While it may no longer be at No. 1 (or even No. 2 for that matter, thanks
to the impressive debut of Major Lazer, Justin Bieber, and MØ’s latest hit “Cold Water”), Drake’s massively popular hit “One Dance” is still in the top 10 this week, and by holding on yet again, the rapper has another special place in charting history.
Drake has now spent an incredible 46 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the singles ranking, which places him just ahead of the competition, and sets a new high for men on the chart. Before this week, the greatest number of weeks spent in the top 10 in a row was set by The Weeknd. The R&B/pop favorite managed 45 weeks in the top 10 between 2015 and the very beginning of this year thanks to the hits off his album Beauty Behind The Madness.
Drake’s 46 weeks (and counting) began in early October of last year when “Hotline Bling” finally reached the top 10, where it would eventually spend 19 weeks, peaking in the runner-up position, which it was never able to blow past, even though it ended the year as one of the most popular songs. After “Bling,” he reached the top 10 again thanks to his featured spot on Rihanna’s “Work,” which would end up leading the charge for nine straight weeks. As “Work” was beginning to wind down, Drake’s own “One Dance,” which features WizKid and Kyla, found itself in the highest tier on the Hot 100, and it would continue to grow.
“One Dance” ruled the singles chart for 10 nonconsecutive weeks (it was forced downwards just once by the massive No. 1 debut of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”), and just last week Sia and Sean Paul’s “Cheap Thrills” stole the highly-coveted spot away from the biggest song of the year. Now that it has retreated to No. 3, it looks unlikely that “Dance” will make it back to No. 1, but it is likely that quite a few more frames in the top 10 are in the song’s future, which will pad Drake’s lead as the male solo act with the most weeks in a row in the area. It’s also possible that the hip-hop star could have more top ten hits on the way, either from his massive Views album (which is itself still at No. 1 on the albums chart), or as a featured artist on any number of future smashes.
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While he may lead the way for men, Drake still has a long way to go if he wants to have the most weeks in the top ten of any artist. That record is held by Katy Perry, who managed an almost-impossible 69 straight weeks in the highest region on the singles chart back between 2010 and 2011. During that time, she was promoting her highly successful Teenage Dream album, which spun off five No. 1 hits, matching a record held by Michael Jackson for the most number ones from a single record. That quintet of leaders—“California Gurls (ft. Snoop Dogg)”, “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T. (ft. Kanye West),” and Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”—helped her secure so many frames in a row, and her impressive number is a tough one to beat.