An entertainer who has been deservingly dubbed as “the hardest-working woman in Hollywood” has earned another amazing notch on her belt of success. This astonishing feat has only been accomplished by one other person.
BET reported on Friday (May 29) that megastar Beyoncé (pictured left) is the only other performer in the music industry other than Mariah Carey (pictured right) to top Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart during four consecutive decades. Beyoncé reached this epic milestone in her illustrious career by recently appearing on rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s remix to “Savage,” a song from Megan’s March 2020 album titled Suga.
Megan’s Beyoncé-assisted remix to her hit song “Savage” was released on April 29 of this year. The song’s original version had a solid debut and did a noticeable job of occupying the music charts. However, the “Queen Bey Effect” unleashed unprecedented fanfare, which easily propelled Megan’s remix to a number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 music chart for singles.
All this action catalyzed the first time Megan ever achieved the number one spot in her rap career on Billboard’s Hot 100. However, it was the seventh time overall when it comes to Beyoncé’s personal background in topping Billboard’s Hot 100 chart as a solo artist. The “Party” hitmaker also topped the Billboard Hot 100 music chart 11 times when she was the marquee act for her Destiny’s Child super girl group.
The monetary proceeds (which came from the success of Megan’s mega star-studded remix) have been donated weekly toward COVID-19 relief efforts in Houston, Texas. Houston is Beyoncé and Megan’s hometown. According to BET, Megan received a spectacular gift from her high-powered “Savage” collaborator and celebrity big sister for co-earning the number one spot on Billboard’s chart for the hottest singles in America.
Beyoncé achieved one or more number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the last year of the 1990s, during the 2000s, in the 2010s, and already for the 2020 decade’s first year. As a member of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé topped the Hot 100 chart on Billboard for the first time. Her group’s 1999 song “Bills, Bills, Bills” is the hit that started it all.
Early this year, Billboard Magazine reported that veteran pop star Mariah Carey was declared to be the first and only other performer in American music history to release one or more number-one singles over the course of each decade in four consecutive 10-year eras (the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s). Carey’s timeless holiday-themed single “All I Want For Christmas Is You” first topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1994. The very same song earned a number one spot again for two weeks straight in December 2019.
Carey’s Christmas classic charted once more in January 2020 and reigned on top of the Hot 100 songs chart for a third and final week.
In the 2000s, Beyoncé definitively cemented her legacy as a solo artist with multiple number one singles, including 2003’s “Baby Boy” (featuring reggae star Sean Paul) and “Crazy in Love” (featuring husband/rap mogul, Jay Z). During the 2010s, Beyoncé provided her crossover appeal for the purpose of making a hit song on an album recorded by British pop singer Ed Sheeran.
After its official release (with Beyoncé’s massive Beyhive fan club in the mix to help increase the song’s popularity), Sheeran’s 2017 hit “Perfect” shot straight to the number one spot on America’s most coveted song-ranking chart in music.
Naming the aforementioned hits by Beyoncé was just a tip of the iceberg in describing an 18-song Billboard reign, which has spanned over the course of 21 years. However, she’s only 38-years-old. The internet-breaking master of shutting down Coachella definitely has time to dominate the Hot 100 chart anytime she wants to for the next decade. Her full body of work’s accolades has already dictated a proven recipe for success in a deliberate fashion. All six of Beyoncé’s full-length solo albums have debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart.
Headlining world tours that grossed nine figures, selling well over 100 million albums (and counting), as well as being the sole beneficiary of a loyal, enormous fanbase (which might be the most loyal in pop music) are luxuries, which certainly give Beyoncé a competitive advantage against any popular musician in the world. She has earned praise from her predecessors, peers, and those inadvertent pop starlet pupils sprouting today.
Whether it exists obviously or discretely, many of today’s younger women who sing pop and R&B music wear the influence of Bey’s winning formula. If not musically, this influence is etched in some other brand-building facet of their individual style.
With this latest historic musical achievement in tow, Beyoncé further solidifies her customized ability to compete; in a fashion that continues to pass every test, which Father Time has administered in each passing era. When someone is consistently classified as “number one” for decades when it comes to what they do for a living, it certainly proves Father Time’s assigned tests are being passed with flying colors. This is not easy to do in an entertainment realm where people become megastars just as fast as their fame can fade forever.
However, as only she and Carey have, Beyoncé has aced these difficult tests in the fickle industry of music decade after decade. Long live a proven Queen.