Who Is Bigger Than Rihanna?

RnB/Hip Hop | Tuesday 23rd February 2016 | Tom

Rihanna's collaboration with Drake, ‘Workhas topped the Billboard charts this week. Making it the 14th number one to her name, surpassing the great Michael Jackson.


Critics will say that this is as much Drake’s number one as it is Rihanna’s, but it is still an amazing achievement for an artist who only recently turned 28.  


Here are the musical icons that stand in the way of Rihanna and that number one spot:

Mariah Carey18

The New York artist has had an amazing career and continues to perform her vast array of number one hits. Mariah will be embarking on a European tour next month.

Mariah Carey has reached 18 Billboard number ones, a fact that we are reminded of every Christmas.

Last Number One: ‘Touch My Body’ 2008
Most Successful Number One: ‘We Belong Together’ 2005


Elvis Presley: 18

Tying with Mariah Carey is Rock 'n' Roll icon Elvis Presley, before his untimely death in 1977 he managed to release 18 number ones.

Last Number One: ‘Suspicious Minds’ 1968

Most Successful Number One: ‘Hound Dog’ 1956


The Beatles: 20

The lads from Liverpool are the most successful band of all time, scoring an amazing 20 number one hits.

Creating the sounds of modern music today, former Rolling Stones editor Robert Greenfield said that ‘no one will ever be more revolutionary, more creative and more distinctive’.

After the group split in 1970 its various members went on to have successful singles careers.

Last Number One: ‘The Long and Winding Road’ 1970
Most Successful Number One: ‘Hey Jude’ 1968