“Ebony And Ivory” begins a seven-week run at #1 on the pop charts

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Without the black keys, the white keys on a piano would pretty much be stuck playing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “Do Re Mi.” If you want anything more interesting than that—if you want a song like “Yesterday,” for instance—you’re going to have to get the two sets of keys working together. From this little insight, Paul McCartney crafted the biggest hit record of his post-Beatles career: “Ebony And Ivory.” Recorded as a duet with the great Stevie Wonder, “Ebony And Ivory” took the top spot in the Billboard Hot 100 on May 15, 1982 and didn’t relinquish it until seven weeks later.

McCartney had been a fan of Stevie Wonder’s for many years before they first met. He even included a Braille message for Stevie—”We love you”—on the back of his 1973 Wings album Red Rose Speedway. Wonder spent the 1970s recording a string of incredible albums that often included songs expressing a strong social consciousness. It’s not surprising, then, that McCartney thought of Stevie Wonder as a duet partner for “Ebony And Ivory.”

Stevie Wonder agreed, and his duet with Paul McCartney not only yielded a smash-hit record that topped the charts on this day in 1982, but it also continued a trend toward pop music power-couplings that was particularly prevalent in the early 1980s. Following on the late 70s success of pairings like Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond (“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” 1978), the period from 1981-1983 witnessed a significant boom in hits from such A-list power couples, including “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, 1981), “Endless Love” (Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, 1981), “Islands In The Stream” (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, 1983) and “Say Say Say” (Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, 1983).

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2010 Kesha's first single, "TiK ToK," hits #1 on the Hot 100, where it stays for nine weeks, making it the longest-running chart-topper of 2010.

1993 With "The Last Song" charting at #24, Elton John logs his 23rd consecutive year with a song in the US Hot 100, breaking Elvis Presley's record. Elton's streak started in 1970 with "Border Song" and continues into 2000 with "Someday Out Of The Blue," stretching the new record to 31 years.

1971 George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, his first album released after the breakup of The Beatles, begins a seven-week run at the top of the US albums chart. More

1969 Police confiscate a shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album Two Virgins at Newark airport, deeming the cover, which shows the couple naked, to be pornographic.

1936 Country singer-songwriter Roger Miller - known for crossover hits like 1964's "King of the Road" - is born in Fort Worth, Texas.

1926 The first edition of the legendary British music magazine Melody Maker is published, promising news and information for "all who are interested in the production of popular music."

Today in Music History: TLC goes No. 1 with 'Waterfalls'

TLC (from left to right, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas) in the early-'90s. (Tim Roney/Getty Images, via NPR)

Today in 1995, TLC started a seven-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Waterfalls," the group's signature song and second U.S. No. 1. The song was written by band member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes with Marqueze Etheridge and Organized Noize for TLC's second album, CrazySexyCool. The song tackles issues of illegal drug trade and HIV/AIDS. BMG noted that "Waterfalls" was the first No. 1 song ever to reference AIDS in one of its verses. The song's music video reflected its socially conscious lyrics and with a million-dollar budget, the video was an MTV staple credited for giving the single much of its success.

1954 - Dewey Phillips of Memphis' WHBQ radio played a new song, "That's Alright Mama", and its flip, "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", on his Red Hot & Blue R&B show. An instant hit, the song was immediately played 14 more times. Callers to the station insisted that the singer, a local boy named Elvis Presley, must be a black man. Elvis himself, who knew of the airplay in advance, hid out at a local movie, but response was so immediate and positive that Dewey tracked him down for a live radio interview later that evening.

1958 - The first Gold Record presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded to the soundtrack of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma. The honor signified that the album had reached $1 million in sales.

1967 - The Monkees began a 29-date tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as their supporting act. Hendrix was dropped six shows later after being told his act was not suitable for their audience, which consisted mostly of teenage pop fans.

1968 - Pink Floyd kicked off their first 20-date North American tour at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago.

1969 - Singer/actress Marianne Faithfull, girlfriend of Mick Jagger, attempted suicide with barbiturates while on the set of the film "Ned Kelly" (also starring Mick). She was dropped from the cast of the movie, eventually recovered, and when waking from her coma, told friends that "wild horses couldn't drag me away." The Rolling Stones song "Wild Horses" was built around that phrase.

1970 - The Everly Brothers Show started an eleven-week prime time slot on ABC television. It began as a summer replacement in 1970 for The Johnny Cash Show.

1972 - Bill Withers started a three-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Lean On Me," his only No. 1 hit.

1978 - Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of The Clash were arrested for being drunk and disorderly after a concert at the Apollo in Glasgow.

1978 - After a Disco-rific six months at No. 1, the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack was finally bumped off the top spot by Gerry Rafferty's City To City.

1981 - The Go-Go's released their debut album, Beauty and the Beat. The album went on to peak at No. 1 on the U.S. charts, and remained there for six consecutive weeks. The album sold in excess of 3 million copies and reached triple platinum status, making it one of the most successful debut albums ever. The Go-Go's have sold more than 7 million albums. The band is about to begin their Farewell Tour, but sadly, they do not have any stops scheduled in Minnesota.

2007 - Prince was forced off stage by Minneapolis Police halfway through his set at First Avenue. The club was only allowed to stay open until 3 a.m., and Prince went onstage at 2:45. Before his appearance at First Avenue, Prince had already played two shows in Minneapolis: the first was at the downtown location of Macy's department store, where Prince promoted his new fragrance with a nine-song, 45-minute set the second was his concert at Target Center, just across the street from First Avenue.

2016 - Drake was at No. 1 on the U.S. chart with his fourth studio album Views. With Views, Drake also joined Adele, Michael Buble and Taylor Swift as the only artists in the 2010s to have an album remain at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for six consecutive weeks.

Andy Fletcher, founding member for Depeche Mode is 59.

Arctic Monkeys guitarist Jamie Cook is 35.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

Songs that dominated Billboard charts the longest

There are songs out there that, for whatever reason, just seem to stick. Our culture is filled with songs that just don’t quit, from Michael Jackson's "Black or White" to Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road." Which is why today, Stacker is inspecting the top 100 songs that dominated the charts the longest.

To determine the longest-serving songs as of March 2020, Stacker consulted the Billboard Hot 100. Songs are ranked by the number of weeks they spent at #1 on the chart, and ties are broken by the number of weeks they spent on the charts in total.

Every decade is represented since the Hot 100 came into existence, with Bobby Darin’s 1959 serial killer-inspired ballad “Mack the Knife” representing the oldest song in the slideshow. Some songs on the list almost didn’t come to pass. Beyoncé’s breakthrough single “Irreplaceable,” which became an anthem for female empowerment, was written by Ne-Yo from a male perspective and was originally intended for country stars Shania Twain or Faith Hill. Others, like the “Macarena” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” set off cultural phenomena that pushed celebrities and athletes to join the craze. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men each have a pair in the top 10.

Some tunes represented here were misinterpreted upon release, such as The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” which was thought to be a love song, but lead singer Sting revealed it was about stalking. Whatever your musical preference, the wide variety of songs that have ruled the Billboard Hot 100 charts will leave you humming a tune in your head.

Read on to find out which songs dominated Billboard’s charts the longest.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 8
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 17, 2018, to Jan. 5, 2019

Ariana Grande admits she doesn't remember recording “Thank U, Next," because she was suffering from alcohol abuse and depression following the September 2018 overdose of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Recorded a month after Miller’s death, the empowering song lyrics, based on her past romantic relationships, landed Grande the 2019 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Song of the Year.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 9
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 29, 2014 to Jan. 10, 2015

Taylor Swift set the bar as the first female artist in the history of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 to bump herself from the top of the charts, knocking “Shake It Off” from the top. Similar to many of Swift’s song lyrics, “Blank Space” blurts out bad relationship details to a hip-hop beat. The song, which hit #1 after three weeks, is the third Swift hit, including “Shake It Off” and “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” that she co-wrote with Max Martin and Shellback.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 9
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 1 to March 14, 1964

The British Invasion of America began with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” As the first song produced by The Beatles using four-track technology, the ballad, released after “She Loves You” and “Love Me Do,” only took 17 takes to cut. "In the first week of April 1964, The Beatles held the first five positions in the American Top 10,” according to Slate, further reporting that the band held 14 Hot 100 positions just seven days later.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 9
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 7, 1991, to Jan. 18, 1992

“Black or White” moved from #35 to #1 in just three weeks in December 1991, becoming the fastest-growing single since the Beatles' “Get Back” in 1969. The rap in the lyrics, based on racial intolerance, was lip-synced in the video by Jackson’s close friend and actor Macaulay Culkin.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 31, 1966, to Feb. 11, 1967

Written by Neil Diamond, “I’m a Believer” became the English band’s hit instead, topping the charts for seven straight weeks. The song went gold two days after its release and later appeared in four episodes of “The Monkees,” the hit television show that featured the group. Thirty-five years later, the remake of the song by Smash Mouth was part of the blockbuster hit “Shrek.”

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: July 31 to Sept. 11, 2010

Off of Eminem’s seventh album “Recovery,” “Love The Way You Lie” won notable awards including the best song at the 2010 Soul Train Music and People’s Choice Awards, and saw several Grammy nominations. Eminem reportedly collaborated with Rihanna on the hit since they both had experienced violent domestic relationships. The song has been remade by The View frontman Kyle Falconer (who has struggled with sobriety) and singer Alissa Janine.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 14, 1968 to Jan. 25, 1969

Before becoming Marvin Gaye’s #1 hit, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was recorded by several other artists including Gladys Knight & the Pips, who brought the song to #2 in November 1967. By 1987, the song was part of a television commercial for California Raisins.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: July 8 to Aug. 19, 1995

“Waterfalls” is not about cascading rain it is about drug abuse and HIV, and was the first song to reference the disease in its lyrics, according to the HuffPost. TLC member Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas said the band was shocked when the hit beat out Michael Jackson to become the first song by a black artist to win the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year in 1995.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: April 14 to May 26, 2001

Also the title for Janet Jackson’s 2001 tour and seventh studio album, “All for You” samples the 1980 hit “The Glow of Love" by Luther Vandross’s band The Change. The song, which describes two people flirting on a dance floor, landed Jackson her fifth and final Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. The song earned Jackson the “Queen of Radio” moniker after it received airplay across multiple platforms.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: July 27 to Sept. 7, 1991

“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” which was #1 for 16 weeks in the U.K.and seven weeks in the U.S., was originally written for “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" by film composer Michael Kamen, but it only played over the credits. The song did, however, become a seven-week chart topper, gaining Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams big fame. In 1998, singer Brandy covered the song on her album “Never Say Never.”

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 12
- Topped the charts from: May 15 to June 26, 1982

This 1982 hit, written by Paul McCartney, is significant for its message of racial tolerance. and for a famous “Saturday Night Live” spoof with Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy. The tune was mocked for its famous, lone verse, "Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony, side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don't we?"

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 12
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 6 to Nov. 8, 2008

Everybody liked “Whatever You Like," by famed producer Jim Jonsin, aka Jimmy J, so much that in 2008 it broke the Billboard Hot 100 record, jumping from #71 to #1 in only a week. The song was included on the album “Paper Trail,” so named because rapper T.I. was penning his lyrics “old-school style” with pen and paper, rather than just rapping freestyle in the studio. “Whatever You Like” also became a Weird Al Yankovic parody with the same name—which the spoof singer never did before in his history of skewering famous songs.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: March 5 to April 16, 1983

The second single off the iconic album “Thriller,” “Billie Jean” was the debut song and video for Michael Jackson’s iconic moonwalk. The freeze-frame video and the King of Pop’s slick slide is the reason MTV began focusing more on African-American musicians than white rock bands, according to The Root. The autobiographical song, about a woman who claimed Jackson fathered her child, won two Grammy awards, including Best R&B Song and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: March 20 to May 1, 1982

Originally written and performed by Alan Merrill of the Arrows, “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” goes down in music history as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' most famous song. After seeing Merrill perform the song on a U.K. television show, she knew she had to have it. Jett and members of the Sex Pistols produced the song in 1979 on vinyl to no avail, making her more determined to take it to #1 with the Blackhearts. The rest is history.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: June 9 to July 21, 2007

The 2008 Grammy Award winner for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, “Umbrella” was not intended for Rihanna, but for Britney Spears. And when she didn’t want it, it was offered to Mary J. Blige, who also turned it down. Naturally, the Barbadian singer took the song to #1. According to The Guardian, the tune goes down as the 2007 Song of the Summer for nine specific reasons including “the little details, like the splashy hi-hat sound on the first beat of each bar, or the subtle double-tracked vocals on certain words of the chorus."

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: July 5 to Aug. 16, 2008

Former contemporary Christian singer Katy Perry, who shocked the airwaves when she sang about kissing a girl and liking it, was both bold and in your face according to Elvis Duran, a famous host at New York radio station Z-100. Perry agrees. "It was also on the tip of everybody’s tongue pop culturally, even on television shows like ‘Gossip Girl’ people were talking about it, and it was becoming more of an accepted idea to be bi-curious and to be bisexual,” Perry told Pride Source.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: April 15 to May 27, 1995

This May, Minister Montell Jordan switched up the lyrics to his original Def Jam Recordings hit about friends going to a club on the “American Idol” finale. Now a minister, Jordan cut out all the sex and liquor-themed lyrics, which kept the original hit at #1 for seven weeks. Also the title of Jordan’s first album, “This Is How We Do It" was nominated for the 1995 Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, but “For Your Love" by Stevie Wonder took the prize.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 9 to Oct. 21, 2006

Justin Timberlake told Entertainment Weekly he listened to David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” 15 times the day before he penned “SexyBack,” his first #1 Billboard Hot 100 single. "We really did want to make a statement at that time and do something just a little more bold," he said of the song, which debuted at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 before reaching #1 for seven weeks straight. The song, a collaboration with rapper Timbaland, won the 2007 Grammy for Best Dance Recording.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: June 29 to Aug. 10, 2002

The turn of the century tune with the classic first line: “I was like, good gracious, ass is bodacious," brought Nelly to overnight fame, winning him the Grammy for Best Male Rap Solo Performance in 2003. Nelly worked with singer Pharrell on the hit, based on Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers' 1978 hit “Bustin’ Loose,” which likewise references Neil Young and Nancy Sinatra songs. Fans streamed the song repeatedly in 2016 to help alleviate Nelly’s $2.4 million tax lien.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 15 to Nov. 3, 2007

Originally self-published on Soulja Boy’s YouTube channel, “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” would later top the ringtone sales chart. Highsnobiety reports that the “digital age” track, perfect for 10-second splicing, created a craze along with landing #1 for seven straight weeks. "He helped to bring back the trend of tying hit rap songs in with easy to learn dances, something that persists even now,” Highsnobiety writes.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: March 13 to April 24, 1993

Off Snow's debut album “12 Inches of Snow,” this autobiographical song is about attempted murder charges brought against the Canadian reggae singer. Snow told Rolling Stone when he first heard the incorporation of his song in “Con Calma" by Daddy Yankee, he got chills. The Spanish-language remake features brand-new Snow recordings, as Daddy Yankee wanted to honor the classic version, which he performed with Katy Perry on this year’s “American Idol” finale.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 26, 2016 to Jan. 14, 2017

The Mannequin Challenge, the 2016 internet video trend where people posed still while playing “Black Beatles” in the background, pushed this hit straight to the top of the Billboard charts. Even Paul McCartney shared his attempt at the challenge to the song, tweeting “Love those Black Beatles.” Forbes reported in 2018 that “Black Beatles” sold “6 million units in domestic sales and sales equivalents, which includes streams,” giving Rae Sremmurd six-time platinum status.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: June 17 to July 29, 1978

Andy Gibb, a 1978 teen idol, topped the charts with his solo disco song “Shadow Dancing” that he wrote with his brothers and fellow group members of The Bee Gees while they were working on the film “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The song was one of three #1 Billboard hits for the youngest Bee Gee brother, including “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” and "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water.”

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 25 to April 8, 1995

This Madonna and Babyface collaboration, recorded with a full orchestra, references the title “Take a Bow” in the first verse but it's never mentioned again. Along with winning the 1995 MTV Best Female Video, the song was also featured in the season one finale of the ’90s hit television show “Friends," when Rachel realizes Ross loves her but is now with another woman.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: July 24 to Sept. 4, 1993

Recorded initially for the ’90s film “Honeymoon in Vegas,” the UB40 version of Elvis Presley’s original 1961 hit song ended up on the soundtrack of “Sliver,” a 1993 Sharon Stone film. As with the Presley remake, UB40 would later find success covering Neil Diamond’s “Red Red Wine,” which also peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998. Though the English reggae band’s debut hit “Food for Thought” gave them initial fame, their rendition of Presley’s song gave them seven straight weeks at the top of America’s music chart.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 18
- Topped the charts from: June 7 to July 19, 2014

With a music video inspired by 1995 classic “Clueless” (and even shot in L.A.’s Grant High School), “Fancy” was Iggy Azalea’s first #1 hit in the U.S. Like the Beatles, the Australian rapper is the only other artist to be concurrently ranked at #1 for “Fancy” and also at #2 for Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” which featured Azalea.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 18
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 11 to Oct. 23, 2004

Ciara wrote lyrics for singers Mya and Fantasia before topping the charts with her hit “Goodies.” The song, with lyrics like “you won’t get no nookie or the cookies,” and “keep on lookin’ cause they stay in the jar,” make one thing clear: no man, no matter what, is getting close to Ciara unless she wants to make it happen.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 18
- Topped the charts from: July 8 to Aug. 19, 1961

Bobby Lewis landed seven straight weeks at #1 with his tune “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” and won the 1961 Billboard Hot 100 Single of the Year for the song with the famous first line “I couldn’t sleep at all last night.” The song, which was on the "Animal House" soundtrack in 1978, was also ranked #36 on the Hot 100’s All-Time Top 100 Songs, falling in between “Rolling in the Deep,” at #35, and “The Battle of New Orleans,” at #37.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 23
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 29 to Nov. 10, 2018

Billboard detailed how this Maroon 5 and Cardi B hit reached a longevity milestone after spending 40 weeks in the top 20, only accomplished five other times in the Hot 100’s history. It also tied with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” for the most weeks on the Top 10, at 33. Off of Maroon 5’s sixth album “Red Pill Blues,” the original version of the song is 3:35 minutes, but with Bronx rapper Cardi B, it plays an extra 20 seconds at 3:55.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 24
- Topped the charts from: May 21 to July 2, 2011

Adele described “Rolling in the Deep” as “a "gospel disco’ kiss-off to an unfaithful dude.” The slow southern sound of the song was inspired by contemporary Nashville music she listened to when touring the U.S. for her first album “19,” a genre she admitted she’d never studied before. After spending seven straight weeks at #1 between May and July, “Rolling in the Deep” won the Billboard Hot 100 Top Single of the Year for 2011.

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 34
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 7, 2019, to Oct. 26, 2020

While its popularity skyrocketed in 2019, "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo was actually released in September of 2017. Lizzo is the sixth female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 and has used her work and success to be vocal about confidence and opportunity as a plus-sized woman of color in the music industry.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 8
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 30 to Nov. 18, 1995

As the lead single off her fifth album “Daydream,” “Fantasy” is just one of several #1 songs Mariah Carey would rack up on the Billboard charts over the decades. Similar to the 1981 hit “Genius of Love," by Tom Tom Club, “Fantasy,” a collaboration with Sean Combs, would become the second song to debut at #1, following Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone.” Carey may be second to Jackson in this conquest, but she is the first woman to debut at #1.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 9
- Topped the charts from: May 18 to July 6, 1996

NWA’s Eazy-E, who helped sign and serve as a mentor to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, was the inspiration behind “The Crossroads.” Eazy’s death from AIDS in 1995 led the group to pen “Now Eazy's long gone, really wish he would come home,” for the hit which was a collaboration among 12 songwriters. The song would also win the 1996 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, which was made up of five members who each went by the last name Bone.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: May 15 to July 3, 1993

Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam wrote this song with Janet Jackson, who had to receive approval from James Brown to sample his song “Papa Don’t Take No Mess.” Other artists sampled on the track include B.T. Express, The Honey Drippers, and Toto. Songfacts reports that the eight-week stint at #1 “is not only longer than any other Janet Jackson single but also longer than any song released by her brother Michael.”

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 2 to April 6, 2019

Sampling Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things,” Ariana Grande turned the classic “Sound of Music” tune into the true-life tale of how she bought seven rings for her friends when tipsy at Tiffany’s after breaking up with her boyfriend. But since the release, her lyrics have caused some strife with Soulja Boy, who tweeted “You’re a thief @ArianaGrande,” for allegedly stealing the flow of “Pretty Boy Swag,” in the rap version of her song. Additionally, she apologized to fans for the misuse of the word weave in her song, which was called offensive.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 28 to Dec. 16, 2017

The year 2017 was the year that rap dethroned rock ‘n’ roll as the most-listened-to genre. Post Malone’s nod to the dethroned genre led the way. This was the first #1 single for both Post Malone and 21 Savage, which was nominated for two Grammy awards, including Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance. After eight weeks at #1, “Rockstar” was bumped by Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.”

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: April 25 to June 13, 1992

The teen duo, known as “Mac Daddy" and “Daddy Mac,” released this #1 single after being discovered in an Atlanta mall by the famed rapper and producer Jermaine Dupri. Known for wearing their clothing backwards while performing, Kris Kross launched a temporary fashion revolution and their debut single “Jump” goes down in music history as a one-hit-wonder.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 12
- Topped the charts from: Jan. 18, 2020, to Mar. 7, 2020

Roddy Ricch's first album, "Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial," has already made history as the longest-running debut rap album to top the Billboard 200. His single "The Box" continues to top Billboard charts and has found a massive audience through social media. Through Youtube plays, downloads, and fan-made videos on platforms such as TikTok, the rapper from Compton, Calif. has garnered millions of plays.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 11 to Oct. 30, 1993

Off of Mariah Carey’s third album “Music Box,” “Dreamlover” would equal her 1995 hit “Fantasy” with eight weeks topping the charts. The song samples “Blind Alley,” a 1970s hit by the Emotions. David Morales, who collaborated with Carey on the song, said the duo revolutionized remixing with the hit. "Mariah opened up a whole other door, and not many people at that time were capable of that,” he said.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: July 9 to Aug. 27, 1983

After eight weeks at #1, “Every Breath You Take” became the 1983 Billboard Hot 100 Single of the Year. Frontman Sting surprised everyone when revealed the lyrics were about stalking. "It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn’t realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control,” he said. The song was believed to be inspired by Sting’s breakup with his wife Frances Tomelty, as he began a relationship with her best friend, Trudie Styler.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: April 21 to July 14, 2018

Rolling Stone rated this tune the 2018 Song of the Summer, detailing how it debuted at the top and bumped another Drake hit "God's Plan" to take the #1 spot. Sampling "Ex-Factor' by Lauren Hill, "Nice for What" gained instant popularity for the strong feminist message sent with its video, which starred some of the entertainment industry's leading women including Olivia Wilde, Michelle Rodriguez, and Rashida Jones.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: March 18 to May 6, 1978

The signature song for the movie “Saturday Night Fever” was one of five written by the Bee Gees for the coming-of-age disco story that dominated pop culture in the late 1970s. Along with winning the 1978 Grammy of the Year, the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack became part of the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2012. The rise and fall of the brother group, directly due to the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, is recorded in the book “Staying Alive: The Disco Inferno of the Bee Gees.”

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 13, 1976, to Jan. 1, 1977

This Rod Stewart classic quickly reached #1 after debuting at #81, making it the British rock singer’s second Billboard hit off his “A Night on the Town” album. The meaning of the song is clearly laid out in the lyrics, “C’mon angel my heart's on fire Don’t deny your man’s desire You’d be a fool to stop this tide Spread your wings and let me come inside.” The BBC banned that last line before public demand lifted the boycott.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: July 12 to Aug. 30, 2003

With samples from “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)" by The Chi-Lite, “Crazy in Love,” featuring Beyoncé's then-boyfriend Jay-Z, would later become the soundtrack to the couple’s first dance when they married five years later. Rich Harrison, who waited for some time to find the right artist to remix the original 1970 song, produced and played the famous horn riffs and all other instruments used on the track.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 20 to Nov. 8, 2014

Long before singer Meghan Trainor wrote “All About That Bass” with producer Kevin Kadish, the pop star was penning lyrics for artists like Rascal Flatts. The song, which is more about the booty than the bass, is a self-acceptance anthem, according to Trainor, who told Billboard it is even for skinny girls despite the lyrical misinterpretation. Trainor’s first hit single, which held the #1 spot for eight weeks, was also nominated for Record of the Year at the 57th Grammy Awards, but lost to “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: May 22 to July 17, 2004

This hit, which bumped Usher’s “Yeah!” from #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, would give the Texas native 19 straight weeks at the top spot. Co-written with famed lyricists Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Fox, “Burn” is about breaking up with a girlfriend, which according to Songfacts, resembles the split between Usher and TLC’s Rozonda Thomas, aka Chilli, at the time.

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 22
- Topped the charts from: April 28 to June 16, 2012

The Melbourne-based indie musician Gotye and Kimbra walked away with two 2012 Grammy Awards for this hit including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The Guardian reports that the success of the song, which deals with heartbreak and samples the nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep with the xylophone, is both an Australian and universal anthem for the masses.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 28 to Nov. 23, 1968

The famous Beatles hit that spent nine weeks at #1 was written by Paul McCartney for Julian Lennon, John Lennon’s son, while his parents were divorcing. On the 50th anniversary of the song in 2018, Rolling Stone revealed the hit was released less than a week after Ringo quit the band, and was also the beginning of the notorious breakup of The Beatles.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 12
- Topped the charts from: March 5 to April 30, 2016

Barbadian singer Rihanna and Canadian rapper Drake had many other writers work on this #1 hit, including Rupert “Sevn” Thomas, who sampled the dance-hall rhythm with an urban and island vibe refrain. With "Work,” Rihanna achieved a #1 Billboard hit off all seven of her albums, breaking Mariah Carey’s record for doing the same with six consecutive records, according to Songfacts.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: March 5 to April 30, 2005

50 Cent’s third #1 Billboard single “Candy Shop" has nothing to do with sweets, but instead is all about sex. Billboard reported in 2005 that the hit bumped the nine-week #1 song “Let Me Love You' by Mario, noting, “50 Cent can't rest easy on top of the Hot 100, as Green Day's ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ continues to push skyward, making a 3-2 move this week.” A cover version of the song by Dan Finnerty and the Dan Band was featured in the movie “The Hangover” in 2009.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Aug. 15 to Oct. 10, 1981

The title song for the 1981 film “Endless Love” would later be famously covered by Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross in 1994. Precisely 30 years after it held the top spot at #1, Billboard ranked the love song The Greatest Duet of All Time, reporting it was both Diana Ross and Lionel Richie’s biggest #1 hit, staying on the famous music chart for 27 weeks. The coming-of-age movie starring Brooke Shields was a big part of the song’s success.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 20 to April 16, 1960

As the longest-running #1 instrumental song in Billboard’s music chart history, the theme song produced by Percy Faith, and composed by Max Steiner, won the 1960 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Sixteen years later, Faith would turn the #1 hit into a disco version titled “Summer Place ‘76.” Ironically, the song made famous by "A Summer Place" is not the version played in the film.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 3 to Dec. 5, 1959

Bobby Darin started performing “Mack the Knife” in night clubs after hearing it in a Greenwich Village production of “The Threepenny Opera,” for which it was written. Though Darin kept “Mack the Knife,” a song about a serial killer, at #1 for nine weeks, several other artists including Ella Fitzgerald brought the song fame. Fitzgerald famously once forgot the words while singing, so came up with this famous scat: “Oh Bobby Darin and Louis Armstrong They made a record, oh but they did And now Ella, Ella, and her fellas We're making a wreck, what a wreck of Mack the Knife.”

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 4 to Nov. 29, 2003

Like many of Beyoncé’s songs, Jay-Z co-wrote this tune along with dancehall-reggae singer Sean Paul, Robert Waller, and Scott Storch. Long after the song saw nine straight weeks at the #1, the song was in the news again for alleged copyright infringement by songwriter Jennifer Armour. Beyoncé won the suit, saying it was a shame it even happened, and that she was happy to move on. Needless to say, she did.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 13, 2003, to Feb. 7, 2004

Singer André 3000 told the HuffPost all about “Hey Ya!” on the 10th anniversary of the tune, saying it had several working titles and isn’t autobiographical. What’s real is the song was inspired by The Ramones, The Smiths, and The Buzzcocks, three artists André was listening to “heavily” before he wrote it. As for the famous line “Shake it like a Polaroid picture,” André admits you’re actually not supposed to shake the film, but it sounded good while writing the lyrics.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: May 16 to July 18, 1981

The famous song about a Hollywood actress’ eyes would win both the 24th Annual Grammy Record of the Year and Song of the Year, making Kim Carnes go down in music history. Co-written by Jackie DeShannon, who opened for The Beatles, and Donna Weiss, who toured with Joe Cocker, “Bette Davis Eyes” also won the Billboard Top 100 Song of the Year for 1981. DeShannon first recorded the song in 1974 after she saw the film “Now, Voyager” with Bette Davis.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: March 8 to May 3, 2003

Where can you find 50 Cent? “You can find me in a club, bottle full of bub,” is the opening line to the famous rapper’s biggest #1 Billboard hit. Co-written by Dr. Dre and Mike Elizondo, “In Da Club,” faced an infringement lawsuit in 2006 by copyright owner Joseph Weinberger, who alleged 50 Cent stole the line “It’s your birthday” from the Luther Campbell song of the same title. The case was dismissed, with several artists, including Beyoncé and Usher sampling the song, and singers, including Mary J. Blige and P. Diddy, remixing the tune.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: Jan. 1 to Feb. 26, 2005

Mario may have sung the hit, but Ne-Yo wrote it. The tune would be Mario’s only #1 song, which was off his second album “Turning Point.” Nominated for several accolades including a Grammy and Teen Choice Awards to no avail, “Let Me Love You,” goes down as one-hit-wonder for the American singer from Baltimore.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: Jan. 2 to Feb. 27, 2010

Kesha wrote the famed opening lyric: “Wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy” after waking up one morning surrounded by 10 beautiful women. A completely random phone call from Diddy to Kesha’s producer, Dr. Luke (Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald), a few hours later led the music mogul to contribute a couple of lines to the song. "TiK ToK" dominated digital sales in 2010, with 12.9 million downloads, 3 million more than Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” Four years later in 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit accusing Dr. Luke of sexual assault among other things, spurring a brutal legal battle between the singer and her mother, Dr. Luke, and Sony.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 21
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 12 to Dec. 7, 2013

Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, broke several barriers with her smash hit when, at 16, she became the youngest artist to write and perform a chart-topping song. "Royals" was written as a sort of diss-track against the lavish lifestyle and excesses of many pop stars but got its title when Lorde saw a picture of Kansas City Royals star George Brett in a magazine. "It was just that word. It’s really cool,” she said of the song, which would earn her a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 21
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 29 to Nov. 24, 2012

“One More Night” was Maroon 5’s third #1 hit on the Hot 100, joining “Makes Me Wonder” and “Moves Like Jagger.” The song, about a dysfunctional relationship, debuted at #42 in early July and took almost three months to reach the pinnacle spot. The song was the second of the same name to top the Hot 100, after Phil Collins spent two weeks at #1 in 1985.

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 24
- Topped the charts from: June 23 to Aug. 18, 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen produced a cultural phenomenon with her 2012 hit, with everyone from athletes to pop stars Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez singing the iconic “Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but here’s my number so call me, maybe” lyrics. Billboard rated the song #21 on their list of the catchiest songs of all time. The nine-week stint at the pinnacle of the charts was the longest ever by a Canadian woman, passing Celine Dion and Nelly Furtado, who lasted six weeks.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 14, 2015 to Jan. 16, 2016

“Hello” was all Adele had to say to return to the limelight after a nearly four-year hiatus following the astounding success of “Rolling in the Deep.” And a triumphant return it was, as the song’s album, "25," broke multiple records by selling 2.3 million copies in one week. "Hello” would earn the British songstress another five Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, bringing her total to 13.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: July 21 to Sept. 22, 2018

2018 was the year of Drake, as “In My Feelings” became the artist’s sixth overall song to hit #1 on the Hot 100. The song replaced the Canadian singer's own “Nice for What,” which replaced “God’s Plan,” making him the fourth artist ever to swap #1s twice, joining Justin Bieber, Usher, and The Beatles. Rolling Stone named it the Best Song of 2018.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: May 21 to July 30, 2016

Drake dominated yet another year in 2016, as “One Dance” earned the Canadian rapper his first #1 on the Hot 100. The song, featuring Afrobeat artist WizKid and sampling from Kyla’s 2008 song “Do You Mind,” became Spotify’s most-streamed song at the time with over 882 million listens. "Old Town Road” later overtook “One Dance” as the longest running #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 16, 2006 to Feb. 17, 2007

“To the left To the left everything you own in a box to the left” became a rallying cry for women when it reigned over the Hot 100 in 2007. "Irreplaceable," off Beyoncé's second solo album "B'Day," helped establish the superstar as the Queen B. Written by Ne-Yo, the song was originally intended as a country ballad with Shania Twain or Faith Hill in mind.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 15 to Dec. 17, 1977

“You Light Up My Life” was the title track from the movie of the same name and was originally performed by jingle singer Kacey Cisyk, with Debby Boone re-recording it when studios wouldn’t release the movie. The song, which won the Grammy for Song of the Year, actually appeared twice at the same time on the Hot 100. The “original cast” version (performed by Cisyk) reached #80 while Boone’s version reigned, despite a dark past behind the song.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 12, 2011, to Jan. 28, 2012

“We Found Love” made history for Rihanna as her longest-running #1 hit. It became her 20th top 10 hit in six years and four months, a feat Rihanna accomplished five months quicker than Madonna. Rihanna wasn’t writer/producer Calvin Harris’s first choice, however, as Nicole Scherzinger passed on the song. Leona Lewis recorded a different version of the song, but didn’t want it to be the first single on her album, prompting Harris to go with RiRi.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Aug. 17 to Nov. 2, 2002

Before Beyoncé rose to become queen, former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland found the top of the charts by teaming up with superstar Nelly for “Dilemma.” The duo earned the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the song, which sampled Patti LaBelle’s “Love, Need and Want You.” Nelly became the fifth artist to replace himself in the top spot (eight have done it since), knocking “Hot in Herre” from #1.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 17 to Nov. 19, 2005

Jamie Foxx wanted to break into the music industry, and if it weren’t for Kanye West it never would have happened. Though West and Fox sampled Ray Charles' “I Got a Woman” to make “Gold Digger," which won the 2006 Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance, the song was originally intended for female rapper Shawnna.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 21, 1981 to Jan. 23, 1982

“Physical” was released just one week after MTV went on the air, making it one of the first videos to replay over on the new station. Unassuming Australian singer Olivia Newton-John had concerns about singing the song, which was originally written for Rod Stewart, so the video was created as a distraction from the fact that the song was about sex. Her worry was for naught: “Physical” won the 1982 Grammy for Video of the Year.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: March 8 to May 10, 2014

The famous song from “Despicable Me 2” was written by Pharrell, who also wrote the lead single for “Despicable Me.” The catchy tune saw 10 weeks at #1, with the movie’s success helping it soar to the top of the charts. To assure fans could get enough of his song, Pharrell created the first 24-hour music video, a continuous loop of his track that featured different people, including Steve Carell, who voiced Gru in the "Despicable Me" movies.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 18
- Topped the charts from: Jan. 5 to March 8, 2008

Flo Rida introduces his “Shawty” wearing Apple Bottom jeans and boots with fur in “Low,” the first #1 and longest-running song on the 2008 Billboard Hot 100. Featuring T-Pain, who co-wrote it, the tune details just how low the song’s protagonist can go on the dance floor after giving “that big booty a smack.” According to Flo, it took less than an hour to record all the verses.

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 18
- Topped the charts from: April 8 to June 10, 2000

The sultry song “Maria Maria” won the 42nd Annual Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. The tune made its way back to the airwaves in 2017 when Rihanna, DJ Khaled, and Bryson Tiller sampled it in “Wild Thoughts.”

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: April 20 to June 22, 2002

Off Ashanti's self-titled debut album, “Foolish,” samples the family group DeBarge’s song “Stay With Me.” Other artists to sample the same tune include the Notorious B.I.G. in “One More Chance” and Mariah Carey in “I’ll Be Lovin U Long Time.”

- Weeks at #1: 11
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: June 14 to Aug. 23, 1997

The sole purpose of “I’ll Be Missing You,” which samples “Every Breath You Take" by the Police, was to pay tribute to the Notorious B.I.G., who was shot and killed three months prior to the song's release. Puff Daddy told Billboard magazine in 1997 he wrote the song because he missed his fallen friend, whom he talked to every day. "I was finally able to talk to him,” he said. "That’s all it was: a conversation.”

- Weeks at #1: 11
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 3 to April 14, 2018

After “God’s Plan” dominated the #1 Billboard for 11 weeks, it won the 61st Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and was viewed more than one billion times on YouTube in 2019. Boi-1da told Billboard magazine Drake came to him with “God’s Plan,” a half-finished record he was happy to help complete. Drake bestowed the song’s video budget of almost $1 million to the less fortunate, opening the short film with a title card that reads, “We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label…”

- Weeks at #1: 11
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: May 21 to July 30, 1994

Before “I Swear" by the R&B band All-4-One commanded the #1 Billboard spot between May and June of 1994, singer John Montgomery made it a country hit in February that same year. Twenty years later, Montgomery and the pop group reunited to create a duet rendition of the song for All-4-One’s album “Twenty+.” The artists sang the song once before together at the 1995 Grammy Awards, when the song won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

- Weeks at #1: 11
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 7, 1996, to Feb. 15, 1997

Toni Braxton walked away with a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Performance and an 11-week stint at #1 with “Un-Break My Heart,” written by Diane Warren. Off of her second album “Secrets,” the song lyrics plead for a partner to come back and “take these tears away.” The R&B ballad was produced by David Foster, the famed Canadian composer, who acquired 16 Grammys while working with mega musicians throughout the decades.

- Weeks at #1: 11
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 18, 2000, to Jan. 27, 2001

Destiny’s Child called out “all the women, who are independent throw your hands up to me” in this #1 single that topped the charts for almost three months. Featured in the movie “Charlie’s Angels,” the song was written by Beyoncé, who names the stars of the film, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Lui, in the first few lines of the song. Queen B reportedly wrote the song after breaking up with her boyfriend.

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Jan. 28 to April 29, 2017

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” was originally written for Rihanna, according to the English songwriter. After realizing that lyrics about Van Morrison (put Van the Man on the jukebox) would not likely not come out of the Barbadian singer’s mouth, Sheeran sang it himself. He even admits he wasn’t sure he would place it on “Divide,” which was the biggest album of the year, according to the 2018 Global Music Report.

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 3 to Nov. 19, 2016

During its three-month stint at #1, The Chainsmokers frontman Drew Taggart told Harpers Bazaar the hit was a long time coming. He said the band was listening to a lot of Blink-182, mentioned in the song, at the time they wrote it. "We were talking about how we haven't heard a conversational song where a person is so literal about what they mean, and we wanted to do something like that," he said of the tune, which details a couple hooking up after a breakup four years earlier.

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: April 18 to July 4, 2009

A decade ago, The Black Eyed Peas swapped out this #1 hit for “I Gotta Feeling,” making them the longest-reigning group to hold a #1 Billboard for 26 weeks. Following positive press for its #1 spot, “Boom Boom Pow” saw negative news when artist Phoenix Phenom sued the group for allegedly infringing on her song “Boom Dynamite.”

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: April 25 to July 18, 2015

Famous for its tribute to Paul Walker, the fallen “Fast and Furious” star who was killed in a car accident, “See You Again” almost didn’t make it into “Furious 7,” according to Billboard. Charlie Puth, who penned the song in 10 minutes, nearly pulled it from the movie after he was told he wouldn't be featured in the music video. But in the end, the song made it into "Furious 7" and Puth made it into the viral music video.

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 9, 2002 to Jan. 25, 2003

Off the “8 Mile” soundtrack, “Lose Yourself,” won the Detroit-born rapper Eminem an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2003. The rapper was not invited to perform his winning hit since officials “were reportedly nervous about the singer singing the song on-air, given his penchant for using swear words,” reports the Chicago Tribune. Eminem and Jeff Bass, co-writer and producer of the song, were not present to accept their award, and Bass has said he hopes his son will one day appreciate it — he skipped to attend his birth.

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: June 22 to Sept. 7, 2013

The song, called “rapey" by The Daily Beast, would hold the #1 Billboard spot for 12 weeks despite the negative controversy surrounding it. The Guardian covered the collateral damage it was causing, reporting how student unions in the U.K. banned “Blurred Lines,” while SlutWalk activists protested it in the U.S. Billboard recapped the song, which also got sued for copy infringement over Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” five years after its release, noting it “aided in creating necessary conversations about sexuality, gender, consent, and cultural narratives in pop music.”

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 28 to May 15, 2004

Before Usher bumped “Yeah!,” co-written with Lil Jon and Ludacris, from the #1 spot with his other four-letter hit “Burn,” the hit saw 12 straight weeks of success. The song would be billed the 2004 Billboard Song of the Year, and #16 on Billboard’s All-time Top 100 Songs. "‘Yeah!’ perfectly captured the day’s hottest sounds: Usher’s smooth vocals, Ludacris’s light-hearted rhymes and Lil Jon’s crunk-R&B production,” reports the music magazine.

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 24
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 23, 1999, to Jan. 8, 2000

The collaboration between the Latin guitar legend and Matchbox Twenty frontman almost didn’t come to pass. Thomas said he wrote the summer jam with his idol, George Michael, in mind. The result was a 12-week run atop the charts and #2 on Billboard’s All-Time Top 100 Songs. Thomas said he drew inspiration for the song from Santana himself, calling him “so smooth,” and his then-girlfriend the “Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa.”

- Weeks at #1: 13
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: June 6 to Aug. 29, 1998

The collaboration would be the most successful song for either artist and capture both their lone Grammy wins. The two made up and announced a tour in 2019 after a falling out and 20 years of jabs over ownership of the song. Inspiration for the song was derived from the 1982 duet “The Girl Is Mine" by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

- Weeks at #1: 13
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Aug. 15 to Nov. 7, 1992

Boyz II Men’s 13-week run atop the Hot 100 was a record at the time, breaking the record held by Elvis since 1956. The song, about the end of a relationship, was inspired by songwriters Babyface and Daryl Simmons going through divorces at the same time. Made for the movie “Boomerang” starring Eddie Murphy, the song was Boyz II Men’s fifth single and first of five to reach the top spot on the Hot 100.

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 11, 1997, to Jan. 10, 1998

Princess Diana’s death in August 1997 was the impetus for Elton John to re-record his 1974 song of the same name. The 1997 remake would be the largest selling single all-time since Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” in 1942. Despite the success, Diana’s funeral would be the only time John would perform the version live.

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: July 11 to Oct. 10, 2009

The Black Eyed Peas still hold the record for most consecutive weeks atop the Billboard charts when “I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow” reigned for 26 straight weeks in 2009. The two songs would earn the group three Grammy wins, including Best Pop Performance for a Duo or Group with Vocals for “I Gotta Feeling.” The song became hugely popular among wedding DJs, with Billboard rating in 19th on the list of the top 100 most popular wedding songs.

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 28, 1992, to Feb. 27, 1993

Whitney Houston’s remake of the Dolly Parton hit marked the third time the song would reach #1, after Parton did it in 1974 and 1982. Remade for the 1992 film “The Bodyguard,” starring Houston and Kevin Costner, “I Will Always Love You” is one of the top-selling singles of all time by a female artist. The song returned to the Hot 100 in 2012, shortly after Houston’s death, peaking at #3.

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Aug. 27 to Nov. 26, 1994

To think the slick-singing quartet from Philadelphia didn’t want to release “I’ll Make Love To You” as a single, thinking it sounded too much like “End of the Road.” Written by Babyface, the song would earn Boyz II Men a trio of Grammys, for Best R&B Performance by a Group, Best Record, and Best Album.

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 21
- Topped the charts from: Jan. 17 to April 18, 2015

The 2015 megahit was a struggle to create according to Mark Ronson, who said it took months while Mars was on tour. The duo ended up creating the ultimate party song with the signature line: “Don’t believe me just watch,” taking home three Grammys for the song and album. The song features 11 writers overall, after five were added following a copyright suit by The Gap Band.

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 22
- Topped the charts from: June 4 to Sept. 10, 2005

“We Belong Together” was written and recorded in a 12-hour span according to writer/producer Jermaine Dupri. It would earn Carey three of her five Grammy Awards and Song of the Decade honors from Billboard. Carey considers “We Belong Together” one of her favorite songs to perform and was the 16th of Carey’s 18 #1 hits.

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 46
- Topped the charts from: Aug. 3 to Nov. 2, 1996

“Macarena” set off one of the biggest dance crazes of the 1990s and was the first hit for the Spanish flamenco group since the 1960s. VH1 named it the top one-hit wonder of all time, and it spent more weeks on the Hot 100 than any other song to reach #1. "Old Town Road” passed “Macarena” in July as the longest-running debut single at #1.

- Weeks at #1: 16
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 2, 1995 to March 16, 1996

The death of Boyz II Men’s manager Khalil Rountree in a shooting prompted member Nathan Morris to write a tribute song to their “father figure.” After receiving a call from Carey’s manager about a potential collaboration, the two got together and found they were penning similar songs. They merged the two and produced a 16-week reign atop the charts that stood alone for over 21 years.

- Weeks at #1: 16
- Total weeks on chart: 32
- Topped the charts from: May 27 to Sept. 9, 2017

The Spanish-language hit set off a dance and meme craze in 2017, becoming the most-viewed video in YouTube history, with over six billion clicks. Justin Bieber got involved after seeing the reaction to the song in a club while in Colombia, prompting a call to Luis Fonsi. The collaboration did not win a single Grammy Award despite its worldwide mega-success, losing out to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” in one of the biggest snubs of all time.

- Weeks at #1: 19
- Total weeks on chart: 44
- Topped the charts from: April 13 to Aug. 17, 2019

“Old Town Road” took a rare, organic rise to the top, as Lil Nas X released the original version on the video-sharing app TikTok in December 2018. A crossover between rap and country music he calls “country trap,” Lil Nas X bought the beat for just $30 from YoungKio. Billy Ray Cyrus was brought in for the remix after Billboard controversially dropped the song from the country charts. The remix and accompanying long-form video propelled the song to the longest-running #1 of all time.


"Moves like Jagger" was written and produced by Benjamin Levin and Shellback, while additional writing was done by Adam Levine. [4] When asked about the song, Levine said, "It was one of those songs that was definitely a risk it's a bold statement. We've never really released a song like that. But it's exciting to do something different, do something new. I'm just happy everyone likes it." [5] "Moves like Jagger" is a disco and electropop song. [6] [7] It features a "throbbing" synth, fast-paced beat and electronic drums. [7] [8] Robbie Daw from Idolator wrote that "Moves like Jagger" slightly echoes The Rolling Stones' chart-topping 1978 classic "Miss You", and added that "Levine's voice is distorted via Auto-Tune on the chorus." [7] The song is introduced by a whistle melody and light, funky guitar in the key of B minor with a tempo of 128 beats per minute. Levine tries his best to impress his female interest with dance moves like The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger: "I don't need to try to control you / Look into my eyes and I'll own you / With the moves like Jagger / I got the moves like Jagger / I got the moves like Jagger." [9] Aguilera appears midway through the song's bridge, playing her role as a tease: "You want to know how to make me smile / Take control, own me just for the night / But if I share my secret / You gonna have to keep it / Nobody else can see this." [1]

—Bill Lamb on his review for "Moves like Jagger" on [10]

Bill Lamb from gave the song a positive review, giving the single four-and-a-half out of five stars. [10] Lamb wrote that, "The funky, whistle driven melody here is loose, light, and irresistibly funky. The punchy guest vocal from fellow judge Christina Aguilera is simply icing on the cake. There is a real vocal chemistry between Aguilera and Levine." [10] Lamb called the song an "outstanding summer song", writing that "It is light, danceable, and would sound great in the car with the top down." [10] Robbie Daw from Idolator wrote that "It takes a full two minutes and 15 seconds for Christina's soulful pipes to begin trilling on "Moves like Jagger." But once she does, she immediately steals the show." [7] Daw concluded by writing that "this is the best thing from either of these two in years." [7]

While naming the song "a contender for 2011's song of the summer", James Dinh from MTV Newsroom wrote that "Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera have turned their friendly rivalry on NBC's The Voice into some studio chemistry." [1] Robert Copsey wrote for Digital Spy: " "Take me by the tongue and I'll know you/ Kiss me till you're drunk and I'll show you," Ad insists over a funky, finger-clicking bassline and an irresistible whistle hook that immediately burrows deep into the recesses of your brain. "If I share my secret/ You're gonna have to keep it," Christina says on her short, sweet and perfectly formed cameo. We've already got your number, love, but our surprise is still 100% genuine." [11]

Jagger himself acknowledged the song in an interview, calling the concept "very flattering." [12] The song was ranked number three on the BBC Radio 2's list of the most played songs of the 2010s. [13]

On the issue dated July 9, 2011, "Moves like Jagger" debuted at number eight on the United States Billboard Hot 100, [14] and topped it in the week ending September 10, 2011, as the greatest airplay gainer for the third consecutive week. It spent 10 weeks in the top 3. [15] For Maroon 5, with prior top hits, this is the first time at the number-one position and top 10 on the Hot 100 chart since their single "Makes Me Wonder" in 2007. For Aguilera, this is her fifth number-one position, her first since "Lady Marmalade" in 2001. Incidentally, Levine is the first artist to achieve both the number-one position on the Hot 100 as a member of a band and reach the top 10 as a solo artist in the same week. [16] "Moves like Jagger" made Aguilera the fourth female artist, behind Janet Jackson and Madonna (1980s, 1990s, and 2000s) and Britney Spears (1990s, 2000s, and 2010s), to top the Hot 100 in three decades, as well as the eighth artist overall. During the week of October 1, 2011, the song advanced to number one on the Hot 100 Airplay. [17] By March 2013, it had sold over 6 million digital copies in the United States. [18]

On August 1, 2011, "Moves like Jagger" reached number two on the Australian ARIA Charts, making it Aguilera's highest charting single since "Candyman" in 2007, [19] and held the runner-up spot for ten straight weeks. On the week of August 20, 2011, the song topped the Canadian Hot 100 chart, becoming the band's second number-one single and Aguilera's third number-one single, first in almost nine years (the last one was the 2002 hit "Beautiful"). [20]

"Moves like Jagger" made its debut on the UK Singles Chart at number three and sold 56,000 copies on the issue dated August 21, 2011, becoming Maroon 5's 4th top 10 hit and Aguilera's 15th top 10 hit in the UK. [21] Starting at the issue date September 10, it peaked at number two for seven consecutive weeks, equaling the all-time UK record held by All-4-One's "I Swear" [22] for the longest stay at number two by a hit not to reach number one. On October 5, 2011, the song reached number one in the mid-week chart update but failed to reach the number-one spot the following Sunday due to the mid-week release of Rihanna's new single "We Found Love" which debuted at number one keeping "Moves like Jagger" away from the number-one position. Uniquely, in the first six of these weeks it was held off the top of the chart by six different number-one singles consecutively, each of which debuted directly ahead of it this after having already been held at number three behind two different pairs of new entries in its first [23] two [24] weeks on the chart. As of week ending October 22, "Moves like Jagger" dropped two places to number 4, ending a seven-week run in the runner-up position. [25] After spending seven straight weeks at number two in the singles charts without ever managing to claim the number-one spot, it ironically peaked at number two in the year end chart of 2011's bestselling singles as well. It became the biggest-selling song not to peak at number one in 2012. As of September 2017, "Moves like Jagger" has sold 1,536,000 copies in the United Kingdom, in an uninterrupted 52-week run in the chart. [26]

Background Edit

The music video for "Moves like Jagger" was directed by Jonas Åkerlund and filmed in the Los Angeles Theater, Los Angeles, California on July 8, 2011. [27] On July 9, Aguilera posted an image of herself from the video shoot via Twitter, saying, "Always great to see Jonas Akerlund. He created the perfect feel for the song. Expect a fun video." [28] The image showed Aguilera performing with a band in front of a background of the American flag. [28] Four shirtless images of Levine from the shoot were also released online the same day. [29] The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger made an appearance in the video "via archive footage". [27] The video features an incorrect, simplified version of the Union Flag as a backdrop for parts of the song. For Levine and his bandmates, the song and video are all about exposing a new generation to the rock legend. "We were lucky enough to get Mick's endorsement [for the video], as far as him giving us access to a bunch of different footage that's so cool," Levine told MTV News when they visited the video's set last month. "Not many people have seen [it], especially a newer generation of people that don't know so much about how incredible he was." [30] The video premiered on August 8, 2011 on E!. [31] [32] As of June 2021, the video received over 727 million views on YouTube. [33]

Synopsis Edit

The video opens with black-and-white footage of the theater, shots of work crews assembling lighting and equipment onstage and groups of extras getting into costume, warming up for a shoot. This is followed by classic footage of Jagger, during which Michael Parkinson asks The Rolling Stones frontman how long he plans to make music. "I don't know. I never thought I'd be doing it for two years even," a young Jagger says, as the opening whistles of the Maroon 5 song kick in, throughout which a slew of Jagger lookalikes are shown dancing up to a central microphone, interlaced with archival footage of Jagger himself and shots of band members James Valentine, Jesse Carmichael, Michael Madden and Matt Flynn. When Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine eventually appears, he is shirtless, tattooed and wearing tight black pants. The video is mostly a mash-up of people trying to move like Jagger, including Levine. When Aguilera makes her brief appearance, she is dressed for a retro look with mascara-heavy lashes and a floppy hat. [30]

Reception Edit

The Huffington Post commented "We weren't sure whether Levine and Aguilera would be able to bring it like Mick, but then again, no one can ever touch the original. The best they can do is try to imitate Jagger's greatness—and Levine and Aguilera do a pretty solid job of that." [34]

"Moves like Jagger" was performed for the first time with Aguilera on June 21, 2011, during The Voice, a talent competition show on which both she and Levine were coaches. [1] Maroon 5 performed this song without Aguilera on America's Got Talent on August 3, 2011 in the results show of the fourth week of the Hollywood performances [35] and the morning talk show The Today Show on August 5. [36] The band later performed this song on Hands All Over Tour (2011) and the 2011 Summer Tour. On September 8, 2011, the song was performed live at the NFL pre-show on Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, before the start of the 2011 NFL season. [37]

The song was also played during the band's appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (September 21) and Saturday Night Live (November 5). [38] On October 1, the band played the song at the Rock in Rio concert in Rio de Janeiro. In November 2011, Maroon 5 performed "Moves like Jagger" for the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, [39] and the 2011 American Music Awards with Aguilera [40] (the latter two along with a live performance of Gym Class Heroes's "Stereo Hearts" featuring Levine). In June 2012, the band played with the song at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, as part of the Live on Letterman concert series. [41]

On February 3, 2019, Maroon 5 performed the song for the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta, Georgia. [42] On October 25, 2019, the band performed "Moves like Jagger" for a live concert at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. [43]

Weekly charts Edit

Chart (2011) Peak
Australia (ARIA) [44] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [45] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [46] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) [47] 4
Bulgaria (IFPI) [48] 2
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [49] 1
Canada AC (Billboard) [50] 1
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard) [51] 1
Canada Hot AC (Billboard) [52] 1
CIS (Tophit) [53] 1
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) [54] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten) [55] 1
Euro Digital Song Sales (Billboard) [56] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [57] 1
France (SNEP) [58] 3
Germany (Official German Charts) [59] 2
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) [60] 1
Ireland (IRMA) [61] 1
Italy (FIMI) [62] 2
Japan (Japan Hot 100) [63] 30
Lebanon (OLT20) [64] 1
Mexico Airplay (Billboard) [65] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [66] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [67] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [68] 1
Norway (VG-lista) [69] 1
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) [70] 1
Russia Airplay (Tophit) [71] 1
Scotland (OCC) [72] 1
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) [73] 1
South Korea International (Gaon Digital Chart) [74] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [75] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [76] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [77] 5
UK Singles (OCC) [78] 2
Ukraine Airplay (Tophit) [79] 10
US Billboard Hot 100 [80] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) [81] 7
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) [82] 1
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard) [83] 5
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard) [84] 9
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard) [85] 8
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) [86] 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard) [87] 9
Venezuela Pop/Rock Songs (Record Report) [88] 1
Chart (2014) Peak
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) [89] 95

Year-end charts Edit

Chart (2011) Position
Australia (ARIA) [90] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [91] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [92] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) [93] 47
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [94] 5
CIS (Tophit) [95] 12
Denmark (Tracklisten) [96] 1
Germany (Media Control AG) [97] 15
Greece (IFPI) [98] 45
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) [99] 13
Ireland (IRMA) [100] 7
Israel (Media Forest) [101] 5
Italy (FIMI) [102] 9
Japan (Japan Hot 100) [103] 56
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [104] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [105] 6
New Zealand (RIANZ) [106] 2
Russia Airplay (Tophit) [107] 19
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [108] 21
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [109] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [110] 17
Ukraine Airplay (Tophit) [111] 41
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [112] 2
US Billboard Hot 100 [113] 9
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) [114] 41
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) [115] 8
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) [116] 10
Chart (2012) Position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [117] 17
France (SNEP) [118] 76
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) [119] 18
Poland (ZPAV) [120] 14
Russia Airplay (Tophit) [121] 38
South Korea (Gaon) [122] 55
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [123] 33
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [124] 71
Ukraine Airplay (Tophit) [125] 77
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [126] 58
US Billboard Hot 100 [127] 36
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) [128] 12
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) [129] 27
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard) [130] 50
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) [131] 50
Chart (2013) Position
France (SNEP) [132] 198
Slovenia (SloTop50) [133] 30
Chart (2019) Position
Portugal (AFP) [134] 1598

Decade-end charts Edit

Chart (2010–2019) Position
Australia (ARIA) [135] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [136] 51
US Billboard Hot 100 [137] 20

All-time charts Edit

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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1978 | Dance/Electronic | Duo/Group

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I Want to Hold Your Hand launched The Beatles towards their vaunted place in music history, and on the Billboard charts. The group reigns as the all-time top act in the Hot 100's archives, while its iconic U.S. breakthrough single became its first of its record 20 No. 1s.

Co-written with his brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice (a.k.a. the Bee Gees), Andy Gibb's third and final No. 1 reigned for seven weeks in 1978 when the youngest Gibb brother was just 20 years old. After struggling with addiction for years, Andy Gibb died at age 30 in 1988.

Jepsen's signature tune boasts the greatest chorus of the 21st century (according to a Billboard staff ranking), but it took tweets from Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez -- not to mention endless lip dubs and parodies -- to help the former Canadian Idol contestant's swoon-worthy pop ditty blow up in 2012.

Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. + Pharrell

Though the song would ultimately prove controversial and legally troublesome, "Blurred Lines" briefly made a pop star of Los Angeles R&B singer Robin Thicke with its infectious hook, irresistible groove and NSFW video. The song reigned on the Hot 100 for 12 weeks in 2013, the year's longest-running chart-topper.


Originally an ode to Marilyn Monroe, "Candle" was updated after the death of Elton John's friend, Diana, Princess of Wales, in a 1997 car crash. The tribute scored a Nielsen Music-era record 3.4 million single sales in one week, and held the Hot 100 No. 1 slot for 14 weeks.

The theme of "love conquers all" had powered many Alicia Keys songs by 2007, but "No One" took the R&B singer's favorite message to a new level, becoming her second solo No. 1, and earning her two more Grammys.

Two weeks after "End of the Road" vacated the Hot 100's apex, "Always" took over - for a then-record 14 weeks. Houston's retooling of Dolly Parton's classic ballad accompanied her film debut in The Bodyguard, and returned to No. 3 on the chart after her 2012 death.

With its first No. 1, the Philadelphia R&B quartet broke one of the Hot 100's most prized records, as "Road" spent a then-unprecedented 13 weeks on top. The feat, 15 years in the making, lasted four months, but the Boyz reclaimed the mark in 1994 and outdid that in 1996.

No other act has achieved a streak that the Black Eyed Peas linked in 2009, when Fergie,, and Taboo reigned for a record 26 consecutive weeks. The streak kicked off with the 12-week reign of "Boom Boom Pow," a electro-funk banger than became the group's first No. 1.

When Stevie Nicks turned down Giorgio Moroder's request to write a song for the American Gigolo soundtrack, the Italian disco producer looked to Blondie's Debbie Harry, who turned around the topline to this new wave chart-topper (the second of four No. 1s the band would accrue) in a few hours.

The magic of Ne-Yo's songwriting and Scott Storch's production led to R&B singer Mario's sole No. 1 single. "Let Me Love You" spent nine consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 in early 2005.

1978 | Dance/Electronic | Duo/Group

The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack included six songs by brother trio Bee Gees of those, five were No. 1s. This falsetto-powered disco strutter reigned for four weeks in 1978, ceding the top spot to "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" - a song by Andy Gibb, the band's younger brother.

The idea was that Lionel would come from R&B and Iɽ come from country, and weɽ meet somewhere in pop, Kenny Rogers said of working with writer-producer Lionel Richie on "Lady." It proved a sweet spot: The love song became country vet Rogers' first Hot 100 No. 1 in 1980.

Though she would later bristle (to say the least) at the rapping party-girl persona she introduced here, Kesha's first solo single was also an instant star-making No. 1. -- mixing elements of French house music with hip-hop flavor and pop star largesse.

By 1966, The Monkees capitalized on the exposure of their eponymous NBC comedy, landing three No. 1s, among six top 10s, through 1968. The longest leader was the Neil Diamond-penned pop gem "I'm a Believer," which reigned for six weeks from 1966-67.

Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx

Gold Digger, the 2005 Ray Charles-sampling warning for men, became rapper Kanye West and guest singer Jamie Foxx's second No. 1 single, following their prior collab "Slow Jamz." It spent its 10 weeks atop the Hot 100, making it the longest-leading of West's four No. 1s.

Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic

Originally recorded by Colorado pop-rockers OneRepublic for their own Dreaming Out Loud album, "Apologize" received a hip-hop-flavored remix by superproducer Timbaland for his Shock Value set. The new version of the piano ballad bound to No. 2 on the Hot 100 in 2007, making radio stars of OneRepublic.

The Swedish quartet already had a smash with the No. 2-peaking "All that She Wants," but "The Sign" -- their first stateside No. 1 -- proved the group's hooky songcraft was no fluke, and put Stockholm on the map in the music industry as an untapped hit-making capital.

After building a touring fanbase throughout the ❰s, the J. Geils Band experienced its greatest crossover success in 1982 with the Hot 100-topping, synth-driven "Centerfold." The song was helped by a fun high school-set video, directed by Paul Justman -- brother of keyboardist and "Centerfold" writer Seth Justman.

Though atypical for its time sonically, Meghan Trainor's doo-wop-inspired debut had staying power: It remained in the Hot 100's top 10 for 25 weeks, becoming only the 10th song in Hot 100 history to do so at the time.

The first single from John Lennon and Yoko Ono's joint album Double Fantasy was the last single released in his lifetime. A No. 1 for five weeks following his Dec. 8, 1980 murder, it marked his second solo Hot 100 topper, following 1974's "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night."

A prodigious New Zealand teen writes a song about not relating to anything on the radio, then ends up ruling it anyway: The pop star's minimalist, finger-snapping debut single was such an alternative to what was dominating top 40 then, it was actually promoted to alternative radio stations first.

This smash was partly inspired by "The Girl Is Mine," the hit Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney duet and lead single from the former's Thriller blockbuster. In this battle of the sexes, the women won: "Girl" stopped at No. 2 in 1983, while "Boy" lasted 13 weeks at No. 1.


While Florida singer Stevie B is largely remembered for his late ➀s freestyle bangers, it was a ballad that took him to the Hot 100's apex in 1990. The song's distinctive parenthetical comes from its opening line: "I got your letter from the postman just the other day."

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Originally recorded by ❰s band The Arrows, "I Love Rock 'N Roll" became the signature hit for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in 1982, crowning the Hot 100 for seven weeks. The shout-along anthem was the rockers' only No. 1, but they returned to the top 40 eight more times.


A medley of two songs from the late-❠s musical phenomenon Hair, The Fifth Dimension's hymn of "harmony and understanding" became the mixed-gender vocal group's biggest hit, topping the Hot 100 for six weeks in 1969. The two-part recording went on to win record of the year at the 1970 Grammys.

1993 | Hip-Hop/Rap | Duo/Group

Although "Whoomp!" never hit No. 1 -- UB40's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover" intervened -- the hip-hop classic's seven weeks at No. 2 rank it among the all-time top Hot 100 hits, inspiring two charting spinoffs by the act: 1993's "Addams Family (Whoomp!)," and 1994's "Whoomp (There It Went)."

Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera

Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera added a sixth No. 1 to their combined tally with the pop-funk jam "Moves Like Jagger" in 2011. The collab's success coincided with the first season of U.S. version of singing competition show The Voice, where both Aguilera and M5 frontman Adam Levine starred as coaches.

Paul McCartney And Stevie Wonder

One of two Macca/Stevie duets on the former's George Martin-produced 1982 album Tug of War, "Ebony and Ivory" topped the Hot 100 for seven weeks that same year. Excluding The Beatles, this earnest plea for racial equality was the longest-running No. 1 for both artists.

After five upbeat singles (and four No. 1s) from her debut album, Paula Abdul released this ballad from sophomore set Spellbound. It became her biggest hit yet, and its five weeks at No. 1 was the most for any song since Madonna's "Like a Virgin," which ruled for six weeks from 1984-1985.


Less than a year after USA for Africa's "We Are the World," another charity collaboration reigned as America's top song. This time, "That's What Friends Are For" united Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder, with the single's proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for AIDS research.

Though heɽ already produced and/or appeared on countless smash hits, Pharrell Williams didn't top the Hot 100 as a lead artist until 2013's "Happy," a ten-week No. 1. The exuberant pop anthem originally appeared on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, before leading Pharrell's solo debut LP, GIRL.

1980 | Dance/Electronic | Female

To kick off her third decade in the music business, Ross enlisted Chic architects Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards to update her sound. Despite friction between performer and producers, the collaboration yielded some of Ross' biggest solo hits, including "Down," which zoomed up the Hot 100, ruling for four weeks.

Before The CW's Riverdale, Archie Comics brought the all-American gang of fictional high schoolers to TV in 1968 with The Archie Show. That begat virtual band The Archies (made up of session musicians), who scored a real-life No. 1 for four weeks in 1969 with the bubblegum classic "Sugar, Sugar."

Singer-songwriter Billy Joel had his own "Just the Way You Are" smash in 1978. But while that Grammy-winner topped out at No. 3 on the Hot 100, versatile entertainer Bruno Mars' ballad of the same name made it all the way to No. 1 in 2010, lasting for four weeks.

Nelly Featuring Kelly Rowland

Nelly was one of the most successful rappers of the early ✀s, solidifying that status with 2002's Grammy-winning single "Dilemma." Alongside Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland, "Dilemma" followed prior single "Hot in Herre" to No. 1 on the Hot 100, and kept its position for 10 weeks.


Motown had a hit with this song twice in one year by two different artists: Gladys Knight and The Pips took their upbeat version to No. 2 in December 1967, but by December 1968 it was Marvin Gaye's sly take ruling the charts, landing a seven-week stay at No. 1.

Shania Twain fused traditional country with modern pop in a winning combo that peaked with Come on Over, the second-best-selling album in the U.S. since 1991, according to Nielsen Music. She scored biggest with pop-tinged ballad "You're Still the One," an eight-week No. 2 Hot 100 hit in 1998.

Of the King of Pop's 13 No. 1 hits, this pop classic's seven-week rule ties "Black and White" for his longest-leading No. 1. The song's famous opening groove was inspired by a fellow Hot 100-topper from a year earlier: Daryl Hall and John Oates' "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)."

1979 | Dance/Electronic | Female

Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart suggested Summer pass this rock-edged dance song to Cher, but the Queen of Disco was eager to expand her dominion to other genres. Smart move: "Stuff" hit No. 1 in June 1979, and won Summer her first Grammy, for best female rock vocal performance.

Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

Post Malone first broke through to the Hot 100's Top 20 with "White Iverson" and "Congratulations," which peaked at No. 14 and No. 8, respectively. But in October 2017, the rapper and featured guest 21 Savage gained their first No. 1 each with the inescapable "Rockstar," which ruled the chart for eight weeks.

The biggest of Compton rapper Coolio's mid-➐s hits, "Gangster's Paradise" spent three weeks at No. 1. The song was written for high school drama Dangerous Minds, but was Oscar-ineligible, due to its interpolation of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise."

Classic rockers Steve Miller Band proved they could transition to the MTV era with the new wave smash "Abracadabra," a two-week No. 1 in late 1982. Miller later revealed to People that the song's lyrics were inspired by The Supremes, who he came across while out skiing one day.

Sheeran has openly admitted that "Perfect" was a deliberate attempt to outdo his other signature ballad, 2014's "Thinking Out Loud." On the charts, at least, it worked: "Loud" stopped at No. 2, while "Perfect" -- helped by a duet remix with Beyonce -- logged six weeks at No. 1.

This 1973 No. 1 has become part of the pop music vernacular, referenced in subsequent hits by artists ranging from Janet Jackson to Nine Inch Nails. Its subject, an arrogant male ex, has been the topic of decades of speculation, with singer-songwriter Simon still yet to reveal the whole truth.

A classic party-starter for 40-plus years, "Play That Funky Music" shot to No. 1 in 1976 as the Ohio funk band's first Hot 100 hit. Wild Cherry never hit the top 40 again, but "Funky" returned to the top five in 1990, thanks to a reinterpretation by rapper Vanilla Ice.

Released at the peak of the R&B star's popularity, "Say You, Say Me" became Lionel Richie's fifth (and to date, final) Hot 100 No. 1 in December 1985. Written for the ballet drama White Nights, the love ballad would also win the Oscar and Golden Globe for best original song.

Inspired by The Knack singer Doug Fieger's real-life girlfriend Sharona Alperin and a GOAT riff from guitarist Berton Averre, these Los Angeles new wavers saw their debut single top the Hot 100 for six weeks in 1979. It re-entered in 1994 thanks to the movie Reality Bites, reaching No. 91.

Parti. Karamu. Fiesta. Forever. The former Commodores frontman added spice to his solo career with this Caribbean-influenced jam, which became his third Hot 100 No. 1. The tune nearly visited the summit again in 2010, as reworked into the hook of Enrique Iglesias' "I Like It," which reached No. 3.

Acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad Oɼonnor's lone Hot 100 top 40 hit came in 1990 with the Prince-scribed megaballad "Nothing Compares 2 U." The song topped the chart for four weeks, and its iconic music video won Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards that September.

California R&B quartet All-4-One scored an 11-week chart-topper with the massive 1994 ballad "I Swear." A wedding favorite, the song was also a No. 1 Hot Country Songs hit the same year for country star John Michael Montgomery, its original performer.

Nine years after making her Hot 100 top 40 debut, Mary J. Blige celebrated her first No. 1 hit with 2001's "Family Affair." The R&B icon's single had everyone grooving "in this dancery" for six straight weeks on top.


Foreigner's lush ballad, its first such smash after ten harder-hitting Hot 100 entries beginning in 1977, zoomed to No. 2 in November 1981. The song spent a then-record 10 weeks peaking in the runner-up spot, a run since matched only by Missy Elliott's "Work It" in 2002.


A fekete gombok nélkül a zongorán lévő fehér gombok nagymértékben beragadnának a „Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” és a „Do Re Mi.” lejátszásánál. Ha valami érdekesebbet szeretnének, ha egy olyan dalt akarunk, mint a „Tegnap, "Például" meg kell kapnia a két kulcskészletet együtt. Ebből a kis betekintésből Paul McCartney készítette Beatles utáni karrierjének legnagyobb slágereit: „Ebony And Ivory.” A nagy Stevie Wonderrel duettor felvett „Ebony And Ivory” az első helyet foglalta el a Billboard Hot 100 1982-ben ezen a napon, és csak hét héttel később feladta.

McCartney évek óta rajongja a Stevie Wonder rajongóit, mielőtt először találkoztak. Még Stevie-nek ("Szeretünk") egy Braille-írásot is csatolt 1973-ban a Wings albumához Red Rose Speedway. Wonder az 1970-es éveket hihetetlen albumok sorozatának rögzítésével töltötte, amelyek gyakran tartalmaztak egy erős társadalmi tudatot kifejező dalokat. Akkor nem meglepő, hogy McCartney Stevie Wonderről az „Ebony And Ivory” duettpartnerének gondolt.

Stevie Wonder egyetértett vele, és Paul McCartney-szel folytatott duettje nemcsak nagyszerű rekordot hozott, amely 1982-ben ezen a napon tetején volt a listán, hanem folytatta a popzenei erő-csatolások felé mutató tendenciát is, amely különösen az 1980-as évek elején volt jellemző. A Barbra Streisand és Neil Diamond („Nem hozsz nekem virágot”, 1978), a 70-es évek végén elért sikert követően, az 1981–1983 közötti időszak az ilyen A-lista hatalmi párok, köztük a „ Stop Draggin „A szívem körül” (Stevie Nicks és Tom Petty, 1981), „Végtelen szerelem” (Diana Ross és Lionel Richie, 1981), „Szigetek a patakban” (Kenny Rogers és Dolly Parton, 1983) és „Say Say Mondd ”(Paul McCartney és Michael Jackson, 1983).


2019 Daryl Dragon of Captain & Tennille dies at 76.

2017 Arnold Schwarzenegger sends off Carnie Wilson on the first episode of The New Celebrity Apprentice, introducing his new firing line, "You're terminated. Hasta la vista, baby."

2014 Jay Traynor of Jay & the Americans dies at age 70.

2008 With talk of a Kinks reunion in the air, the band's guitarist, Dave Davies, takes to the Internet to share his feelings: "It would be like a poor remake of Night Of The Living Dead."

2003 Pop singer Edward Farran (of The Arbors) dies of kidney failure at age 74.

2000 Jazz cornet and trumpet player Nat Adderley dies of complications from diabetes at age 68.

1997 Randy California, the guitarist for Spirit and composer of the song "Taurus" that Led Zeppelin borrowed for the intro of "Stairway To Heaven," drowns at age 45 while rescuing his 12-year-old son from a rip current in Molokai, Hawaii.

1985 Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones marries his second wife, Jo Karslake, in Buckinghamshire, England, with guests Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, and the other members of the Stones (except Mick).

1981 Kelton "Little Drummer Boy" Kessee (drummer for Immature) is born in Los Angeles, California. He gets his first drum kit at age 6.

1981 David Lynch of The Platters dies of cancer at age 51 in Long Beach, California.

1978 Two months after quitting the band, Ozzy Osbourne rejoins Black Sabbath.

1975 Suzi Quatro lands the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with the headline, "Suzi Quatro flexes her leather." With a string of UK hits under her cowhide, she's ready to conquer her home country (born and raised in Michigan), but fails to break through. The magazine does get the attention of Happy Days producers, who cast her on the show as Leather Tuscadero.

1975 Doug Robb (lead singer for Hoobastank) is born in Agoura Hills, California.

1975 US District Court judge Richard Owen allows John Lennon and his counsel access to his FBI files in his ongoing deportation case, on Lennon's suspicion that the deportation attempt is politically motivated.

1974 Country singer and actor Tex Ritter (father of actor John Ritter) dies of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 68. His first of many hits was 1944's "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You."

黒い鍵がなければ、ピアノの白い鍵は「Twinkle、Twinkle、Little Star」と「Do Re Mi」を演奏するのにこだわっているでしょう。それよりももっと面白いものが欲しいなら、「昨日、たとえば、「2つのキーセットを連動させる必要があります。この小さな洞察から、ポール・マッカートニーはビートルズ後のキャリアの最大のヒット記録「Ebony And Ivory」を作成しました。偉大なスティービー・ワンダーとのデュエットとして記録された「Ebony And Ivory」は、 ビルボードホット100 1982年のこの日に、7週間後まで放棄しませんでした。

スティービー・ワンダーはそれに同意し、ポール・マッカートニーとのデュエットは1982年のこの日にチャートでトップのヒットを記録しただけでなく、1980年代初頭に特に流行したポップミュージックのパワーカップリングへのトレンドを継続しました。 70年代後半のバーブラストライサンドとニールダイアモンドのようなペアリングの成功(「あなたは花を連れて行かない」1978年)に続いて、1981年から1983年までの期間は、 Stop Draggin 'My Heart Around」(スティービー・ニックスとトム・ペティ、1981)、「Endless Love」(ダイアナ・ロスとライオネル・リッチー、1981)、「Islands In In Stream」(ケニー・ロジャースとドリー・パートン、1983)、「Say Say」言う」(ポール・マッカートニーとマイケル・ジャクソン、1983)。

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1958 : Fan’s of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel (I looked it up and gas in 1958 was .24 cents a gallon). BAHAHAHAHAHA!!

1963 : During a UK tour The Beatles played the last night of a six night run at The Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare. The Beatles spent the day with photographer Dezo Hoffman, who took photos and 8mm movies of The Beatles at their hotel, on the beach dressed in Victorian bathing suits, and go-karting.

1966 : The Who appeared at the Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, England.

1968, Bee Gee Robin Gibb collapsed, as the group were about to set out on their first US tour. The singer was suffering from nervous exhaustion.

1968 : A riot erupts at Chicago’s Grant Park after Sly And The Family Stone fail to appear for a free concert.

1968 : Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and Papas. ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and many others. Cass’ version would be the most successful when it peaked at No. 12 on the US chart, and No.11 in the UK.

1972 : The Bobby Darin Amusement Company begins the first of a 7-week run as a summer replacement series on CBS. Burt Reynolds and George Burns appear with Darin on the first episode.

1973 : The self-titled debut by the New York Dolls is released via Mercury Records (and produced by Todd Rundgren). The album spawns such glam/proto-punk classics as “Personality Crisis,” “Looking for a Kiss,” “Trash,” and “Jet Boy.”

1974 : John Denver started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Annie’s Song’, the singers second US No.1. The song was a tribute to his wife and was written in 10 minutes while he was on a ski lift.

1974 : Wings started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Band On The Run’, featuring the title-track, ‘Jet’ and the US hit ‘Helen Wheels’. The album sold over 6 million copies world-wide

1976 : John Lennon ends his four-year fight to stay in the US as a special government hearing granted him a green card (Number A-17-597-321).

1976 : Bruce Springsteen sued his manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach of trust. The case dragged on for over a year, halting Springsteen’s career. An out of court settlement was reached the following year.

1976 : Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband Ike, ending their violent 16-year marriage and successful musical partnership.

1979 : A firebomb destroys Alice Cooper’s Indian art store in Scottsdale, AZ, causing $200,000 in damage to, among other things, some of Cooper’s gold records. The singer jokes that perhaps a “disco music freak” torched the place, as Alice had been quite vocal about not liking the new musical trend.

1979 : Blondie appeared at the Orpheum Theater, Memphis, Tennessee.

1985 : Paul Young went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Daryl Hall song ‘Every Time You Go Away’.

1985 : The Eurythmics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’, the duo’s only UK No.1 single. The song featured a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder.

1986 : Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest’s Nepstadion, Hungary, the gig was filmed and released as ‘Queen Magic in Budapest’.

1991 : Bryan Adams started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’.

1991 : Jesus Jones went to No. 2 on the US chart with ‘Right Here, Right Now’, unable to shift Bryan Adams ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You’, from a seven week stay at the No.1 position.

1991 : Natalie Cole started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Unforgettable Love’.

1992 : Michael Jackson sued the British paper The Daily Mirror over photos and an article that said he was left a “scar face” from numerous plastic surgeries. The suit was later settled out of court.

1993 : Steve Vai’s third solo album, Sex & Religion, is issued. The release is credited simply to “Vai,” and is his first to feature traditional vocals, which were provided by a then-unknown Devin Townsend.

1994 : Bob Seger serves jury duty in Michigan and, as the foreman in a criminal trial, finds the defendant guilty.

1996 : The Spice Girls scored their first No.1 UK single with ‘Wannabe’. Seven weeks at No.1 the song won Best British-Written Single at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards and Best Single at the 1997 Brit Awards. The Girl Power song became the best-selling single by a female group selling over six million copies worldwide.

1997 : The Soundtrack album ‘Men In Black’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.

2001 : Leon Wilkeson bass player with Lynyrd Skynyrd was found dead in a hotel room in Florida aged 49. Skynyrd scored the 1974 US No. 8 single, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and the 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’. Member of the Rossington-Collins Band.

2002 : Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital suffering from “extreme exhaustion.” The singer cancelled all public appearances, including her headlining appearance at MTV’s 20th birthday party. Her record company denied tabloid reports that Carey tried to commit suicide, saying she did have cuts on her body, but the injuries were unintentional after breaking some dishes and glasses.

2006 : Sharman Networks, a company that produced software called Kazaa, which made it easy for an estimated 400 million computer users to download music over the Internet, agreed to pay more than $115 million to music companies to settle global piracy lawsuits.

2009 : A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that Michael Jackson’s personal doctor administered a powerful anesthetic to help him sleep, and authorities believe the drug is what killed the pop singer.

Watch the video: Michael Jacksons Private Home Movies 2003 (August 2022).