Billboard is one of the greatest magazine in the music industry, a real benchmark for all the artists and music genres. For years they have been undisputed headmasters of the world’s most famous and newsworthy music rankings. Speaking of which, they have recently released The Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists ranking, based on weekly performance on Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart, from its Aug. 28, 1976, inception through Aug. 27, 2016. Artists on the all-time chart are ranked based on the combined point totals of all their Dance Club Songs chart entries (with songs ranked based on an inverse point system and weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least; due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras were weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods).
Madonna is the No. 1 Billboard Dance Club Songs artist over the last 40 years, dating to the chart’s 1976 inception. The icon reigns thanks largely to her record total of 46 No. 1s, the most of any artist on any single Billboard chart, and her consistently dazzling performance on the tally since her 1982 debut.
Fittingly, following Madonna on Billboard‘s Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Songs Artists list is Janet Jackson at No. 2. Rihanna ranks at No. 3, followed by Beyonce (No. 4) and Pet Shop Boys (No. 5), the top duo or group; Donna Summer (No. 6), she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United States Billboard 200 chart within a 12-month period; Depeche Mode (No. 10), Erasure (No. 19) and New Order (No. 25) follow in the duo/group category. Enrique Iglesias, at No. 14 overall, is the top male soloist, followed by Prince (No. 24), Michael Jackson (No. 26) and David Guetta (No. 27).
In a ranking that celebrates artists who have made history, outstanding names like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Frankie Knuckles, Chaka Khan, Loleatta Holloway, Basement Jaxx, Funky Green Gogs, India, Ultra Natè, Crystal Waters, Barbara Tucker, Joi Cardwell, Inaya Day, Kim English, Mary J. Blige must be mentioned.
They have made us dance and dream in different eras but always and forever with the same amazing music.