Madonna Racks Up 43rd No. 1

By: Jase Peeples

2012 has been a turbulent year for Madonna.  Her latest album, MDNA, was labeled a commercial disappointment and between lawsuit threats, unflattering reviews of her current tour, and Elton John’s nasty comments, it seems like the Material Girl hasn’t been able to catch a break for some time.

However, Madonna has a history of succeeding while surrounded by adversity and this time is no different. reports the legendary lady has made history once again. Her latest single, “Turn Up the Radio” will be the singer’s 43rd No. 1 on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart when the ranking refreshes on Thursday, Aug.30.

The achievement is an impressive feat to say the least and proves the Queen of Pop’s reign is far from over. In fact, her latest leading title on the chart distances her even further from other singers who have also racked up their fair share of top tracks on the same chart. Janet (Miss. Jackson if you’re nasty) is the runner-up with 19 No. 1s. Beyoncé and Rihanna follow closely behind at 18 each while Kristine W trails at 16 and Mariah Carey clocks in at 15 No. 1s.

Even more interesting is the fact that Madonna’s latest coronation places her only one No. 1 song away from tying for the record of most songs to snag the top spot on any single Billboard chart. (An honor currently held by George Strait who has dominated the Country Songs chart 44 times.)

The following is Billboard’s updated list of Madge’s 43 Dance/Club Play Songs chart toppers, which begins with the double-sided single “Holiday”/”Lucky Star.” (For titles that spent multiple weeks at No. 1, total frames in the lead are noted in parentheses).
1983, "Holiday"/"Lucky Star" (five weeks at No. 1)
1984, "Like a Virgin" (three)
1985, "Material Girl"
1985, "Angel"/"Into the Groove"
1987, "Open Your Heart"
1987, "Causing a Commotion (Remix)"
1988, "You Can Dance (LP Cuts)"
1989, "Like a Prayer" (two)
1989, "Express Yourself" (three)
1990, "Keep It Together"
1990, "Vogue" (two)
1991, "Justify My Love" (two)
1992, "Erotica"
1993, "Deeper and Deeper"
1993, "Fever"
1994, "Secret" (two)
1995, "Bedtime Story"
1997, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
1998, "Frozen" (two)
1998, "Ray of Light" (four)
1999, "Nothing Really Matters" (two)
1999, "Beautiful Stranger" (two)
2000, "American Pie"
2000, "Music" (five)
2001, "Don't Tell Me"
2001, "What It Feels Like for a Girl"
2001, "Impressive Instant" (two)
2002, "Die Another Day" (two)
2003, "American Life"
2003, "Hollywood"
2003, "Me Against the Music," Britney Spears featuring Madonna (two)
2004, "Nothing Fails"
2004, "Love Profusion"
2005, "Hung Up" (four)
2006, "Sorry" (two)
2006, "Get Together"
2006, "Jump" (two)
2008, "4 Minutes," Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland (two)
2008, "Give It 2 Me"
2009, "Celebration"
2012, "Give Me All Your Luvin'," Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.
2012, "Girl Gone Wild"
2012, "Turn Up the Radio"