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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Billboard Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

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In 2008, Billboard published a list of the top 100 songs of all-time in celebration of the Hot 100 chart’s 50th anniversary. Five years later, they’re at it again with an update of the chart. In just five years, another dozen songs have joined the lofty status of the all-time hot 100, including two new entries in the top ten. Here’s the full list:

1. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
2. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (1999)
3. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
4. LeAnn Rimes “How Do I Live” (1997)
5. LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” (2011)
6. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)
7. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)” (1995)
8. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (1981)
9. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (1977)
10. The Beatles “Hey Jude” (1968)

11. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)
12. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (1996)
13. Usher wth Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
14. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
15. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
16. Rod Stewart “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” (1976)
17. Jewel “You Were Meant for Me”/ “Foolish Games” (1997)
18. Bryan Adams “Everything I Do (I Do It for You)” (1991)
19. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
20. Percy Faith “Theme from ‘A Summer Place’” (1960)

21. Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
22. Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love” (1977)
23. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982)
24. Rihanna & Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (2011)
25. Flo Rida & T-Pain “Low” (2007)
26. Andy Gibb “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (1977)
27. Next “Too Close” (1998)
28. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
29. Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” (2011)
30. Irene Cara “Flashdance…What a Feelin’” (1983)

31. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2010)
32. Bobby Lewis “Tossin’ and Turnin’” (1961)
33. Johnny Horton “The Battle of New Orleans” (1959)
34. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (1995)
35. Savage Garden “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1997)
36. Paul McCartney & Wings “Silly Love Songs” (1976)
37. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)
38. Bee Gees “Night Fever” (1978)
39. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (1980)
40. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson “Say, Say, Say” (1983)

41. Nickelback “How You Remind Me” (2001)
42. Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” (1973)
43. Tommy Edwards “It’s All in the Game” (1951)
44. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
45. Andy Gibb “Shadow Dancing” (1978)
46. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” (2012)
47. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997” (1997)
48. Alicia Keys “No One” (2007)
49. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
50. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (1992)

51. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (2009)
52. Blondie “Call Me” (1980)
53. Mario “Let Me Love You” (2004)
54. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive’ (1977)
55. Kenny Rogers “Lady” (1980)
56. Ke$ha “Tik Tok” (2009)
57. The Monkees “I’m a Believer” (1966)
58. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (2005)
59. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (2007)
60. Ace of Base “The Sign” (1994)

61. J. Geils Band “Centerfold” (1981)
62. John Lennon “Just Like Starting Over” (1980)
63. Brandy & Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (1998)
64. Stevie B “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” (1990)
65. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
66. The 5th Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969)
67. Tag Team “Whoomp! There It Is” (1993)
68. Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger” (2011)
69. Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory” (1982)
70. Paula Abdul “Rush Rush” (1991)

71. Dionne & Friends “That’s What Friends Are For” (1985)
72. Diana Ross “Upside Down” (1980)
73. The Archies “Sugar, Sugar” (1969)
74. Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” (2010)
75. Nelly with Kelly Rowland “Dilemma” (2002)
76. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
77. Shania Twain “You’re Still the One” (1998)
78. Donna Summer “Hot Stuff” (1979)
79. Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995)
80. Steve Miller Band “Abracadabra” (1982)

81. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983)
82. Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (1972)
83. Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music” (1976)
84. Lionel Richie “Say You, Say Me” (1985)
85. The Knack “My Sharona” (1979)
86. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
87. Sinead O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)
88. All-4-One “I Swear” (1994)
89. Mary J. Blige “Family Affair” (2001)
90. Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981)

91. Elvis Presley “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (1960)
92. Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
93. John Mellencamp “Hurts So Good” (1982)
94. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “Ill Be Missing You” (1997)
95. B.J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1969)
96. Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (1989)
97. Maroon 5 “One More Night” (2012)
98. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)
99. fun. with Janelle Monae “We Are Young” (2012)
100. Usher “U Make Me Wanna…” (1997)

The songs which were featured on the 2008 list, but have bumped from this one are:

  • Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” (2007)
  • Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (1973)
  • Real McCoy “Another Night” (1993)
  • Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (1960)
  • Captain & Tennille “Do That to Me One More Time” (1979)
  • Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band “A Fifth of Beethoven” (1976)
  • Madonna “Like a Virgin” (1984)
  • Santana with the Product G & B “Maria Maria” (2000)
  • Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
  • Ray Charles “I Cant Stop Loving You” (1962)
  • Usher “U Got It Bad” (2001)
  • Three Dog Night “Joy to the World’ (1971)


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