Billboard's greatest female chart acts of all-time

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Postby Wayne » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:20 pm

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Greatest of All-Time Charts: Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Adele & LeAnn Rimes Are Hot 100 & Billboard 200's Leading Ladies

The four stars top Billboard's all-time recaps of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart & Billboard 200 albums tally.


As Billboard celebrates the accomplishments of Women in Music throughout the industry with this year's festivities, the charts likewise reflect that female artists have achieved some of the biggest hits in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and Billboard 200 albums ranking.

In honor of this year's Women in Music event, Billboard has compiled four special Greatest of All-Time charts: the top female artists and songs by women over the history of the Hot 100 and the top female artists and albums by women on the Billboard 200.

Madonna (Billboard's 2016 woman of the year) reigns as the all-time top-performing female artist since the Hot 100 launched in the issue dated Aug. 4, 1958. She boasts a record (among all acts) 38 top 10s, including 12 No. 1s.

Mariah Carey is the No. 2 all-time female Hot 100 artist, powered by her 18 No. 1s, the most of any soloist (as well has her 79 cumulative weeks at the summit, a record among all acts). Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Rihanna – the lattermost of whom has earned the second-most No. 1s among solo artists, 14, despite not notching her first until 2005 – round out the top five.

LeAnn Rimes' smash "How Do I Live" is the all-time No. 1 Hot 100 hit by a female. Despite peaking at No. 2 on Dec. 13, 1997, the ballad – penned by a superstar female writer: Diane Warren – charted for 69 weeks, the most for a title by a woman. It also spent 27 weeks in the top five, a record matched only by The Chainsmokers' "Closer" (featuring Halsey) this March.

The Nos. 2 through 5 all-time top Hot 100 hits by women, respectively, are Olivia Newton-John's 10-week 1981-82 No. 1 "Physical"; Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" (the first song, in 1977, to top the Hot 100 for 10 weeks); Carey's 14-week 2005 leader "We Belong Together"; and Toni Braxton's 1996-97 No. 1 "Un-Break My Heart."

Barbra Streisand is the all-time queen of the Billboard 200 (since Aug. 17, 1963, when separate stereo and mono listings were combined into one weekly survey). She has logged 34 top 10 albums, the most among soloists, including 11 No. 1s, the most among women.

Taylor Swift is the No. 2 Billboard 200 female artist. Billboard's woman of the year for 2011 and 2014 arrived on the chart in 2006 and has posted twin 11-week leaders (2008's Fearless and 2014's 1989) among her dominant discography, which includes her newest and fifth topper, Reputation. Rounding out the top five, Swift is followed by, in order, Carey, Houston (the woman with the most total weeks atop the Billboard 200: 46) and Madonna.

Adele (the No. 6 female artist) reigns with the top Billboard 200 album by a woman: 21, which topped the tally for 24 weeks beginning March 12, 2011, the longest rule for an album by a solo female in the chart's history.

The rest of the Billboard 200's all-time top five among women: Swift's Fearless (No. 2); Alanis Morissette's 1995 alt-rock opus Jagged Little Pill (No. 3); Carole King's signature 1971 set Tapestry (No. 4); and Swift's 1989 (No. 5).

Methodology: The Greatest of All-Time Hot 100 Songs by Women & Billboard 200 Albums by Women, as well as their respective Artists rankings, are based on weekly performance on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (from its Aug. 4, 1958, inception through Nov. 4, 2017) & Billboard 200 albums chart (from Aug. 17, 1963, through Nov. 4, 2017). Songs & Albums are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value & weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods. Artists are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above, of all their respective chart entries. Songs included are sung entirely by a female credited as a lead artist or are duets in which a solo female is credited. Albums included are by solo females or groups in which vocals are primarily female. Artists include female soloists, as well as duos or groups in which vocals are primarily female.
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Postby TIfan » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:36 pm

Madonna, Whitney, Janet, and Mariah in the top 10 for both albums and singles.
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Postby scootermcgee27 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:56 pm

TIfan wrote:Madonna, Whitney, Janet, and Mariah in the top 10 for both albums and singles.
+Taylor Swift (#2 albums, #10 singles)
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Postby Westen » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:25 pm

Madonna being only white artist in top 5 on all time hot 100, talk about racism in music industry :lol:
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Postby Goldmoney » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:29 pm

Poetic justice 8-)
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Postby stevyy » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:28 pm

Mariah is #2 on the H100 and #3 on the Top 200... therefore the best performer in both metrics conbined... and should be named the most successful BB artist of all times.
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Postby Wayne » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:44 pm

stevyy wrote:Mariah is #2 on the H100 and #3 on the Top 200... therefore the best performer in both metrics conbined... and should be named the most successful BB artist of all times.
Female, maybe.

Either way, redundant list - Taylor Swift the #2 most successful female artist in US chart history? Don't make me larf.
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Postby DOSSOME » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:49 pm

Miley Cyrus at #9 Greatest of All-Time Billboard 200 Women Artists :roll:
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Postby iHypeMusic » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:55 pm

Wayne wrote:
stevyy wrote:Mariah is #2 on the H100 and #3 on the Top 200... therefore the best performer in both metrics conbined... and should be named the most successful BB artist of all times.
Female, maybe.

Either way, redundant list - Taylor Swift the #2 most successful female artist in US chart history? Don't make me larf.
This is all based on chart runs on charts.

Taylor's had insane chart runs, it's not shocking.
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Postby JSparksFan » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:57 pm

^ As did Miley during her Hannah Montana years.
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Postby TIfan » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:55 am

Westen wrote:Madonna being only white artist in top 5 on all time hot 100, talk about racism in music industry :lol:
Anybody can have a bit single. Look at the albums chart.
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Postby melodious » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:28 am

TIfan wrote:
Westen wrote:Madonna being only white artist in top 5 on all time hot 100, talk about racism in music industry :lol:
Anybody can have a bit single. Look at the albums chart.
This is an "all time" list tho, so I don't get what "bit" is.

I never really take that "racism" card in the music industry. :wink:
A lot, I mean, LOTS of music legends are black singers. From James Brown, Aretha Franklin, to Stevie Wonder, etc.
Sorry to say, but I think neither Whitney nor Janet opened the the door whatsoever, as most people always sell to glorify their impact. Prince, Michael, and Tina Turner were alredy HUGE in the early eighties.

Anyway, I have no idea why Britney is ranked below Miley Cyrus. Didn't Britney have some best performance on the albums chart? Especially her first two albums.
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Postby TIfan » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:44 am

melodious wrote:
TIfan wrote:
Westen wrote:Madonna being only white artist in top 5 on all time hot 100, talk about racism in music industry :lol:
Anybody can have a bit single. Look at the albums chart.
This is an "all time" list tho, so I don't get what "bit" is.

I never really take that "racism" card in the music industry. :wink:
A lot, I mean, LOTS of music legends are black singers. From James Brown, Aretha Franklin, to Stevie Wonder, etc.
Sorry to say, but I think neither Whitney nor Janet opened the the door whatsoever, as most people always sell to glorify their impact. Prince, Michael, and Tina Turner were alredy HUGE in the early eighties.
Bit was a typo. You know I meant hit so lets not play slow.

Whitney and Janet did not open any doors? Are you kidding. The big vocalists of the 90's walked through the doors Whitney opened. Janet started a whole genre of music with her Control album. New Jack Swing started when Janet released Nasty. Of course someone you did not mention, Diana Ross paved the way for so many, but how can someone be ignorant and say racism was never an issue in the music industry.

I guess you Madonna fans are still bitter her ass got read from A to Z for the Prince tribute. Stevie, James, Aretha, Supremes etc.. could not even enter certain doors of clubs, hotels, restaurants during their early days. Even with massive names in the music industry. They couldn't even get to perform in certain clubs or restaurants. Michael, and Prince were the first Black artist to have dominating success on MTV, and the was in the 80s. There is so much I can talk about, but I can already tell you have your mind made up, so I will not even waste any more time.
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Postby Goldmoney » Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:59 am

With all due respect to the enlightened Madonna stans on this board (MusicLover88 is a homie and there are a few other good apples here and there like RayRay and Erotica; none at all in this thread tho), I’ve noticed that Madonna stans are always the first ones to downplay any sort of racial injustice that arises and challenges their worldview. I wonder why that could be? :roll:
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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:52 pm

stevyy wrote:Mariah is #2 on the H100 and #3 on the Top 200... therefore the best performer in both metrics conbined... and should be named the most successful BB artist of all times.
Acoording to Billboard 200 SPS rules, one album equal 10 track. So Barbra's rank in Greatest album Female/ 10 = 1.7. Barbra is no doub the biggest, and the only Female sold over 120 million physical in us
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Postby Westen » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:02 pm

Goldmoney wrote:With all due respect to the enlightened Madonna stans on this board (MusicLover88 is a homie and there are a few other good apples here and there like RayRay and Erotica; none at all in this thread tho), I’ve noticed that Madonna stans are always the first ones to downplay any sort of racial injustice that arises and challenges their worldview. I wonder why that could be? :roll:
So now you're accusing Madonna fans of being racists? DISGUSTING.

But saying how Madonna only got it big because she was white, doing music for white people and having white privileged gays as fans is ok for you. Wondering why :roll:
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Postby TIfan » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:25 pm

CelinetoBarbra wrote:
stevyy wrote:Mariah is #2 on the H100 and #3 on the Top 200... therefore the best performer in both metrics conbined... and should be named the most successful BB artist of all times.
Acoording to Billboard 200 SPS rules, one album equal 10 track. So Barbra's rank in Greatest album Female/ 10 = 1.7. Barbra is no doub the biggest, and the only Female sold over 120 million physical in us
Mariah is still likely the best charting female in Billboard history.
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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:39 pm

TIfan wrote:
CelinetoBarbra wrote:
stevyy wrote:Mariah is #2 on the H100 and #3 on the Top 200... therefore the best performer in both metrics conbined... and should be named the most successful BB artist of all times.
Acoording to Billboard 200 SPS rules, one album equal 10 track. So Barbra's rank in Greatest album Female/ 10 = 1.7. Barbra is no doub the biggest, and the only Female sold over 120 million physical in us
Mariah is still likely the best charting female in Billboard history.
Not album or single, in your dream
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Postby TIfan » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:45 pm

CelinetoBarbra wrote:
TIfan wrote:
CelinetoBarbra wrote:
stevyy wrote:Mariah is #2 on the H100 and #3 on the Top 200... therefore the best performer in both metrics conbined... and should be named the most successful BB artist of all times.
Acoording to Billboard 200 SPS rules, one album equal 10 track. So Barbra's rank in Greatest album Female/ 10 = 1.7. Barbra is no doub the biggest, and the only Female sold over 120 million physical in us
Mariah is still likely the best charting female in Billboard history.
Not album or single, in your dream
Singles??? Baby you need help!
In my dreams, Barbra was ranked at #17 when it came to singles. I wonder when I wake up, where will she rank?
***wakes up***
Oh, she is still #17.
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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:11 pm

TIfan wrote:
CelinetoBarbra wrote:Acoording to Billboard 200 SPS rules, one album equal 10 track. So Barbra's rank in Greatest album Female/ 10 = 1.7. Barbra is no doub the biggest, and the only Female sold over 120 million physical in us
Mariah is still likely the best charting female in Billboard history.
Not album or single, in your dream[/quote]
Singles??? Baby you need help!
In my dreams, Barbra was ranked at #17 when it came to singles. I wonder when I wake up, where will she rank?
***wakes up***
Oh, she is still #17.[/quote]
Acoording to Billboard SPS rules, an album equal 10 tracks, and now at least five Female sold more records than mariah in US now.
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Postby huhu78 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:18 pm

I made some statistics about the Charts so I want to share my ranking, based on a point system (Date 31.12.2016)

Female Artists (Singles):

Rank Female / Rank Overall / Artist

01 (02) Mariah Carey
02 (04) Madonna
03 (05) Rihanna
04 (07) Janet Jackson
05 (12) Whitney Houston
06 (17) Beyoncé
07 (19) Katy Perry
08 (25) Diana Ross
09 (34) Alicia Keys
10 (35) Taylor Swift

Female Artists (Albums)

01 (03) Barbra Streisand
02 (11) Mariah Carey
03 (18) Madonna
04 (26) Taylor Swift
05 (28) Whitney Houston
06 (29) Janet Jackson
07 (43) Carole King
08 (47) Céline Dion
09 (52) Linda Ronstadt
10 (64) Shania Twain

Single by a Female Artist (Solo, no collaboration)

01 (06) Toni Braxton - Unbreak my heart
02 (07) Whitney Houston - I will always love you
03 (14) Jewel - You were meant for me / Foolish Games
04 (17) LeAnn Rimes - How do I live
05 (25) Ashanti - Foolish
06 (30) Carly Rae Jepsen - Call me maybe
07 (33) Lorde - Royals
08 (34) Olivia Newton-John - Physical
09 (35) Debbie Boone - You light up my life
10 (42) Mary J. Blige - Family Affair

Album by a Female Artist

Rank / Rank Overall / Rank Overall without Soundtracks
01 (05) (03) Adele - 21
02 (14) (09) Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
03 (15) (10) Alanis Morissette - Jagged little pill
04 (16) (11) Paula Abdul - Forever your girl
05 (18) (12) Carole King - Tapestry
06 (29) (19) Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey
07 (35) (24) Shania Twain - Come on over
08 (49) (37) Taylor Swift - Fearless
09 (51) (39) Céline Dion - Falling into you
10 (64) (49) Whitney Houston - Whitney
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Postby TIfan » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:24 pm

huhu78 wrote:I made some statistics about the Charts so I want to share my ranking, based on a point system (Date 31.12.2016)

Female Artists (Singles):

Rank Female / Rank Overall / Artist

01 (02) Mariah Carey
02 (04) Madonna
03 (05) Rihanna
04 (07) Janet Jackson
05 (12) Whitney Houston
06 (17) Beyoncé
07 (19) Katy Perry
08 (25) Diana Ross
09 (34) Alicia Keys
10 (35) Taylor Swift

Female Artists (Albums)

01 (03) Barbra Streisand
02 (11) Mariah Carey
03 (18) Madonna
04 (26) Taylor Swift
05 (28) Whitney Houston
06 (29) Janet Jackson
07 (43) Carole King
08 (47) Céline Dion
09 (52) Linda Ronstadt
10 (64) Shania Twain

Single by a Female Artist (Solo, no collaboration)

01 (06) Toni Braxton - Unbreak my heart
02 (07) Whitney Houston - I will always love you
03 (14) Jewel - You were meant for me / Foolish Games
04 (17) LeAnn Rimes - How do I live
05 (25) Ashanti - Foolish
06 (30) Carly Rae Jepsen - Call me maybe
07 (33) Lorde - Royals
08 (34) Olivia Newton-John - Physical
09 (35) Debbie Boone - You light up my life
10 (42) Mary J. Blige - Family Affair

Album by a Female Artist

Rank / Rank Overall / Rank Overall without Soundtracks
01 (05) (03) Adele - 21
02 (14) (09) Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
03 (15) (10) Alanis Morissette - Jagged little pill
04 (16) (11) Paula Abdul - Forever your girl
05 (18) (12) Carole King - Tapestry
06 (29) (19) Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey
07 (35) (24) Shania Twain - Come on over
08 (49) (37) Taylor Swift - Fearless
09 (51) (39) Céline Dion - Falling into you
10 (64) (49) Whitney Houston - Whitney
Ummm, Did you do your own calculations?
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Postby huhu78 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:17 pm

Yep
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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:34 am

Does your album chart use SPS chart or pure sales chart?
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Postby huhu78 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:06 pm

Hot 100 / Billboard 200
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