#GAReads | Rihanna Ends Longest Streak of No Women in Hot 100's Top Five Since 1972
…this year's 12-week break marks the longest gap of no solo women in the top five in nearly 35 years: From the charts dated June 12 through Sept. 11, 1982, no female soloists ranked in the bracket for 14 straight weeks. Still, two hits in that span belonged to groups with women singing lead: The Human League's No. 1 "Don't You Want Me" and Fleetwood Mac's No. 4-peaking "Hold Me."
But, the last time that women were entirely absent from the Hot 100's top five for at least 12 weeks before the interlude between Swift and Rihanna? Nearly 45 years ago.