Kanye West surpasses hero Michael Jackson with new Top 40 record

Well this will surely find its way into a verse. Kanye West just earned his 40th Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, which places him ahead of Michael Jackson, who had 39 Top 40 songs over the course of his career. West stealthily cinched the top slot as a guest on ScHoolboy Q’s single “That Part,” which crept into the 40th slot over the weekend.

The bump also put West in the top 10 highest charting male artists, but he’s nowhere close to knocking out Elvis, who reigns at the top with 80 Top 40 songs (also ahead of West: Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and oddly enough, Lil Wayne). Perhaps he can take some tips on upward mobility from Taylor Swift, who found herself in the same place three years ago

We’re sure the news has West grinning--he’s vocalized his Jackson obsession before, in name drops in raps, referential musical samples and interview shout-outs (“For me, as Kanye West, I would not be Kanye West if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson”).  

West recently released “Wolves,” featuring Sia and Vic Mensa, as the fourth single off his latest LP Life of Pablo. The just-released video for the song is a mix of all things West: fashion, family, and straight-up advertisement; check it out here

Male artists with 40 or more Top 40 hits:

  1. Elvis Presley - 80

  2. Lil Wayne - 69

  3. Elton John - 57

  4. Drake - 53

  5. Stevie Wonder - 46

  6. Jay Z - 45

  7. James Brown 44

  8. Chris Brown - 42

  9. Marvin Gaye - 41

  10. Kanye West - 40