Billboard‘s first-ever all-time R&B/Hip-Hop rankings have crowned the genre’s greatest artists.
The magazine compiled extensive all-time chart recaps of R&B/Hip-Hop music to help rank the top artists, songs and albums over the past 60 years. Three legendary names separated from the pack and stood out as the genre’s kings and queens.
Famous soul group The Temptations rank as the top all-time artists of R&B/Hip-Hop thanks to their success since the 1960s. The group hold the record for most No. 1 singles on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart with 16. They have also scored 14 leaders on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including its longest-leading hit single: the eight-week No. 1 Ain’t Too Proud to Beg. All-in-all, the act scored 43 top 10s, including in three consecutive decades from the ’60s through the ’90s.
The “King of Pop” Michael Jackson’s legendary album Thriller leads the all-time albums list, reigning over the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for a record 37 weeks. Jackson’s Off The Wall also placed third on the list of all-time R&B/Hip-Hop albums, with only Black Eyed Peas’ 2009 album The E.N.D. sandwiched between.
And finally, the honour for top all-time R&B/Hip-Hop song goes to Mary J. Blige and her smooth single Be Without You. The song was propelled to excellence and held onto the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chat for 15 weeks. Sliding into second is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ smash debut single Thrift Shop.
Other ranking artists include Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, who landed just short of The Temptations at numbers two and three respectively for top all-time artists.