Earlier this year, a chart published by Concert Hotels made waves on the Internet after determining, based on vocal range, that Axl Rose is the the greatest singer of all time. While a competing study later argued that Mike Patton, and not the Guns N’ Roses frontman, was in fact music’s greatest vocalist, Concert Hotels’ study was nonetheless an interesting examination of our favorite artists’ talents from a strictly scientific level.
Now, Concert Hotels is back with another potentially controversial chart. This time, it ranks the recording careers of music’s greatest artists by determining their “hit rate,” which is measured by looking at an artist’s total number of albums compared to the ones that went No. 1 and the timespan in which they did so.
So, while The Beatles have an astounding 14 No. 1 albums to their name in the US, according to Concert Hotels, several of the band’s US-specific releases from 1963 and 1964, as well as 1969’s Yellow Submarine, failed to go No. 1 — thus ranking them far lower than one might expect. Beyoncé, meanwhile, has seen all six of her solo albums achieve No. 1 status, making her hit rate a whopping 100%. By this logic, Concert Hotels has determined Beyoncé, and not The Beatles, as the artist with the greatest recording career. And let the Internet outrage commence.
In fact, based on their hit rate, The Beatles should be considered the ninth most consistent artist. Kanye West, Rick Ross, Jay Z, Dave Matthews Band, Britney Spears, Eminem, and — yes, DMX all have a greater frequency of No 1. albums in their discography,
Click on around with the interactive chart below.
(via Concert Hotels).