Many people are unhappy with Kanye West’s comments after the Grammy Awards, but Paul McCartney may not be one of them: The superstar rapper has helped the legendary former Beatle score his first top 10 hit in 29 years.
“FourFiveSeconds,” Sir Paul’s collaboration with Kanye and pop/R&B star Rihanna, has jumped from #15 to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to the debut of the song’s video and the trio’s performance of the tune on Sunday night’s Grammy ceremony. McCartney’s return to the top 10 for the first time since 1986 gives him the longest gap between top 10 singles in the history of the Billboard chart.
The record for the longest gap between top 10 hits previously was held by Santana, who waited more than 28 years between 1971’s “Black Magic Woman” and 1999’s “Smooth,” featuring Rob Thomas.
McCartney’s last top 10 hit was “Spies Like Us,” from the movie of the same name starring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd. Counting “FourFiveSeconds,” he’s now racked up 23 solo top 10s; he had 34 with The Beatles.
By comparison, this is Rihanna’s 26th top 10 and Kanye’s 15th. Yes, amazingly, Rihanna has had more top 10 hits than Paul McCartney.
It’s worth noting that during the years Sir Paul was waiting for another solo top 10, he did hit #6 in 1995 with The Beatles, thanks to the song “Free as a Bird.”