According to this article Mariah Carey has beaten Elvis with 18 #1 hits. She's second only to the Beatles. I'm glad that I'm not the only person who finds this statistic disturbing. In fact, Mariah Carey agrees - from the same article cited above: "I really can never put myself in the category of people who have not only revolutionized music but also changed the world" Carey told The Associated Press on Tuesday via phone from London. No crap.
I propose that from now on, this list of top 100 artists denotes Mariah Carey with a * since she has contributed nothing but bubblegum pop to the world of music. That way when Mariah's Corporate Marketing Juggernaut does eventually exceed The Beatles in the quantity of #1 Hits, future generations will know that we all were wondering WTF?!
God help us when she exceeds Elvis' record of most cumulative weeks at #1.