‘Glee’ Cast Notches 200th Hit on Hot 100
With two more debuts this week, the cast of Fox’s “Glee” ups its total of career charted songs on the Billboard Hot 100 to a milestone 200 titles. Amazingly, the TV troupe has reached the sum in less than three years.
The cast first appeared on the Hot 100 the week of June 6, 2009, led by the No. 4 arrival of its cover of Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The act’s highest charted entry to date even bested the peak of the original version, which rocked to No. 9 in 1981.
This week, the “Glee” cast hits an even 200 career Hot 100 appearances, as its remake of Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used to Know” – the original of which becomes the new No. 1 song on the Hot 100 – debuts at No. 26 and its mash-up of Duran Duran’s ’80s smashes “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Rio” enters at No. 98. (“Somebody” marks the 61st charted remake of a Hot 100 No. 1 with which the “Glee” ensemble has charted.)
Here is a recap of the acts with the most Hot 100 hits dating to the chart’s inception the week of Aug. 4, 1958. (Under its current formula, the chart blends Nielsen Music digital sales and airplay data for the majority of its weekly points total, with streaming data accounting for a smaller percentage):
200, “Glee” cast
108, Elvis Presley
101, Lil Wayne
91, James Brown
74, Ray Charles
73, Aretha Franklin
71, the Beatles
67, Elton John
63, Stevie Wonder
(Presley’s career predates the Hot 100’s launch. Combining his songs that reached various Hot 100 predecessor charts beginning in 1956, his total would swell to an unofficial 139, according to Billboard historian Joel Whitburn’s reference book “Top Pop Singles.”)
Notably, despite the cast’s record total of Hot 100 visits, most “Glee” songs spend a mere one week on the chart. Only 33 of its 200 entries have racked more than a single frame on the list, with “Believin’ ” leading with seven charted weeks total. As “Glee” releases multiple tracks alongside each new episode, fans generally move on each week to the cast’s next available batch of songs.