MUSIC: Rihanna Is Now In Fifth Place For The Most Top Ten Hits

Rihanna performs at the 2015 We Can Survive Concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Thanks to the immediate success of her latest single, “Work”, Rihanna now has the fifth most top ten hits of any artist . She is tied in that position with three other artists:Elton John, Mariah Carey, and Janet Jackson. That’s pretty good company to be in, no matter the list. “Work”, which features Drake, is her twenty seventh top ten.

If she charts one more top ten hit—which is highly likely, considering she just released an album, and she’s not yet thirty—she will move past Elton, Mariah, and Janet and tie with Stevie Wonder. The artists with more top ten hits than Wonder are Michael Jackson (29), the Beatles (34), Elvis Presley (36), and Madonna, who leads the ranking with an astounding 38 top ten singles.
“Work” debuted at number nine this week after a very short period of eligibility. It was able to accrue millions of streams and 126,000 paid downloads in just over one day. Thesong appeared with little warning in the early hours of January 27th, and the single’s corresponding album, ANTIdropped less than a day later (with no official warning).
“Work” is not only the singer’s twenty seventh top ten, it is her fiftieth entry on the Hot 100 overall. That’s an impressive record, as it shows that more than half of her singles that make it to the ranking end up in the highest reaches of the chart.


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