Drake surpasses The Beatles for the most top five singles
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Drake surpasses The Beatles for the most top five singles

Toronto rapper Drake is one of the most decorated artists in hip hop. With four Grammy awards, 13 BET awards and a whopping 34 Billboard awards, the Young Money artist has broken all kinds of musical records. In fact, for the 2010s, Drake was awarded the accolade ‘Billboard Artist of the Decade’, beating pop-music powerhouses such as Rihanna and Adele. 

Drake has appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 more times than he can count. However, a recent toll of his singles has revealed that in his career thus far, he has managed to accumulate 31 top five releases. Delving even deeper into the figures, 11 of the 31 top five releases reached number one. 

Some of Drake’s more well-known top five entries are tracks that include the rapper as a featured artist with songs such as ‘What’s My Name?’ with Rihanna and ‘No Frauds’ with Nicki Minaj, helping the rapper rack up his number of appearances in the top five. 

The rapper (real name Aubrey Graham) managed to enter the top five bracket fairly early in his career, with his debut album’s second single ‘Best I Ever Had’ peaking at number two in 2009. Shortly after, in 2010, the album’s third single, ‘Find Your Love,’ just squeezed in, peaking at number five.    

Despite landing in the top five a number of times, Graham didn’t snatch the top spot until relatively late in his career, landing his first solo number one in 2016 with his track ‘One Dance’ featuring Kyla and Wizkid. 

This recently achieved feat has come as a result of the rapper’s appearance on DJ Khaled’s latest single, ‘Staying Alive’, which also features Atlanta rapper Lil Baby. The feature has tipped Drake over the 29 top five mark set by the Liverpudlian band, The Beatles over two decades ago. Following the recent release of his seventh studio album, Honestly, Nevermind, this is a monumental achievement for the rapper as he continues to reach new heights. 

Below you can watch DJ Khaled’s ‘Staying Alive’, the single that has led to Drake surpassing The Beatles and setting a new record.