Lil Wayne’s very high opinion of himself will only be heightened further, now that it has been announced that Weezy has surpassed The King, Elvis Presley, with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits.
He reached the milestone this week because of his feature on The Game song, “Celebration,” which debuted this week at #82 on the chart. That gave Wayne a total of 109 songs on the chart, passing Presley’s 108 accumulated between 1958 and 2003—yes, he was still hitting the charts 26 years after he died in 1977).
Maybe we should start calling him King Wayne now?
Wayne achieved this milestone due to his having become a ubiquitous presence on songs by other artists. Of his total of 109, only 42 of them (39 percent) were on solo projects, while 67 were features on songs by artists such as Juvenile, Drake and Destiny’s Child.
Presley is still the king when it comes to solos. Elvis didn’t do a whole lot of collabos. The artists right behind Presley are James Brown (91), Aretha Franklin (73) and Ray Charles (72)—as usual, Elvis is staking his claim on ground owned by black artists.
It should be noted, however, that no one beats the cast of “Glee,” which has an amazing 204 entries since 2009 on the list. We’re not regular watchers of this show, so please excuse us for this reaction—WTF! How in the world did a television show get more than 200 songs on the Billboard charts in just three years. When did this happen? How did this happen? Can anyone name just five of the 204 songs?
The King also had another problem in reference to the Billboard list—some of his biggest songs came out before the Hot 100 list was established. We’re guessing “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Hound Dog” would have made it. Billboard says Presley had 31 songs on the charts that came before the Hot 100, between the years 1956 and 1958.
Wayne first hit the list in 1999 when he was just 18.
If you’re wondering where Hova is, Jay-Z is currently at #8 with 71 songs on the list.