There are only four performers who have achieved a Top 40 hit every decade since the 1980s: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Weird Al Yankovic, and more recently U2.
The King of Pop became the first act with top 40 Hot 100 hits in every decade thanks to 2011’s Hold My Hand with Akon. Even though Jackson died in 2009, it’s still a “new” hit, unlike Whitney Huston and Bon Jovi, who charted hits for every decade but only in the ’10s via re-entries of prior hits.
Also thanks to collaborating with new pop stars, the Queen of Pop has added more songs to her list of 49 top 40 hits.
Amazed to see Weird Al with all these music legends? The King of Parody has scored top 40 hits thanks to Michael Jackson (Beat it = Eat it; Bad = Fat, ’80s); Madonna (Like a virgin = Like a surgeon, which missed the top 40); Nirvana (Smells like teen spirit = Smells like Nirvana, ’90s); Chamillionaire (Ridin’ = White and Nerdy, ’00s); and Robin Thicke (Blurry Lines = Word Crimes, ’10s).
Lastly, U2 got six hits in the ’80s, seven in the ’90s, three in the ’00s, and one in the ’10s.