Kenny G Joins Madonna, Michael Jackson, U2, ‘Weird Al’ as Only Artists to Do This

The saxophone great did it with the help of Kanye West

November 5, 2019

Kenny G has played his saxophone into the record books. He became just the fifth artist to score top 40 hits in each of the last four decades.

The 63-year-old joined exclusive company by being featured on Kanye West’s new album Jesus is King. Kenny G plays on the track “Use This Gospel” with Clipse, which debuted at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.

That gives Kenny G top 40 songs in the 10s, 00s, 90s and 80s. The only other artists to do that have been Madonna, Michael Jackson, U2 and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

According to Billboard, Madonna’s last triumph came in 2012 on “Give Me All Your Luvin’” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. Michael Jackson’s most recent top 40 was on Drake’s “Don’t Matter to Me” in 2018, and U2’s appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 hit “XXX” did the trick for the Irish rockers. Moral of the story: embrace young artists.

Yankovic has one top 40 hit in each of the past four decades, most recently with the “Blurred Lines” spoof “Word Crimes” in 2014.

Billboard noted that Bon Jovi and Whitney Houston also charted hits in each of the past four decades, but their most recent appearances were thanks to surges in popularity of prior hits.

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