Sunday, November 1, 2020

Billboard Songs to Debut at #1 on the Hot 100

First posted 3/4/2012; last updated 11/1/2020.

Billboard Hot 100:

#1 Debuts

Since the inception of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, there have been only 38 songs to debut at the pinnacle. The first song to do so was Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” in 1995. Below are the songs to start on top – first in chronological order and then in order by DMDB ranking.

See other chart-based lists here.

1. Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (9/2/1995)
2. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (9/30/95)
3. Whitney Houston “Exale (Shoop Shoop)” (11/25/1995)
4. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (12/2/1995)
5. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (6/14/1997)
6. Mariah Carey “Honey” (9/6/1997)
7. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (10/11/1997)
8. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (2/28/1998)
9. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (9/5/1998)
10. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (10/3/1998)

11. Clay Aiken “This Is the Night” (6/28/2003)
12. Fantasia “I Believe” (7/3/2004)
13. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (7/2/2005)
14. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud” (7/1/2006)
15. Britney Spears “3” (10/24/2009)
16. Eminem “Not Afraid” (5/22/2010)
17. Ke$ha “We R Who We R” (11/13/2010)
18. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” (1/29/2011)
19. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2/19/2011)
20. Katy Perry “Part of Me” (3/3/2012)

21. Baauer “Harlem Shake” (3/2/2013)
22. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (9/6/2014)
23. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (9/19/2015)
24. Adele “Hello” (11/14/2015)
25. Zayn Malik “Pillowtalk” (2/20/2016)
26. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (5/28/2016)
27. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (1/28/2017)
28. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (5/20/2017)
29. Drake “God’s Plan” (2/3/2018)
30. Drake “Nice for What” (4/21/2018)

31. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (5/19/2018)
32. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (11/17/2018)
33. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2/2/2019)
34. Jonas Brothers “Sucker” (3/1/2019)
35. Travis Scott “Highest in the Room” (10/19/2019)
36. Drake “Toosie Slide” (4/18/2020)
37. Travis Scott & Kid Cudi “The Scotts” (5/9/2020)
38. Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber “Stuck with U” (5/23/2020)
39. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain on Me” (6/6/2020)
40. 6ix9nine & Nicki Ninaj “Trollz” (6/27/2020)

41. Taylor Swift “Cardigan” (8/8/2020)
42. Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” (8/22/2020)
43. BTS “Dynamite” (9/5/2020)
44. Travis Scott with Young Thug & M.I.A. “Franchise” (10/10/2020)

Debuting at #1 isn’t an automatic pass to classic status, however. Only fifteen of the songs have rated in the DMDB’s top 1% of songs, or roughly top 1000. See that list here). Here’s how they stack up:

1. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (10/11/1997)
2. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (1/28/2017)
3. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (2/28/1998)
4. Adele “Hello” (11/14/2015)
5. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (12/2/1995)
6. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (9/6/2014)
7. Drake “God’s Plan” (2/3/2018)
8. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (6/14/1997)
9. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (9/5/1998)
10. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (5/28/2016)

11. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (9/19/2015)
12. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2/2/2019)
13. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2/19/2011)
14. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (9/30/95)
15. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (11/17/2018)
16. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (10/3/1998)
17. Eminem “Not Afraid” (5/22/2010)
18. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (5/20/2017)
19. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (5/19/2018)
20. Drake “Nice for What” (4/21/2018)

21. Jonas Brothers “Sucker” (3/1/2019)
22. Whitney Houston “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” (11/25/1995)
23. Zayn “Pillow Talk” (2/20/2016)
24. Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (9/2/1995)
25. Baauer “Harlem Shake” (3/2/2013)
26. Katy Perry “Part of Me” (3/3/2012)
27. Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” (8/22/2020)
28. Ke$ha “We R Who We R” (11/13/2010)
29. BTS “Dynamite” (9/5/2020)
30. Mariah Carey “Honey” (9/6/1997)

31. Britney Spears “3” (10/24/2009)
32. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (7/2/2005)
33. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud” (7/1/2006)
34. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain on Me” (6/6/2020)
35. Travis Scott “Highest in the Room” (10/19/2019)
36. Fantasia “I Believe” (7/3/2004)
37. Drake “Toosie Slide” (4/18/2020)
38. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” (1/29/2011)
39. Taylor Swift “Cardigan” (8/8/2020)
40. Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber “Stuck with U” (5/23/2020)

41. Travis Scott & Kid Cudi “The Scotts” (5/9/2020)
42. 6ix9nine & Nicki Ninaj “Trollz” (6/27/2020)
43. Clay Aiken “This Is the Night” (6/28/2003)
44. Travis Scott with Young Thug & M.I.A. “Franchise” (10/10/2020)


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