Music Artists Who Have Had Multiple Top 5 Hits but Never Had a Number One Hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.

Sometimes music artists peak near the top of the Billboard charts but just miss the number one spot. However, there are some artists who have multiple songs in the top 5, none of which reached number one. Basically as long as an artist that I missed has had at least two top 5 hits but no number ones, feel free to add them. Also this was just the first 10 I could find that qualified in order of points (2nd gave 4 points, 3rd 3 points, 2 for 4th and 1 point given for 5th). If it was a tie the one I found first got the higher place. Also I added a random fun fact for each artist to make it a little more interesting.

The Top Ten

1 One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records ...read more.

Best Song Ever peaked at number 2, Drag Me Down and Live While We're Young peaked at number 3 and What Makes You Beautiful peaked at number 4 (12 points).
Also fun fact: What Makes You Beautiful, despite being only their 4th highest peaking song is considered their biggest song due to staying on the charts longer (stayed for 33 weeks). On the other hand, Live While We're Young is only considered their 11th biggest hit, despite tying for their 2nd highest peaking song (only spent 12 weeks on the charts).

2 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that is originally from Columbus, Ohio, who are best known for their songs "Stressed Out", "Heathens" and "Ride". Currently there are two members, Tyler Joseph (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, ukulele, bass and guitar) and Josh Dun (drums and ...read more.

Stressed Out and Heathens each peaked at number 2 and Ride peaked at number 5 (9 points).
Also fun fact: Even though Heathens has over 500 million views less than Stressed Out on YouTube, it got 93rd on the Billboard end chart for the entire 2010s while Stressed Out didn't make it in the top 100 at all.

It's funny because Stressed Out actually had a longer stay on the hot 100 as well. It came pretty close though (122nd). Also I feel like they have a surprisingly big gap between Ride (195th) and whatever their 4th most popular song is.

Umm. Chlorine was #1 and level of concern is also #1.

Level of Concern hit #1 on Hot Rock Songs only, and this is talking about the Hot 100

3 OneRepublic OneRepublic is an American pop rock band. Formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2002 by lead singer Ryan Tedder and guitarist Zach Filkins, the band achieved commercial success on Myspace as an unsigned act.

Counting Stars and Apologize each peaked at number 2 (8 points).
Also fun fact: Apologize, despite being number 2, in the 2000s the band had no song that peaked higher than 40.

I like how the top 3 all have ‘one’ in the name.

Although it originally had Nicki Minaj (she had 2 number ones ever since) nice catch.

4 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

Radioactive peaked at number 3 and Believer and Thunder each peaked at number 4 (7 points).
Also fun fact: Radioactive was the second highest song on the Billboard End Chart for the 2010s decade that was not a number one hit at 36th, only behind Happier which got 33rd, and in that case, it was the highest rank song that didn't reach the top 2. On that note, it was in the chart for 87 weeks!

5 Ellie Goulding Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born on December 30th, 1986 in Hereford, England. She is most well-known in the U.S. for her singles "Lights”, "Love Me Like You Do” and "Burn", and has been featured in other songs with artists like Calvin Harris. ...read more.

Lights peaked at number 2 and Love Me Like You Do peaked at number 3 (7 points).
Also fun fact: Burn is actually considered a higher hit than Love Me Like You Do, despite only peaking at 13th.

6 Psy Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name Psy, stylized PSY, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer and rapper.

Gangnam Style peaked at number 2 and Gentleman peaked at number 5 (5 points).
Also fun fact: Gangnam Style is the most viewed song on YouTube that didn't peak at number one (well unless you count Baby Shark but really that's just a nursery rhyme for kids).

7 Florida Georgia Line

Meant to Be peaked at number 2 and Cruise peaked at number 4 (6 points).
Also fun fact: Both of those songs are collaborations, so I feel like they might be relying on other artists to get major hits... I may never know.

Why is there a picture of Flo Rida and not the actually Florida Georgia line group

Oh yeah. For some reason that was the picture that came up when I searched them.

8 Khalid Khalid Donnel Robinson, known mononymously as Khalid, is an American singer and songwriter. He is signed to Right Hand Music Group and RCA Records.

Talk and 1-800-273-8255 (please don’t click that number because well you know why) each peaked at number 3 (6 points)
Also fun fact: Neither of these songs are his most streamed song on Spotify (that would be Lovely, possibly thanks to Billie Eilish).

9 Alessia Cara Alessia Caracciolo, born on July 11th, 1996 is professionally known as Alessia Cara, is a Canadian singer and songwriter.
10 Mo

Danish singer it won’t show her picture for some reason.

The Contenders

11 Skylar Grey Holly Brook Hafermann, who goes by the stage name Skylar Grey, is an American singer and songwriter from Mazomanie, Wisconsin.

Not sure she would be a big time pop star.

12 Train Train is an American roots rock band from San Francisco, formed in 1993. The band currently consists of Patrick Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, Jerry Becker, Luis Maldonaldo, Hector Maldonado, Drew Shoals, Nikita Houston and Sakai Smith.

Hey Soul Sister peaked at number 3 and Drops of Jupiter/Tell Me picked at number 5 (4 points).
Also fun fact: Hey Soul Sister is one of the few songs that never reached the top 2 but made the decade end chart.

13 Lil Yachty Miles Parks McCollum, known professionally as Lil Yachty, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Yachty first gained recognition in August 2015 for his singles "One Night" and "Minnesota" from his debut EP Summer Songs. He released his debut mixtape Lil Boat in March 2016.
14 Logic Born on January 22, 1990, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known as Logic, is one of the most influential artists in the rap game today, with amazing lyricism and flow. Logic first gained major fame through making 2013's edition of the XXL Top-10 Freshmen List, and has easily ...read more.
15 Sam Smith Samuel Frederick "Sam" Smith is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart.
16 Bastille Bastille are an English indie pop band formed in 2010. The group began as a solo project by singer Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. Beside Smith, the four-piece consists of Chris Wood, Will Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons.
17 Major Lazer

It doesn't seem to be letting me add many entries per day unfortunately.

18 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.

There are so many artists who qualify for this list.

19 Future
20 Zedd Zedd is a Russian- German DJ known for his hits such as Clarity, Transmission, and Break Free. He is best known for his album True Colors, which has the highest debut on the Billboard 200 for an EDM album (tied with Skrillex's Recess). He is one the the richest EDM artists in the industry.
21 Asap Rocky Rakim Mayers, better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Harlem, New York.
22 DJ Snake William Sami Etienne Grigahcine, known professionally as DJ Snake, is a French DJ and record producer.
23 Fetty Wap Willie Maxwell II, better known by his stage name Fetty Wap, is an American hip hop recording artist from Paterson, New Jersey.
24 Jeremih Jeremih Felton, better known by his mononym Jeremih, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. In 2009, he signed a record deal with Def Jam Recordings.

I'm considering making a post about these artists it will be much faster than adding them all to the list. What do you think I should say apart from just listing them though I might have some extra facts about them but there might not be particularly interesting ones for some of them. I might also have a verdict on whether or not I think that it's significant that they have never had a number one hit. Jeremih for example I don't know if it is significant he seems like just a mid level pop star who had a couple hits as opposed to say Nicki Minaj or One Direction who are megastars who just somehow have never gotten the top spot.

Well if you have so many ideas you might just want to make a whole post since you can only add ten per day. Also note what 2-5 hits they had just so I know.

25 Gym Class Heroes Gym Class Heroes is an American rap rock-hip hop band from Geneva, New York, United States. The group formed in 1997 when Travie McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley during their high school gym class.

Another not that famous group with a couple of big hits.

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