The Beatles, The Rolling Stones And Now BTS: The Bands With The Most No. 1 Hits

By Hugh McIntyre, Contributor
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 17: BTS is posing at a press conference marking the release of its new album "Map of the Soul Persona" at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in central Seoul on April 17, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.(Photo by JTBC PLUS/Imazins via Getty Images) Imazins via Getty Images

A little more than one week after releasing their highly-anticipated collaboration “My Universe,” Coldplay and BTS debut the tune atop the Hot 100. The track is the second leader on Billboard’s all-encompassing ranking of the most popular songs in the U.S. for Coldplay and the sixth for BTS. With one more ruler to their credit, the South Korean boy band now ranks as one of the most successful groups of all time, and they’re in rarified company.

Half a dozen No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 means BTS are now tied for the fifth-most rulers in the chart’s history, when looking solely at groups, duos and bands. The K-pop favorites are now on the same level as Hall & Oates, according to Billboard

Leading the way among all acts (not just groups) are The Beatles. During their time together, the Fab Four managed an incredible 20 No. 1s on the Hot 100, and they remain the only name in U.S. history to reach that make, though Mariah Carey is just one champion behind.

In second place after The Beatles are The Supremes, who count a dozen leaders on the Hot 100 in their discography. The legendary all-female vocal troupe is the only other group to claim double-digit chart-toppers. 

The Bee Gees land in third place on the ranking of the bands that have made it to the Hot 100’s peak most often, as they scored nine winners during their time together. Just one smash behind them come The Rolling Stones, with eight.

BTS have accrued their six Hot 100 No. 1s in near-record speed, as they only reached the penthouse for the first time at the end of last summer. The band’s “Dynamite” debuted in first place as summer 2020 ended, and it marked what would turn out to be an incredible winning streak. Before the year concluded, the septet returned to the throne with their own “Life Goes On” and as a featured act on Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685’s "Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)." In 2021, BTS have debuted three tracks atop the tally, with their solo cuts “Butter” and “Permission to Dance” arriving before “My Universe.”

Before this week, BTS were tied with four other groups with five Hot 100 leaders apiece, but now they’re no longer on the same level as Boyz II Men, The Eagles, KC and the Sunshine Band and The Four Seasons. 

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