How Did Beyoncé Not Have a #1 Hit in the Past 10 Years?

The pop icon is finally back atop the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart with her duet with Ed Sheeran.
December 12, 2017, 2:52am

Ten years is a long time in pop music. Actually it’s a long ass time in general, but on Monday Beyoncé ended an unlikely, and frankly, unbelievable, drought of ten years without a number-one US song when her duet with Ed Sheeran of a remix of the English songwriter's “Perfect” peaked atop the Billboard chart.

The last woman with a longer Number One drought on the Hot 100 was Christina Aguilera who waited ten years and two months between her 2001 hit "Lady Marmalade" and 2011's "Moves Like Jagger".


But why has it taken so long for Bey to obtain her tenth No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100? In that time the 36-year-old pop icon has released her 2013 self-titled album and last year's Lemonade. Considered two of her best records, between them they've won numerous album-of-the-year accolades.

"Drunk in Love," her duet with Jay-Z off her self-released album, only reached number two on the Hot 100.

Though Lemonade helped Beyonce become the first woman to chart 12 songs on the Hot 100 at once, passing Taylor Swift's 11, the album's more experimental nature didn't produce any number one bangers. The fact it was released as an exclusive on streaming service Tidal, also impeded the chart performance of the album's tracks.

It seems that as Beyoncé has transformed from a chart-climbing pop musician into a cultural icon, she’s moved away from being a singles-oriented artist. Her 2008’s hits-packed I Am … Sasha Fierce" included "Single Ladies", "If I Were A Boy", "Sweet Dreams" and "Halo". Her follow up album 4 had no Top Ten hits on Hot 100.

Though the number one hits may have dried up for Bey over the last decade, in our mind she will always be number one.