As the 2010s came to a close, no artist was as reliable for total chart domination as Drake. In 2018, his Scorpion laid waste to both the Billboard 200 albums chart — spending its first five weeks at No. 1, the longest run atop the chart that year — and the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, spawning three No. 1 hits and seven total top 10 hits, and notching all 25 of its tracks on the chart in its debut week (among a weekly-record 27 total entries that week). With every new album last decade, Drake mounted a similar charge on Billboard‘s listings, and when not on an official LP cycle, he made his presence felt with one-off singles, features, and other in-between projects that made sure his name was never absent from the charts for long.
In fact, for over eight years, Drake wasn’t absent from the charts at all: From the week his breakthrough smash “Best I Ever Had” introduced him to the Hot 100 for the first time on the chart dated May 23, 2009, up until his “Passionfruit” and “Signs” dropped off the chart dated Aug. 26, 2017, there was not a single Hot 100 listing in which he didn’t appear on at least one entry — an unprecedented 431-week run. And over the course of that historic run, myriad records fell: In 2020 alone, he set Hot 100 marks for both most total entries and most top 10 hits on the chart, supplanting the Glee Cast and Madonna, respectively. Other stars had reached similar pop heights over the prior decade — Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Rihanna — but it was unquestionable that no hitmaker was as productive, consistent or generally indefatigable as Drake.