018

      good music not epic video movies.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

      Nobodies talking about beyonce.. we’re talking about her in regards to the rest of the artists in this top 10. Only Michael and Janet were “visual artists” in this top 10 but beyond that they made classic transcending music. Rihanna is definitely doing her thing. She jus doesn’t add up amongst the greats except in the category of popularity. It begins and stops there. Taylor Swift is pretty much the same. Popular.

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

        It takes a certain kinda stupidity to think just because you criticize rihanna that you’re a super beyonce fan and vice verse. It’s an idiotic mentality. I actually like rihanna for what she is worth. I just just am realistic about her talent, what she has to offer and what she excels in. If you don’t agree that’s fine but don’t jump to a conclusion that I never stated. It’s moronic

      • Bianca August 3, 2018

        first of all i wasn’t talking to u or anyone specific. i made my comments based off of what i see the average beyonce fan post. the point i was making is hype overshadows what is being done. another point i was making is talent only gets u so far u have to produce good music for the masses. the average beyonce fan, especially on this site, tries to discredit anyone that isn’t beyonce. always talking her numbers and this and that and she’s not even top 25! jumping to conclusions about a statement u didnt make sure is moronic but idiotic is assuming someone was talking to u in the first place. obviously u are a huge beyonce fan cuz i didn’t even say homegirls name. that cake on your face is quite embarrasing right now as it should be.

      • Bianca August 3, 2018

        and another thing YOU think she doesnt have any classics but the fact she is #10 says hi. she’s not your cup of tea ok thats fine but you do not speak for the world of music or consumers. i don’t like madonna like that but that dnt take away from her being a legend.

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

        A classic record is not a popular record.. she has a lot of hits for sure.but a classic and a hit do not run hand and hand. A billboard hit in the 2010’s is a far cry from a #1 hit in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s etc. stay on topic… in regards to the others on this list who have classics a-plenty rihanna just has the luxury of iTunes, streams, YouTube and click-to-buy singles. Her music does not add up to an

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

        A classic record is not a popular record.. she has a lot of hits for sure.but a classic and a hit do not run hand and hand. A billboard hit in the 2010’s is a far cry from a #1 hit in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s etc. stay on topic… in regards to the others on this list who have classics a-plenty rihanna just has the luxury of iTunes, streams, YouTube and click-to-buy singles. Her music does not add up to any of the artists in the top ten. Not her music.. not her live show.. not her talent. She’s just popular to the millennial and happens to be popular in a time when music is pretty much at its lowest point, quality wise. She sure is slaying for sure tho. No doubt. But so is Taylor Swift… a b

    • Bianca August 3, 2018

      thats your OPINION THO!!!! doesn’t make it true. she isn’t what u think an artist should be. at the end of the day almost everything she puts out gets ate up. she has the same luxury that the other artists have. u can click on all of them just as easily. but u fail to understand the fact that ppl are CLICKING AND LISTENING. u dancing all over that point. Anti is still on the charts and ppl still listening to talk that talk and loud. like u just make no sense. there are plenty artist that are out extremely talented but their music sucks. never in real life have i ever heard someone say they dislike someone based on the stupid stuff yall come up with. whether u agree or not she has a few classics

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

        She has no classics. She def has hits tho. For sure. There are no rihanna songs that will be sung universally for 50 years to come. Everything you’re referencing is popularity.. tons of ppl have popularity in 2018.. you’re making the same argument over and over and it’s off topic. I will never argue that she’s not popular. She’s Uber popular. But when even rihanna acknowledged that she wanted to make music that wasn’t fad music and said HERSELF she wanted to make deeper, real music and then went and tried jacking SZA’s swag for anti, it fully backs my argument. She’s a numbers girl.. not a quality girl- NO CLASSICS. But she popular tho, for sure. That ain’t what I said tho, stay on topic

      • Bianca August 3, 2018

        u must be a child. i very much stayed on topic your opinion is your opinion not fact. i simply gave u something that is fact and u still want to push your opinion. for years thats what most have done and she still doing just fine. again she’s not your idea what an artist is but u dont speak for the millions that love what she does.

  10. DC August 3, 2018

    This is why I laugh when y’all say overrated Beyoncé is queen of music 😂

    • ??? August 3, 2018

      lmao we all laugh out loud lmfaoooooo

    • Meme August 3, 2018

      Exactly she never makes any list.

      • Caleb August 3, 2018

        But she sells more albums than Rihanna in the States does she not? When has Rihanna ever sold 617,000 albums in 3 days?

      • ??? August 3, 2018

        lmaooo rihanna never flopped with 70k sales in a full week tho like everything is FLOPPED did lmfaooooo 😂😂😂

    • Lewey August 3, 2018

      She the queen of the stage tho. Madonna is the only female ahead of her in box office receipts. Not to mention her longevity in the music industry. Girl, you tried it.

      • ??? August 3, 2018

        lmaooo wrong dear, roach is nobodys queen of any stage except in roach fantasy world, and she’s FAR behind Tina Turner in box office receipts. you REALLY tried it girl lmfaooooo 😂 😂😂 😂

  11. Jay August 3, 2018

    No Nicki Minaj! 😂😂😂😂😂

    • ??? August 3, 2018

      lmao where did corni z and lil kim place? LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • Caleb August 3, 2018

      But she is higher than them on the full chart obviously or she wouldn’t have ranked at #33 on the top 50 women of the hot 100 ranking.

  12. BeepBeep August 3, 2018

    Mariah the QUEEN 🦋

  13. JOHNVIDAL August 3, 2018

    They keep releasing this same list every year or what? With different order and different rules for that matter. They are a joke now. There´s no way the success can be measured like that in different eras and taking into account factors they want to take and not others. Anyway, as I always say: everybody in the top 10 came with amazing success in albums too except for one. You know who LOL

    • ??? August 3, 2018

      lmaoo the one that was married to the boss of her label for the first half of her career perhaps? lmfaooooooooooooooo

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 3, 2018

        ?? Are you still mad at rihanna butchering “hero”? I mean I was mad for a second but once I realized that was her standard vocal I came to terms with it. Mariah is Rihanna’s idol, along with your fav roach queen. Y

      • ??? August 3, 2018

        @jasmine lmfaooooo bishh what that got to do with Mariah fucn her way to the top of sony music’s priority list? lmfaooooo 😂😂🤣

      • MariahsHoney August 4, 2018

        At least be accurate with your shade.
        Mariah had 3-4 MAJOR record deals on the table before ever meeting tommy.
        But he wasn’t the not one who would let her write her own music. That meant the world for mariah.
        Tommy needed Mariah, mariah never needed his ass

    • Datredd23 August 3, 2018

      Rihanna has almost 60 million albums sold worldwide and did that in the digital now steaming era! She’s the youngest on the list what do you expect idiot! These are the times and she is dominating these avenues like the other artists did according to their eras and time

      • ROCK August 3, 2018

        60 million albums?please stop.she just managed to crack 30million.

      • Caleb August 3, 2018

        How when she sold 10 million in the United States? I doubt she sold another 50 mill elsewhere.

      • Datredd23 August 3, 2018

        Billboard Forbes and countless other publications have stated she’s sold over 54 million records look it up hun it’s not hard to find

      • Datredd23 August 3, 2018

        She is the top RIAA certified artist of all time ! No made up numbers given out by record labels like Mariah’s stats.

      • Brandyfan87 August 4, 2018

        Youre talking singles included, her albums alone have sold no where near that amount

      • Caleb August 4, 2018

        You initially said 60 million ALBUMS. Records is mostly singles.

  14. ??? August 3, 2018

    lmao im shocked the roaches arent in here clinging to how much money the Camels have or how many concerts roach is giving away free tickets for fake sellouts. bishh couldn’t even make the top 40, let alone the top 20 lmafooooo. but she’s the greatest of all time tho according to them right? LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    • DC August 3, 2018

      😂 overrated and her hype don’t add up to her numbers lol

      • Brandyfan87 August 4, 2018


  15. Meiz August 3, 2018

    And just like that Beyonce is nowhere to be found on the list. What a wow.

    • Bianca August 3, 2018

      all that hype and she not even top 20 hell lemonade nor self titled is on the charts but anti is climbed 5 spots since last week.

      • Caleb August 3, 2018

        But self-titled has sold wAy more so there’s that.

  16. Keith August 3, 2018

    Congrats to Michael, Janet, Whitney, Mariah, Rihanna and Stevie!!!!! The Jacksons are truly a Dynasty…

  17. Tino August 3, 2018

    Put some respect on Usher name SMH at him not getting the Michael Jackson vanguard award yet

    • SMH August 3, 2018

      All of this. Everyone is hollering about Missy not getting the Vanguard award when fact remains that Usher should have gotten it before beyonce, rihanna, timberlake, ALL of the 2000s artists that have received it already.

  18. Ropeburn August 3, 2018

    Congratulations to the top 9 artists! They deserve it!

  19. Olusheyi August 3, 2018

    I wonder why Beyonce is not on the list

    • ??? August 3, 2018

      lmaooo cuz they track sales and hits, not smoke and mirrors lmfaooo😂😂😂

    • Brandyfan87 August 4, 2018

      She’s #41

  20. RihSlayedBey August 3, 2018

    HAHA the haters are seething…. Queen Rihanna is the Top artist of the last decade, and she is sitting pretty with legends! Say what you want, statistics don’t lie! Beyonce could never…..

  21. Drewbaba August 4, 2018

    Where is Beyoncé?

    • Brandyfan87 August 4, 2018

      These new queens are not actually queens, it’s all just brilliant marketing to create the illusion of dominance.. just like Nicki ain’t even on this list at all & beyonce didn’t even make the top 40

  22. Ocean August 4, 2018

    No Female Rappers on this list?!

  23. Justafan August 4, 2018

    Haha where miss bragger Nicki at? Oh, only place with actual talent made the top 25.

  24. Brandyfan87 August 4, 2018

    Thank you I will hear NO MORE of this non sense about Icki Minaj being the queen of the 100, she’s not even on this list!!!

  25. RG August 4, 2018

    So confused as to why the first sentence includes three artists that are fantastic but not even in the top 5 of this list?

    • Lolita August 6, 2018

      Yup, that’s how this site operates, biased

  26. Flopnet August 5, 2018

    Bash her all you want but it seems Madonna is still the queen. Among women in the top 10, it’s possible that Rihanna can surpass her as she’s still young & releases so much singles. Great job to Mariah & Whitney too, powerhouse vocals that chart. Thiefonce is queen of what? Not singles, not albums, not touring (other female artists outsell or outgross her). So what is exactly is her reign based on? Hype stupidly & blindly followed by roaches. I guess she’s queen of buying awards lol. And Tranet, she’ll never be queen, or maybe she can just be queen of gold diggers & coattail riders

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ August 5, 2018

      But she number 7 tho… u mad? Think so

      • ??? August 5, 2018

        lmaooo yep she mad cuz Queen Janet is the highest ranking black woman on there and didn’t have to fucc suck and swallow her way onto the list like that fossil madonnasaurus did lmfaooooo 😂 😂😂 😂

      • Lolita August 6, 2018

        Precisely, beneath the 2 M’s LOL

    • Lolita August 6, 2018

      “didn’t have to fucc suck and swallow her way onto the list”: are you sure? Maybe abused throughout her life to get on this list

  27. RoyalKev August 5, 2018

    I love that Whitney and Janet are in that top 10 despite the fact that they’ve released such few studio albums (especially Nippy)! Janet didn’t even really get started until ‘Control’ and with only 5 classic albums made such an extraordinary mark! These ladies dominated during their reign! Whitney earned 7 straight #1’s and Janet have the best top 10 winning streak!

    Beyonce may not be up there with these artists (as far as HOT 100 success is concerned), but we all know she’s truly the most special artist of her generation! She have enough honors! She scored 6 straight #1 albums and very few women have more than she does (Janet, Madonna, Barbra). There more to come and the sky is the limit for Yonce! Congrats to all of them!

    • T-southafrican guy August 12, 2018

      Beyonce is useless

  28. Lolita August 6, 2018

    Riri is gonna use everyones weave when this list gets updated in a few more years. Her hits just keeps rolling in. Singles artist or what, she is leaving her mark

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