May 9, 2016


Drake Gets First No. 1 Single, Makes History With 20 Simultaneous Hot 100 Songs

David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images
David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

Drake dropped the Wizkid- and Kyla-featuring "One Dance" more than a month ago, on the same day he hit us with the Jay Z/Kanye West–featuring "Pop Style" (which got de-Throned on the album version). Now the piano-based, perfect-for-summer jam has become The Boy's first-ever No. 1 song as a lead artist on the Billboard Hot 100. Prior to Desiigner's "Panda" scoring two weeks at No. 1, Drake enjoyed nine weeks in that same top spot via Rihanna's ANTI single "Work."

The news comes in tandem with Drake's Views album hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200; it sold 852,000 album equivalent units in its first week. Also: Drizzy's got 20 songs on the Hot 100 right now, a new record for the chart. The feat includes 18 of his 20 Views songs (missing are "Hotline Bling" and "Summers Over Interlude"). The other two are "Summer Sixteen" and Rih's "Work." Drake's now had 123 Hot 100 songs, sending him past Elvis Presley to secure the No. 3 all-time record.

Justin Bieber was the previous record-holder; he topped The Beatles' 51-year record of 14 Hot 100 songs back in December, when 17 of the 18 songs on Purpose's deluxe edition charted. Head to Billboard to see where all Drake's Views songs are currently sitting; the most popular songs after "One Dance" are "Pop Style" (No. 21), "Hype" (No. 33), "Controlla" (No. 34) and the Future-featuring "Grammys" (No. 38). Don't miss our track-by-track review, either.

In October 2015, "Hotline Bling" was poised to be Drake's first No. 1 ever. His feelings on the matter—which we imagine still hold true today—were intense, as he wrote on Instagram:

"I spend my life trying to make waves for the city I am from. No accolades really matter to me other than the fact that I have never had a billboard number one. If I get my first number one during the month of October it will be the biggest moment of my career to date (in my mind) and if you are looking for me on that particular evening I will be passed out in the water slide that connects to our pool. I love you and thank you for these memories. I always love the moment right before it happens more than when it actually happens. So thank you...even if it doesn't."

Watch an episode of our digital miniseries The Drake Effect, this one detailing how Drizzy changed—you guessed it—hip-hop and R&B radio culture: