Singing legend Mariah Carey may be having a tough year in her personal life, but her pop star status in 2014 is cemented and secure. Time has given the multi-awarded singer the top spot on “The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom,” which they compiled by examining the top 10 hits on the Billboard charts from 1960 to the present. For each week that a song was on the charts, points were assigned to the artists.
Carey landed No. 1 on Time’s list because of the longevity of her career and for having major years of success. Over 19 years, Carey scored several top 10 records, and had two years when she scored more than 300 points: in 1995 and 2005. Only 19 times in Time’s analysis did artists score over 300 points in one year, and the fact that Carey’s years were a decade apart speaks volumes about her ability to connect with new generations of music fans.
The artist in second place on the list was Rihanna, who also bagged two years with over 300 points, in 2008 and 2010. She is followed by Usher, The Beatles and Madonna in third, fourth and fifth places, respectively.
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Usher was found to have had the best performing year in 2004 with the songs “Burn,” “Confessions Part II,” “My Boo” and “Yeah!” spending a total of 26 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Musical supergroup The Beatles came in second for the year 1964, when they had 11 top 10 singles and six songs at the No. 1 spot.
Other musical legends that made it to the list of top 50 pop stars include Michael Jackson (No. 8), Elton John (No. 11), Whitney Houston (No. 7) and Stevie Wonder (No. 12). However, many relatively new artists also made the list, such as Katy Perry (No. 9), Beyonce (No. 15) and Bruno Mars (No. 17). Ingénue Miley Cyrus impressively landed on the list with a relatively young career at No. 50.