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Musical Acts with the Most Hits since 1962

Each year Billboard music makes a list of the top 100 biggest hits in the United States. Which musical acts have been the biggest hitmakers since 1962?
Based on a points system
Each year's #1 hit gets 100 points, the #2 hit gets 99 points, etc...
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First submittedAugust 4, 2019
Last updatedAugust 4, 2019
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Points
Artist
2074
Mariah Carey
1936
Rihanna
1888
Madonna
1707
Janet Jackson
1616
Usher
1521
The Beatles
1500
Elton John
1491
Whitney Houston
1355
Michael Jackson
1353
Maroon 5
1310
Taylor Swift
1292
Katy Perry
1260
Stevie Wonder
1239
Drake
1149
Pink
1081
Beyoncé
984
Hall & Oates
938
Bruno Mars
925
Justin Timberlake
916
The Black Eyed Peas
893
Bee Gees
860
Lady Gaga
848
Boyz II Men
844
Kelly Clarkson
838
Nelly
813
R. Kelly
798
Jay-Z
793
Flo Rida
786
Rod Stewart
783
Phil Collins
752
Destiny's Child
749
Eminem
729
The Supremes
725
Marvin Gaye
Points
Artist
722
Olivia Newton-John
713
Kanye West
704
Prince
701
Diana Ross
697
The Rolling Stones
693
The Temptations
692
Jennifer Lopez
686
Barbra Streisand
685
The Weeknd
685
Alicia Keys
684
Donna Summer
680
TLC
673
Kenny Rogers
670
Britney Spears
657
Adele
652
Duran Duran
652
Billy Joel
647
The Jackson 5
641
Imagine Dragons
638
Bryan Adams
634
Chris Brown
630
Lionel Richie
629
Celine Dion
628
Chicago
624
Jason Derulo
623
George Michael
622
Ariana Grande
609
50 Cent
609
Nickelback
607
Bon Jovi
606
Pitbull
605
Justin Bieber
597
Puff Daddy
594
Aretha Franklin
Points
Artist
585
Christina Aguilera
585
Ed Sheeran
584
Ludacris
582
The Carpenters
578
Toni Braxton
575
Three Dog Night
574
Cher
558
Dionne Warwick
557
Neil Diamond
550
Paula Abdul
541
Kool & the Gang
541
T.I.
540
The Beach Boys
535
Richard Marx
528
Elvis Presley
513
Huey Lewis and the News
513
Post Malone
510
Akon
507
The Chainsmokers
502
Miley Cyrus
501
Enrique Iglesias
499
Gloria Estefan
498
Kesha
492
Eagles
488
Lil Wayne
481
3 Doors Down
479
Santana
478
Paul McCartney
477
Backstreet Boys
472
Air Supply
469
Commodores
467
Foreigner
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level 76
Aug 4, 2019
Why is Usher on the list twice?
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level ∞
Aug 4, 2019
Fixed. I used a script to build this from Wikipedia. Wikipedia linked to three separate pages for Usher:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usher_(entertainer)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usher_(singer)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usher_(musician)

Not to be confused with:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usher_(occupation)

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level 70
Aug 4, 2019
Overall, middle of the road crap really sells. But better music has better staying power.
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level 71
Aug 5, 2019
Can anyone explain why artists from recent years are so over-represented? Or am I misinterpreting this?
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level 62
Aug 11, 2019
I'm wondering that too. I'm guessing it's a combination of modern artists releasing a lot more singles than artists did in previous eras, and the fact that many hits will by someone featuring someone so both artists will probably get the points for the one song.
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level 68
Sep 10, 2019
The internet is the main reason why recent artists are represented more often. Social media, Pandora, Amazom Prime music are examples of the instant availability of music versus vinyl records, cassette tapes, 8-Track and CD's.
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level 67
Sep 10, 2019
Yep, the internet. Every stream on a platform such as Spotify counts towards a song's chart performance. If someone listens to a whole album, every song is counted. Billie Eilish's last album saw 12 of its 14 songs in the Top 100 at the same time, along with 2 of her other songs. 6 of them weren't even singles.
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level 66
Sep 10, 2019
This should be part of the quiz explanation at the top - knowing this would totally have altered my approach.
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level 75
Sep 10, 2019
When I was young - in the '60s - the only way we could buy music was to go to the record store and get either a 45 or LP album. Most of us didn't have that much money and had to be selective on what we purchased. It was also very difficult for an artist to get signed to a record label. I'm surprised to see so many artists from the earlier decades, and I'm really surprised to see Rod Stewart so high on the list. I like his music, but I didn't realize he was so popular. I'm surprised that Simon and Garfunkel didn't make the list.
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level 47
Sep 11, 2019
Besides the internet, in the 60s, 70s, and 80s the music was being churned out by many, many different groups. There was more competition. The market has had less competition in recent years. Some will argue that there is more competition because there is more access, but as for as original music being produced, you can't beat the 60s, 70s, and 80s. A lot of diversity there.
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level 42
Sep 11, 2019
Maybe you were not around, but do not forget the 50's-in my opinion, the best era of Rock 'n' Roll. I include Group and Harmony (Doo-Wop), because it was prevalent during that era.
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level 85
Aug 5, 2019
U2 is not on this list but Nickelback is????????
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level 68
Aug 5, 2019
For the most part - R.I.P music
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level 60
Aug 6, 2019
How can Queen not make this list?
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level 70
Aug 7, 2019
They didn't take the world by storm like the Freddie Mercury cash cow hype machine likes to tell it.
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level 65
Aug 7, 2019
This is a truly awful set of criteria Billboard has devised. Garth Brooks has sold the 2nd-most albums of all time and isn't on the list. Led Zeppelin, 4th, and also not on the list. In fact, the majority of the top 10 most albums ever sold list of acts are apparently not on this list and many of those that are just barely made it. I don't understand how Jason Derulo qualifies as having so many more hits than acts like Elvis or the Eagles who have had radio hits for many decades.
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level 62
Aug 11, 2019
It's only singles not albums, I think. And it's the best-selling singles of the year. You could have 20 hits in one year, but if none of them were in the top 100 best-selling hits of the year, you're not going to get any points for the list. I agree, it's strange criteria. It's an interesting concept for a quiz but the title is very misleading.
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level 59
Sep 10, 2019
This is for sure the answer - Stairway to Heaven was never even released as a proper single, for example, although it was for years cited as the most popular song ever. I'm more perplexed by the fact ABBA didn't make it - surely they hit the charts more than a few times.
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level 69
Aug 25, 2019
Rock music in general did extremely poorly on this list despite many of the biggest selling bands of all times being rock bands. I get it's singles and not albums, but it's still strange to me.
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level 76
Sep 10, 2019
The Billboard Hot 100 is a list of songs, not albums. Making it on the list you need to sell copies of that song, so, I assume selling an album counts as selling one copy of each song on the album, but some artists sell many more singles either on records or through digital downloads now. It also factors in radio play and online streaming, and country just doesn't play on the radio that much in many markets and certainly doesn't get watched as much online. Mostly what you hear on the radio is "pop," which is why they call it popular music. The above is certain. Now, to speculate a bit on why some contemporary artists appear so high while not having had as many years to chart, I think it might be because modern pop music is dominated by just a small handful of artists who put out large numbers of singles and in effect monopolize the airwaves and online downloads. In the past you had a lot more "one-hit wonders" and there was a greater variety of acts being played on the radio. I think.
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level 76
Sep 11, 2019
Perhaps the fact that Garth rarely gets played on the radio most places contributes to him selling more physical albums (less exposure, but at the same time if his fans want to hear his music they need to buy it). I also assume that during the decades when he was blowing up his fanbase were less Internet savvy than most and probably didn't download as much from Napster or iTunes or spend as much time on YouTube.
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level 66
Aug 11, 2019
Queen, Kiss, Aerosmith?
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level 59
Aug 13, 2019
I got exactly the average 36. Interesting mixed list, weird tosee some next to eachother :)
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level 60
Sep 10, 2019
There are a lot of names that I would never have guessed, but I recognize upon seeing them that they had some big hits and were huge, if only for a short time (looking at you, Richard Marx), so they make sense. But I cannot for the life of me understand how Janet Jackson is *fourth,* ahead of her immeasurably more famous, more successful, and more significant brother, as well as the Beatles and Elton John. I'm sure this quiz is based on whatever measuring stick Billboard provided, but whatever that measuring stick is...it's a really stupid one.
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level 69
Sep 10, 2019
As of now the least guessed band was 3 Doors Down. I guess that was quiz takers'...Kryptonite.
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level 44
Sep 10, 2019
What a depressing looking list of 'musicians'.
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level 38
Sep 10, 2019
There is a reaaaaallll lot of trash on that list.
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level 79
Sep 10, 2019
That's what happens when you're popular, I guess.
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level 47
Sep 10, 2019
It really saddens me that the Foo Fighters aren't on this list...One of the last great touring rock bands, and IMO one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
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level 65
Sep 10, 2019
This list makes me very sad.
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level 60
Sep 10, 2019
I was expecting a lot worse. There are a lot of really good acts on this list. Beatles, Elvis, Elton John, Billy Joel, Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Supremes, Bruno Mars, Boyz II Men, Adele, the Stones, Prince, MJ. I get that some people think only classic rock warrants appreciation, but a lot of these acts represent the best of their style of music.
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level 57
Sep 10, 2019
Not a huge fan of country but how are there not more country stars on this list?
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level 55
Sep 10, 2019
Where is my band Matchbox Twenty and Alanis Morisette at :( Also i'm suprised Fleetwood Mac and ABBA didn't make it on but 3 Doors Down did, but hey not complaining about that.