by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust
Madonna’s material has been a force on Billboard rankings dating to her first entry on Nov. 6, 1982.
Who’s that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts today? Madonna.
Thirty years ago today, on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the Dance/Club Play Songs tally at No. 40 with “Everybody.” Since then, our charts and pop music have never been the same.
“Everybody” was Madonna’s first single for Sire/Warner Bros. and the first of an amazing 60 hits on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart (so far) for the diva.
Here is a look at a few of the entertainer’s amazing Billboard chart feats through the years:
A record 156 No. 1s. Given her multi-format appeal, winning support at pop, dance and adult formats, Madonna leads all artists for the most No. 1s on all Billboard charts combined. When her latest single “Turn Up the Radio” ruled the Sept. 8 Dance/Club Play Songs chart, Madonna logged her record-extending 156th leader on an active, current-based domestic Billboard survey.
A record 43 Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1s. Essentially, if Madonna releases a single and it charts on Dance/Club Play Songs, it’s a safe bet to assume it’ll go to No. 1. Since 2000, she’s placed 26 hits on the survey. Of those, all but five have gone on to lead the list. Madonna is clearly the Queen of the Club. (Janet Jackson is next with 19 No. 1s.) Madonna is on the verge of tying George Strait’s record for the most toppers on any single Billboard chart; the country legend has earned 44 No. 1s on Country Songs.
A record 38 top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles. In the 54-year history of Billboard’s signature songs chart, Madonna has earned a record 38 top 10 hits. With 34, the Beatles rank second. Madonna first reached the Hot 100′s top 10 with 1984′s No. 10 hit “Borderline,” which began her streak of 17 consecutive top 10s through 1989′s No. 2-peaking “Cherish.”