Friday, March 27, 2020

United States: Biggest #1 Songs

First posted 10/29/2017; updated 3/27/2020.

USA’s Biggest #1 Pop Songs:

1890-2020

These are the biggest #1 pop songs in the history of the United States pop charts from 1890 to present. Songs could have hit #1 on any of the following charts:

  • the pre-Hot 100 pop charts, 1890-1955 (BB)
  • Billboard Hot 100 chart, 1955-present (BB)
  • Billboard Best Sellers chart, 1940-1958 (BS)
  • Billboard Disc Jockey Hits, 1944-1958 (DJ)
  • Billboard Juke Box Hits, 1940-1957 (JB)
  • Billboard pop airplay chart, 1984-present (BA)
  • Billboard digital chart, 2005-present (DG)
  • Billboard streaming chart, 2013-present (ST)
  • Hit Parade, 1935-1955 (HP)
  • Cashbox, 1950-1996 (CB)
  • Hit Records, 1954-1982 (HR)
  • Radio & Records/Mediabase, 1973-2015 (RR)
All songs with 10 or more weeks on any of these charts are listed. If a song hit #1 on more than chart, only the chart where the song had the most weeks is noted. However, at times Hit Parade and Cashbox did not designate a specific artist with the #1 song. For example, “Some Enchanted Evening” was a #1 song on Hit Parade in 1949, but because there were multiple versions of the song out at the time, it wasn’t credited to any specific artist. In such cases, this list attributes the song only to an artist if that artist also hit #1 on another of the noted charts.

One last note – in the event of ties, songs are ranked according to most overall points in Dave’s Music Database. For songs which hit #1 multiple times, the version which accumulated the most points is used.

So without further ado…


    20 weeks:

  1. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (ST: 2018)

    18 weeks:

  2. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (BA, 1998)
    17 weeks:

  3. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (DG: 2017)
  4. Francis Craig with Bob Lamm “Near You” (BB: 1947)

    16 weeks:

  5. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (BA: 2005)
  6. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (BB: 1995)
  7. Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (BA: 2017)
  8. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (BA: 1996)
    14 weeks:

  9. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “White Christmas” (BB: 1942)
  10. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (BB: 1992)
  11. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (BB: 1997)
  12. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (BB: 2014)
  13. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (BB: 2009)
  14. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (BB: 1995)
  15. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (BB: 1994)
  16. Alicia Keys “No One” (BA: 2001)
  17. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (ST: 2017)
  18. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (BA: 1996)
  19. Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX “Fancy” (ST: 2014)
  20. Panic! At the Disco “High Hopes” (BA: 2018)
  21. Desiigner “Panda” (ST: 2015)
    13 weeks:

  22. Glenn Miller “In the Mood” (BB: 1939)
  23. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (BB: 1927)
  24. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (BB: 1950)
  25. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (DG: 2016)
  26. Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (BB: 1920)
  27. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (HR: 1977)
  28. The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra “Goodnight Irene” (BB: 1950)
  29. The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (BB: 1946)
  30. Artie Shaw “Frenesi” (BB: 1940)
  31. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (BB: 1992)
  32. Harry James with Helen Forrest “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (BB: 1943)
  33. Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner “Heartaches” (BB: 1947)
  34. Ace of Base “The Sign” (BA: 1994)
  35. Brandy with Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (BB: 1998)
  36. TLC “No Scrubs” (BA: 1999)
  37. Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” (BA: 1996)
  38. Miley Cyrus” Wrecking Ball” (ST: 2013)
    12 weeks:

  39. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (BB: 2002)
  40. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (BB: Ed 2017)
  41. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (BB: 2004)
  42. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (BB: 2013)
  43. Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth “See You Again” (BB:, 2015)
  44. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (BB: 1999)
  45. The Mills Brothers “Paper Doll” (BB: 1943)
  46. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (BB: 2009)
  47. Vernon Dalhart “The Prisoner’s Song” (BB: 1925)
  48. Vaughn Monroe “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” (BB:1949)
  49. Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (BA: 2011)
  50. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers “I’ll Never Smile Again” (BB: 1940)

  51. Jo Stafford “You Belong to Me” (BB: 1952)
  52. Al Jolson “Sonny Boy” (BB: 1928)
  53. Nelly with Kelly Rowland “Dilemma” (BA: 2002)
  54. Nat “King” Cole “Too Young” (HP: 1951)
  55. Roddy Rich “The Box” (ST: 2019)
    11 weeks:

  56. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” / “Hound Dog” (BB: 1956)
  57. Leo Reisman & His Orchestra with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers “Cheek to Cheek” (BB: 1935)

  58. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (DG: 2013)
  59. Adele “Hello” (BA: 2015)
  60. Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra “Whispering” (BB: 1920)
  61. Al Jolson “April Showers” (BB: 1922)

  62. Byron Harlan “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)” (BB: 1907)
  63. Drake “God’s Plan” (BB: 2018)
  64. Beyoncé “Irreplaceable” (BA: 2006)
  65. American Quartet with Billy Murray “Casey Jones” (BB: 1910)
  66. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (BA: 2015)
  67. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (BB: 1997)
  68. Haydn Quartet “Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet” (BB: 1909)
  69. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (BB: 1996)
  70. Natalie Imbruglia “Torn” (BA: 1997)
  71. All-4-One “I Swear” (BB: 1994)

  72. Arthur Collins “The Preacher and the Bear” (BB: 1905)
  73. Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads “Cry” (BB: 1951)
  74. Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Franklyn Baur “Valencia (A Song of Spain)” (BB: 1926)
  75. Henry Burr “Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There)” (BB: 1918)
  76. Les Paul with Mary Ford “Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)” (BB: 1953)
  77. Anton Karas “The Third Man Theme” (BB: 1950)
  78. Destiny’s Child “Independent Women” (BB: 2000)
  79. Tony Bennett “Because of You” (HP: 1951)
  80. Mariah Carey “Dreamlover” (BB: 1993)
  81. Frankie Carle & Marjorie Hughes “Oh What It Seemed to Be” (BB: 1946)

  82. Len Spencer “Arkansaw Traveler” (BB: 1902)
  83. Mario “Let Me Love You” (BA: 2004)
  84. Boyz II Men “On Bended Knee” (BA: 1994)
  85. Khalid “Talk” (BA: 2019)
  86. Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” (ST: 2013)
  87. Guy Lombardo “The Third Man Theme” (BB: 1950)
  88. Post Malone “Circles” (BA: 2019)
    10 weeks:

  89. Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (BB: 1911)
  90. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (BA: 1997)

  91. Leo Reisman’s Orchestra with Fred Astaire “Night and Day” (BB: 1932)
  92. Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)” (BB: 1906)
  93. Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra “Pennies from Heaven” (BB: 1936)
  94. Haydn Quartett “Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)” (BB: 1904)
  95. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (BB: 2007)
  96. Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb & His Orchestra “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (BB: 1938)
  97. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (BB: 2005)
  98. Dinah Shore & Her Harper Valley Boys “Buttons and Bows” (BB/HP: 1948)
  99. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (DG: 2012)
  100. The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” (HP: 1947)

  101. Drake “One Dance” (BB: 2016)
  102. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (RR: 2007)
  103. Byron Harlan “My Gal Sal” (BB: 1907)
  104. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (ST: 2014)
  105. Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra “I’ll Be Seeing You” (HP: 1944)
  106. Perry Como “Some Enchanted Evening” (HP: 1949)

  107. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (BB: 1981)
  108. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (DG: 2016)
  109. Nick Lucas “Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me” (BB: 1929)
  110. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (BA: 1994)

  111. George J. Gaskin “After the Ball” (BB: 1893)
  112. Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (DG: 2018)
  113. Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians “Sweet Leilani” (BB: 1937)
  114. Perry Como “Till the End of Time” (BB: 1945)
  115. Guy Mitchell “Singing the Blues” (BB: 1956)
  116. The Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen’s Orchestra “Rum and Coca-Cola” (BB: 1945)
  117. Ted Lewis & His Band “In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town” (BB: 1932)
  118. Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees “Stein Song (University of Maine)” (BB: 1930)
  119. Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” (BB: 1941)
  120. Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” (BA: 1993)

  121. Vaughn Monroe’s Orchestra “Ballerina” (BB: 1947)
  122. Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders “Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)” (BB: 1953)
  123. The McGuire Sisters “Sincerely” (BB: 1955)
  124. Glenn Miller Orchestra with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires “Moonlight Cocktail” (BB: 1942)
  125. Mariah Carey “Hero” (BA: 1993)
  126. Dan Quinn “The Band Played On” (BB: 1895)
  127. Perez “Prez” Prado “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” (BB: 1955)
  128. Silentó “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (ST: 2015)
  129. Kay Starr “Wheel of Fortune” (BB: 1952)
  130. Lil Wayne with Static Major “Lollipop” (BA: 2008)

  131. Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish” (BB: 2002)
  132. George J. Gaskin “On the Banks of the Wabash” (BB: 1897)
  133. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)” (HP: 1948)
  134. Drake “In My Feelings” (BB: 2018)
  135. N Sync “Bye Bye Bye” (RR: 2000)
  136. Rosemary Clooney “Hey There” (HP: 1954)
  137. Margaret Whiting “A Tree in the Meadow” (HP: 1948)
  138. George W. Johnson “The Laughing Song” (BB: 1891)
  139. Santana with the Product G&B “Maria Maria” (BB: 2000)
  140. George J. Gaskin “My Old New Hampshire Home” (BB: 1898)

  141. Perry Como “If (They Made Me a King)” (HP: 1951)
  142. Patti Page “I Went to Your Wedding” (BB: 1952)
  143. Eileen Barton “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake” (BB: 1950)
  144. Migos with Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee” (ST: 2016)
  145. Mariah Carey “Someday” (BA: 1990)
  146. Usher “U Got It Bad” (BA: 2001)
  147. Jimmy Dorsey “I Hear a Rhapsody” (HP: 1941)

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