Today In Hip-Hop: Lil Wayne Breaks Elvis Presley’s All-Time Billboard Top 100 Song Record

On this day, September 27, in hip-hop history…

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2012: With the entry of “Celebration” by The Game featuring Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Wiz Khalifa at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100, Lil Wayne passed Elvis Presley as the artist with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100. Elvis held the record with 108 entries, “Celebration,” was Wayne’s 109th entry.

Lil Wayne first entered the Billboard Hot 100 as a featured artist on the hit Juvenile song, “Back That Azz Up,” in 1999. His first single “The Block Is Hot,” the title track to his debut album, was also on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year. He continued to have hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with songs like “Go DJ” (2004), “Lollipop” (2008) and “She Will” (2011). He hit the charts as a featured artist with songs like Destiny’s Child “Soldier” (2004), Jay-Z and T.I.’s “Swagga Like Us” (2008) and Drake’s “Forever” (2009).

Since breaking the record, Lil Wayne has continued to have singles on the Billboard Hot 100, such as “Love Me,” off his recent album I’m Not a Human Being II, Big Sean’s “Beware” and his newest addition, 2 Chainz’s “I Do It.” -Ariana LaBarrie

  • Guest

    Lil Wayne has achieved this record by making very short appearances on other people’s records. This is invalid in my opinion. Elvis’ achievements were all his own.

    • 86TilliDie

      A win is a win. It shows that at one point he was the hottest out there. I hate Lil Wayne as much as the next guy but the deed is done you can either hate or support the fact that hip hop is making progress, and what was a minority isn’t much of one today.

      The way I see it: If Lil Wayne can do it any other rapper can.

      • ELVISNUMBER1

        RAPPER MUSIC IS GETTO MUSIC AND NOT REALLY MUSIC. IT IS ABOUT GANGS, MURDER, RAPE ALL THE DISCUSTNG THINGS1

        • LeTerance Corbitt

          I see you never listened to any rap/hiphop music so quit stereotyping the genre of music that some people love.

    • Typa Way

      Yup……… this is hating at its best

      • Sticks and Stones

        Legit hatred

      • ELVISNUMBER1

        No, rap is not music just trash talking and low-lifes are the only fans!

    • LeTerance Corbitt

      If thats the case, Elvis didn’t even write half of his songs that he made.

      • gjysh maloku

        Who cares if a song is written by the artist or not? That’s like me saying Lil Wayne can’t dance in his songs. Completely dumb comparison. What he was trying to say was that Elvis Presley’s songs were HIS OWN SONGS, meaning that he never collaborated with another act in his lifetime and this article is wrong because Elvis’ career PREDATES the Hot 100 in 1958. If counting all of Elvis’ Top 100 hits, he has 149, which is more than Lil Wayne’s. Lil Wayne is featured on 71 of those songs, 48 of them he is the main artist and almost ZERO SONGS are Lil Wayne singing solo throughout the entire song. This plus the the fact that he uses auto tune are all reasons why this shouldn’t even be mentioned. Elvis Presley was and still is the best charting solo artist in history.

        • corbin wells

          so your point is Elvis is better but yet has less hits?

        • corbin wells

          and know he is not seeing that lil wayne has 109+ while elvis has only 108.

        • LeTerance Corbitt

          Elvis songs aren’t even written by him so technically it’s not his songs
          he just performs it and gets credited for it, but I’m not hating I’m
          just stating facts. Autotne? Wow he uses autotune for a small period of his career and you saying he uses all the time.smh. Last time I check he didn’t use autotune in 1990s.

          • gjysh maloku

            Anyone can write down rap lines, Lil Waynes songs have no rhythm or beat to them. He doesn’t even sing. He just talks on his songs. Elvis SINGS. He dances, he revolutionized music. On top of having 114 top 40 hits songs (all of them solo songs) he also has 38 top 10 songs (the record) and 18 number 1 hits (the record by solo artist). You mentioning Elvis didn’t write his own songs is like me saying Lil Wayne can’t dance or sing there he’s not a singer, he’s just a vocal overdubber. This list has to take advantage of Elvis by not including his career before Billboard reorganized and has to credit Lil Wayne with songs he was only featured on and some songs all he provided was background vocals. Elvis has 149 top 100 hits, Lil Wayne is counting only the song on which he is the main artist in the song only has 48. So go play your racist driven “Elvis didn’t write his own songs” elsewhere dick.

          • LeTerance Corbitt

            Lmao did I make you mad or something Lol… Just give credit where credit is due, I’m not taking nothing away from Elvis, I’m not the one getting mad because another artist has more hits than the other. All I’m saying is if ya’ll think Wayne shouldn’t have all 109 hits because he wasn’t the main artist then Elvis shouldnt have all 108 hits because he didn’t write about 80% of his songs…. And dancing doesn’t make a song a hit, the record itself and the writing and production makes the song a hit and if anyone can write rap lyrics then anyone can write song lyrics then. Lol how am I racist because I’m stating facts? lol go cry in a fucking corner if you’re gonna do that.

          • gjysh maloku

            You’re a racist because you understand fully well the gigantic difference between Elvis Presley and Lil Wayne and yet use every non fair advantage to try and say Lil Wayne has broken Elvis Presley’s record in a fair manner even though he didn’t, simply because Lil Wayne is black and Elvis is white. The unfair advantages are that Lil Wayne is attributed with 71 songs that he was only background vocals or had a small cameo appearance on there whereas Elvis Presley has never collaborated or provided vocals for anyone but himself nor has he ever allowed someone on his song to boost its appeal. The second advantage is that Billboard is not counting Elvis’ career before Billboard reorganized in 1958 which puts his Hot 100 total to 149, not 108 therefore Elvis is still in the lead by a large number. And if song lyrics and rap lyrics are the same thing than you obviously have never head a song in your life. Rap lyrics are straight through with the exception of a few good artists like (Tupac, Dmx, Nelly) who mix song rhythm with rap rhythm.

          • LeTerance Corbitt

            Race has nothin to do with what we’re talking about, your the one bringing race into it so I’m a need you to drop the unnecessary shit and I didnt say rap lyrics and song lyrics are the same smh… I said if anyone can write rap lyrics than anyone can write song lyrics since you making it seem like its simple to write rap lyrics… Lil Wayne never did background vocals but his features on the song boots its appeal because he is good at doing that, that is what he is most known for… The Billboard thing is also invalid too… Ex: They didn’t count football teams that won championships before the Super Bowl, so does that mean Pittsburgh didn’t win the most Championships? Nope because we talking about the Super Bowl just like how we are talking about the Billboard Charting which became official until 1955… So the songs before the Billboard isn’t included in this category so don’t get mad at me that’s just how it is. I’m just speaking facts and if you don’t like it then oh well.

          • gjysh maloku

            Race has everything to do with your motives for defending Wayne. If Wayne was white you’d be agreeing with me. Elvis has 149 top 100 singles which is more than Wayne but the Hot 100 started in 1958 when Elvis was in the army leaving out over 40 of his greatest singles. Elvis has 114 top 40 singles which is more than Wayne’s top 100 singles. That’s like if we started the Hot 100 in 2013 and said Katy Perry is the best female artist in Hot 100 history. Elvis’ singles all topped the sales charts, the jukebox charts and the radio charts so even if we transferred his singles into Hot 100 criteria they would chart the same or higher on the Hot 100 than before 1958. Lil Wayne has two advantages on this so called “record” of his, one being they’re discounting a big part of Elvis’ career while counting the other part and two; they’re giving Lil Wayne credit for songs he was not even a lead artist or even apart of half of the lyrics on the song. Lil Wayne is a joke, not only in music but also in rap. Tupac, DMX and 50 Cent are real rappers.

          • LeTerance Corbitt

            How you gonna tell me why I defend certain people? and like I said nobody’s racist I don’t see this as a race issue all I’m doing is saying facts and your getting because I am making valid points and I also see that you don’t like Lil Wayne and if thats the reason you’re against him than thats hating as its finest… Just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean you have to down this man what he has accomplished. Oh yeah he is a “real” rapper, he done covered everything in his songs about anything when it comes to Hip-Hop… So if you think I’m racist just because I made a good point than I guess that’s you being mad because I’m stating facts…. The only person i know that gets mad when i say something is true my little sister, so just grow up man damn, give Wayne his props and leave it at that. If it makes you feel better Wayne still isn’t even close to being one of the best-selling artist like Michael jackson, Eminem, Tupac, and Elvis Presley.

          • gjysh maloku

            Elvis Presley is the best selling artist of all time and you’re not making valid points. You’re using every single technicality to your advantage. All I am pointing out is that Lil Wayne only has 48 top 100 hits that he is a main artist on and almost 0 where he is the only artist in the song. Elvis Presley has 149 top 100 hits on which he is solo on every single one of them. BB only counts 108 because they started in August 1958 when Elvis was in the army but Elvis already had over 40 hits by the time he went into the army. Lil Wayne does not belong in the same sentence as Elvis. Lil Wayne is a street level collaborator. Elvis Presley invented the music scene and revolutionized music entirely like nobody else before or after him. Find me a single artist that doesn’t name Elvis as one or their main influence for music. Find me one person who names Wayne as their influence.

          • LeTerance Corbitt

            We are strictly talking about Billboard top 100 nothing before it, it aint my fault they didn’t count Elvis songs before there was a Billboard so don’t try to come at my neck about it and yeah Wayne was the main artist on 48 hits but he also contributed big time on the songs that he was featured in, that’s why they became a hit anyway, and If I’m being technical what the hell you doing then? Its like when I say something that’s true or a fact you get mad and shit, oh yeah speaking of facts Elvis isn’t the best-selling artist it’s Michael Jackson but your probably going to get mad and call me racist because me and Michael Jackson just happens to be black, well i don’t really care, call me what you want because at the end of the day what I’m saying is true. Now you keep on talking about legacy when we supposed to be a talking about hits, but since you brought it up Lil Wayne influence rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Even A$AP Rocky said Wayne made everybody switch their flow up and start using the E’s and R’s. He invented two Hip-Hop phrases (Bling, Bling and Drop It Like Its Hot) so Wayne does have a legacy also.

          • gjysh maloku

            Those songs didn’t become a “hit.” A hit is when it’s in the top 40 minimum, preferably in the top 10. What I am saying is this article makes it seem like Lil Wayne competed with Elvis on fair and equal terms which is not the case at all. Elvis is solo on every single one of his songs. Lil Wayne is lead artist on only 48 of his top 100 songs and he’s only done like 3 songs in his entire lifetime where he is solo on a song. Lil Wayne is nowhere in the league of Elvis Presley. Elvis is an icon, Lil Wayne is a fuckin moron. Ask 50 cent or DMX what Lil Wayne is in the field of rap, he has no respect. He’s a featured gimmick, not even a gimmick, just a featured gimmick. And Michael Jackson is not the highest selling artist, he is third after Elvis and the Beatles. Elvis beats MJ in every advanced market (US sales, UK sales, Australian sales, German sales). In the US, Elvis sold twice as much as MJ and has 4 times as many hits. MJ has 36 top 40 hits, Elvis has 114. In the UK Elvis has 21 number 1 hits, MJ has 7. All you’re here to do is to “get back at the white man.” Lmao you need help kid, you live in a world where you are your own racism.

          • LeTerance Corbitt

            Lol we’re both wrong its the Beatles, Elvis, then MJ, but you was right
            on everything else. Let’s be real you’re the one that brought up the
            racism bullshit so its really making you looking like a fool because I’m
            not saying that’s even close to being racist. He has no respect? DMX
            went on tour with Wayne in the late 90s, Him and 50 aint even beefing no
            more. Majority of Hip-Hop respects Wayne want proof well Nas let Wayne
            on one of his albums, KRS-One said he was a dope MC and Busta Rhymes and
            Eminem even has tons of respect for him because they let him on their
            albums. I just named you legends that have tons of respect for Wayne.
            Just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean everyone else has to hate
            him too.

          • mr cool

            whats with all the arguing, that moron needs to give lil wayne credit with his achievement. Also elvis was no big deal, he stole songs. Michael Jackson is the best. He wrote and composed alot of his songs, was the lead singer of one of the biggest groups in the world, set the standards on mtv, has 5 albums in the top 100 biggest selling albums of all time, together with the jacksons released 30 studio albums with about 60 top 40 hits For 20 years he was the best live singer/dancer ever. Has worldwide appeal, became the most famous person on the planet, influenced many artists and people and leaves the biggest legacy from all music artists of all time. MJ IS KING.

      • Cecilia73

        he also didn’t cook his meals or wash his car. What has that to do with his SINGING? He was a SINGER, not a songwriter, which is an entirely differently category.
        Bring Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, all the greats didn’t write their own songs. Does that mean they are not great singers?

        • LeTerance Corbitt

          So you telling me that Lil WAyne shouldn’t be credited on the songs that he was featured, which made most of them hits? If thats the case, then that’s just plain stupid then. Elvis only wrote 4 songs out of his 108 entries and Lil Wayne doesn’t even write. The whole argument is not about the singing its talking about why people saying how Wayne was featured on most of his songs, but all I’m saying is that Elvis songs aren’t even written by him so technically it’s not his songs he just performs it and gets credited for it, but I’m not hating I’m just stating facts

      • mr cool

        half? he didn’t hardy write any! elvis is a fake who was a glorified karaoke singer like justin bieber.

  • gjysh maloku

    Elvis has 149 Top 100 entries, this list is wrong and doesn’t take into consideration that Elvis’ career began in 1956, almost three years before Billboard reorganized, a time period where he had almost 50 hits. Billboard has become a useless and worthless chart throughout the years, but not counting Elvis’ golden years is the topping on the cake, this chart is purposely bias against Elvis and it has shown that many, many times before. Another thing that Billboard needs to fix is crediting artists with a hit when they are only a featured artist or sometimes only a background vocalist on the song. Lil Wayne is featured on 71 of those hits, more than half which would lower his stats to 48. Crappy article, crappy comparison, worthless Billboard. Elvis was, is and will forever be the King of Music. 114 top 40 hits proves it.

  • Brian Quinn

    Prior to the Billboard Hot 100 (in its present form) which commenced on August 4th, 1958, Elvis had already accumulated 25 Top 40 Hits. The real question that should be raised is “Should historical facts be re-interpreted to fit current chart rules as interpreted by Billboard Magazine”?