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Billboard Reveals Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Decade

  /  12.03.2020

As the decade comes to a close, Billboard has revealed its top R&B/hip-hop artists of the 2010s, starting with Drake.

The Certified Lover Boy dominated the decade with a whopping 40 top 10 hits, seven of which reached No. 1. He also holds the record for most entries ever on the Billboard Hot 100 with 208.

He was followed by the unstoppable Rihanna, who released nine No. 1 Hot 100 hits this decade including “Rude Boy,” “What’s My Name,” “We Found Love,” and “Diamonds,” as well as her Eminem collaborations, “Love the Way You Lie” and “Monster.”

Chris Brown comes in third. The R&B superstar owned the charts with hits like “Look at Me Now” with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, “No Guidance” featuring Drake, and “Loyal” with Lil Wayne and French Montana. Breezy’s decade-end stats include three No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and the eighth-most Hot 100 hits of all time with 96.

Nicki Minaj extends her reign as the queen of rap, with 17 top 10 hits on the Hot 100 and the most Hot 100 hits among women (105). Her biggest Hot 100 hits of the 2010s are “Super Bass,” “Starships,” “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Ariana Grande, and “Side to Side” with Grande.

Post Malone places fifth, thanks to two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and four No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 including “Sunflower” with Swae Lee, “Rockstar” with 21 Savage, and “Wow.” “Sunflower” also ties the record for most weeks spent in the Hot 100’s top 10 (33).

In sixth place is The Weeknd, who earned three No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 and three No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 including “The Hills,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” “Starboy,” and “Earned It.”

See who made the top 20 below.

Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the 2010s

1. Drake
2. Rihanna
3. Chris Brown
4. Nicki Minaj
5. Post Malone
6. The Weeknd
7. Kendrick Lamar
8. Lil Wayne
9. Beyoncé
10. Trey Songz
11. Eminem
12. Future
13. J. Cole
14. Usher
15. Kanye West
16. Miguel
17. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
18. JAY-Z
19. Big Sean
20. DJ Khaled


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