*Michael Jackson makes history this week as the only artist with top 10 Hot 100 hits in each of five decades, as his single “Love Never Felt So Good,” with Justin Timberlake, blasts 22-9.
Dating to his first top 10, the No. 4-peaking “Got to Be There,” in 1971, he’s now reached the top 10 with songs in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s. (His breakdown of top 10s in those decades, respectively: four, 17, six, one, one. “Good” is Jackson’s first top 10 since he died in 2009.)
Jackson passes five artists that have tallied Hot 100 top 10s in each of four decades: Barbra Streisand, Cher (both ’60s-’90s), Aerosmith (’70s-’00s), Madonna and Whitney Houston (both ’80s-’10s). (Houston joined the elite club posthumously and, unlike Streisand, Cher, Aerosmith and Madonna, did so by returning to the top 10 with a song that had previously reached the region: her 1992-93 14-week No. 1 “I Will Always Love You” returned and rose to No. 3 following her passing in 2012.)
Jackson topples another notable mark: he extends his span of appearing in the Hot 100’s top 10 to a record-breaking 42 weeks, six months and one week. “Got to Be There” began his top 10 history when it lifted 13-9 on the Nov. 20, 1971, chart; this week’s chart is dated May 31. He passes Santana, whose top 10 discography spans 33 years and eight months, from 1970’s “Evil Ways” to 2003’s “Why Don’t You & I.” Cher ranks third with a 33-year, one-month, three-week top 10 span (1966-99).
“Good” is Jackson’s 29th Hot 100 top 10, granting him sole possession of the third-most top 10s in the chart’s 55-year history. (The sign, as always, that Jackson and the Hot 100 were meant to be together: both arrived the same month, August 1958. The Hot 100 launched on Aug. 4 that year, while Jackson was born 25 days later.) He passes Stevie Wonder (28 top 10s), with whom he’d been tied since Jackson scored his last top 10, the No. 10-peaking “You Rock My World,” in 2001. Madonna leads all acts with 38 top 10s, while the Beatles rank second with 34. Following Jackson and Wonder are Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Elton John, each with 27. (Jackson danced to another 10 top 10s with the Jackson 5/Jacksons in 1970-84.)
John Legend’s “All of Me” rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week.
As “Good” rockets into the top 10, as parent album “Xscape” launches at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.