Here’s a list of some artists who have only had four #1 singles to date for their career: The Beach Boys, the Temptations, Eminem, Blondie, Bon Jovi, Cher, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Rod Stewart, The Jackson 5, Kanye West. Pretty good crew, no? Bruno Mars can now count himself among the ranks of those four-timers, doing so in under three years, between his guest appearance on B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ on You” (his first #1 with his first-ever appearance on record) and this week, when his Unorthodox Jukebox lead single “Locked Out of Heaven” takes over from Rihanna’s “Diamonds” on top of the Hot 100.
The quartet of chart-toppers (“Nothin’,” “Locked Out,” “Grenade” and “Just the Way You Are”) in just 30-something months is the quickest any male artist has gotten to four number ones in a long time—since the mid-’60s, when Bobby Vinton did so with “Mr. Lonely,” “Blue Velvet,” “Roses are Red (My Love)” and “There! I’ve Said It Again.” Pretty good for a self-made guy that’s mostly succeeded entirely on his own terms, without being part of any bigger scene or sound or anything. It’ll be interesting to see how many more Bruno can rack up before all is said and done.
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