This week, Ariana Grande’s “34 + 35″ jumps to a new high on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Jan. 30), catapulting all the way to No. 2, held from the top spot only by Olivia Rodrigo’s monster breakthrough hit “Drivers License.” The former reaches its current peak thanks in large part to its new remix, featuring guest rappers Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion, both of whom are now credited on the song’s listing.
Though last year was a historic year for all-female collabs atop the Hot 100, you still have to go back two decades to find the last top-two single on the Hot 100 to feature three or more female soloists. That’s when Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and P!nk teamed up to cover Labelle’s 1975 Hot 100-topping hit “Lady Marmalade” for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, resulting in a No. 1 hit of their own — still to date the only song to top the chart with more than two credited female artists. (“Heartbreak Hotel,” by Whitney Houston featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price, also reached No. 2 on the chart in 1999.)
The first such single to hit the Hot 100’s top 10, as well as the most voluminous in terms of female collaborators, came in 1997, with “Not Tonight” — a No. 6 hit for Lil Kim off the Nothing to Lose soundtrack, also featuring Da Brat, Left Eye, Missy Elliott and Angie Martinez.
Missy is a common element on several of the nine total all-female Hot 100 top 10 hits to feature more than two female artists. Along with “Lady Marmalade” (which she co-produced and provides the intro for, despite not being a credited artist on the song) and “Not Tonight,” she also appears along with Mocha as featured artists on Nicole’s “Make It Hot” (No. 5, 1998) and again with Lil Kim on Keyshia Cole’s “Let It Go” (No. 7, 2007).
The lone top 10 hit to feature a gender-split lineup that nonetheless contains three credit female artists came in 2002, with Irv Gotti Presents The Inc.’s “Down 4 U,” which features Ashanti, Charlie Baltimore and Vita, as well as male rapper Ja Rule. In addition, such all-star charity singles as USA For Africa’s “We Are the World” and Artists Stand Up to Cancer’s “Just Stand Up!” each boasts many female hitmakers — the latter even featuring an all-women lineup — but did not credit any of them individually on their official chart listing.
See a complete breakdown of the all-female Hot 100 top 10 hits with three or more female soloists below, presented chronologically:
Lil Kim feat. Da Brat, Left Eye, Missy Elliott & Angie Martinez, “Not Tonight” (Peak Position: No. 6, Peak Date: 8/9/97)
Nicole feat. Missy Elliott & Mocha, “Make It Hot” (No. 5, 8/1/98)
Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price, “Heartbreak Hotel” (No. 2, 3/20/99)
Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & P!nk, “Lady Marmalade” (No. 1, 6/2/01)
Keyshia Cole feat. Missy Elliott & Lil Kim, “Let It Go” (No. 7, 9/29/07)
Britney Spears feat. Nicki Minaj & Kesha, “Till the World Ends” (No. 3, 5/14/11)
Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A., “Give Me All Your Luvin’” (No. 10, 2/25/12)
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang” (No. 3, 10/4/14)
Ariana Grande feat. Doja Cat & Megan Thee Stallion, “34 + 35″ (No. 2, 1/30/21)