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Billboard Ranking: 50 Greatest Pop Songs Of All Times

Billboard Ranking: 50 Greatest Pop Songs Of All Times

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Pop is one of the most influential music of this age, pop music includes an aim of appealing to a general audience, rather than to a particular sub-culture or ideology, and an emphasis on craftsmanship rather than formal “artistic” qualities. In other words, Pop music is commercial music. 

Below is a collection of all old classic and modern trending pop songs.

Contents

 

50. Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy” (2006)

In the United Kingdom, following its release as a digital download on March 13, 2006, the song debuted at the number one spot on the UK Download Chart on March 22, 2006.  It became the first song to spend nine weeks at #1 in the UK in over 10 years and reached #2 in the US.  Musically, “Crazy” was inspired by the spaghetti western film scores of Ennio Morricone.  Lyrically, the song emerged out of a conversation between Cee Lo and Danger Mouse.

 

 

 

49. Buddy Holly – “Peggy Sue” (1957)

“Peggy Sue” went to number three on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1957.

It is ranked number 194 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

 

It is ranked as the 106th greatest song of all time and the third best song of 1957 by Acclaimed Music. In 1999, National Public Radio (NPR) included the song on the NPR 100, a list of the “100 Most Important American Musical Works of the 20th Century”.

 

The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

 

48. Simon & Garfunkel – “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)

This song featured in the film The Graduate also speaks about American culture memorably in the form of Joe DiMaggio. “Mrs. Robinson” details the hidden lives of upper middle-class families in the late 1960’s. It was a #1 hit single for Simon & Garfunkel. The song itself is almost hushed in tone until the chorus breaks through referencing a nation looking for a hero.

“Mrs. Robinson” was awarded two Grammy Awards at the 11th Annual Grammy Awards in 1969. It became the first rock song to win Record of the Year, and it also was awarded the Grammy for Best Contemporary-Pop Performance – Vocal Duo or Group.

 

 

47. Jackson 5 – “ABC” (1970)

It is one of the shortest titles to hit #1 and is the first alphabetically in a list of #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The upbeat lyrics compare learning to love to learn the alphabet.  “ABC” is a 1970 number-one hit by The Jackson 5. It was released on February 24. “ABC” knocked The Beatles’ Let It Be off the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970, and was number one on the soul singles chart for four weeks.

 

 

 

46. David Bowie – “Fame” (1975)

 

“Fame” became Bowie’s biggest hit to that point in the US. It was his first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as his first to break the top 10, but would only reach number 17 in the UK Singles Chart.

Bowie would later claim that he had “absolutely no idea” that the song would do so well as a single, saying “I wouldn’t know how to pick a single if it hit me in the face.”

 

 

45. Marvin Gaye – “Let’s Get It On” (1973)

During this track’s initial popularity, Marvin Gaye earned a reputation of a sex icon. Many also consider this one of the sexiest recordings of all time.

“Let’s Get It On” became Gaye’s most successful single for Motown and one of his most well-known songs. “Let’s Get It On” became, and remains to this day, one of Gaye’s most successful singles, as it reached #1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart on September 8, 1973. The single remained at #1 for two weeks, while also remaining at the top of the Billboard Soul Singles chart for eight weeks.

 

44. Britney Spears – “…Baby One More Time” (1998)

 

Baby One More Time reached number one in several countries, including the United Kingdom, where it earned double-platinum status and became the country’s best-selling song of 1999. It is one of the best-selling singles of all time, with over 10 million copies sold.

The music video was voted the third most influential promo in the history of pop music on a poll held by Jam!. “…Baby One More Time” is also one of the best-selling singles of all time, with over 9 million copies sold, and also earned Spears’s first nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

 

43. Human League – “Don’t You Want Me” (1981)

 

“Don’t You Want Me” was released in the UK on 27 November 1981. The B side was “Seconds” another track lifted straight from the Dare album. Like previous singles, a 12″ version was also issued featuring the original version of “Don’t You Want Me” and “Seconds” on the A side and an “extended dance mix” lasting seven and a half minutes on the B side.

This mix is also featured on the Love and Dancing album released under the name of The League Unlimited Orchestra in 1982.

 

42. Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You” (1982)

The week of its release, the album peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. Dolly Parton, wrote, recorded and topped the country chart with the original version of “I Will Always Love You,” but it was Whitney Houston’s dramatic reading of the song for the soundtrack to the film The Bodyguard that became one of the biggest pop hits of all time.

 The song reached the top 3 of the Billboard Hot 100 once more upon the untimely death of Whitney Houston in 2012.

 

41. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean” (1983)

Many consider “Billie Jean” to be the most prominent and most influential song on the best-selling album of all time Thriller. The track also won praise from Jackson biographers. Nelson George stated that Jerry Hey’s string arrangement added danger to “Billie Jean”, while J. Randy Taraborrelli added that it was “dark and sparse” by Quincy Jones’ production standards. 

Michael Jackson’s vocal hiccups became a trademark. Like so many classics, “Billie Jean” almost missed the cut to be included on the Thriller album. It went straight to #1 and was a top 10 smash across Europe.

 

40. Kelly Clarkson – “Since U Been Gone” (2004)

“Since U Been Gone” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number seventy for the week ending December 18, 2004. On its second week, the song moved to number fifty-three,before jumping to number thirty-eight the following week.

 

During the week ending April 9, 2005, “Since U Been Gone” ascended to a new peak of number two on the Billboard Hot 100, second to 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop”. This made “Since U Been Gone” the first pop song by a solo female artist to reach the top two chart positions in 2005.

 

39. Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z – “Crazy In Love” (2003)

“Crazy in Love” was a commercial success in the United States, debuting at number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although it was not yet released to retail stores, the single gained much attention and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the official US singles chart, based on heavy rotation alone. The same week it reached number one, Dangerously in Love debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one on July 12, 2003. Substantial airplay, and later in retail, gains of “Crazy in Love” allowed it to dominate the chart, spending eight consecutive weeks at number one on the Hot 100, making it Beyoncé’s first number one single in her solo career. According to Nielsen SoundScan, “Crazy in Love” was the most downloaded song in the United States for four consecutive weeks in July 2003.

 

38. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)

In the years since Cobain’s death, listeners and critics have continued to praise “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as one of the greatest songs in the history of rock music.

 The unexpected success of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in late 1991 propelled Nevermind to the top of the charts at the start of 1992, an event often marked as the point where alternative rock entered the mainstream.

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” was Nirvana’s biggest hit, reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100and placing high on music industry charts all around the world in 1991 and 1992.

 

37. Bee Gees – “You Should Be Dancing” (1976)

The song was their third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 and their sixth No. 1 in Canada. It ended as the No. 31 song of the year. In the ’70s some of the Bee Gees’ songs were deemed too up tempo for AC/Easy Listening Radio which led to “You Should Be Dancing” only reaching No. 25 on that chart.

 

It also hit No. 4 in Ireland. In Australia, where the brothers spent a number of years in their youth, it managed only to nick the top 20.

 

36. Pink Floyd – “Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)” (1979)

Part 2 is a protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in the UK in particular. It was also released as a single and provided the band’s only number-one hit in the United Kingdom, the United States, West Germany, and many other countries. In addition, in the US, along with the tracks, “Run Like Hell”, and “Don’t Leave Me Now”, “Another Brick in the Wall” reached number fifty-seven on the disco chart. For Part 2, Pink Floyd received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group and lost to Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind”. In addition, Part 2 was number 375 on Rolling Stones list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The single sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

 

35. Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men – “One Sweet Day”(1995)

“One Sweet Day” became Carey’s tenth chart topping single on the Billboard Hot 100 and Boyz II Men’s fourth. The song remained at the peak for a record-breaking, 16 consecutive weeks, from December 2, 1995, to March 16, 1996, before it was knocked off by Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion. Boyz II Men had previously held this record twice, with “End of the Road” (1992) spending 13 weeks at the top and “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994) spending 14. The former song shares this record with Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine”, and the latter song shared its record with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”.

 

34. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”(2011)

In the UK, “Rolling in the Deep” debuted at number 2 (her second number 2 debut, after “Chasing Pavements”), behind Bruno Mars’s “Grenade”. The song spent the first ten weeks of its chart run in the top ten.

Upon its American release, “Rolling in the Deep” became Adele’s second single to chart in the country. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 68 on 25 December 2010. Later on, it became her first ever single to top a Billboard chart when it reached number one on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart in March 2011 and became her first number one hit in the country when it topped the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2011.

 

33. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain  – “Low” (2008)

The song debuted at number 91 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for the week of November 6, 2007, and reached number one for the week of December 30, 2007. The song generated the second greatest one-week digital sales in the history of Billboards Digital Songs chart (behind Flo Rida’s “Right Round”), with 467,000 digital copies in one week. “Low” was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks and remained in the top ten of the chart for 23 weeks, making it both T-Pain and Flo Rida’s most successful single to date. The song stayed on the Hot 100 for 39 weeks, before dropping out in June 2008.

 

32. Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger”(1982)

It gained tremendous MTV and radio airplay and topped charts worldwide during 1982. In the United States, it held No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks and was the No. 2 single of 1982, behind Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”.

The band won a 1982 Grammy Award for “Best Rock Performance by Duo or Group With Vocal” at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards.

 

The song is also the title song to the 1986 film of the same name.

 

31. Boyz II Men – “I’ll Make Love to You”(1994)

The single was a massive commercial success. It held the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks, from August 27 to November 26, 1994. At the time, the song tied a record for the most weeks at number one that had been set by Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” in late 1992 and early 1993. Boyz II Men would later break their own record in 1996 with “One Sweet Day”, a collaboration with Mariah Carey, which remained at number one on the Hot 100 for 16 weeks beginning in December 1995. “I’ll Make Love to You” also topped the U.S. R&B and adult contemporary charts for nine and three weeks, respectively, in 1994.

 

30. Bryan Adams – “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”(1991)

“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” has the longest unbroken run at number one the UK Singles Chart, where it spent 16 consecutive weeks in 1991. It also spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and nine weeks atop the Canadian Singles Chart in Adams’s native Canada. Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1991.

Adams, Kamen and Lange won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television,[10] and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1992. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song but lost to “Beauty and the Beast”.

 

29. Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris – “Yeah!” (2004)

“Yeah!” debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number fifty-three on January 13, 2004. On March 2, the song peaked atop the chart and stayed at that position for twelve consecutive weeks.

“Yeah!” became Usher’s fourth number-one single, Lil Jon’s first and Ludacris’ second.

The single remained on the Hot 100 for forty-five weeks. “Yeah!” became the most played song in the United States in 2004, with Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems reporting the song getting a total of 496,805 plays.

 

28. Toni Braxton – “Un-Break My Heart”(1996)

 

In the United States, “Un-Break My Heart” managed to peak at number one on Billboard Hot 100 for eleven weeks, from the week of December 7, 1996, to the week of February 15, 1997, and stayed in the same position on the Adult Contemporary chart for fourteen weeks.

It would not, however, reach the number-one position on the Hot R&B Singles chart, remaining at number two for four weeks behind “I Believe I Can Fly” by R.Kelly. It sold 2.4 million copies domestically and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

 

27. Percy Faith – “The Theme from ‘A Summer Place'” (1960)

Max Steiner composed the score for the 1959 film “A Summer Place,” and Toronto-born Faith covered the main theme, giving him the most successful instrumental of the rock era.

The single was not an immediate hit and did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart until mid-January 1960, finally reaching #1 six weeks later on February 22, 1960. It went on to set an at-the-time record of nine consecutive weeks at #1, a record which would not be broken until 1977, when “You Light Up My Life” spent ten weeks at #1. 

 

26. Jewel  – “Foolish Games”/”You Were Meant for Me”  – (1997)

“Foolish Games”/”You Were Meant for Me” ranked at number 15 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100 and held the record in the Guinness Book of World Records for longest chart run of a single for “Foolish Games”/”You Were Meant for Me”, which charted for 65 weeks.

This record was later surpassed by “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes, also in 1997 and 1998 with 69 weeks, and “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz in 2008 and 2009 with 76 weeks, and then “Sail” by Awolnation at 79 weeks and “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons at 87 weeks in 2013 and 2014. Jewel was also nominated for Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for this song.

 

25. Rod Stewart – “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” (1976)

Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” is a song by Rod Stewart, recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama for his 1976 album A Night on the Town. The song became his second US chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100, peaked at No. 5 in the UK, No. 3 in Australia and charted well in other parts of the world as well.

 

It was the number 1 song on Billboards 1977 year-end chart. It became the best-selling single of 1977 in the United States.

 

24. Savage Garden  – “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1998)

The song reached number one in Australia in 1997 and in the United States the following year. Two music videos were filmed for the track—one for its original Australian release, and another for the international market shot in Paris. 

The song was a major and sustained success in the U.S. beginning in 1997. Entering the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at No. 26 on 6 December 1997, it peaked at No. 1 for two weeks in January 1998 and lingered for a full year on the chart. The song spent half a year in the top ten alone. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart and No. 2 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart.

 

23. Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson – “Say, Say, Say”(1983)

After its release in October 1983, “Say Say Say” became Jackson’s seventh top-ten hit inside a year. It was a number one hit in the United States, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and several other countries, reached number two in the United Kingdom, and peaked within the top ten in Australia, Austria, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and over 20 other nations. In 2013, Billboard magazine listed the song as the 41st biggest hit of all-time on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. 

The single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in December 1983, representing sales of one million copies. 

 

 

22. TLC – “Waterfalls” (1994)

The song spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving the group their second U.S. number one. The song was the number two song of the year on the Billboard1995 year-end chart.

“Waterfalls” also peaked at number one in New Zealand, Switzerland, and Germany, while reaching the top ten in many other countries.

“Waterfalls” received critical acclaim, earning two Grammy nominations at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards in 1996 for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

 

21. Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)

“Waterfalls” received critical acclaim, earning two Grammy nominations at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards in 1996 for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

The song tackled issues of the illegal drug trade, promiscuity and HIV/AIDS. Jarett E. Nolan of BMG noted that “Waterfalls” was the first number one song ever to reference AIDS in one of its verses. The accompanying music video for the song reflected its socially conscious lyrics. With a million-dollar budget, the video was an MTV staple credited for giving the single much of its success. 

It stayed atop the MTV Video Monitor chart for over a month, making TLC the first act to ever achieve this feat. The video won four MTV Video Music Awards in 1995, including top honours for Video of the Year. TLC was the first African American group or artist to ever receive the trophy.

 

20. Beck – “Loser” (1994)

When it was first released independently, “Loser” began receiving airplay on various modern rock stations, and the song’s popularity eventually led to a major-label record deal with Geffen Records-subsidiary DGC Records. After the song’s re-release under DGC, the song peaked at number 10 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 in April 1994, becoming Beck’s first single to hit a major chart. The song was subsequently released on the 1994 album Mellow Gold.

The single ranked first place in the 1994 Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics’ poll. In 2004, this song was ranked number 203 in Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In September 2010 Pitchfork Media included the song at number 9 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s. In 2007 Vh1 ranked the song 22 on their list of the “100 greatest songs of the 90’s”.

 

19. House of Pain – “Jump Around” (1992)

The song is popular among dancehall DJs and is widely regarded in the United Kingdom as a club classic. Blender’s 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born listed it at number 325.

The song features a distinctive horn fanfare intro, sampled from Bob & Earl’s 1963 track “Harlem Shuffle”.

The song also samples “Popeye (The Hitchhiker)” by Chubby Checker, but it is best known for a high-pitched squealing tenor saxophone sound that appears at the beginning of almost every bar—66 times in the course of the recording—sampled from the opening of the Junior Walker & the All Stars track “Shoot Your Shot”.

 

18.  Dr Dre (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) – “Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang” (1992)

The song was selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll. XXL magazine named it the top hip-hop song of the decade. The song samples “I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You” by Leon Haywood. It was later reissued in June 1994 in certain European countries.

It is the first single from the album. “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, behind “Informer” by Snow,  outperforming The Chronic’s other singles, “Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)”, which peaked at #8, and “Let Me Ride”, which peaked at #34. The single also reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and was a hit in the UK, where it reached #31.

 

17. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge” (1991)

The single’s success was widened with the release of its accompanying video, which was frequently played on music television channels. It won the “Viewer’s Choice Award” and “Breakthrough Video” at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

“Under the Bridge” helped the Red Hot Chili Peppers enter the mainstream. David Fricke of Rolling Stone said that the song “unexpectedly drop-kicked the band into the Top 10”, while Philip Booth of The Tampa Tribune commented that it was a “pretty, undulating, [and] by-now omnipresent single.”

 Its success led in part to the departure of guitarist John Frusciante, who preferred the band to remain underground. The song has become an inspiration to other artists and remains a seminal component of the alternative rock movement of the early and mid-1990s.

 

16. TLC –  “No Scrubs” (1999)

“No Scrubs” was met with international success. It became TLC’s third number-one single and eighth top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

It also earned them their second Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.

“No Scrubs” is one of TLC’s signature songs and was the second-biggest Hot 100 single of 1999 in the U.S., only behind Cher’s “Believe”, according to Billboards Year-End Charts. On the decade end chart for 1990-1999, “No Scrubs” was ranked at #33. The single was certified 2x platinum in the UK and platinum in New Zealand.

15. Katy Perry – “Firework” (2010)

In the United States, “Firework” debuted at position 57 on the issue dated November 6, 2010. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Perry’s fourth number-one single in the US and third number-one single from the album.

This made Perry the first female artist since Monica in 1998–1999 to have three consecutive singles from an album top the chart. It spent four non-consecutive weeks at number-one on the Hot 100.[The song topped on Hot Dance Club Songs, Pop chart, Adult Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary chart.

On the week ending January 8, 2011, “Firework” sold 509,000 digital downloads in the US which is tied with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way as the seventh highest amount ever sold by a female artist behind Adele’s “Hello” (1.1 million), Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (623,000) and Kesha’s “Tik Tok” (610,000), Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” (582,000), Perry’s own “Roar” (557,000), Swift’s “Shake It Off” (544,000) and ninth highest overall.

 

14.  Miley Cyrus – “Party in the U.S.A.”(2009)

“Party in the U.S.A.” debuted and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending August 29, 2009, due to the sale of over 226,000 digital downloads, thus becoming the fastest-selling single released by Hollywood Records.

It was kept off number one by “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. It became Cyrus‘ best-charting effort on the chart up to that point, surpassing her prior best-charting effort “The Climb”, which peaked at number four in May 2009. The week’s appearance also marked the highest debut by a female solo artist since Carrie Underwood’s “Inside Your Heaven”, which debuted at number one in July 2005.

According to Billboard, “Party in the U.S.A.” was the seventh-best selling digital single of 2009 in the US.The single was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments exceeding four million copies and became Hollywood Records’ best-selling single to date.By October 2012, “Party in the U.S.A” had surpassed the 5 million sales mark in the United States, making Cyrus the youngest artist to have a single that sold more than five million downloads. As of July 2014, the song has sold 5,542,000 downloads in the US.The song is among the best-selling singles of all time.

 

 

13.Taylor Swift – “Shake it Off”(2014)

A day following its impact on US radio stations, “Shake It Off” gained an audience of nine million. The song debuted at 45 on the Billboard Radio Songs chart with 29 million in all-format audience.

It debuted on the Mainstream Top 40 chart at number 12, tying it with Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover” (1993) as the highest chart debut. “Shake It Off” became her third number-one song there, following her 2008 country crossover hit single Love Story and her 2013 hit “I Knew You Were Trouble”, which remained No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks.

The single debuted at number nine on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, becoming the highest debut single on the chart. On its sixth week, the song became her second No. 1 on the Adult Top 40 chart since her 2013 hit “I Knew You Were Trouble”, tying it with Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” (1996) as the fastest song to reach number 1 in just six weeks. The song debuted at number 58 on the Country Airplay chart, though only two country stations played the song more than four times.

 

12. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”(2014)

The song became the first to crown the Hot 100 and its three main component charts for nine weeks (the previous record was held by Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”, which did so for two weeks).

By spending a seventh week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, it became Mars’ longest command at the top position (among his six number-ones).It also became one of the longest running number-one singles in Billboard’s Hot 100 history and also the longest-running number-one single of the 2010s decade, by topping the chart for 14 consecutive weeks, also becoming the joint second-longest number-one single in Billboard history.

This surpassed the previous record set by Robin Thicke with his 2013 single “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I., which reigned at number one for 12 weeks. After its fourteenth week, it was replaced by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again”.

 

11. Gwen Stefani – “Hollaback Girl”(2004)

“Hollaback Girl” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 82 on the issue dated April 2, 2005, and within six weeks of its release, it had reached the top of the chart, becoming Stefani’s first US number one.

It replaced 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” featuring Olivia, which had spent the previous nine weeks at number one on the chart. It maintained the number-one position for four consecutive weeks.

“Hollaback Girl” ranked second on the 2005 Hot 100 year-end chart, beaten by Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together”. “Hollaback Girl” held the record for most US radio airplays in one week, with 9,582 plays, and maintained this feat for over a year before Shakira and Wyclef Jean’s “Hips Don’t Lie” overtook the position. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Pop 100 chart for eight weeks, and at number 15 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song was a crossover success, and reached number four on the Rhythmic Top 40 and number eight on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

 

10. Christina Aguilera – “Genie in a Bottle”(1999)

A writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gave the song a positive review calling it a “smoldering soul-pop” track and described Aguilera’s vocals as being “provocative” whilst calling the song a “pleasure” to listen to. In a review for the album Christina Aguilera critic Robert Christgau called the song a “dazzling clever piece of teen self-exploration cum sexploitation”.

“Genie in a Bottle” received generally favorable reviews from contemporary music critics, most of whom praised the song’s lyrics and Aguilera’s vocals on the track. The single achieved commercial success, peaking atop the record charts of 21 countries.

In the United States, the song peaked atop the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold more than 1.4 million copies in the country. Globally the single sold over 7 million copies and is listed as one of the best selling singles of all time.

 

9. The Backstreet Boys – “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”(1997)

Written and produced by Max Martin and Denniz PoP, “Everybody” is one of the Backstreet Boys’ most successful singles to date, reaching #4 in the US Billboard Hot 100, running 22 weeks, and #3 in the UK Singles Chart. It is certified platinum in the United States with 2.1 million sales.
It was released as the first single from their second international album Backstreet’s Back in 1997, and the third single and fourth track from their debut U.S. album on March 31, 1998.

The U.S. debut was originally released without the song, which references the band’s return via their second international album. However, once it was decided to release the single in the U.S., the album was re-released with “Everybody” included.

 

8. ‘N Sync – “It’s Gonna Be Me”(2000)

It was released on June 13, 2000, as the second single in the United States and third in Europe from their second studio album No Strings Attached. The song was NSYNC’s only Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, making it their highest-charting single.

It topped the chart for two consecutive weeks and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. The song serves as the opening track of the 2000 compilation album Now That’s What I Call Music! 5.
The lyrics are addressed to a woman who apparently had bad experiences in previous relationships. The man who shows interest in her assures the woman that he is nothing like her past lovers, and that he is prepared to wait for her. When she is ready to love someone again, he maintains that “It’s gonna be me”.

 

7.Whitney Houston – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”(1987)

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” was released as the first single from Houston’s second studio album at the beginning of May 1987. It entered the Billboard Hot 100, the issue dated May 16, 1987, at number 38, her highest debut in the 1980s.

Six weeks later, it reached the top spot on the chart, making it Houston’s fourth number-one single in the United States, the issue date of June 27, 1987 ― the same day that Houston’s album Whitney debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 (formerly “Top Pop Albums”) the first time ever by a female artist.

It remained there for two weeks and spent 18 weeks on the chart. The song reached number one on the Hot 100 Single Sales chart for two weeks, and on the Hot 100 Airplay chart for three weeks, her longest run at that time. The single also peaked at number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary and the 12″ remixed dance/club version by John “Jellybean” Benitez became Houston’s first chart-topper on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs, staying on the top position of the charts for three weeks and two weeks, respectively.

 

6. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”(2011)

“Call Me Maybe” reached number one in Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, while peaking inside the top three in Austria, Belgium (Flanders & Wallonia), Germany, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. After reaching the top position on the Canadian Hot 100, Jepsen became only the fifth Canadian artist to do so in her home country since 2007. In the United States, the track reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The song is the first number one by a Canadian female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since 2007’s “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne.

After reaching the top position on the Canadian Hot 100, Jepsen became only the fifth Canadian artist to do so in her home country since 2007. In the United States, the track reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The song is the first number one by a Canadian female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since 2007’s “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne.
“Call Me Maybe” was nominated for two Grammy Awards, for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 55th Annual ceremony, but lost to “We Are Young” by Fun and the live performance of “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele, respectively.

On December 11, 2012, “Call Me Maybe” was named Song of the Year for 2012 by MTV. In its 2012 Year-End issue, Billboard magazine ranked this song #2 in the Hot 100 Songs, Digital Songs, and Canadian Hot 100 charts, in each case behind “Somebody That I Used to Know”, by Gotye featuring Kimbra. The song was also ranked number one in the Village Voice’s annual Pazz and Jop poll, which compiles the votes of music critics from all over the United States.

 

5. Justin Bieber – “Sorry”(2015)

Commercially, the song topped the charts in thirteen countries. It spent 7 weeks at number one on the Canadian Hot 100 and 3 weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100; “Sorry” was replaced by third single “Love Yourself” on the chart dated February 13, 2016, making Bieber the 12th act in the Hot 100’s history to succeed himself at number one. He also accomplished the same feat in the United Kingdom, becoming the third act ever to self-replace at the top of the UK Singles Chart.

In the United States, “Sorry” debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated November 14, 2015, with 277,000 downloads sold and 23.1 million US streams in its first week, becoming Bieber’s second consecutive top-10 debut (after “What Do You Mean?” which debuted at number one) and his eighth top-10 Billboard single overall.

The song was blocked from the top by Adele’s “Hello”, which debuted at number one with 1.11 million downloads sold its first week on sale. With having debuted at number one and number two with prior single ‘”What Do You Mean?” and “Sorry”, respectively, Bieber’s Purpose became only the fourth album in Billboard’s history to have yielded multiple songs that entered the Hot 100 in the top-two positions (the others were Mariah Carey’s Daydream in 1995–96, Butterfly in 1997–98, and Eminem’s Recovery in 2010).

 

4.  Prince – “When Doves Cry”(1984)

“When Doves Cry” is a song by American musician Prince and the lead single from his 1984 album Purple Rain. It was a worldwide hit, and his first American number one single, topping the charts for five weeks. According to Billboard magazine, it was the top-selling single of the year. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, shipping two million units in the United States. It was the last single released by a solo artist to receive such certification before the certification requirements were lowered in 1989.

The song ranked number 52 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
Following Prince’s death, the song re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number eight, its first appearance in the top 10 since the week ending September 1, 1984. As of April 30, 2016, it has sold 1,385,448 copies in the United States.

3. Madonna – “Like a Prayer”(1989)

“Like a Prayer” is a pop rock song and incorporates gospel music. It features background vocals from a choir and also a rock guitar. The lyrics contain liturgical words, but they have dual meanings of sexual innuendo and religion.

“Like a Prayer” was acclaimed by critics, and was a commercial success. It was Madonna’s seventh number-one single on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 and topped the singles charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and other countries.

“Like a Prayer” was acclaimed by critics, and was a commercial success. It was Madonna’s seventh number-one single on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100, and topped the singles charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and other countries.

The music video, directed by Mary Lambert, portrays Madonna as a witness to the murder of a girl by white supremacists. While a black man is arrested for the murder, Madonna hides in a church for safety seeking strength to go forth as a witness.

 

2. Aaliyah – “Try Again”(2000)

“Try Again” debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the week of March 18, 2000 at number fifty-eight, reaching number one on the week of June 17, 2000.It also peaked at number one on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, number three on the Mainstream Top 40 chart and number four on the Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart. On the Year-End chart for 2000, the song reached number twelve.

In the United Kingdom, “Try Again” debuted and peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart on July 16, 2000―for the week ending July 22, 2000―while staying in the top seventy-five of the chart for twelve weeks.
“Try Again” also achieved commercial success elsewhere in Europe, peaking within the top five on the charts in Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland. In Germany, the song peaked at number five on the German Singles Chart.

In Australia, the song reached number eight on the ARIA Singles Chart. It became the country’s fifty-first best-selling song of 2000..

 

1.  Michael Jackson – “Thriller”(1983)

“Thriller” has appeared on multiple greatest hits compilation albums from Jackson, including HIStory (1995), Number Ones (2003), The Essential Michael Jackson (2005) and Michael Jackson’s This Is It (2009) and was remixed for the Immortal album in 2011. The song has a voice-over from actor Vincent Price.
In the song, sound effects such as a creaking door, thunder, feet walking on wooden planks, winds and howling dogs can be heard, and the lyrics contain frightening themes and elements. “Thriller” received positive reviews from critics and became Jackson’s seventh top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart from the album, while reaching the top of the charts in France and Belgium and the top ten in many other countries.

“Thriller” was adapted by director John Landis into a highly successful music video, known independently as “Michael Jackson’s Thriller”. At fourteen minutes the video is substantially longer than the song, which ties together a narrative featuring Jackson and actress Ola Ray in a setting heavily inspired by horror films of the 1950s. In the video’s most iconic scene, Jackson leads other actors costumed as zombies in a choreographed dance routine. Though it garnered some criticism for its occult theme and violent imagery, the video was immediately popular and received high critical acclaim, being nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards in 1984 and winning three. In 2009 it was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, the first music video ever selected.

In the video’s most iconic scene, Jackson leads other actors costumed as zombies in a choreographed dance routine. Though it garnered some criticism for its occult theme and violent imagery, the video was immediately popular and received high critical acclaim, being nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards in 1984 and winning three. In 2009 it was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, the first music video ever selected.

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