It has been found that Kanye West has had more tracks gracing the Billboard Top 40 charts than the King of Pop himself Michael Jackson. After ScHoolboy Q’s THat Part, in which West is featured, climbed into the charts, West’s current total of Top 40 hits added up to 40, in comparison to Jackson’s 39.
According to Billboard, he now has a place in the top 10 list of male artists with the most Top 40 hits ever. Topping the list, with double the hits of West, is Elvis Presley, followed by Lil Wayne with 69 and Elton John with 57.
In the past, West has revealed that Jackson has been hugely influential for him during his life and career. In 2013, he explained that he wouldn’t have been who he is today if it weren’t for Jackson in an interview with Zane Lowe:
“So for me, in my life and creativity it’s been challenging, yeah, it’s been challenging and everything. But I was able to ascend to massive heights because of the foundation that my mother and my father and my grandfather laid through civil rights, what Michael Jackson did with music videos and the ground he broke. There would be no Kanye West if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson.”
Listen to the track that got him this incredible achievement below.