'Time' puts Mariah Carey on top in 'ultimate pop stardom' ranking
Miley Cyrus might make more headlines than Mariah Carey—but if we’re talking ultimate pop stardom, Mariah wins. (Surprise.)
Time looked at every song that’s been in the Billboard Top 10 since 1960, the number of hits by each artist present on that list, and how long those musicians’ careers have lasted, and used that information to determine which artists are ultimately the most successful pop-hit generators. The final product is a colorful infographic that proves Michael Jackson had a consistently successful career from 1971 to 1995, while Santana’s career, though long, hasn’t been witness to nearly as many hits.
The artists are awarded points for each song of theirs that made it into the Top 10—for example, Michael Jackson gets 10 points for “Beat It” topping the chart at No. 1 while while Taylor Swift gets three points for “Speak Now” peaking at spot No. 8.
Usher had the best single year out of everyone when, in 2004, he racked up 639 points for having five songs in the Top 10 for a combined 88 weeks, while Barbra Streisand made just two points in 1997 for “I Finally Found Someone,” which peaked at No. 9 and only had a one-week stay in the Top 10.
Head over to Time.com to see how other musicians, ranging from Cher to T-Pain, stack up against one another.