Saturday, November 17, 2018

Billboard songs to debut at #1 on the Hot 100

First posted 3/4/2012; updated 11/17/2018.

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Since the inception of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, there have been only 32 songs to debut at the pinnacle. The first song to do so was Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” in 1995. The most recent was Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” in 2018. Below are the songs to start on top – first in chronological order and then in order by DMDB ranking.

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)

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. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (9/19/2015)
9. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (5/28/2016)
10. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (9/5/1998)

11. Drake “God’s Plan” (2/3/2018)
12. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (9/30/95)
13. Eminem “Not Afraid” (5/22/2010)
14. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (5/20/2017)
15. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2/19/2011)
16. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (10/3/1998)
17. Whitney Houston “Exale (Shoop Shoop)” (11/25/1995)
18. Zayn Malik “Pillow Talk” (2/20/2016)
19. Baauer “Harlem Shake” (3/2/2013)
20. Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (9/2/1995)

21. Drake “Nice for What” (4/21/2018)
22. Katy Perry “Part of Me” (3/3/2012)
23. Ke$ha “We R Who We R” (11/13/2010)
24. Mariah Carey “Honey” (9/6/1997)
25. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (5/19/2018)
26. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” (1/29/2011)
27. Britney Spears “3” (10/24/2009)
28. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (7/2/2005)
29. Fantasia “I Believe” (7/3/2004)
30. Clay Aiken “This Is the Night” (6/28/2003)

31. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud” (7/1/2006)
32. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (11/17/2018)


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