Who&#zero39;s the Biggest Pop Star Right Now Without a Hot 100 No. 1 Hit? (2018 Edition)

Who&#zero39;s the Biggest Pop Star Right Now Without a Hot 100 No. 1 Hit? (2018 Edition)


A half-decade after first debuting on the Streets Talkin Hot 100 with breakout single "The Way," Ariana Grande lastly has her first Hot 100 No. 1 hit. 

Streets Talkin revealed at the moment that Grande's new track, her blithe ode to her real-life exes "Thank U, Next," has debuted atop the marquee chart in its incomplete first week of monitoring, following the track's premiere the evening of Saturday, Nov. three. That beats her earlier finest exhibiting on the chart, with the Iggy Azalea-featuring and No. 2-peaking "Problem" in 2014 — and formally erases her title from the checklist of the largest pop stars and not using a No. 1 hit to their credit score; an inventory she had arguably risen to the very prime of. 

Still, even with the removing of Ariana Grande from its ranks, the pool of main pop artists and not using a Hot 100-topper is a crowded one. Here is a quick rundown of ten artists at present within the debate for the excellence of being "subsequent" on the rating of the largest names and not using a No. 1 on their resume.

Nicki Minaj

Ariana's frequent collaborator — with whom she shares a pair of Hot 100 prime 5 hits in "Side to Side" (No. Four, 2016) and "Bang Bang" (No. three, 2014) — has come inside one spot of the chart's apex, with solo smash "Anaconda" in 2014. But regardless of hitting the highest 10 a shocking 17 occasions (most lately together with her visitor look on 6ix9ine's "FEFE," which peaked at No. three this August), and regardless of having cracked triple digits together with her complete Hot 100 entries this November — greater than every other feminine artist in historical past — she's nonetheless but to succeed in the chart penthouse. 

Travis Scott

A rising star for a half-decade now, Travis Scott made his ascent to pop's A-list official this 12 months with the discharge of Astroworld, the rapper's much-anticipated third album, which launched at No. 1 on the Streets Talkin 200 with one of many 12 months's greatest first-week numbers, and debuted all 17 tracks from the set on the Hot 100. The greatest of these, the No. Four-debuting (and Drake-assisted) "Sicko Mode," reached a No. 2 peak on the chart this November — matching Scott's No. 2 bow as a visitor star on Kodak Black's ""ZEZE" only a week earlier — however Scott's rollercoaster 12 months has but to scale the itemizing's absolute apex.  

J. Cole

Cole is considered one of music's most dependable LP-sellers at this level, having now topped the Streets Talkin 200 albums chart with all 5 of his studio albums thus far, every with first-week numbers nicely into the a number of tons of of hundreds. But his success on the Hot 100 has been extra tempered: Aside from debuting three songs within the prime 10 in the course of the launch week of most up-to-date LP Okay.O.D. this May ("ATM," No. 6; "Kevin's Heart," No. eight; "KOD," No. 10), the No. 7-peaking "Deja Vu" stays the North Carolina MC's solely different go to to the chart's prime 10. Given Cole's lack of a constant pop radio presence over a lot of the final half-decade, nevertheless, his presence on this checklist could also be much less stunning than some others. 

Selena Gomez

Gomez is definitely no stranger to the Hot 100's highest tier, having scored seven prime 10 hits on the chart, together with final 12 months's Kygo collab "It Ain't Me" (No. 10, 2017). But Gomez has but to get increased on the chart than No. 5 — Revival singles "Good for You" (feat. A$AP Rocky, 2015) and "Same Old Love" (2016) share the title for her highest-peaking entry thus far — and she or he hasn't essentially been trending in the precise route; none of her critically acclaimed 2017 singles "Bad Liar," "Fetish" or "Wolves" has managed to peak above No. 20 on the itemizing, whereas this 12 months's 13 Reasons Why soundtrack single topped out at No. 18.

Twenty One Pilots

The duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have been completely unavoidable on the Hot 100 in 2016, with their "Stressed Out" and "Heathens" smashes taking all of them the way in which to No. 2 on the chart, and in-between single "Ride" pulling up not far behind at No. 5. Though second album Trench, launched in October, didn't create the identical type of Hot 100 momentum — lead single "Jumpsuit" has scored the very best rating on the chart from the set thus far, with a modest No. 50 peak — all three of the beforehand talked about smashes are at present nonetheless in Spotify's prime 70 most U.S.-played songs of all time, and the duo flying to such elevations once more sooner or later would hardly be a shock. 


Similar to Cole, the rapper born Nayvadius Wilburn has been a Streets Talkin 200 conqueror (5 No. 1 albums, most lately/most traditionally together with his self-titled effort and Hendrix in consecutive weeks in March 2017) and Hot 100 fixture (75 entries complete, most lately with three tracks off his and Juice WRLD's WRLD on Drugs collaborative LP) with out ever actually threatening the highest spot on the latter. The 2017 No. 5-peaking solo smash "Mask Off" has introduced him closest, with solely his featured look on Lil Wayne's 2013 hit "Love Me" taking him to the highest 10 beforehand. 


Another Ariana collaborator, Zedd has come closest to the Hot 100's apex together with his 2014 collab with the powerhouse pop vocalist, "Break Free," which hit No. Four in that August. It's considered one of 4 prime 10 hits for the celebrity DJ on the chart, and as of final week, he nonetheless had has two entries within the Hot 100's prime half : "The Middle," with Grey and Maren Morris, which peaked at No. 5 on the chart in April, and "Lost in Japan," his Shawn Mendes collab, which climbed to a brand new peak of No. 48.

Shawn Mendes

Speaking of Shawn Mendes: one of the crucial dependable younger hitmakers in pop proper now, the singer-songwriter Mendes has solely seen his profession momentum develop since first hitting the Hot 100's prime 5 with "Stitches" in 2015. But regardless of returning to the highest 10 with "Treat You Better" (No. 6, 2016) and "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" (No. 6, 2017), he's but to higher that track's No. Four peak. His self-titled album's lead single "In My Blood" made it to No. 11 this June, nevertheless, and "Lost in Japan" remains to be ascending the chart since being remixed by Zedd in September. 

Imagine Dragons

In an period the place rock crossovers to the Hot 100 are an more and more uncommon phenomenon, Imagine Dragons hold scoring prime 10 hits prefer it was nonetheless the peak of '80s enviornment rock. "Thunder" (No. Four) and "Believer" (No. Four) each introduced the Las Vegas quartet again to the chart's prime 5 final 12 months — which they'd beforehand visited in 2013, with "Radioactive" (No. three), their highest-charting smash thus far — and so they challenged the chart's prime tier twice in 2018 with third Evolve single "Whatever It Takes" (No. 12) and follow-up set Origins' lead single "Natural" (No. 13). Officially launched final Friday (Nov. 9), Origins should still launch one other Hot 100 contender or two earlier than the 12 months's finish. 

Florida Georgia Line

You in all probability wouldn't have thought to incorporate the nation duo on an inventory like this earlier than 2018, since regardless of their continued constant success on the nation charts, they hadn't visited the highest 10 of the Hot 100 in a half-decade, because the Nelly-featuring "Cruise" (No. Four, 2013). But they made a triumphant return to the chart's highest tier in 2018, even bettering their outdated peak by climbing to No. 2 with their Bebe Rexha collab "Meant to Be" — leaving open the likelihood that FGL might be the primary nation act to prime the Hot 100 since Taylor Swift nonetheless registered as a rustic artist. ("Simple," the group's most up-to-date Hot 100 entry, notched a decent peak of No. 32 on the chart.)