5 #1 Hits, 4 Years: Cardi B Joins Exclusive List of Female Hot 100 Chart-Toppers

Published: Monday 22nd Mar 2021 by Rashad

Over its 62-year history, the Hot 100 has repeatedly proven itself to be a boys club.  But thanks to artists like Mariah Carey, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, and other musical leading ladies, the playing field gets a little more even every year.

For evidence, one needn’t look much further than rapstress Cardi B – who recently nabbed her fifth chart-topper on the tally thanks to her latest single, ‘Up.’

No stranger to racing into history books, the historic accomplishment not only made her the first female rapper in history to have two Hot 100 #1 hits without a credited supporting feature but it also extended her record of most chart-toppers among female rappers (5).

And while she holds that title by her lonesome, there are other historic achievements attained by ‘Up’ that puts her in prestigious, Girl Powered company.

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Since the June 2017 release of her debut single, ‘Bodak Yellow,’ Cardi has nabbed 4 other Hot 100 chart-toppers – making her the first and only female rapper to boast such a feat.  Among all female acts, however, the GRAMMY winner is now in an exclusive club of women who have raced to land 5 or more Hot 100 #1s within the four years that followed their respective official debut singles.

While Mariah Carey holds the record for most #1s secured in that time period (among females), see the full list below.

Whitney Houston

Year of Debut Single: 1985

Number of #1 hits four years later: 7 (‘Saving All My Love For You,’ ‘So Emotional,’ etc.)

Paula Abdul

Year of Debut Single: 1988

Number of #1 hits four years later: 6 (‘Opposites Attract,’ ‘Straight Up,’ ‘Cold-Hearted Snake,’ etc.)

Mariah Carey

Year of Debut Single: 1990

Number of #1 hits four years later: 8 (‘Vision of Love,’ ‘Hero,’ ‘I Don’t Wanna Cry,’ etc.)


Year of Debut Single: 2005

Number of #1 hits four years later: 5 (‘SOS,’ ‘Umbrella,’ ‘Live Your Life,’ ‘Take a Bow,’ and ‘Disturbia‘)


Katy Perry

Year of Debut Single: 2008

Number of #1 hits four years later: 7 (‘I Kissed a Girl,’ ‘Firework,’ ‘Roar,’ etc.)

Cardi B

Year of Debut Single: 2017

Number of #1 hits four years later: 5 (‘Bodak Yellow,’ ‘WAP,’ ‘Up,’ etc.)

Honorable mention:


Year of Debut Single: 1982

Number of #1 hits 4 years later: 4 (‘Like a Virgin,’ ‘Crazy For You,’ Papa Don’t Preach,’ ‘Live to Tell’)

Note:  Madonna’s fifth #1 hit, ‘Open Your Heart,’ was released in 1986, but did not top the Hot 100 until 1987 – nearly 5 years after her debut.


A minor, yet noteworthy point, ‘Up’ is the shortest-titled Rap song to ever hit #1 on the Hot 100.  Here’s a recap of the briefest No. 1 Hot 100 song titles (those encompassing three or fewer letters):

“3,” Britney Spears, 2009
“Up,” Cardi B, 2021
“S&M,” Rihanna feat. Britney Spears, 2011
“E.T.,” Katy Perry feat. Kanye West, 2011
“WAP,” Cardi B, 2020
“Sad!,” XXXTENTACION, 2018
“OMG,” Usher feat. will.i.am, 2010
“Low,” Flo Rida, 2008
“SOS,” Rihanna, 2006
“Bad,” Michael Jackson, 1987
“Ben,” Michael Jackson, 1972
“War,” Edwin Starr, 1970
“ABC,” Jackson 5, 1970
“Why,” Frankie Avalon, 1959

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  1. Bardii March 22, 2021

    This elite club!

    The haters are seething 💀💀💀💀

  2. Fancy BISH (FCK Sewer Queen, Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 March 22, 2021

    Congrats Cardi B 🥳🤳🏽

  3. TheRealiest March 22, 2021

    The fact that they are really pushing this narrative that Cardi B is deserving to be associated with THE GREATS…Or even being considered one of the greats is hilarious. This is SMOKING MIRRORS at its finest. She better be thankful for streams and Atlantic. Because her pure sales are in the trash and that career is 110% bought by the label. But Congrats lol

    • Bardii March 22, 2021

      You sound bothered my luv!!!

      She better be thankful for herself because the gp loves her and actually stream her music!!!

      Not everyone can say the same, angry bird.

    • Diabetes UNBOTHERED March 22, 2021

      Hater: a person who greatly dislikes a specified person or thing.

      You do not like Cardi B so everything u say about Cardi b will be dismissed as pure HATERADE

      ALL u had to say was CONGRATS

      Im a Nikki Hater but not because of anything outside of the fact that Nikki is OVERRATED with TRASH music which is why Cardi B keeps Winning

      • Chase March 22, 2021

        Girl if you don’t shut your whale 🐳 looking a s s Up! As much as you hate on Rihanna. You just described yourself to a T. Go and choke on a weight watchers biscuit, and STFU!!

    • DC March 22, 2021

      How’s meg thee pony pure sales or doja pure sales ??????????

    • ME YOU US March 22, 2021

      Facts and recognizing inconsistencies dont make you a hater makes you smart..

    • HELLOKITTY March 22, 2021

      @TheRealiest – “….and that career is 110% bought by the label. ” – Yes ma’am.

    • QueenofRAP March 23, 2021

      You see silly rabbit to be the QUEEN OF RAP, you gotta SELL RECORDS you GOTTA GET PLAQUES! Done and Done 👑 #queenOfRapCardiB

      • I am the Mf’kn Clout!!! March 28, 2021

        @QueenofRap!! Speak!!!!!🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

  4. Quan March 22, 2021

    Honestly this is awesome! I wish there wasn’t so much negativity tho

  5. Diabetes UNBOTHERED March 22, 2021

    Queen OF rap



    • Whyye n bllacc bitchezz 23 copycat grammy March 22, 2021

      Who paved the way for female rap……Nicki minaj….

      • Diabetes UNBOTHERED March 22, 2021

        Cardi b herself said otherwise about Nikki… That would be MISSY ELLIOT LIL KIM and even QUEEN LATIFA over Nikki

        Nikki has no Grammy and Zero Hits and Queen FLOPPED just like the P I S s Print

      • Whyye n bllacc bitchezz 23 copycat grammy March 22, 2021

        Missy n queen latifa did not Inspire other females to want to rap no disrespect to them

      • DC March 22, 2021

        lil Kim actually paved way for cardi with her hot 100 number 1 and her many other hits

  6. SNF March 22, 2021

    Came to see how bothered you h o e $ would me in the comments… 😆😆😆

  7. 1988 March 22, 2021

    Outstanding achievement!! ❤️

  8. Whyye n bllacc bitchezz 23 copycat grammy March 22, 2021

    Put an image of Whitney the voice Houston.up
    Put offset up w. Cardi he writing it

  9. Susan March 22, 2021

    Someone go check on that granny named nicki 🤣😂 Congrats queen cardi!

  10. Brooklyn Fan March 22, 2021

    I am so happy for Cardi B. She deserves everything that she is accomplishing. I note that it is the same bitter fanbase that never wanted to see any other woman do well in rap who is hating on Cardi B. They are just mad that Cardi took the spot. Cardi is winning now. Remember when Nicki was winning and all she did was rub it in the faces of the women that came before her? She is lucky that Cardi is not doing that to her. Nicki is facing karma for everything that she did to Lil’ Kim in the early 2010s. She really thought that she was going to sit on the rap throne forever and that nobody will take her spot. She really thought she was going to be young and hot forever, and that the industry would never turn on her the way that she made the industry turn on Kim with her lies. Nicki is now old and washed, and the rap industry has moved on.

    • Whyye n bllacc bitchezz 23 copycat grammy March 22, 2021

      Cardi just had baby. Nicki Minaj just had a baby but Nikki has to be washed up n old…..hahaha .. the industry is hungry for her come back because they know Nicki Minaj is the queen of rap

      • Diabetes UNBOTHERED March 22, 2021

        PRESS And UP are Literally better than every song Nikki has ever recorded and they aren’t even one of Cardis best Songs

        Mark my words Cardi’s Sophomore album will Sh! T on the ENTIRE industry

        Meagan and Dojacat is also firmly planted on Nikkis neck

        Nikki has LOST almost all MARKET SHARE

        Nikki is like POSTMATES standing next to DOORDASH Or the churches chicken across the street from Chikfilla. Or MySpace LMAO!

    • DC March 22, 2021

      Cardi said her first album had no pre orders cause they rushed for baby but this time with pre orders vinyl album sales added i see cardi doing 1 million first week 👏🏾😊👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

  11. Diabetes UNBOTHERED March 22, 2021

    Cant wait to hear Nikki who claimed no more breaks between albums. nikki will try to Drop after cardi again and FAIL ONCE AGAIN just like PEASANT did failed against Invasion. Chun Li was like a PARODY lmao but nikki thought it was a #1 hit

  12. Gary March 22, 2021


    Congrats cardi!

  13. Lou March 22, 2021

    Well done Atlantic Records

  14. IKNOWTHETRUTH March 22, 2021

    SEARCHING FOR C******* 😂😂😂

  15. WRTW? March 22, 2021

    Dua Lipa and Cardi Payola Queens are winning. Congrats to the song writers and the labels who spent millions just to sell a million.

  16. QueenofRap March 23, 2021

    You see silly rabbit to be the QUEEN OF RAP, you gotta SELL RECORDS you GOTTA GET PLAQUES! Done and Done 👑 #queenOfRapCardiB

  17. Joel March 23, 2021

    This is truly laughable. The days of a number one record really being a number one record are DONE.

    • Cleoooo March 23, 2021

      Hating ass b****

  18. Yolanda March 23, 2021

    Lol at people arguing! Cardi B is on her last leg, she will soon be forgotten. No one will sing her songs in 30y from now! No instant classic; no substance, no talent, no empowerment! keep on dreaming; you are paying for her lifestyle lol 😂

    • FOH March 23, 2021

      yall said that before, DURING and AFTER Invasion of Privacy 🤣 also said she would never win a grammy or get ANOTHER solo #1 … hang it up already ! she aint goin no muthafuckin where !

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