Only Madonna has more all-time.
Rihanna racks her 29th career topper on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart (dated April 8), as “Sex With Me” storms 3-1. Although a midtempo number in its original form, “Sex” sauntered into clubland via remixes from John Blake, MK and Ray Rhodes, among others.
In the race for the most No. 1s in the chart’s 40-year history, Rihanna remains second only to Madonna, who has earned a record 46. Late last year, Rihanna was honored as the No. 3 Dance Club Artist in Billboard’s Greatest of All Time recap of Dance Club Songs’ first 40 years.
“Sex” is the fifth leader from Rihanna’s album ANTI, following “Work” (featuring Drake, April 23, 2016), “Kiss It Better” (Aug. 6, 2016), “Needed Me” (Aug. 20, 2016), and “Love on the Brain” (Jan. 21, 2017). Amid that run, Rihanna, featured on Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For,” also rolled to No. 1 last July 9. That track enjoyed a rare two-week stay at the top while on its way to becoming the No. 1 song of 2016.
Rihanna is the first artist to bank as many as five No. 1s from an album since Katy Perry also landed five from PRISM in 2013-14. And, in the span since “Work” went to No. 1, Rihanna has scored six leaders, while no other act has churned out more than two.
Dating to the Dance Club Songs chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, here’s an updated look at the acts with the most No. 1s:
19, Janet Jackson
17, Mariah Carey
16, Kristine W
16, Jennifer Lopez
16, Katy Perry
15, Donna Summer
14, Dave Aude
14, Enrique Iglesias
14, Lady Gaga
13, Whitney Houston
13, Kylie Minogue