Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Singles chart started back in 1942 when it was called the Black Singles chart. Today it's called the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. I'm not sure why they feel the need to lump R&B and Hip-Hop together, but then again, a lot of things Billboard does leaves me scratching my head. Like discontinuing the R&B chart altogether between 1963 and 1965 because they felt there was too much crossover with pop music. Thankfully, Billboard brought the R&B chart back and it's still going strong, even though it's shared with hip-hop -- as if hip-hop is a genre that doesn't deserve it's own singles chart?! For this playlist I wanted to look at the artists who have had the most songs reach the number one spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.
The biggest surprise for me was that Janet beat her brother Michael.
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Artists With The Most Billboard #1 Hot R&B Hits
1. Respect - Aretha Franklin 20 #1s
2. Superstition - Stevie Wonder 19 #1s
3. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - Louis Jordan 18 #1s
4. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown 17 #1s
5. That's The Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson 16 #1s
6. Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations 14 #1s
7. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye 13 #1s
8. Billie Jean- Michael Jackson 13 #1s
9. Bump N' Grind - R. Kelly 11 #1s
10. Yeah! - Usher 11 #1s
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