In honor of the incomparable artists that have helped bring urban music to the masses over the last three decades, the Billboard chart team has assembled a list of the Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop artists of the last 25 years and placed Mariah at a high #4 position.
The tally is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts from Jan. 5, 1985, issue to the charts dated Nov. 6, 2010.
MARIAH CAREY - #4
Having celebrated 20 years of conquering Billboard charts in 2010, Mariah Carey counts numerous records among her achievements. In addition to 10 No. 1s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and five on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, her 18 Hot 100 No. 1s are the most among solo acts (and second only to the Beatles' 20) and "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, remains the chart's longest-reigning No. 1 (16 weeks, 1995-96). With 52.7 million albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Carey stands as the best-selling R&B album artist (and third overall after Garth Brooks and the Beatles) since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.