“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” by Cardi B
Her major-label debut single under Atlantic Records and lead single from her Grammy-winning debut album Invasion of Privacy moved to No. 1 on the Hot 100 on the Oct. 7, 2017-dated chart, and it remained there for three consecutive weeks. “Bodak Yellow” made Cardi B (real name Belcalis Almanzar) the first female rapper to top the all-genre tally without the assistance of any other credited artists in nearly 19 years, since Ms. Lauryn Hill’s first solo Hot 100 entry (apart from the Fugees) “Doo Wop (That Thing)” spent two weeks at the top beginning with its Nov. 14, 1998, debut at No. 1.
“I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Latin music luminaries Bad Bunny and J Balvin earned their first Hot 100 No. 1s with “I Like It” on the July 7, 2018-dated chart, but the summery bilingual trap collab earned the New York native many more “first” titles: Cardi became the first female rapper with two No. 1s following “Bodak Yellow.” She passed four female rappers who previously topped the tally with one No. 1 apiece: Ms. Hill, with “Doo Wop (That Thing),” for two weeks in 1998; Lil’ Kim, with “Lady Marmalade,” with Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk (five weeks, 2001); Shawnna, as featured on Ludacris’ “Stand Up” (one, 2003); and, Iggy Azalea, with “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX (seven, 2014).
With both “I Like It” and “Bodak Yellow” being featured on her album Invasion of Privacy, Cardi is also the first artist to notch a pair of Hot 100 No. 1s from a debut album, since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose The Heist yielded “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz (six weeks at No. 1), and “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton (five), both in 2013. She’s also the first soloist with a pair Hot 100 leaders from a debut LP since Bruno Mars, whose Doo-Wops & Hooligans produced “Just the Way You Are” (four weeks at No. 1, 2010) and “Grenade” (four, 2011) and the first female soloist with two Hot 100 No. 1s from a debut album this decade, and the first since Lady Gaga, whose The Fame generated “Just Dance,” featuring Colby O’Donis (three weeks on top), and “Poker Face” (one), both in 2009.
“Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B
She and Maroon 5 made Hot 100 chart history together with their collaboration “Girls Like You,” which spent seven weeks at No. 1, beginning its reign on the Sept. 29, 2018-dated chart. The song also spent a whopping 40 weeks in the top 20 region of the all-genre tally.
“WAP” by Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
Cardi and Meg took “WAP” to the top on the Aug. 22, 2020-dated chart, both rappers drew in a record 93 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the most for any track ever in its first week of release. It surpassed the haul of 85.3 million for Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” in its first week of availability (Feb. 2, 2019). Plus, Cardi and Meg earned the ninth Hot 100 No. 1 song credited to two or more women (and no other billed acts), and the fourth in 2020.
Last, but not least, Cardi scored her fifth Hot 100 No. 1 on the March 27, 2021-dated chart following her performance of “Up” as part of a medley with Megan Thee Stallion at the 2021 Grammy Awards. She extended her record for the most Hot 100 No. 1s among female rappers. With “Up” being her first Hot 100 No. 1 with no accompanying acts since “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi is the first female rapper with two Hot 100 No. 1s with no other billed artists.