West was previously tied with Jackson and Frankie Vallie at 39 hits each, but his latest collaboration with ScHoolboy Q on the song “The Part” has scraped by to the number 40 spot on the Billboard 100.
However, he still has more to aim for. West still has nine other artists beating him in the rankings, but at least now he can consider himself in the top 10. His ego probably won’t be satisfied until he hits number one, though.
To get to that spot, he’ll have to pass up the likes of Marvin Gaye (in ninth place with 41 hits), Stevie Wonder (in fifth place with 46 hits) and Elvis Presley (in first place with a whopping 80 Top 40 hits).
Presley set his astounding record on August 4th, 1958, with two separate songs hitting the charts: “Hard Headed Woman” and “Don’t Ask Me Why.”
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