Happy Birthday, Mariah Carey,Chart Icon


As Mariah Carey ** celebrates her
42nd birthday today, we’ve got
the perfect present.
Here’s a look back at the most
notable chart records that Carey
has set since she first graced a
Billboard survey the week of June
2, 1990, when “Vision of Love”
debuted on the Billboard Hot 100
and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
(We’d have gotten her a card, but
it would’ve been too tough to list
all her accomplishments on one).
With 18 Hot 100 leaders, Carey
has totaled the most No. 1s by a
female artist . Among all acts, she
trails only the BEATLES (20) for
the most No. 1 songs in the
chart’s 53-year history.
Here is a listing of Carey’s Hot 100
toppers:
1990, “Vision of Love” (four
weeks at No. 1)
1990, “Love Takes Time” (three)
1991, “Someday” (two)
1991, “I Don’t Wanna Cry” (two)
1991, “Emotions” (three)
1992, “I’ll Be There” (two)
1993, “Dreamlover” (eight)
1993, “Hero” (four)
1995, “Fantasy” (eight)
1995, “One Sweet Day,” with Boyz
II Men ** (16)
1996, “Always Be My Baby” (two)
1997, “Honey” (three)
1998, “My All” (one)
1999, “Heartbreaker,” featuring
Jay-Z ** (two)
2000, “Thank God I Found You,”
featuring Joe & 98 Degrees (one)
2005, “We Belong Together” (14)
2005, “Don’t Forget About
Us” (two)
2008, “Touch My Body” (two)
Carey remains the only artist to
send her first five Hot 100
entries to No. 1 . She bested the
mark of four consecutive career-
opening leaders set by the
JACKSON 5 in 1970. The group’s
fourth No. 1, “I’ll Be There,”
became Carey’s sixth 22 years
later.
Carey and the quintet were linked
from the start: their second No. 1,
“ABC,” vaulted 14-6 on the Hot
100 the week after her birth.
With 16 weeks at No. 1, “One
Sweet Day” holds the record for
most weeks spent atop the Hot
100 . Carey also ties for second-
place with 14 weeks on top for
“We Belong Together.” (Boyz II
Men, co-credited on “Day,” boast a
14-week No. 1 of their own,
1994’s “I’ll Make Love to You”.)
Carey has spent a record 79
weeks total atop the Hot 100.
The Beatles are second with 59
cumulative frames in charge.
Considering the lengthy
dominations of “Day” and
“Together,” it’s not surprising
that Carey claimed the top song
of the ’90s and ’00s, respectively,
when Billboard compiled the top
titles of each decade. Carey
additionally earned the esteemed
honor as Billboard’s top artist of
the ’90s.
The superstar ranks as the best-
selling female album artist
dating to the advent of Nielsen
SoundScan data in 1991. At 53.7
million, she trails only GARTH
BROOKS (68.6 million) and the
Beatles (63.5) among all artists.
Among women, Carey places
ahead of Celine Dion ** (51.6),
Shania Twain ** (34.1), Britney
Spears (32.5) and Reba McEntire
(30).
Carey is an artist for all seasons,
as her 1994 carol “All I Want for
Christmas Is You” is the most-
downloaded holiday song ,
according to SoundScan. The
song has sold 2.1 million
downloads. No other seasonal
track has passed even 1 million in
digital sales.

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