Charting the Careers of Music’s Biggest Stars

See which of the best selling musicians were also the most productive in the studio. The artists in the chart below have all produced 5 or more Billboard number 1 studio albums. Compare The Beatles’ brief but brilliant recording career with the staying power of the Stones or Beyonce’s exceptional hit rate (the only artist in the list to hit number 1 every time).

Data excludes compilation albums and live recordings.

career (years):

Sources:, Musicbrainz.