Saturday, February 3, 2018

A look at the 29 songs to debut at #1 on the Hot 100

First posted 3/4/2012; updated 2/3/2018.

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On the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated February 3, 2018, Drake enters an exclusive club by debuting at #1. His song, “God’s Plan,” is only the 29th song to start its chart run at the pinnacle. Here’s a rundown of all the songs to start life in the pole position and the date when they debuted:

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)

Debuting at #1 isn’t an automatic pass to classic status, however. Only 11 of the songs have rated in the DMDB list of the top 1000 songs of all time (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. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (2/28/1998)
3. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (1/28/2017)
4. Adele “Hello” (11/14/2015)
5. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (9/6/2014)
6. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (12/2/1995)
7. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (6/14/1997)
8. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (9/5/1998)
9. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (9/19/2015)
10. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (5/28/2016)

11. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (9/30/95)
12. Eminem “Not Afraid” (5/22/2010)
13. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (5/20/2017)
14. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2/19/2011)
15. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (10/3/1998)
16. Whitney Houston “Exale (Shoop Shoop)” (11/25/1995)
17. Zayn Malik “Pillowtalk” (2/20/2016)
18. Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (9/2/1995)
19. Baauer “Harlem Shake” (3/2/2013)
20. Katy Perry “Part of Me” (3/3/2012)

21. Ke$ha “We R Who We R” (11/13/2010)
22. Mariah Carey “Honey” (9/6/1997)
23. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” (1/29/2011)
24. Britney Spears “3” (10/24/2009)
25. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (7/2/2005)
26. Fantasia “I Believe” (7/3/2004)
27. Drake “God’s Plan” (2/3/2018)
28. Clay Aiken “This Is the Night” (6/28/2003)
29. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud” (7/1/2006)


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