Over the years, many artists have topped the list of the country's most popular songs at the time, but none did so more often than The Beatles. With 20 no. 1 singles on the Hot 100 charts, the iconic British rock band are just one hit ahead of Mariah Carey, who has 19 notches in her belt.
Insider broke down the top 50 best-selling albums in US history based on the Record Industry Association of America's data (measured in "certified units" sold). In 2018, The Eagles' 1976 greatest hits album surpassed Michael Jackson's 1982 hit "Thriller" for the top spot on the list.
The most successful songwriters in terms of number one singles are John Lennon (1940-80) and Paul McCartney (b. 18 Jun 1942). McCartney is credited as the writer on 32 number one hits in the US to Lennons 26 (with 23 co-written), whereas Lennon authored 29 UK number ones to McCartney's 28 (25 co-written).
Just four other albums have made it to seven top 10 singles, which currently stands as the most impressive performance among all albums in U.S. history: Michael Jackson's Thriller, Bruce Springsteen' Born in the U.S.A., Janet Jackson's Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 and Drake's Scorpion (which holds the record for ...