It takes remarkable talent to top Billboard’s Hot 100 list. The chart was topped by men up until 1998 when Lauryn Hill made history. Since then, only 4 other female rappers have made it to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Here are the incredible women who made it:
Cardi B made history when hit song “Bodak Yellow” topped the charts last year. Dethroning Taylor Swift, who was sitting in the top spot with “Look What You Made Me Do” for three weeks, Cardi became the first female rapper to top the charts with a solo act in 19 years. She also became the first female artist to top the Hot 100 with a debut track without an accompanied artist since Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” in 2014.
Lauryn Hill was the first of the bunch to hit No. 1 on the charts with “Doo Wop (That Thing)”. As unbelievable as it may sound, it wasn’t until then that a woman ruled the charts.
Lil Kim joined the party a few years after Lauryn Hill with “Lady Marmalade,” where she was one of four women on the revamped version (alongside Christina Aguilera, Pink and Mya).
Shawnaa was featured on Ludacris’ “Stand up” that topped the charts in 2003 making her the third female rapper to top the charts.
Iggy made history a decade later with “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX. The track was also certified 7X platinum by the RIAA.