Madonna Sets Billboard Chart Record
The Queen of Pop is now unequaled chart royalty. Madonna makes momentous Billboard chart history, as she now has the most No. 1s ever, 45, by an act on a singular Billboard chart. She earns her 45th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs, where "Ghosttown" lifts 3-1. With the coronation, Madonna passes another icon, George Strait, who's logged 44 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs. "Thanks to all my fans on and off the dancefloor," Madonna said in an exclusive statement to Billboard. "I'll (always) be your partner." With her 45th leader on Dance Club Songs, which measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs, Madonna pulls further ahead of runners-up Beyonce and Rihanna. In fact, Madonna has tallied more No. 1s as they have combined: 22 each. (The chart launched as a national survey in the Billboard issue dated Aug. 28, 1976.)RELATED: The first-ever #1 single on Billboard's dance chart, which launched as National Disco Action, was You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees. Wikipedia maintains a list of all #1 dance singles by year.