Lady Gaga rules the singles chart in the U.K. this week with her newly-released cut “Rain on Me,” a collaboration with the equally-as-beloved Ariana Grande. The talented pair start their first track together atop the most competitive ranking, earning their sixth leaders in the process.
While Grande only began running the show on the singles chart a few years ago, Gaga has been at this for well over a decade, and by landing one more winner when she has, the pop superstar has matched another legend when it comes to spacing out the No. 1 hits.
Lady Gaga ties Eminem as the only musicians to chart No. 1 hits in the U.K. in each of the last three decades. That’s a fairly specific accomplishment, but one that highlights how long the two artists have been living in the public eye and churning out major wins.
Of the two, Eminem is the more successful, both in terms of the number of No. 1 hits and when looking at how long they’ve been reaching the summit. The rapper has now snagged 10 chart-toppers, and there’s no reason to believe he’s done doing so.
Eminem first hit the summit in 2000 with “The Real Slim Shady,” which helped introduce his style to millions. That decade, he added five more champions to his list, bringing his total to half a dozen in less than 10 years. Those smashes included his own “Stan,” “Without Me,” “Lose Yourself,” “Just Lose It” and “Like Toy Soldiers” as well as Akon’s “Smack That,” on which he featured.
The following decade, he reached No. 1 just twice—once with his second duet with Rihanna, “The Monster,” and then again with his Ed Sheeran collaboration “River.” So far this decade, he’s landed one more, “Godzilla,” which featured late rapper Juice WRLD.
Lady Gaga hasn’t been lifting to the top for as long and she hasn’t matched his number of chart-toppers, but she has also led the charge at least once in each of the past three decades. The dance-pop favorite collected her first three No. 1s (including her first two charting singles) in the last year of the first decade of this millennium, as “Just Dance,” “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” ruled for a period of time in 2009.
She then grabbed No. 1s in the first and last years of the previous decade, as “Telephone” with Beyoncé bolted to the summit in 2010 while “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper did so just last year. Now, in the first half of the first year of this new era, “Rain on Me” has given the star her first controller of the 2020s, and with any luck, it will not be her last.
At the moment, only Eminem and Lady Gaga have managed this impressive show of career longevity, but they may not be the last names to do so, as there are other stars who only need to rise to No. 1 once more to join them.