Top Ten Artists With At Least 16 Top Ten Hit Songs in Austria

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What does a music artist need to truly be more than just a one hit wonder, more than a current trend that soon will be forgotten? Right, a whole bunch of hits. There are many musicians with one or two well known songs, maybe even a number 1 hit, that never deliver anything to keep up with that success. Of course, only songs can’t measure the full impact of an artist, albums are important as well. Some of the decade's most famous musicians have extremely strong album sales, while the single tracks rarely rank highly on the charts. But for most music celebrities, high chart positions of their songs indicate the dimension of their popularity.

So, for the newest installment of my series of lists about artists with many top ten hits we go beyond a specific decade and look at artists that had so many hits overall in their career that they ultimately cemented their status as the biggest stars of all time. Only a handful artists had 8 top ten hits in a decade, but how many had 16 hit songs in their entire career? We’ll see.

For my list, I compiled every top ten hit of the respective artist on the official Austrian charts that has them credited as either the main artist or a feature guest. I decided to include the latter because many songs became so popular specifically due to the featured musician's participation, and often their contribution to the track is equal or even more than the main artist’s. What does not count is if the artist is otherwise involved in a song (e.g. as a songwriter). Also, groups and solo projects of individual members count as two separate discographies - if the lead singer of a band had 4 solo top ten hits and 4 with his band, they won’t qualify for the list. Charity projects are a special case - they will appear on the listing of the hits, but to be included on the list, the artist must have had at least 8 top ten hits without that song.

This time we have to face a problem caused by the huge amount of time that passed between the careers of the individual artists on the list, regarding a debate of “single vs. song”.

In times before digital downloads, the only opportunity for a song to chart was being released as a single, which was then bought. When vinyl records were the foremost format, it wasn’t unusual to release double A-Side singles. Sometimes both of these songs were well known and popular, sometimes only one was, which also pulled the other song up the charts along with it. Very rarely, this also occurred when CDs took over.

So we could say that this list isn’t as much about songs that entered the top ten as it is about singles, right? Unfortunately it is not as easy. Because when downloads became a thing, it was also possible for any other song on an album to chart highly, even if it has neither an individual single release nor had any notable promotion.

For example: most of the hits by The Beatles were double A-Side singles. Sometimes both songs became popular (e.g. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / While My Guitar Gently Weeps”), sometimes only one did (“All You Need is Love” is far more famous than “Baby You’re a Rich Man”). On the other hand, a large part of Raf Camora’s top ten songs were not even singles at all, including his third number 1 hit, “Nummer unterdrückt”, which was simply one out of 15 songs from the album “Palmen aus Plastik 2” that just happen to appeal to many more people than any other then-current single, and didn’t even have a music video when it topped the charts.

We won’t nitpick here, though: double A-Side singles count as one song (although the number of overall songs will be mentioned in my listing of hits that I will add in the comments), as do songs that were not released as singles but reached high chart positions through digital distribution. Counting them all together, there have to be at least 16 top ten songs - e.g. if one double A-Side single, one regular single and one non-single entered the top ten, it counts as 3 top ten songs.

The Top Ten

1 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears. She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically ...read more.

24 top ten hits.

1984:
-“Like a Virgin” (8)

1985:
-“Material Girl” (8)
-“Into The Groove” (6)

1986:
-“Papa Don’t Preach” (4)
-“True Blue” (9)

1987:
-“La Isla Bonita” (1)
-“Who’s That Girl” (4)

1989:
-“Like a Prayer” (2)
-“Express Yourself” (5)

1990:
-“Vogue” (7)
-“Justify My Love” (9)

1995:
-“You’ll See” (5)

1996:
-“Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” (3)

1998:
-“Frozen” (2)
-“The Power of Good-Bye” (4)

2000:
-“American Pie” (3)
-“Music” (5)

2002:
-“Die Another Day” (2)

2003:
-“American Life” (7)

2005:
-“Hung Up” (1)

2006:
-“Sorry” (6)

2008:
-“4 Minutes” (2) (Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
-“Give It 2 Me” (10)

2009:
-“Celebration” (8) - Martin_Canine

2 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

20 top ten hits.

1973:
-“Ring Ring” (2) (as Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid)
-“Nina, Pretty Ballerina” (8) (as Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid)

1974:
-“Waterloo” (2)
-"Honey, Honey” (4)
-“So Long” (3)

1975:
-“I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” (4)
-“S.O.S.” (2)
-“Mamma Mia” (3)

1976:
-“Fernando” (1)
-“Dancing Queen” (4)
-“Money, Money, Money” (3)

1977:
-“Knowing Me, Knowing You” (2)

1978:
-“Take a Chance On Me” (1)

1979:
-“Chiquitita” (6)
-“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” (2)
-“I Have a Dream” (1)

1980:
-“The Winner Takes It All” (3)
-“Super Trouper” (3)

1981:
-“One Of Us” (3)

1982:
-“Head Over Heels” (8) - Martin_Canine

3 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

36 top ten hits (19 singles). Although “Penny Lane” and “Come Together” were part of a double A-Side single as well (along “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Something”, respectively), both singles had individual chart positions listed for all four songs, while all other double A-Side singles were counted as one single each. I could not find the reason for this through my research. The other two A-Sides of the singles didn’t enter the top ten.

1964:
-“I Feel Fine / She’s a Woman” (3) (double A-Side single)

1965:
-“Ticket To Ride / Yes It Is” (8) (double A-Side single)
-“Rock and Roll Music / I’m a Loser” (4) (double A-Side single)
-“Help! / I’m Down” (5) (double A-Side single)
-“Yesterday / Act Naturally” (10) (double A-Side single)

1966:
-“Michelle / Girl” (3) (double A-Side single)
-“Nowhere Man / What Goes On” (8) (double A-Side single)
-“Paperback Writer / Rain” (4) (double A-Side ...more - Martin_Canine

4 Falco Falco Johann "Hans" Hölzel, better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian singer, songwriter and rapper.

17 top ten hits.

1981:
-“Der Kommissar” (1)

1982:
-“Maschine brennt” (4)

1984:
-“Junge Roemer” (8)

1985:
-“Rock Me Amadeus” (1)
-“Vienna Calling” (3)
-“Jeanny” (1)

1986:
-“The Sound of Musik” (4)
-“Coming Home (Jeanny Part 2, ein Jahr danach)” (4)

1987:
-“Body Next To Body” (6)

1988:
-“Wiener Blut” (4)

1992:
-“Titanic” (3)

1996:
-“Mutter, der Mann mit dem Koks ist da” (3) (as T>>MA aka Falco)
-“Naked” (Falco feat. T>>MB)

1998:
-“Out Of The Dark” (2) (posthumously)
-“Egoist” (6) (posthumously)

1999:
-“Push! Push! ” (9) (posthumously)

2009:
-“The Spirit Never Dies (Jeanny Final)” (3) (posthumously) - Martin_Canine

5 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

20 top ten hits (19 excluding the USA For Africa song).

1983:
-“Billie Jean” (2)
-“Beat It” (6)
-“Say Say Say” (10) (Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson)
-“Thriller” (5)

1985:
-“We Are The World” (2) (as part of the USA For Africa lineup)

1987:
-“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (5)
-“Bad” (9)

1988:
-“Man in the Mirror” (10)
-“Dirty Diana” (7)

1991:
-“Black or White” (2)

1992:
-“Who Is It” (5)
-“Heal the World” (4)

1995:
-“Scream (Michael Jackson feat. Janet Jackson) / Childhood” (9) (double A-Side single)
-“You Are Not Alone” (2)
-“Earth Song” (2)

1996:
-“They Don’t Care About Us” (2)
-“Stranger in Moscow” (7)

1997:
-“Blood on the Dance Floor” (9)

2001:
-“You Rock My World” (9)

2010:
-“Hold My Hand” (9) (Michael Jackson Duet With Akon) (posthumously) - Martin_Canine

6 P!nk P!nk Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

19 top ten hits.

2001:
-“Lady Marmalade” (3) (Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & P! nk)
-“Get The Party Started” (2)

2002:
-“Don’t Let Me Get Me” (10)
-“Just Like a Pill” (2)

2003:
-“Feel Good Time” (9)
-“Trouble" (5)

2006:
-“Stupid Girls” (3)
-"U + your Hand” (3)

2007:
-“Dear Mr. President” (1) (P! nk feat. Indigo Girls)

2008:
-“So What” (1)
-“Sober” (4)

2009:
-“Please Don’t Leave Me” (5)
-“Funhouse” (7)

2010:
-“Raise Your Glass” (9)
-"F--kin’ Perfect” (9)

2011:
-“Bridge of Light” (7)

2012:
-“Try” (3)
-“Just Give Me A Reason” (1) (P! nk feat. Nate Ruess)

2017:
-“What About Us" (3) - Martin_Canine

7 Bee Gees Bee Gees The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

17 top ten hits (16 singles).

1967:
-“Massachusetts” (1)
-“World” (5)

1968:
-“Words” (4)
-“Jumbo / The Singer Sang His Song” (9) (double A-Side single)

1969:
-“First of May” (10)
-“Tomorrow” (7)
-“Don’t Forget To Remember” (8)

1970:
-“I.O.I.O.” (2)

1977:
-“Stayin’ Alive” (2)
-“Night Fever” (4)

1979:
-“Tragedy” (2)

1981:
-“Living Eyes” (7)

1987:
-“You Win Again” (1)

1991:
-“Secret Love” (2)

1997:
-“Alone” (4)

1998:
-“Immortality” (2) (Céline Dion feat. Bee Gees) - Martin_Canine

8 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-American pop singer. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning ...read more.

26 top ten hits.

2005:
-“Pon de Replay” (5)

2006:
-“SOS” (4)
-“Unfaithful” (2)

2007:
-“Umbrella” (1) (Rihanna feat. Jay-Z)
-“Don’t Stop The Music” (1)

2008:
-“Take a Bow” (6)
-“Disturbia” (4)
-“Live Your Life” (5) (T.I. feat. Rihanna)
-“Rehab” (9) (Rihanna feat. Justin Timberlake)

2009:
-“Russian Roulette” (2)

2010:
-“Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” (10) (Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna)
-“Rude Boy” (6)
-“Love The Way You Lie” (1) (Eminem feat. Rihanna)
-“Only Girl (In The World)” (1)
-“Who’s That Chick? ” (4) (David Guetta feat. Rihanna)

2011:
-“S&M” (4)
-"California King Bed” (4)
-“We Found Love” (2) (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris)

2012:
-“Diamonds” (1)

2013:
-“Stay” (5) (Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko)
-“The Monster” (6) (Eminem feat. Rihanna)

2014:
-“Can’t Remember ...more - Martin_Canine

9 Christina Stürmer Christina Stürmer Christina Stürmer is an Austrian alternative rock singer that was born on June 9, 1982 in Linz. ...read more.

22 top ten hits (21 singles).

2003:
-“Ich lebe” (1)
-“Geh nicht, wenn du kommst” (5)
-“Alles und mehr” (2) (Starmania: Die neue Generation feat. Michael Tschuggnall, Christina Stürmer & Boris Uran)
-“Mama (Ana Ahabak) (1)

2004:
-“Vorbei” (1)
-“Bus durch London” (5)
-“Weißt du wohin wir gehen? ” (8)

2005:
-“Liebt sie dich so wie ich? ” (7)
-“Engel fliegen einsam” (10)

2006:
-“Nie genug” (1)
-“Um bei dir zu sein / An Sommertagen” (1) (double A-Side single)
-“Ohne dich” (8)

2007:
-“Scherbenmeer” (6)
-“Mitten unterm Jahr” (4)

2008:
-“Träume leben ewig” (10)
-“Fieber” (6)

2009:
-“Ist mir egal” (8)

2010:
-“Wir leben den Moment” (10)

2013:
-“Millionen Lichter” (5)

2015:
-“Was wirklich bleibt” (10)

2016:
-“Seite an Seite” (9) - Martin_Canine

10 Peter Alexander Peter Alexander Peter Alexander Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer, going only by Peter Alexander as his stage name, was an Austrian actor and singer from Vienna who was born on Juny 30, 1926 and died on February 12, 2011. ...read more.

17 top ten hits.

1965:
-“Schenk’ mir ein Bild von dir” (2)
-“Fräulein Wunderbar” (5)

1966:
-“Heidschi Bumbeidschi” (9)
-“Moderne Romanzen” (2)

1967:
-“Spanisch war die Nacht” (5)
-“Der letzte Walzer” (10)

1968:
-“Delilah” (1)
-“Komm und bedien dich” (9)

1969:
-“Liebesleid” (3)

1970:
-“Oh Lady Mary” (7)
-“Hier ist ein Mensch” (1)

1972:
-“Unser tägliches Brot ist die Liebe” (4)

1973:
-“Pedro (Mandolinen um Mitternacht)” (4)
-“Irgendwo brennt für jeden ein Licht” (7)

1975:
-“Der Esel, der Bauer und sein Sohn” (9)

1976:
-“Das kleine Beisl” (2) (Peter Alexander & Pierre Kartner)

1979:
-“Und manchmal weinst du sicher ein paar Tränen” (5) - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 David Guetta David Guetta Pierre David Guetta is a French DJ, songwriter, record producer and remixer who has sold over nine million albums and thirty million singles worldwide. In 2011, Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll.

25 top ten hits.

2009:
-"When Love Takes Over” (3) (David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland)
-“Sexy B---h” (1) (David Guetta feat. Akon)

2010:
-"Memories” (2) (David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi)
-“Gettin’ Over You” (4) (David Guetta & Chris Willis feat. Fergie & LMFAO)
-“Club Can’t Handle Me” (3) (Flo Rida feat. David Guetta)
-“Who’s That Chick? ” (4) (David Guetta feat. Rihanna)

2011:
-“Sweat” (1) (Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta)
-“Where Them Girls At” (3) (David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida)
-“Little Bad Girl” (5) (David Guetta feat. Taio Cruz & Ludacris)
-“Night of Your Life” (7) (David Guetta feat. Jennifer Hudson)
-“Without You” (5) (David Guetta feat. Usher)
-“Titanium” (3) (David Guetta feat. Sia)
-“Turn Me On” (5) (David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj)

2012:
-“She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)” (3) (David Guetta feat. Sia)
-“Play Hard” (10) (David Guetta ...more - Martin_Canine

12 Britney Spears Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer and actress who was born in McComb, Mississippi, and grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 ...read more.

18 top ten hits.

1998:
-“...Baby One More Time” (1)

1999:
-“Sometimes” (6)
-“(You Drive Me) Crazy” (10)
-“Born To Make You Happy” (8)

2000:
-“Oops!... I Did It Again” (2)
-“Lucky” (1)
-“Stronger” (4)

2001:
-“Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know” (7)
-“I’m a Slave 4 U” (6)

2002:
-“I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” (3)
-“I Love Rock'n'Roll” (9)

2004:
-“Toxic” (5)
-“Every time” (4)
-“My Prerogative” (7)

2007:
-“Gimme More” (8)
-“Piece of Me” (6)

2008:
-“Womanizer” (4)

2012:
-“Scream & Shout” (1) (will.i.am & Britney Spears) - Martin_Canine

13 Raf Camora Raf Camora

17 top ten hits.

2017:
-“Primo” (8)
-“Sag nix” (3)

2018:
-“Corleone” (6)
-“Maserati” (1)
-“Fame” (4) (Kontra K feat. Raf Camora)
-“Toto” (2) (Noizy feat. Raf Camora)
-"500 PS” (2) (Bonez MC & Raf Camora)
-“Risiko” (2) (Bonez MC & Raf Camora)
-“Kokain” (1) (Bonez MC & Raf Camora feat. Gzuz)
-“Nummer unterdrückt” (1) (Bonez MC & Raf Camora)
-"Ja Mann! ” (4) (Bonez MC & Raf Camora)
-“Kompanie” (5) (Bonez MC & Raf Camora feat. Hanybal)
-“Prominent” (6) (Bonez MC & Raf Camora)
-“Von ihnen gelernt” (8) (Bonez MC & Raf Camora)
-“Alien” (9) (Bonez MC & Raf Camora)
-“In meiner Zone 2.0” (6)
-"Perfekt" (1) (Aribeatz feat. Raf Camora & Sofiane) - Martin_Canine

14 Scooter Scooter Scooter are a German dance group founded in Hamburg, who have sold over 30 million records and earned over 80 Gold and Platinum awards.

16 top ten hits.

1994:
-“Hyper, Hyper” (2)
-“Move Your Ass! ” (3)

1995:
-“Back in the UK” (8)

1996:
-“Let Me Be Your Valentine” (9)
-“Rebel Yell” (7)
-“I’m Raving” (4)

1997:
-“Fire” (5)

1998:
-“How Much is the Fish? ” (9)

2001:
-“Posse (I Need You On The Floor)” (7)
-“Ramp! (The Logical Song) (4)

2002:
-“Nessaja” (2)

2003:
-“Weekend! ” (4)
-“Maria (I Like It Loud)” (1) (Scooter vs. Marc Acardipane feat. Dick Rules)
-“Jigga Jigga! ” (9)

2004:
-“One (Always Hardcore)” (5)

2007:
-“The Question is What is The Question? ” (2) - Martin_Canine

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