Drake’s new cut “Money in the Grave” with Rick Ross might not have scored the highest debut of the week on the Hot 100 (that went to Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down,” which starts, and likely peaks, at No. 2), it does open inside the top 10. Anytime a newly-released song is immediately popular enough to launch straight into the highest tier on the tally, a musician has reason to celebrate, but this latest success is very special for Drake, as he has now passed perhaps the greatest band in history when it comes to the most appearances between Nos. 1 and 10.
“Money in the Grave,” which enters at No. 7, is Drake’s thirty-fifth top 10 on the Hot 100, a sum that breaks him out of a tie with The Beatles for the second-most such hits in history. Just a week ago, he tied the Fab Four with 34 top 10s when his new collaboration with Chris Brown, “No Guidance,” landed inside the region. Now, just a short time later, he’s improved his track record once again. That means that The Beatles now have to settle for the third-most top 10s ever.
Drake is still three top 10-charters behind Madonna, who claims the record for the most top 10 hits in U.S. history. The iconic pop singer claims 38 smashes, though at the pace he’s been racking them up, the Canadian rapper will likely match and then pass her. In fact, he may very well do so later this year, as he reportedly has a new album on the way, and that may mean a handful of new top 10s.
Amazingly, Drake has earned all 35 of his top 10 hits in just a decade, another sign of his incredible popularity. He first landed inside the region in 2009 with “Best I Ever Had,” which stalled just one rung shy of owning the tally. While it might not have made it to No. 1, it started what has become one of the most impressive careers in music history, and one that is still at its peak.