Madonna's chart records & achievements
Throughout her career, Madonna has set many records in the music industry. Here are her most essential records and career achievements.
Guinness World Records officially lists Madonna as the World's Most Successful Female Musician of All Time.
In 2008, Madonna was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Throughout her career she was nominated 68 times for the MTV Video Music Awards, 20 of which she won, more than any artist. She was also the first female artist to receive the Video Vanguard Award in 1986.
US Chart records
4 Minutes was Madonna's 37th Top 10 hit in the Billboard Hot 100, breaking Elvis Presley's record of 36 Top 10 hits.
Madonna has the most Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Top 30 and Top 40 singles by a female artist on the Billboard Hot 100. Every single between 1983's Lucky Star and 1989's Cherish reached the US Top 5.
Madonna is the undefeated Queen of the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Singles Chart with no less than 46 #1 singles. This makes her the artist with the most #1 hits on one single Billboard chart.
Madonna is the female artist with the most certified Gold singles in the US (26).
UK Chart records
Madonna had more hits on the UK charts than any other female artist, among which 13 #1 hits and 62 Top 10 hits. Every single reached the UK Top 20 until 2008's Miles Away.
Madonna and Robbie Williams share the record for most #1 albums in the UK for a solo artist (12).
Together those #1 albums spent a total of 30 weeks on the UK album chart. Only Adele does better with 31 weeks.
In the UK, Madonna simultaneously topped the albums and singles charts 4 times in her career, which is unmatched by any other female artist.
In the UK, The Immaculate Collection is the highest selling album ever by a female artist (12x Platinum).
The Drowned World Tour was the highest-selling concert tour of 2001 for a solo artist ($76,8 million)
The Re-Invention Tour was the highest-selling concert tour of 2004 for a solo artist ($124,8 million)
The Confessions Tour was the highest-selling concert tour of 2006 for a solo artist ($194,7 million). The 2007 edition of Guinness World Records named it the highest-selling concert tour ever for a solo artist.
That record was broken by the Sticky & Sweet Tour, which still stands as the top grossing tour ever for a solo artist, grossing over $400 million. When bands are included in the calculation, Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour ranks 5th behind U2, Rolling Stones, Roger Waters and AC/DC.
The MDNA Tour was the highest-selling tour of 2012, making over $300 million. It ranks 11th in the list of highest-grossing tours of all time.
Music video records
When David Fincher directed the music video for Express Yourself in 1989, it was the most expensive music video production at the time, with a budget of $5 million.
Mark Romanek's video for Bedtime Story in 1995 equaled the budget of Express Yourself, but the same year the record was taken by the 'Scream' video of Michael & Janet Jackson ($7 million).
The Bond video for Die Another Day, directed by Traktor in 2005, took second place with a budget of $6,1 million, pushing Express Yourself and Bedtime Story into 3rd and 4th place in this ranking. However, when current inflation of the production cost is taken into acount, Express Yourself relatively cost more than Die Another Day and continues to rank as Madonna's most expensive music video.
Guinness World Record lists Madonna for the records of "Most Costume Changes in a Film": in Evita, she changed her outfit no less than 85 times.