According to Billboard, on April 4, 1964, the Beatles were the first band in history to hold all five of the top spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. They are also the only band to ever hold that honor. Fifty years later, the closest any band or musician has gotten to matching that feat is 50 Cent, who held the 1st, 4th, and 5th spots for two weeks during 2005. This impressive record isn’t completely surprising, though, given the fact that the Beatles are also the band to hold the most #1 spots ever on Hot 100 charts. But while this record might not be that unexpected, many of the following impressive records are incredibly surprising.
“The Twist” — Only Song to Hold the #1 Spot in Two Different Chart Runs – When it was released in 1960, “The Twist” rocketed to number 1 before falling from the chart. Then, two years later, it once again gained massive popularity, topping the chart a second time. Yet, despite this popularity, the song never managed to top the Billboard R&B chart.
“Dark Side of the Moon” — Most Consecutive Weeks for an Album on the Billboard 200 Chart – This Pink Floyd album topped the chart in 1973 and then stayed on the chart for another 15 years. This means that “Dark Side of the Moon” was consecutively on the Billboard 200 for longer than the Beatles were active as a band.
Elvis Presley — Most Songs in the Top 40 – Elvis had a whopping 114 songs in the Top 40. That is over double the number of songs that the Beatles had in the Top 40. In fact, Elvis is the only artist to ever have more than 100 songs the charts.
Fred Stobaugh, Oldest Person with a Song in the Hot 100 – Fred Stobaugh was 96 years old when his song “Oh Sweet Lorraine” entered the Hot 100 in 2013. To put a perspective on his age, he was born before Billboard even started publishing music charts.
Beatles — Most Total Weeks at #1 on Top 200 Chart – This particular achievement doesn’t seem so strange until you look at the next two places. At 132 weeks at #1, the Beatles are higher than the combined total of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, who are second and third in this category, at 118 weeks total.
“Work It” — Most Weeks at #2 Without Reaching #1 – “Work It”, by Missy Elliott spent 10 weeks at #2 without ever reaching #1. “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Foreigner also managed the same feat, but there is a big difference. Foreigner had a different song that reached #1. Missy Elliott never reached #1 with any of her songs.
Elton John — 58 Songs in the Top 40 With Only 68 in the Hot 100 – As has already been mentioned, Elvis had nearly twice as many songs in the Top 40. But it took him 149 songs in the Hot 100 to reach 114 in the Top 40. All but ten of Elton John’s songs that reached the Hot 100, or 85%, also reached the Top 40.
Cher — Longest Gap Between #1 Songs on the Hot 100 – Between when “Dark Lady” topped the chart and “Believe” topped the chart, one day shy of 25 years passed. That gap of time is longer than the entire career of Elvis Presley.
Glee Cast — Most Songs in the Hot 100 – Glee was first aired in September of 2009. By April of 2014, the show already had over 200 songs in the Hot 100. That is over 50 more than Elvis had in his 24 year career.
“Macarena” — Most Weeks at #1 for a One Hit Wonder – Los Del Rio only ever charted with “Macarena” or some variant of it. But “Macarena” charted well, reaching the #1 spot for 14 weeks. This puts it in a tie for second place for all songs ever for most weeks at #1 and the only one hit wonder to even break double digits.