Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Charts

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The Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Charts[1] are historical charts[2][3][4] from the Hot 100's first 50 years, August 1958 through July 2008. "Alfred Music" publishing house saluted the 50th by publishing the Hot 100 50th Anniversary Songbook.[5]

Criteria Billboard used to create the "50th Anniversary" chart position

The songs in the "50th Anniversary" charts had to appear on the Hot 100 in order to be counted. This may create some confusion (for example: many great country artists and songs are not on the "50th Anniversary" chart because, while very popular on the country charts they didn't cross over to the Hot 100). Also, keep in mind the Hot 100 started in August 1958 so any prior songs are not listed, including some popular Elvis Presley songs.

The "50th Anniversary" chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100.[6] The artist chart utilizes the same methodology, with weighted points applied to all titles charted by each artist during that 50-year span. They are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at number one earning the greatest value and weeks at number one hundred earning the least.[7]

Hot 100's 50th Anniversary award relative points for every week that a title spent on the chart, regardless of rank. For the Hot 100's 50th Anniversary, Billboard's charts department ensured a more balanced representation of hits from all 50 years, by analyzing the length of chart runs in earlier decades, as well as the average weeks that titles spent in the top 10 and at number one. Weights for earlier spans were then formulated, to compensate for the shorter chart runs that titles experienced before the 1991 conversion to precise and objective sales and radio data from Nielsen Music.[8]

Prior to December 1998, songs did not appear on the Billboard Hot 100 until a retail single became available (which, incidentally, is why hits like Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and No Doubt's "Don't Speak" never appeared on the Hot 100). In earlier years, retail singles came to market fairly early in a song's life-usually shortly after, or even before, a song came to radio.

But, during the 1990s, when labels would strategize number-one chart bows by significant hits, the retail release of some priority singles were withheld until radio audience reached maximum levels. Although some of these songs spent significant numbers of weeks at number one or in the top ten, the delay of the sales component ultimately shortened the spans these songs would spend on the chart. With the new methodology rewarding points for a song's entire chart run, rather than confining points to weeks spent in the top ten, the shorter chart lives recorded by the songs that debuted at number one impact their all-time standings.[7]

Complete list of "Billboard 50th Anniversary" charts

All-Time Hot 100 top songs

  1. "The Twist" – Chubby Checker
  2. "Smooth" – Santana featuring Rob Thomas
  3. "Mack the Knife" – Bobby Darin
  4. "How Do I Live" – LeAnn Rimes
  5. "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" – Los del Río
  6. "Physical" – Olivia Newton-John
  7. "You Light Up My Life" – Debby Boone
  8. "Hey Jude" – The Beatles
  9. "We Belong Together" – Mariah Carey
  10. "Un-Break My Heart" – Toni Braxton
  11. "Yeah!" – Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris
  12. "Bette Davis Eyes" – Kim Carnes
  13. "Endless Love" – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  14. "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" – Rod Stewart
  15. "Foolish Games" / "You Were Meant for Me" – Jewel
  16. "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" – Bryan Adams
  17. "I'll Make Love to You" – Boyz II Men
  18. "Theme from A Summer Place" – Percy Faith & His Orchestra
  19. "Le Freak" – Chic
  20. "How Deep Is Your Love" – The Bee Gees
  21. "Eye of the Tiger" – Survivor
  22. "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" – Andy Gibb
  23. "Low" – Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
  24. "Too Close" – Next
  25. "Every Breath You Take" – The Police
  26. "Flashdance... What a Feeling" – Irene Cara
  27. "Tossin' and Turnin'" – Bobby Lewis
  28. "The Battle of New Orleans" – Johnny Horton
  29. "One Sweet Day" – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
  30. "Truly Madly Deeply" – Savage Garden
  31. "Silly Love Songs" – Paul McCartney & Wings
  32. "Let's Get It On" – Marvin Gaye
  33. "Night Fever" – The Bee Gees
  34. "Another One Bites the Dust" – Queen
  35. "Say Say Say" – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
  36. "How You Remind Me" – Nickelback
  37. "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" – Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando
  38. "It's All in the Game" – Tommy Edwards
  39. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – The Beatles
  40. "Shadow Dancing" – Andy Gibb
  41. "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" – Elton John
  42. "No One" – Alicia Keys
  43. "End of the Road" – Boyz II Men
  44. "Call Me" – Blondie
  45. "Let Me Love You" – Mario
  46. "Stayin' Alive" – The Bee Gees
  47. "Lady" – Kenny Rogers
  48. "I'm a Believer" – The Monkees
  49. "Gold Digger" – Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
  50. "Apologize" – Timbaland featuring OneRepublic
  51. "The Sign" – Ace Of Base
  52. "Centerfold" – The J. Geils Band
  53. "(Just Like) Starting Over" – John Lennon
  54. "The Boy Is Mine" – Brandy & Monica
  55. "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" – Stevie B
  56. "I Love Rock N' Roll" – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  57. "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" – The 5th Dimension
  58. "Whoomp! (There It Is)" – Tag Team
  59. "Ebony and Ivory" – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
  60. "Rush, Rush" – Paula Abdul
  61. "That's What Friends Are For" – Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
  62. "Upside Down" – Diana Ross
  63. "Sugar, Sugar" – The Archies
  64. "Dilemma" – Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
  65. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" – Marvin Gaye
  66. "You're Still the One" – Shania Twain
  67. "Hot Stuff" – Donna Summer
  68. "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston
  69. "Gangsta's Paradise" – Coolio featuring L.V.
  70. "Abracadabra" – Steve Miller Band
  71. "Billie Jean" – Michael Jackson
  72. "You're So Vain" – Carly Simon
  73. "Play That Funky Music" – Wild Cherry
  74. "Say You, Say Me" – Lionel Richie
  75. "My Sharona" – The Knack
  76. "All Night Long (All Night)" – Lionel Richie
  77. "Nothing Compares 2 U" – Sinéad O'Connor
  78. "I Swear" – All-4-One
  79. "Family Affair" – Mary J. Blige
  80. "Waiting for a Girl Like You" – Foreigner
  81. "Are You Lonesome Tonight" – Elvis Presley
  82. "Killing Me Softly with His Song" – Roberta Flack
  83. "Hurts So Good" – John Mellencamp
  84. "I'll Be Missing You" – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112
  85. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" – B.J. Thomas
  86. "Another Day in Paradise" – Phil Collins
  87. "Best of My Love" – The Emotions
  88. "You Make Me Wanna..." – Usher
  89. "Big Girls Don't Cry" – Fergie
  90. "The Way We Were" – Barbra Streisand
  91. "Another Night" – The Real McCoy
  92. "It's Now or Never" – Elvis Presley
  93. "Do That to Me One More Time" – Captain & Tennille
  94. "A Fifth of Beethoven" – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band
  95. "Like a Virgin" – Madonna
  96. "Maria Maria" (Album Version) – Santana featuring The Product G&B
  97. "I Will Survive" – Gloria Gaynor
  98. "I Can't Stop Loving You" – Ray Charles
  99. "U Got It Bad" – Usher
  100. "Joy to the World" – Three Dog Night

All-Time top artists

  1. The Beatles
  2. Madonna
  3. Elton John
  4. Elvis Presley
  5. Stevie Wonder
  6. Mariah Carey
  7. Janet Jackson
  8. Michael Jackson
  9. Whitney Houston
  10. The Rolling Stones
  11. Paul McCartney/Wings
  12. Bee Gees
  13. Chicago
  14. The Supremes
  15. Daryl Hall & John Oates
  16. Prince
  17. Rod Stewart
  18. Olivia Newton-John
  19. Aretha Franklin
  20. Marvin Gaye
  21. Usher
  22. Phil Collins
  23. Billy Joel
  24. Donna Summer
  25. Diana Ross
  26. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  27. The Temptations
  28. The Beach Boys
  29. Lionel Richie
  30. Neil Diamond
  31. The Carpenters
  32. Boyz II Men
  33. The Jackson 5/The Jacksons
  34. Connie Francis
  35. Brenda Lee
  36. Barbra Streisand
  37. Kenny Rogers
  38. Bryan Adams
  39. Cher
  40. George Michael
  41. Bobby Vinton
  42. John Mellencamp
  43. Three Dog Night
  44. Huey Lewis and the News
  45. Gloria Estefan/Miami Sound Machine
  46. Bon Jovi
  47. Ray Charles
  48. Chubby Checker
  49. Foreigner
  50. Kool & the Gang
  51. Ricky Nelson
  52. Duran Duran
  53. Commodores
  54. Eagles
  55. Paul Anka
  56. TLC
  57. Barry Manilow
  58. Dionne Warwick
  59. Gladys Knight & the Pips
  60. Heart
  61. The Everly Brothers
  62. R. Kelly
  63. Bobby Darin
  64. James Brown
  65. Paula Abdul
  66. Richard Marx
  67. Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship
  68. Destiny's Child
  69. Linda Ronstadt
  70. Celine Dion
  71. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  72. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
  73. Fleetwood Mac
  74. Bruce Springsteen
  75. The Pointer Sisters
  76. John Denver
  77. Four Tops
  78. Tony Orlando & Dawn
  79. The 5th Dimension
  80. Alicia Keys
  81. Captain & Tennille
  82. Andy Gibb
  83. Air Supply
  84. Nelly
  85. Roy Orbison
  86. The Spinners
  87. Queen
  88. 50 Cent
  89. Dion
  90. Aerosmith
  91. Billy Ocean
  92. Tommy James
  93. Earth, Wind & Fire
  94. Brook Benton
  95. Michael Bolton
  96. Styx
  97. Toni Braxton
  98. Neil Sedaka
  99. Herman's Hermits
  100. Simon & Garfunkel

All-Time top Latin songs

  1. "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" – Los del Río - RCA
  2. "Maria Maria" – Santana featuring The Product G&B – Arista
  3. "I'm Real" – Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule – Epic
  4. "La Bamba" – Los Lobos – Slash/Warner Bros.
  5. "Anything for You" – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – Epic
  6. "I Need to Know" – Marc Anthony – Columbia
  7. "Genie in a Bottle" – Christina Aguilera – RCA
  8. "If You Had My Love" – Jennifer Lopez – Work/550-Work
  9. "Don't Wanna Lose You" – Gloria Estefan – Epic
  10. "Coming Out of the Dark" – Gloria Estefan – Epic
  11. "Livin' la Vida Loca" – Ricky Martin – C2
  12. "Lady Marmalade" – Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa & Pink – Interscope
  13. "Hero" – Enrique Iglesias – Interscope
  14. "Hips Don't Lie" – Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean – Epic
  15. "Just Another Day" – Jon Secada – SBK/EMI
  16. "The Game of Love" – Santana featuring Michelle Branch – Arista
  17. "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" – Deodato – CTI
  18. "Be with You" – Enrique Iglesias – Interscope
  19. "1, 2, 3" – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – Epic
  20. "Come On Over Baby" – Christina Aguilera – RCA
  21. "Black Magic Woman" – Santana – Columbia
  22. "What a Girl Wants" – Christina Aguilera – RCA
  23. "Patricia" – Perez Prado and His Orchestra – RCA Victor
  24. "Light My Fire" – Jose Feliciano – RCA Victor
  25. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" – Jennifer Lopez – Epic
  26. "Jenny from the Block" – Jennifer Lopez featuring Styles P & Jadakiss – Epic
  27. "You Sang to Me" – Marc Anthony – Columbia
  28. "Taste of Honey" – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – A&M
  29. "Words Get in the Way" – Miami Sound Machine – Epic
  30. "The Look of Love" – Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – A&M
  31. "Bailamos" – Enrique Iglesias – Overbrook/Interscope
  32. "Obsession (No Es Amor)" – Frankie J featuring Baby Bash – Columbia
  33. "Whenever, Wherever" – Shakira – Epic
  34. "If You Go" – Jon Secada – SBK/EMI
  35. "The Girl from Ipanema" – Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto – Verve
  36. "The Lonely Bull (El Solo Torro)" – The Tijuana Brass – A&M
  37. "Eres Tu (Touch the Wind)" – Mocedades – Tara
  38. "She's All I Ever Had" – Ricky Martin – C2
  39. "The Fool on the Hill" – Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – A&M
  40. "Do You Believe in Us" – Jon Secada – SBK/EMI

All-Time top country songs

  1. "The Battle of New Orleans" – Johnny Horton – Columbia
  2. "Lady" – Kenny Rogers – Liberty
  3. "You're Still the One" – Shania Twain – Mercury Nashville
  4. "Are You Lonesome To-Night?" – Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires – RCA Victor
  5. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" – B. J. Thomas – Scepter
  6. "Rhinestone Cowboy" – Glen Campbell – Capitol
  7. "Breathe" – Faith Hill – Warner Bros/WRN
  8. "Tom Dooley" – The Kingston Trio – Capitol
  9. "Big Bad John" – Jimmy Dean – Columbia
  10. "He'll Have to Go" – Jim Reeves – RCA Victor
  11. "Islands in the Stream" – Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton – RCA
  12. "Honey" – Bobby Goldsboro – United Artists
  13. "The Streak" – Ray Stevens – Barnaby
  14. "Stuck On You" – Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires – RCA Victor
  15. "The Three Bells" – The Browns – RCA Victor
  16. "It's Only Make Believe" – Conway Twitty – MGM
  17. "Ode to Billie Joe" – Bobbie Gentry – Capitol
  18. "Ballad of the Green Berets" – SSgt Barry Sadler U.S. Army Special Forces – RCA Victor
  19. "El Paso" – Marty Robbins – Columbia
  20. "Bird Dog" – The Everly Brothers – Cadence
  21. "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" – Freddy Fender – ABC/DOT
  22. "9 to 5" – Dolly Parton – RCA
  23. "I Love a Rainy Night" – Eddie Rabbitt – Elektra
  24. "Last Date" – Floyd Cramer – RCA Victor
  25. "The Most Beautiful Girl" – Charlie Rich – Epic
  26. "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" – Vicki Lawrence – Bell
  27. "Amazed" – Lonestar – BNA
  28. "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" – Crystal Gayle – United Artists
  29. "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" – Mac Davis – Columbia
  30. "Annie's Song" – John Denver – RCA Victor
  31. "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" – B.J. Thomas – ABC
  32. "Queen of Hearts" – Juice Newton – Capitol
  33. "Harper Valley PTA" – Jeannie C. Riley – Plantation
  34. "Let Your Love Flow" – Bellamy Brothers – Warner/Curb
  35. "Sunshine on My Shoulders" – John Denver – RCA Victor
  36. "You Needed Me" – Anne Murray – Capitol
  37. "I Can Help" – Billy Swan – Monument
  38. "I Honestly Love You" – Olivia Newton-John – MCA
  39. "Please Mr. Please" – Olivia Newton-John – MCA
  40. "Have You Never Been Mellow" – Olivia Newton-John – MCA
  41. "North to Alaska" – Johnny Horton – Columbia
  42. "Convoy" – C. W. McCall – MGM
  43. "Spiders & Snakes" – Jim Stafford – MGM
  44. "Southern Nights" – Glen Campbell – Capitol
  45. "The Way You Love Me" – Faith Hill – Warner Bros/WRN
  46. "Blue Bayou" – Linda Ronstadt – Asylum
  47. "When Will I Be Loved" – Linda Ronstadt – Capitol
  48. "Wichita Lineman" – Glen Campbell – Capitol
  49. "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" – John Denver – RCA
  50. "Let Me Be There" – Olivia Newton-John – MCA

All-Time top R&B/hip-hop songs

  1. "The Twist" – Chubby Checker – Parkway
  2. "We Belong Together" – Mariah Carey – Island/Idjmg
  3. "Un-Break My Heart" – Toni Braxton – Laface/Arista
  4. "Yeah!" – Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris – Laface/Zomba
  5. "Endless Love" – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie – Motown
  6. "I'll Make Love to You" – Boyz II Men – Motown
  7. "Le Freak" – Chic – Atlantic
  8. "Low" – Flo Rida featuring T-Pain – Poe Boy/Atlantic
  9. "Too Close" – Next – Arista
  10. "Flashdance... What a Feeling" – Irene Cara – Casablanca
  11. "One Sweet Day" – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men – Columbia
  12. "Let's Get It On" – Marvin Gaye – Tamla
  13. "Say Say Say" – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Columbia
  14. "No One" – Alicia Keys – MBK/J/RMG
  15. "End of the Road" – Boyz II Men – Biv 10/Motown
  16. "Let Me Love You" – Mario – 3rd Street/J/RMG
  17. "Gold Digger" – Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx – Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/Idjmg
  18. "The Boy Is Mine" – Brandy & Monica – Atlantic
  19. "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" – The 5th Dimension – Soul City
  20. "Whoomp! (There It Is)" – Tag Team – Life/Bellmark
  21. "Ebony and Ivory" – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Columbia
  22. "That's What Friends Are For" – Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder – Arista
  23. "Upside Down" – Diana Ross – Motown
  24. "Dilemma" – Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland – Fo' Reel/Universal/UMRG
  25. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" – Marvin Gaye – Tamla
  26. "Hot Stuff" – Donna Summer – Casablanca
  27. "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston – Arista
  28. "Gangsta's Paradise" – Coolio featuring L.V. – MCA Soundtracks/MCA
  29. "Billie Jean" – Michael Jackson – Epic
  30. "Play That Funky Music" – Wild Cherry – Epic
  31. "Say You, Say Me" – Lionel Richie – Motown
  32. "All Night Long (All Night)" – Lionel Richie – Motown
  33. "Family Affair" – Mary J. Blige – MCA
  34. "Killing Me Softly with His Song" – Roberta Flack – Atlantic
  35. "I'll Be Missing You" – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 – Bad Boy/Arista
  36. "Best of My Love" – The Emotions – Columbia
  37. "You Make Me Wanna..." – Usher – Laface/Arista
  38. "A Fifth of Beethoven" – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band – Private Stock
  39. "I Will Survive" – Gloria Gaynor – Polydor
  40. "I Can't Stop Loving You" – Ray Charles – ABC-Paramount
  41. "U Got It Bad" – Usher – Arista
  42. "Independent Women Part I" – Destiny's Child – Columbia
  43. "Foolish" – Ashanti – The Inc./Def Jam/Idjmg
  44. "Nobody Knows" – The Tony Rich Project – Laface/Arista
  45. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Roberta Flack – Atlantic
  46. "Hey Ya!" – Outkast – Laface/Zomba
  47. "Burn" – Usher – Laface/Zomba
  48. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" – Soulja Boy Tell 'Em – Collipark/Interscope
  49. "In Da Club" – 50 Cent – Shady/Aftermath/Interscope
  50. "When Doves Cry" – Prince – Warner Bros.

All-Time top rock songs

  1. "Smooth" – Santana featuring Rob Thomas – Arista
  2. "Hey Jude" – The Beatles – Apple
  3. "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" – Rod Stewart – Warner Bros.
  4. "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" – Bryan Adams – A&M
  5. "Eye of the Tiger" – Survivor – Scotti Bros.
  6. "Every Breath You Take" – The Police – A&M
  7. "Silly Love Songs" – Wings – Capitol
  8. "Another One Bites the Dust" – Queen – Elektra
  9. "How You Remind Me" – Nickelback – Roadrunner/Idjmg
  10. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – The Beatles – Capitol
  11. "Call Me" – Blondie – Chrysalis
  12. "Centerfold" – The J. Geils Band – EMI America
  13. "(Just Like) Starting Over" – John Lennon – Geffen
  14. "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Boardwalk
  15. "Abracadabra" – The Steve Miller Band – Capitol
  16. "My Sharona" – The Knack – Capitol
  17. "Nothing Compares 2 U" – Sinéad O'Connor – Ensign/EMI
  18. "Waiting for a Girl Like You" – Foreigner – Atlantic
  19. "Hurts So Good" – John Cougar – Riva
  20. "Another Day in Paradise" – Phil Collins – Atlantic
  21. "Joy to the World" – Three Dog Night – Dunhill/ABC
  22. "My Love" – Paul McCartney & Wings – Apple
  23. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" – Pink Floyd – Columbia
  24. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" – Queen – Elektra
  25. "Hanging by a Moment" – Lifehouse – DreamWorks
  26. "Don't You Want Me" – The Human League – A&M/Virgin
  27. "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" – Rod Stewart – Warner Bros.
  28. "Maggie May/Reason to Believe" – Rod Stewart – Mercury
  29. "Jessie's Girl" – Rick Springfield – RCA
  30. "Philadelphia Freedom" – The Elton John Band – MCA
  31. "Honky Tonk Women" – The Rolling Stones – London
  32. "Crocodile Rock" – Elton John – MCA
  33. "American Pie (Parts I & II)" – Don Mclean – United Artists
  34. "Down Under" – Men at Work – Columbia
  35. "Jack & Diane" – Jack Cougar – Riva
  36. "Jump" – Van Halen – Warner Bros.
  37. "Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)" – Paul McCartney & Wings – Columbia
  38. "Broken Wings" – Mr. Mister – RCA
  39. "Alone" – Heart - Capitol
  40. "Can't Fight This Feeling" – REO Speedwagon – Epic
  41. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" – Poison – Enigma/Capitol
  42. "Bennie and the Jets" – Elton John – MCA
  43. "Money for Nothing" – Dire Straits – Warner Bros.
  44. "Unbelievable" – EMF – EMI
  45. "People Got to Be Free" – The Rascals – Atlantic
  46. "Livin' on a Prayer" – Bon Jovi – Mercury/Polygram
  47. "Kryptonite" – 3 Doors Down – Republic/Universal
  48. "She Loves You" – The Beatles – Swan
  49. "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" – Jim Croce – ABC
  50. "One of These Nights" – Eagles – Asylum

Hot 100 songs of the year: 1958–2007

1958 – "Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)" – Domenico Modugno
1959 – "The Battle of New Orleans" – Johnny Horton
1960 – "Theme from A Summer Place" – Percy Faith
1961 – "Tossin' and Turnin'" – Bobby Lewis
1962 – "Stranger on the Shore" – Mr. Acker Bilk
1963 – "Sugar Shack" – Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
1964 – "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – The Beatles
1965 – "Wooly Bully" – Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
1966 – "Ballad of the Green Berets" – SSgt Barry Sadler
1967 – "To Sir With Love" – Lulu
1968 – "Hey Jude" – The Beatles
1969 – "Sugar, Sugar" – The Archies
1970 – "Bridge Over Troubled Water" – Simon & Garfunkel
1971 – "Joy to the World" – Three Dog Night
1972 – "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Roberta Flack
1973 – "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" – Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando
1974 – "The Way We Were" – Barbra Streisand
1975 – "Love Will Keep Us Together" – Captain & Tennille
1976 – "Silly Love Songs" – Wings
1977 – "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" – Rod Stewart
1978 – "Shadow Dancing" – Andy Gibb
1979 – "My Sharona" – The Knack
1980 – "Call Me" – Blondie
1981 – "Bette Davis Eyes" – Kim Carnes
1982 – "Physical" – Olivia Newton-John
1983 – "Every Breath You Take" – The Police
1984 – "When Doves Cry" – Prince
1985 – "Careless Whisper" – Wham! Featuring George Michael
1986 – "That's What Friends Are For" – Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
1987 – "Walk Like an Egyptian" – The Bangles
1988 – "Faith" – George Michael
1989 – "Look Away" – Chicago
1990 – "Hold On" – Wilson Phillips
1991 – "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" – Bryan Adams
1992 – "End of the Road" – Boyz II Men
1993 – "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston
1994 – "The Sign" – Ace of Base
1995 – "Gangsta's Paradise" – Coolio featuring L.V.
1996 – "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" – Los del Río
1997 – "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" – Elton John
1998 – "Too Close" – Next
1999 – "Believe" – Cher
2000 – "Breathe" – Faith Hill
2001 – "Hanging by a Moment" – Lifehouse
2002 – "How You Remind Me" – Nickelback
2003 – "In Da Club" – 50 Cent
2004 – "Yeah!" – Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris
2005 – "We Belong Together" – Mariah Carey
2006 – "Bad Day" – Daniel Powter
2007 – "Irreplaceable" – Beyoncé

Every No. 1 song: 1958–2008

Please note: The "50th Anniversary" chart is from August 1958 through July 2008 only.
It begins with "Poor Little Fool" – Ricky Nelson at 2 weeks and ends with "I Kissed a Girl" – Katy Perry at 4 weeks. ("I Kissed a girl" topped the charts for an additional 3 weeks but the "50th Anniversary" was over at the end of July 2008).

Songs with the most weeks at No. 1

  • 16 weeks

Peak Date:

(12/02/1995) – "One Sweet Day" – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
  • 14 weeks

Peak Date:

(11/28/1992) – "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston
(08/27/1994) – "I'll Make Love to You" – Boyz II Men
(08/03/1996) – "Macarena (Bayside Boys mix)" – Los del Río
(10/11/1997) – "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" – Elton John
(06/04/2005) – "We Belong Together" – Mariah Carey
  • 13 weeks

Peak Date:

(08/15/1992) – "End of the Road" – Boyz II Men
(06/06/1998) – "The Boy Is Mine" – Brandy & Monica
  • 12 weeks

Peak Date:

(10/23/1999) – "Smooth" – Santana featuring Rob Thomas
(11/09/2002) – "Lose Yourself" – Eminem
(02/28/2004) – "Yeah!" – Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
  • 11 weeks

Peak Date:

(05/21/1994) – "I Swear" – All-4-One
(12/07/1996) – "Un-Break My Heart" – Toni Braxton
(06/14/1997) – "I'll Be Missing You" – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112
(11/18/2000) – "Independent Women Part I" – Destiny's Child
  • 10 weeks

Peak Date:

(10/15/1977) – "You Light Up My Life" – Debby Boone
(11/21/1981) – "Physical" – Olivia Newton-John
(04/08/2000) – "Maria Maria" Santana featuring The Product G&B
(04/20/2002) – "Foolish" – Ashanti
(08/17/2002) – "Dilemma" – Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
(09/17/2005) – "Gold Digger" – Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
(12/16/2006) – "Irreplaceable" – Beyoncé
(01/05/2008) – "Low" – Flo Rida featuring T-Pain

One-Hit wonders

Artists who have peaked at No.1 but have never achieved a top 100 chart position with any other song

Peak Date:

(08/25/1958) – "Little Star" – The Elegants
(12/07/1963) – "Dominique" – The Singing Nun
(07/12/1969) – "In The Year 2525 :(Exordium & Terminus)" – Zager & Evans
(11/03/1979) – "Pop Muzik" – M
(04/13/1985) – "We Are the World" – USA for Africa
(11/09/1985) – "Miami Vice Theme" – Jan Hammer
(09/24/1988) – "Don't Worry, Be Happy" – Bobby McFerrin
(02/04/1989) – "When I'm with You" – Sheriff
(11/14/1992) – "How Do You Talk To An Angel" – The Heights
(03/24/2001) – "Butterfly" – Crazy Town
(08/07/2004) – "Slow Motion" – Soulja Slim :(featured with lead artist Juvenile)
(04/08/2006) – "Bad Day" – Daniel Powter

Most weeks at No. 1 by artist

Weeks at No. 1 / Artist / Longest song at No. 1:

79 – Mariah Carey – "One Sweet Day" (1995, 16 wks) w/ Boyz II Men
59 – The Beatles – "Hey Jude" (1968, 9 wks)
50 – Boyz II Men – "One Sweet Day" (1995, 16 wks)
43 – Usher – "Yeah!" (2004, 12 wks)
37 – Michael Jackson – Tie -- "Billie Jean" (1983, 7 wks); "Black Or White" (1991, 7 wks)
34 – Elton John – "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (1997, 14 wks)
33 – Janet Jackson – "That's the Way Love Goes" (1993, 8 wks)
32 – Beyoncé – "Irreplaceable" (2006, 10 wks)
32 – Madonna – "Take A Bow" (1995, 7 wks)
31 – Whitney Houston – "I Will Always Love You" (1992, 14 wks)
30 – Paul McCartney – "Ebony and Ivory" (with Stevie Wonder; 1982, 7 wks)

Most Hot 100 hits by artist

No. of Hits

108 – Elvis Presley – 1st Appearance: "Hard Headed Woman" – (Peak: No. 4; 1958)
89 – James Brown – 1st Appearance: "Try Me" – (Peak: No. 48; 1958)
73 – Aretha Franklin – 1st Appearance: "Won't Be Long" – (Peak: No. 76; 1961)
73 – Ray Charles – 1st Appearance: "Rockhouse (Part 2)" – (Peak: No. 79; 1958)
72 – The Beatles – 1st Appearance: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – (Peak: No. 1; 1964)
67 – Elton John – 1st Appearance: "Border Song" – (Peak: No. 92; 1970)
63 – Stevie Wonder – 1st Appearance: "Fingertips - Pt 2" – (Peak: No. 1; 1963)
57 – The Rolling Stones – 1st Appearance: "Not Fade Away" – (Peak: No. 48; 1964)
56 – Marvin Gaye – 1st Appearance: "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" – (Peak: No. 46; 1962)
56 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – 1st Appearance: "Sherry" – (Peak: No. 1; 1962)
56 – Dionne Warwick – 1st Appearance: "Don't Make Me Over" – (Peak: No. 21; 1963)

Most No. 2 hits without reaching No. 1 by artist

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Total No. 2s = 5
Blood, Sweat & Tears – Total No. 2s = 3
En Vogue – Total No. 2s = 3

Songs with the most weeks at No. 2 without reaching No. 1

Weeks at No. 2

10 – "Waiting for a Girl Like YouForeigner – 1st week (11/28/1981)
10 – "Work ItMissy Elliott – 1st week (11/16/2002)
9 – "I Love You Always ForeverDonna Lewis – 1st week (8/24/1996)
9 – "You're Still The OneShania Twain – 1st week (5/2/1998)
8 – "If I Ever Fall In LoveShai – 1st week (11/21/1992)
8 – "Nobody's Supposed to Be HereDeborah Cox – 1st week (12/5/1998)
8 – "Back At OneBrian McKnight – 1st week (11/20/1999)
8 – "I Don't Wanna KnowMario Winans featuring Enya & P. Diddy – 1st week (4/24/2004)

Different songs, same titles to hit No. 1

Song Title / Artist / Peak Date

All for/4 Love – Color Me Badd 1/25/1992 – (Bryan Adams / Rod Stewart / Sting) 1/22/1994
Best of My Love – Eagles 3/1/1975 – The Emotions 8/20/1977
Big Girls Don't Cry – The 4 Seasons 11/16/1962 – Fergie 9/8/2007
Family Affair – Sly & the Family Stone 12/4/1971 – Mary J. Blige 11/3/2001
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys 12/10/1966 – Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch 10/5/1991
I'm Sorry – Brenda Lee 7/23/1960 – John Denver 9/27/1975
Jump – Van Halen 2/25/1984 – Kris Kross 4/25/1992
My Love – Petula Clark 2/5/1966 – Paul McCartney & Wings 6/2/1973 – Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. 11/11/2006
One More Try – George Michael 5/28/1988 – Timmy T 3/23/1991
Take a Bow – Madonna 2/25/95 – Rihanna 5/24/08
Venus – Frankie Avalon 3/14/1959 – Shocking Blue 2/7/1970 & Bananarama 9/6/1986
Wild Wild West – The Escape Club 11/12/1988 – Will Smith featuring Dru Hill & Kool Mo Dee 7/24/1999

Same songs to hit No. 1 by two different artists

Song Title / Artist / Date Of No. 1

Go Away Little Girl – Steve Lawrence (1/12/1963) – Donny Osmond (9/11/1971)
I'll Be There – The Jackson 5 (10/17/1970) – Mariah Carey (6/20/1992)
Lady Marmalade – Labelle (3/29/1975) – Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa & Pink (6/2/2001)
Lean On Me – Bill Withers (7/8/1972) – Club Nouveau (3/21/1987)
The Loco-Motion – Little Eva (8/25/1962) – Grand Funk (5/4/1974)
Please Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes (12/16/1961) – Carpenters (1/25/1975)
Venus – Shocking Blue (2/7/1970) – Bananarama (9/6/1986)
When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge (5/28/1966) – Michael Bolton (11/23/1991)
You Keep Me Hangin' On – The Supremes (11/19/1966) – Kim Wilde (6/6/1987)

Most No. 1s by artist (All-Time)

All Time Total No. 1s

20 – The Beatles First No. 1: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (1964)
18 – Mariah Carey First No. 1: "Vision Of Love" (1990)
13 – Michael Jackson First No. 1: "Ben" (1972)
12 – Madonna First No. 1: "Like A Virgin" (1984)
12 – The Supremes First No. 1: "Where Did Our Love Go" (1964)
11 – Whitney Houston First No. 1: "Saving All My Love for You" (1985)
10 – Janet Jackson First No. 1: "When I Think Of You" (1986)
10 – Stevie Wonder First No. 1: "Fingertips - Pt. 2" (1963)
9 – Bee Gees First No. 1: "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" (1971)
9 – Elton John First No. 1: "Crocodile Rock" (1973)
9 – Paul McCartney & Wings First No. 1: "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" (1971)
8 – The Rolling Stones First No. 1: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (1965)
8 – Usher First No. 1: "Nice & Slow" (1998)

1950s-1960s Total No. 1s

18 – The Beatles First No. 1: "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (1964)
12 – The Supremes First No. 1: "Where Did Our Love Go" (1964)
7 – Elvis Presley First No. 1: "A Big Hunk o' Love" (1959)
5 – The Rolling Stones First No. 1: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (1965)
4 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons First No. 1: "Sherry" (1962)
4 – Bobby Vinton First No. 1: "Roses Are Red (My Love)" (1962)
3 – The Beach Boys First No. 1: "I Get Around" (1964)
3 – Ray Charles First No. 1: "Georgia on My Mind" (1960)
3 – Chubby Checker First No. 1: "The Twist" (1960)
3 – Connie Francis First No. 1: "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" (1960)
3 – The Monkees First No. 1: "Last Train to Clarksville" (1966)
3 – The Rascals First No. 1: "Good Lovin'" (1966)

1970s Total No. 1s

9 – Bee Gees First 1970s No. 1: "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" (1971)
6 – Elton John First 1970s No. 1: "Crocodile Rock" (1973)
6 – Paul McCartney / Wings First 1970s No. 1: "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" (1971)
5 – Eagles First 1970s No. 1: "Best Of My Love" (1975)
5 – Stevie Wonder First 1970s No. 1: "Superstition" (1973)
4 – John Denver First 1970s No. 1: "Sunshine on My Shoulders" (1974)
4 – KC and the Sunshine Band First 1970s No. 1: "Get Down Tonight" (1975)
4 – The Jackson 5 First 1970s No. 1: "I Want You Back" (1970)
4 – Diana Ross First 1970s No. 1: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1970)
4 – Barbra Streisand First 1970s No. 1: "The Way We Were" (1974)
4 – Donna Summer First 1970s No. 1: "MacArthur Park" (1978)

1980s Total No. 1s

9 – Michael Jackson First 1980s No. 1: "Rock With You" (1980)
7 – Phil Collins First 1980s No. 1: "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (1984)
7 – Whitney Houston First 1980s No. 1: "Saving All My Love For You" (1985)
7 – Madonna First 1980s No. 1: "Like A Virgin" (1984)
5 – Daryl Hall & John Oates First 1980s No. 1: "Kiss on My List" (1981)
5 – George Michael First 1980s No. 1: "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (1987)
5 – Lionel Richie First 1980s No. 1: "Endless Love" (1981)
4 – Bon Jovi First 1980s No. 1: "You Give Love A Bad Name" (1986)
4 – Prince First 1980s No. 1: "When Doves Cry" (1984)
4 – Stevie Wonder First 1980s No. 1: "Ebony and Ivory" (1982)

1990s Total No. 1s

14 – Mariah Carey First 1990s No. 1: "Vision Of Love" (1990)
6 – Janet Jackson First 1990s No. 1: "Escapade" (1990)
5 – Boyz II Men First 1990s No. 1: "End of the Road" (1992)
4 – Celine Dion First 1990s No. 1: "The Power of Love" (1994)
4 – Whitney Houston First 1990s No. 1: "I'm Your Baby Tonight" (1990)
4 – Madonna First 1990s No. 1: "Vogue" (1990)
4 – TLC First 1990s No. 1: "Creep" (1995)
3 – Paula Abdul First 1990s No. 1: "Opposites Attract" (1990)
3 – Bryan Adams First 1990s No. 1: "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (1991)
3 – Diddy First 1990s No. 1: "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" (1997)
3 – Monica First 1990s No. 1: "The Boy Is Mine" (1998)
3 – Wilson Phillips First 1990s No. 1: "Hold On" (1990)

2000s Total No. 1s

7 – Usher First 2000s No. 1: "U Remind Me" (2001)
4 – Beyoncé First 2000s No. 1: "Crazy In Love" (2003)
4 – Mariah Carey First 2000s No. 1: "Thank God I Found You" (2000)
4 – Ludacris First 2000s No. 1: "Stand Up" (2003)
4 – Nelly First 2000s No. 1: "Hot In Herre" (2002)
4 – Justin Timberlake First 2000s No. 1: "SexyBack" (2006)
3 – 50 Cent First 2000s No. 1: "In Da Club" (2003)
3 – Christina Aguilera First 2000s No. 1: "What A Girl Wants" (2000)
3 – Destiny's Child First 2000s No. 1: "Say My Name" (2000)
3 – Fergie First 2000s No. 1: "London Bridge" (2006)
3 – Nelly Furtado First 2000s No. 1: "Promiscuous" (2006)
3 – Ja Rule First 2000s No. 1: "I'm Real" (2001)
3 – Alicia Keys First 2000s No. 1: "Fallin'" (2001)
3 – Jennifer Lopez First 2000s No. 1: "I'm Real" (2001)
3 – OutKast First 2000s No. 1: "Ms. Jackson" (2001)
3 – Sean Paul First 2000s No. 1: "Get Busy" (2003)
3 – Rihanna First 2000s No. 1: "SOS" (2006)
3 – T-Pain First 2000s No. 1: "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" (2007)
3 – Kanye West First 2000s No. 1: "Slow Jamz" (2004)

See also

References

  1. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Charts
  2. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS123242+11-Sep-2008+BW20080911
  3. ^ http://www.redorbit.com/news/entertainment/1551507/billboard_celebrates_the_50th_anniversary_of_the_hot_100_with/index.html
  4. ^ http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20080911005192&newsLang=en
  5. ^ http://news.harmony-central.com/Product-news/Alfred-Music-Publishing-Salutes-Billboard-Magazine-and-Music-Making-with-the-Hot-100-50th-Anniversary-Songbook.
  6. ^ "Weekly Hot 100". The Billboard Hot 100. 
  7. ^ a b Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Charts FAQ
  8. ^ Nielsen Company
  9. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary All-Time Top Songs
  10. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary All-Time Top Artists
  11. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary All-Time Top Latin Songs
  12. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary All-Time Top Country Songs
  13. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary All-Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  14. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary All-Time Top Rock Songs
  15. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Songs of the Year: 1958-2007
  16. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Every No. 1 Song: 1958-2008
  17. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Song With the Most Weeks at No. 1
  18. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary One-Hit Wonders
  19. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Most Weeks at No. 1 By Artist
  20. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Most Hot 100 Hits By Artist
  21. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Most No. 2 Hits Without Reaching No. 1 By Artist
  22. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Most Weeks at No. 2 Without Reaching No. 1 By Title
  23. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Different Songs, Same Titles To Hit No. 1
  24. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Same Songs To Hit No. 1 By Two Different Artists
  25. ^ Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Most No. 1s By Artist (All-Time)

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