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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Marillion and Fish: The Top 50 Songs

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Fish was born Derek Dick on April 25, 1958. From 1981 to 1988, he was the lead singer of British neo-progressive-rock group Marillion. After four albums, he went solo and the band soldiered on with singer Steve Hogarth, with whom they still tour and record today.

In honor of Fish’s birthday, here are the top 50 songs by Marillion (with and without Fish) and by Fish as a solo artist. The list was figured by seeing what songs were featured most often on 18 compilations and 72 (!) live albums as well as a few best-of lists.


Marillion and Fish’s Top 50 Songs

1. Kayleigh (1985)
2. Lavender (1985)
3. Incommunicado (1987)
4. Garden Party (1983)
5. Easter (1989) *
6. Heart of Lothian (1985)
7. Warm Wet Circles (1987)
8. Sugar Mice (1987)
9. Assassing (1984)
10. He Knows You Know (1983)

11. You’re Gone (2004) *
12. No One Can (1991) *
13. Hooks in You (1989) *
14. Market Square Heroes (1982)
15. Cover My Eyes (1991) *
16. Lady Nina (1985)
17. Credo (1991) **
18. Big Wedge (1989) **
19. Afraid of Sunlight (1995) *
20. Beautiful (1995) *

21. Punch and Judy (1984)
22. Internal Exile (1991) **
23. Sympathy (1992) *
24. Dry Land (1991) *
25. Alone Again in the Lap of Luxury (1994) *
26. Freaks (1985)
27. The Uninvited Guest (1989) *
28. Neverland (2004) *
29. A Gentleman’s Excuse Me (1990) **
30. The Great Escape (1994) *

31. Don’t Hurt Yourself (2004) *
32. State of Mind (1989) **
33. Thank You Whoever You Are (2007) *
34. The Hollow Man (1994) *
35. Just Good Friends (1991) **
36. Lady Let It Lie 1994) **
37. Slainte Mhath (1987)
38. Fugazi (1984)
39. Fantastic Place (2004) *
40. Estonia (1997) *

41. Lucky (1991) **
42. Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
43. Fortunes of War (1994) **
44. See It Like a Baby (2007) *
45. Man of a Thousand Faces (1997) *
46. The Company (1990) **
47. The Space (1989) *
48. That Time of the Night (1987)
49. Hold Your Head Up (1992) **
50. Out of This World (1995) *

* songs by Marillion with Steve Hogarth as the lead singer
** songs by Fish as a solo artist


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Friday, April 24, 2015

Aural Fixation: The Newest Book from Dave's Music Database


Aural Fixation: More Essays from a Musical Obsessive

Available at Amazon for $9.95.

This sequel to No One Needs 21 Versions of “Purple Haze” trots out another collection of music-themed essays, this time as originally featured in the PopMatters.com column “Aural Fixation.” Essays take on the Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Glee, terrestrial radio, Tom Cruise, and the state of the music industry, often voicing a contrary opinion to the all-too-common laments of the typical music critic. Whitaker asserts that rock and roll isn’t dead, that pop music matters, and that best-of lists are a good thing. 146 pages. Published 2015.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The World's All-Time Best-Selling Songs

This list was originally posted 12/29/2011. Revised 4/19/2015.

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This list is a compiled from a variety of sources for sales figures (see complete source list here), but they are generally estimates since there is no official agency to track worldwide sales. As such, it is highly possible that some of these sales figures have been inflated by record companies or other vested parties, but this list does at least offer some idea of the world’s best-selling songs.

If you have your doubts about some of these songs belonging on this list, you’re not alone. I realize my knowledge of music beyond U.S. shores is limited, but if songs like Thelma Aoyama’s “Soba ni lur ne”, Utada Hikaru’s “Flavor of Life”, Kiseki’s “Greeeen”, Andre Brasseur’s “Early Bird”, and Machiko Soga’s “Oba-Q Ondo” are truly that monstrous in sales, shouldn’t I have at least heard of them? Oh well. I just report the lists. I don’t make these figures up (even if someone else does).

Note: in the event of ties, songs are ranked according to overall DMDB points.

20+ million:

  • Bing Crosby…White Christmas (1942) 56 million
  • Elton John…Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose) (1997) 37 m
  • Bing Crosby…Silent Night (1935) 30 m
  • Bill Haley & His Comets…We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock (1954) 25 m
  • The Harry Simeone Chorale…The Little Drummer Boy (1958) 25 m
  • Elvis Presley…It’s Now or Never (1960) 22 m
  • Whitney Houston…I Will Always Love You (1992) 20 m
  • U.S.A. for Africa…We Are the World (1985) 20 m
  • Paul Anka…Diana (1957) 20 m
  • The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (1892) 20 m *
  • Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”) (1891) 20 m *

    14 to 19 million:

  • The Ink Spots…If I Didn’t Care (1939) 19 m
  • Gene Autry…Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949) 18 m
  • Kenny Rogers…Lady (1980) 16 m
  • Baccara…Yes Sir, I Can Boogie (1977) 16 m
  • Carly Rae Jepsen…Call Me Maybe (2012) 15.45 m
  • Celine Dion…My Heart Will Go On (1997) 15 m
  • Black Eyed Peas…I Gotta Feeling (2009) 15 m
  • Ke$ha…Tik Tok (2009) 14.2 m
  • Gloria Gaynor…I Will Survive (1978) 14 m
  • Adele…Rolling in the Deep (2010) 14 m
  • Lady Gaga…Poker Face (2009) 14 m
  • LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock…Party Rock Anthem (2011) 14 m
  • The Scorpions…Wind of Change (1991) 14 m
  • Mariah Carey…All I Want for Christmas Is You (1994) 14 m

    11+ to 13.9 million:

  • Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera…Moves Like Jagger (2011) 13.9 m
  • Bruno Mars…Just the Way You Are (Amazing) (2010) 13.2 m
  • Gotye with Kimbra…Somebody That I Used to Know (2012) 13 m
  • Kyu Sakamoto…Sukiyaki (1963) 13 m
  • Trio…Da Da Da (1982) 13 m
  • Eminem with Rihanna…Love the Way You Lie (2010) 12.78 m
  • Justin Bieber with Ludacris…Baby (2010) 12.58 m
  • Jason Mraz…I’m Yours (2008) 12.2 m
  • The Beatles…I Want to Hold Your Hand (1963) 12 m
  • Village People…Y.M.C.A. (1978) 12 m
  • Flo Rida with T-Pain…Low (2007) 12 m
  • Pharrell Williams…Happy (2013) 12 m
  • Andrea Bocelli with Sarah Brightman…Time to Say Goodbye (1998) 12 m
  • Psy…Gangnam Style (2012) 11.75 m
  • Band Aid…Do They Know It’s Christmas (1984) 11.7 m
  • Terry Jacks…Seasons in the Sun (1974) 11.5 m
  • Lady Gaga…Bad Romance (2009) 11.2 m

    11 million:

  • Mills Brothers…Paper Doll (1943)
  • Cher…Believe (1998)
  • Los Del Rio…Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) (1995)
  • Katy Perry…Firework (2010)
  • George McCrae…Rock Your Baby (1974)
  • Carl Douglas…Kung Fu Fighting (1974)
  • Patrick Hernandez…Born to Be Alive (1979)
  • Roger Whittaker…The Last Farewell (1975)

    10 + million:

  • Black Eyed Peas…Boom Boom Pow (2009) 10.8 m
  • John Legend…All of Me (2013) 10.8 m
  • Bruno Mars…Grenade (2010) 10.6 m
  • Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams…Blurred Lines (2013) 10.24 m
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz…Thrift Shop (2012) 10.18 m
  • Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donis…Just Dance (2008) 10.1 m
  • The Beatles…Hey Jude (1968) 10 m
  • Led Zeppelin…Stairway to Heaven (1971) 10 m
  • Elvis Presley…Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog (1956) 10 m
  • Procol Harum…A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967) 10 m
  • Bryan Adams…(Everything I Do) I Do It for You (1991) 10 m
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts…I Love Rock and Roll (1981) 10 m
  • The Monkees…I’m a Believer (1966) 10 m
  • Britney Spears…Baby One More Time (1998) 10 m
  • Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys…Wabash Cannonball (1938) 10 m
  • Shakira with Wyclef Jean…Hips Don’t Lie (2006) 10 m
  • One Republic with Timbaland…Apologize (2007) 10 m
  • Van McCoy…The Hustle (1975) 10 m
  • Abba…Fernando (1976) 10 m
  • The Brotherhood of Man…Save Your Kisses for Me (1976) 10 m
  • Middle of the Road…Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (1971) 10 m
  • Goombay Dance Band…Sun of Jamaica (1982) 10 m
  • Panjabi MC…Mundian To Bach Ke (1998) 10 m

    9 + million:

  • Imagine Dragons…Radioactive (2012) 9.86 m
  • Fun. & Janelle Monáe…We Are Young (2012) 9.6 m
  • Survivor…Eye of the Tiger (1982) 9.4 m
  • Adele…Someone Like You (2011) 9.4 m
  • Lil Wayne with Static Major…Lollipop (2008) 9.1 m
  • Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa…Payphone (2012) 9.1 m
  • Elvis Presley…Jailhouse Rock (1957) 9 m
  • Elvis Presley…Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960) 9 m
  • Rihanna with Jay-Z…Umbrella (2007) 9 m
  • Madonna…Hung Up (2005) 9 m
  • Shakira…Whenever, Wherever (2001) 9 m
  • Nick Straker Band…A Walk in the Park (1980) 9 m

    8+ million:

  • LMFAO…Sexy and I Know It (2011) 8.77 m
  • Rihanna & Calvin Harris…We Found Love (2011) 8.71 m
  • Lady Gaga…Born This Way (2011) 8.7 m
  • Lorde…Royals (2013) 8.53 m
  • Ben Selvin…Dardanella (1920) 8.5 m **
  • Train…Hey, Soul Sister (2009) 8.5 m
  • Katy Perry…I Kissed a Girl (2008) 8.4 m
  • Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull…On the Floor (2011) 8.4 m
  • Taio Cruz…Dynamite (2010) 8.3 m
  • Journey…Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981) 8.27 m
  • Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer…Give Me Everything (2011) 8.2 m
  • Thelma Aoyama…Soba ni lur ne (2009) 8.2 m

    8 million:

  • Nirvana…Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
  • The Animals…The House of the Rising Sun (1964)
  • The Kingsmen…Louie Louie (1963)
  • Vernon Dalhart.. The Prisoner’s Song (1925) **
  • Beyonce with Jay-Z…Crazy in Love (2003)
  • The Sugarhill Gang…Rapper’s Delight (1979)
  • Mahalia Jackson…Move on Up a Little Higher (1948)
  • Enrique Iglesias…Hero (2001)
  • Taylor Swift…Love Story (2008)
  • Ricky Martin…Livin’ La Vida Loca (1999)
  • Mary Hopkin…Those Were the Days (1968)
  • Shocking Blue…Venus (1969)
  • Black Eyed Peas…My Humps (2005)
  • Aqua…Barbie Girl (1997)
  • Paul Hardcastle…19 (1985)
  • Georgie Fame…The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • Freddy Quinn…Heimweh (1956)
  • Rocco Granata…Marina (1959)
  • Modern Talking…You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul (1985)
  • O-Zone…Dragostea din tei (2003)
  • Boney M…Ma Baker (1978)
  • Richard Sanderson…Reality (1980)
  • Utada Hikaru…Flavor of Life (2007)

    7+ million:

  • Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars…Uptown Funk! (2014) 7.97 m
  • Pink…So What (2008) 7.8 m
  • Beyonce…Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (2008) 7.7 m
  • Leona Lewis…Bleeding Love (2007) 7.7 m
  • Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg…California Gurls (2010) 7.7 m
  • Eminem…Lose Yourself (2002) 7.6 m
  • Rihanna…Diamonds (2012) 7.5 m
  • Cee-Lo Green…Fuck You (2010) 7.41 m
  • Lady Gaga with Beyonce…Telephone (2009) 7.4 m
  • Avril Lavigne…Girlfriend (2007) 7.3 m
  • Black Eyed Peas…The Time (Dirty Bit) (2010) 7.3 m
  • Katy Perry with Juicy J…Dark Horse (2013) 7.28 m
  • Puff Daddy, Faith Evans & 112…I’ll Be Missing You (1997) 7.2 m
  • Katy Perry…Roar (2013) 7.2 m
  • Ashanti with Ja Rule…Foolish (2002) 7.2 m
  • Nicki Minaj…Starships (2012) 7.2 m
  • Michel Telo…Ai Se Eu Te Pego (2011) 7.2 m
  • Taylor Swift…Shake It Off (2014) 7.19 m

    7 million:

  • Roy Orbison…(Oh) Pretty Woman (1964)
  • The Beatles…Let It Be (1970)
  • Elvis Presley…Suspicious Minds (1969)
  • Elvis Presley…All Shook Up (1957)
  • Chic…Le Freak (1978)
  • Spice Girls…Wannabe (1996)
  • Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta…You’re the One That I Want (1978)
  • The Beatles…Can’t Buy Me Love (1964)
  • Queen…Another One Bites the Dust (1980)
  • Green Day…Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2004)
  • R. Kelly…I Believe I Can Fly (1996)
  • a-ha…Take on Me (1985)
  • Bobby Goldsboro…Honey (1968)
  • Tony Orlando & Dawn…Knock Three Times (1970)
  • Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX…Fancy (2014)
  • Morris Albert…Feelings (1975)
  • David Seville & The Chipmunks…The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) (1958)
  • Scott McKenzie…San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) (1967)
  • Royal Scots Dragoon Guards…Amazing Grace (1972)
  • Usher with will.i.am…OMG (2010)
  • Christina Aguilera…Genie in a Bottle (1999)
  • The Beatles…Do You Want to Know a Secret? (1963)
  • Charlie Gracie…Butterfly (1957)
  • Las Ketchup…Aserejé (The Ketchup Song) (2002)
  • Julie Rogers…The Wedding (La Novia) (1964)
  • Pussycat…Mississippi (1976)
  • Ricky Valance…Tell Laura I Love Her (1960)
  • Danyel Gerard…Butterfly (1971)
  • Adama…Tombe Le Neige (1965)
  • Andrea Bocelli…Con te Partiro (1997)
  • Exile…Lovers Again (2007)

    6+ million:

  • Florida Georgia Line…Cruise (2012) 6.92 m
  • Coldplay…Viva La Vida (2008) 6.91 m
  • Maroon 5…One More Night (2012) 6.9 m
  • Queen…Bohemian Rhapsody (1975) 6.72 m
  • Beyonce…Irreplaceable (2006) 6.7 m
  • Meghan Trainor…All About That Bass (2014) 6.62 m
  • Flo Rida…Whistle (2012) 6.6 m
  • OneRepublic…Counting Stars (2013) 6.55 m
  • Culture Club…Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (1982) 6.5 m
  • Britney Spears…Toxic (2004) 6.5 m
  • Bruno Mars…The Lazy Song (2010) 6.5 m
  • Flo Rida with Sia…Wild Ones (2011) 6.5 m
  • Britney Spears…Womanizer (2008) 6.5 m
  • Katy Perry with Kanye West…E.T. (2010) 6.48 m
  • Lady Antebellum…Need You Now (2009) 6.48 m
  • Flo Rida with Ke$ha…Right Round (2009) 6.46 m
  • Michael Jackson…Billie Jean (1983) 6.43 m
  • Jay-Z with Alicia Keys…Empire State of Mind (2009) 6.42 m
  • T.I….Whatever You Like (2008) 6.33 m
  • Michael Jackson…Thriller (1982) 6.3 m
  • Katy Perry…Hot N Cold (2008) 6.26 m
  • Foster the People…Pumped Up Kicks (2010) 6.21 m
  • Rihanna…Only Girl in the World (2010) 6.2 m
  • Kiseki…Greeeen (2009) 6.2 m
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton…Can’t Hold Us (2011) 6.17 m
  • Avicii with Aloe Blacc…Wake Me Up! (2012) 6.12 m
  • The Jackson 5…I’ll Be There (1970) 6.1 m
  • Paramore…Crushcrushcrush (2007) 6.1 m

    6 million:

  • Simon & Garfunkel…Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
  • Gene Austin…My Blue Heaven (1927) **
  • Peerless Quartet…Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1911) *
  • Patti Page…Tennessee Waltz (1950)
  • Abba…Dancing Queen (1976)
  • The Beatles…She Loves You (1963)
  • Debby Boone…You Light Up My Life (1977)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis…Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (1957)
  • The Archies…Sugar, Sugar (1969)
  • The Jackson 5…I Want You Back (1969)
  • George Michael…Careless Whisper (1984)
  • Harry MacDonough…Down by the Old Mill Stream (1911) *
  • Tony Orlando & Dawn…Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree (1973)
  • Madonna…Vogue (1990)
  • The Champs…Tequila (1958)
  • The Tokens…The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (1961)
  • Bonnie Tyler…Total Eclipse of the Heart (1983)
  • Jeannie C. Riley…Harper Valley P.T.A. (1968)
  • Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes…Don’t Cha (2005)
  • Lou Bega…Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…) (1999)
  • The Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes…Don’t Cha (2005)
  • Paul McCartney & Wings…Mull of Kintyre (1977)
  • Mungo Jerry…In the Summertime (1970)
  • Beyonce…Halo (2008)
  • Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters…Jingle Bells (1943)
  • SSgt Barry Sadler…The Ballad of the Green Berets (1966)
  • Neil Diamond…Cracklin’ Rosie (1970)
  • Rihanna…Disturbia (2008)
  • Elvis Presley…Surrender/Lonely Man (1961)
  • Miley Cyrus…Party in the U.S.A. (2009)
  • Britney Spears…Oops! I Did It Again (2000)
  • Jay Sean with Lil Wayne…Down (2009)
  • Bonnie Tyler…It’s a Heartache (1977)
  • New Seekers…I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (1971)
  • George Baker Selection…Una Paloma Blanca (1975)
  • Janet Jackson…Together Again (1997)
  • Andre Brasseur…Early Bird (1965)
  • Machiko Soga…Oba-Q Ondo (1966)
  • Tee Set…Ma Belle Amie (1969)

    * Sales exclusively from sheet music sales. No particular artist identified.
    ** Includes sheet music sales


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  • Saturday, April 18, 2015

    April 18, 2015: “Uptown Funk” lands 14th week at #1

    Bruno Mars with Mark Ronson, image from kissradio.ca


    Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!”


    Writer(s): Jeff Bhasker/ Philip Lawrence/ Bruno Mars/ Mark Ronson (see lyrics here)

    Released: 10 November 2014, First charted: 29 November 2014

    Peak: 114 US, #5 AC, #11 AA, #1 7 UK, #1 15 CA, #1 6 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

    Sales (in millions): 5.23 US, 1.24 UK, 7.97 world (includes US and UK)

    Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): 522.64


    Review: Mark Ronson had released three albums under his name and landed four top ten hits in the UK. He’d never hit the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. as a solo artist, although he had produced hits such as Bruno Mars’ #1 “Locked Out of Heaven” (2012) and Amy Winehouse’s top-ten “Rehab” (2006), which won Grammys for Song and Record of the Year.

    For his fourth solo album, Uptown Special, Ronson tapped Mars for lead vocals and landed not just the hit of his career, but one of the biggest #1 hits of all-time. On the Hot 100, only Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” (1995) spent more weeks at #1 (16). In Canada, only the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” (2009) spent more weeks at #1 (16). WK The song was one of only four to top the Hot 100 and the UK charts for at least seven weeks on both charts. The others were Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991), Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” (1992), and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” (2007). SF The song also set a worldwide record for highest number of streams in one week (15 million). WK

    The song grew out of a lick Mars and his band played on tour, but took over half a year to complete. SF They went with deliberately over-the-top lyrics, such as “gotta kiss myself I’m so pretty,” a line adapted from an interview with boxer Larry Holmes, who kissed his arms after saying how much he loved himself, and boxer Muhammad Ali, who boasted “I’m so pretty.” SF

    Mars and Ronson co-wrote the song with Jeff Bhasker, with whom they’d also collaborated on “Locked Out of Heaven.” Bhasker had also produced Kanye West, Drake, and Alicia Keys. SF The song gave Mars his sixth #1 and eleventh top 5 hit on the Hot 100, passing Katy Perry and Rihanna (both with 10) for the most of the 2010s. WK The song also featured Sharon Jones’ Dap-Kings on horns. Ronson previously used the group on Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and in his solo work.


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    The All-Time Million-Selling Singles in the UK

    Originally posted 11/4/2012; updated 4/18/2015.

    This list is an updated version of one released by the Official Charts Company, which uses information such as sales to track the top singles and albums in the U.K. They published a list of all the official million-selling singles in UK chart history. I have updated figures on this list and also added songs which weren’t on the original list. Also, in the event of ties, songs are listed based on which are ranked highest in Dave’s Music Database. Here’s the list:


    Sales (in millions) – Song Title – Act – Year
    1. 5.40: Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)...Elton John (1997)
    2. 3.69: Do They Know It’s Christmas?...Band Aid (1984)
    3. 2.36: Bohemian Rhapsody...Queen (1975)
    4. 2.10: Mull Of Kintyre/Girls’ School...Wings (1977)
    5. 2.00: I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston (1992)
    6. 2.00: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You...Bryan Adams (1991)
    7. 2.00: I’ll Be Missing You...Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (1997)
    8. 2.00: You’re The One That I Want...John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978)
    9. 2.00: Relax...Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1983)
    10. 2.00: Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl In The Ring...Boney M (1978)

    11. 1.90: She Loves You...The Beatles (1963)
    12. 1.86: Unchained Melody/(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover...Robson Green & Jerome Flynn (1995)
    13. 1.85: Love Is All Around...Wet Wet Wet (1994)
    14. 1.85: Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord...Boney M (1978)
    15. 1.83: I Just Called to Say I Love You...Stevie Wonder (1984)
    16. 1.80: Anything Is Possible/Evergreen...Will Young (2002)
    17. 1.79: Barbie Girl...Aqua (1997)
    18. 1.77: I Want to Hold Your Hand...The Beatles (1963)
    19. 1.74: Believe...Cher (1998)
    20. 1.65: Happy…Pharrell Williams (2013)

    21. 1.60: Imagine...John Lennon (1975)
    22. 1.60: Last Christmas/Everything She Wants...Wham! (1984)
    23. 1.59: Blurred Lines… Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013)
    24. 1.59: Summer Nights...John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978)
    25. 1.58: Two Tribes...Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1984)
    26. 1.55: Perfect Day...Various Artists (1997)
    27. 1.54: Don’t You Want Me?...Human League (1981)
    28. 1.53: Someone Like You...Adele (2011)
    29. 1.53: Can’t Buy Me Love/Do You Want to Know a Secret...The Beatles (1964)
    30. 1.53: Three Lions...Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds (1996)

    31. 1.52: Tears...Ken Dodd (1965)
    32. 1.51: ...Baby One More Time...Britney Spears (1999)
    33. 1.48: My Heart Will Go On...Celine Dion (1998)
    34. 1.47: Moves Like Jagger...Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera (2011)
    35. 1.47: Karma Chameleon...Culture Club (1983)
    36. 1.46: Y.M.C.A....Village People (1978)
    37. 1.45: Somebody That I Used to Know…Gotye with Kimbra (2012)
    38. 1.45: Careless Whisper...George Michael (1984)
    39. 1.42: We’re Gonna Rock Around The Clock...Bill Haley & His Comets (1955)
    40. 1.41: Gangsta’s Paradise...Coolio Featuring L.V. (1995)

    41. 1.41: Eye of the Tiger...Survivor (1982)
    42. 1.41: I Feel Fine...The Beatles (1964)
    43. 1.41: The Carnival Is Over...The Seekers (1965)
    44. 1.41: Get Lucky..Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams (2013)
    45. 1.39: We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper...The Beatles (1964)
    46. 1.39: The Power of Love...Jennifer Rush (1985)
    47. 1.38: Release Me...Engelbert Humperdinck (1967)
    48. 1.36: Killing Me Softly...Fugees (1996)
    49. 1.34: Unchained Melody...Gareth Gates (2002)
    50. 1.32: Wannabe...Spice Girls (1996)

    51. 1.31: Come on Eileen...Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
    52. 1.31: Never Ever...All Saints (1997)
    53. 1.31: Is This the Way to Amarillo...Tony Christie with Peter Kay (1971/2005)
    54. 1.30: I Gotta Feeling...Black Eyed Peas (2009)
    55. 1.30: Think Twice...Celine Dion (1994)
    56. 1.29: Love the Way You Lie...Eminem Featuring Rihanna (2010)
    57. 1.29: Gangnam Style…Psy (2012)
    58. 1.29: Poker Face...Lady Gaga (2009)
    59. 1.29: Call Me Maybe…Carly Rae Jepsen (2012)
    60. 1.29: Party Rock Anthem...Lmfao Featuring Lauren Bennett And Goonrock (2011)

    61. 1.29: Just The Way You Are (Amazing)...Bruno Mars (2010)
    62. 1.29: Use Somebody…Kings of Leon (2008)
    63. 1.29: We Are Young…fun. with Janelle Monae (2011)
    64. 1.29: We Found Love...Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011)
    65. 1.29: Only Girl in the World...Rihanna (2010)
    66. 1.29: Wake Me Up!...Avicii with Aloe Blacc (2013)
    67. 1.29: Sex on Fire...Kings of Leon (2008)
    68. 1.29: Let Her Go…Passenger (2012)
    69. 1.29: The A Team…Ed Sheeran (2011)
    70. 1.29: Titanium…David Guetta with Sia (2011)

    71. 1.29: Price Tag...Jessie J with B.O.B (2011)
    72. 1.29: Rather Be…Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne (2014)
    73. 1.29: Impossible…James Arthur (2012)
    74. 1.28: It Wasn’t Me...Shaggy Featuring Rikrok (2001)
    75. 1.27: Heart of Glass...Blondie (1979)
    76. 1.27: Tainted Love...Soft Cell (1981)
    77. 1.26: It’s Now or Never...Elvis Presley (1960)
    78. 1.26: Wonderwall...Oasis (1995)
    79. 1.25: Diana...Paul Anka (1957)
    80. 1.25: It’s Like That...Run-D.M.C. Vs. Jason Nevins (1997)

    81. 1.24: Hallelujah...Alexandra Burke (2008)
    82. 1.24: Uptown Funk!...Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (2014)
    83. 1.23: Green, Green Grass of Home...Tom Jones (1966)
    84. 1.20: Rolling in the Deep…Adele (2010)
    85. 1.20: Bad Romance…Lady Gaga (2009)
    86. 1.20: Firework…Katy Perry (2010)
    87. 1.20: Iris…Goo Goo Dolls (1998)
    88. 1.20: Don’t Stop Believin’…Journey (1981)
    89. 1.20: Grenade…Bruno Mars (2010)
    90. 1.20: Just Dance…Lady Gaga with Colby O’Donis (2008)

    91. 1.20: Roar…Katy Perry (2013)
    92. 1.20: Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)…Cee-Lo Green (2010)
    93. 1.20: All of Me…John Legend (2013)
    94. 1.20: What Makes You Beautiful (2011)
    95. 1.20: On the Floor…Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull (2011)
    96. 1.20: Diamonds…Rihanna (2012)
    97. 1.20: Sexy and I Know It…LMFAO (2011)
    98. 1.20: Give Me Everything…Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer (2011)
    99. 1.20: Counting Stars…One Republic (2013)
    100. 1.20: Chasing Cars…Snow Patrol (2006)

    101. 1.20: Starships…Nicki Minaj (2012)
    102. 1.20: Thinking Out Loud…Ed Sheeran (2014)
    103. 1.20: Paradise…Coldplay (2011)
    104. 1.20: Don’t You Worry Child…Swedish House Mafia with John Martin (2012)
    105. 1.20: Jar of Hearts…Christina Perri (2010)
    106. 1.20: La La La…Naughty Boy with Sam Smith (2013)
    107. 1.20: Pass Out…Tinie Tempah (2010)
    108. 1.20: Bright Eyes...Art Garfunkel (1979)
    109. 1.20: Make You Feel My Love…Adele (2008)
    110. 1.20: Beneath Your Beautiful…Labrinth with Emeli Sande (2012)

    111. 1.20: Earthquake…Labrinth with Tinie Tempah (2011)
    112. 1.20: Feel the Love…Rudimental with John Newman (2012)
    113. 1.20: Fight for This Love…Cheryl Cole (2009)
    114. 1.20: Rule the World…Take That (2007)
    115. 1.20: In for the Kill…La Roux (2009)
    116. 1.19: Merry Xmas Everybody...Slade (1973)
    117. 1.18: Heartbeat/Tragedy...Steps (1998)
    118. 1.18: Mary’s Boy Child...Harry Belafonte (1957)
    119. 1.17: The Last Waltz...Engelbert Humperdinck (1967)
    120. 1.16: Blue Monday...New Order (1983)

    121. 1.16: Stranger On The Shore...Mr Acker Bilk And His Paramount Jazz Band (1961)
    122. 1.16: Don’t Give Up On Us...David Soul (1976)
    123. 1.16: Earth Song...Michael Jackson (1995)
    124. 1.16: Do They Know It’s Christmas?...Band Aid 20 (2004)
    125. 1.15: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head...Kylie Minogue (2001)
    126. 1.14: Spaceman...Babylon Zoo (1996)
    127. 1.14: Saturday Night...Whigfield (1994)
    128. 1.14: I Love You Love Me Love...Gary Glitter (1973)
    129. 1.13: No Matter What...Boyzone (1998)
    130. 1.11: Torn...Natalie Imbruglia (1997)

    131. 1.11: Angels...Robbie Williams (1997)
    132. 1.11: 2 Become 1...Spice Girls (1996)
    133. 1.11: Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick...Ian Dury And The Blockheads (1978)
    134. 1.11: I Believe/Up On The Roof...Robson & Jerome (1995)
    135. 1.11: Teletubbies Say "Eh-Oh!"...Teletubbies (1997)
    136. 1.10: That’s My Goal...Shayne Ward (2005)
    137. 1.10: I Remember You...Frank Ifield (1962)
    138. 1.09: Ghostbusters...Ray Parker Jr. (1984)
    139. 1.09: Pure and Simple...Hear’say (2001)
    140. 1.08: Another Brick in the Wall Part II...Pink Floyd (1979)

    141. 1.07: Back for Good...Take That (1995)
    142. 1.07: Blue (Da Ba Dee)...Eiffel 65 (1999)
    143. 1.06: Hey Jude...The Beatles (1968)
    144. 1.06: Dancing Queen...Abba (1976)
    145. 1.06: The Young Ones...Cliff Richard & The Shadows (1962)
    146. 1.05: I Feel Love...Donna Summer (1977)
    147. 1.05: Fame...Irene Cara (1982)
    148. 1.05: Ride on Time...Black Box (1989)
    149. 1.04: Unchained Melody...The Righteous Brothers (1965)
    150. 1.04: Crazy...Gnarls Barkley (2006)

    151. 1.04: Bleeding Love...Leona Lewis (2007)
    152. 1.03: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing...Aerosmith (1998)
    153. 1.03: Stand and Deliver...Adam & The Ants (1981)
    154. 1.02: I Will Survive...Gloria Gaynor (1979)
    155. 1.02: Sugar Sugar...The Archies (1969)
    156. 1.02: Uptown Girl...Billy Joel (1983)
    157. 1.02: Sailing...Rod Stewart (1975)
    158. 1.02: Can We Fix It?...Bob The Builder (2000)
    159. 1.01: White Christmas...Bing Crosby with The Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter Orchestra (1942)
    160. 1.01: I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing...The New Seekers (1971)

    161. 1.01: Don’t Cry for Me Argentina...Julie Covington (1976)
    162. 1.01: Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)…Mr. Probz (2013)
    163. 1.01: The Lion Sleeps Tonight...Tight Fit (1982)
    164. 1.01: Mysterious Girl…Peter Andre (1995)
    165. 1.01: Save Your Kisses For Me...Brotherhood Of Man (1976)
    166. 1.01: Eye Level...The Simon Park Orchestra (1972)
    167. 1.00: You Really Got Me…The Kinks (1964)
    168. 1.00: Are You Lonesome Tonight…Elvis Presley (1960)
    169. 1.00: Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree...Tony Orlando & Dawn (1973)
    170. 1.00: Surrender/Lonely Man…Elvis Presley (1961)

    171. 1.00: Wooden Heart…Elvis Presley (1961)
    172. 1.00: Under the Moon of Love...Showaddywaddy (1976)
    173. 1.00: When We Collide...Matt Cardle (2010)
    174. 1.00: Long Haired Lover from Liverpool...Little Jimmy Osmond (1972)

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    Biggest #1 Songs in UK Chart History

    Posted 4/18/2015.

    This is a list of the #1 songs of all time according to the UK charts, starting with 1947.

      26 weeks:

    1. Bing Crosby…Galway Bay (1949)

      21 weeks:

    2. The Ink Spots…Bless You for Being an Angel (1947)

      18 weeks:

    3. Frankie Laine…I Believe (1953)

      16 weeks:

    4. Bryan Adams…(Everything I Do) I Do It for You (1991)

      15 weeks:

    5. Wet Wet Wet…Love Is All Around (1994)

      14 weeks:

    6. Queen…Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)

      12 weeks:

    7. Nat “King” Cole…Too Young (1951)
    8. Jimmy Young…Too Young (1951)

      11 weeks:

    9. Billy Eckstine…My Foolish Heart (1950)
    10. Slim Whitman…Rose Marie (1955)
    11. Teresa Brewer…Longing for You (1951)

      10 weeks:

    12. Whitney Houston…I Will Always Love You (1992)
    13. Rihanna…Umbrella (2007)
    14. Vera Lynn…Auf Wiedersheh’n Sweetheart (1952)
    15. Les Paul & Mary Ford…Mockin’ Bird Hill (1951)
    16. Nat “King” Cole…Unforgettable (1951)
    17. David Whitfield with Mantovani & His Orchestra…Cara Mia (1954)

      9 weeks:

    18. Patti Page…Tennessee Waltz (1950)
    19. Elvis Presley…It’s Now Or Never (1960)
    20. Gnarls Barkley…Crazy (2006)
    21. Paul Anka…Diana (1957)
    22. Olivia Newton-John with John Travolta…You’re the One That I Want (1978)
    23. Paul McCartney & Wings…Mull of Kintyre (1977)
    24. Frankie Goes to Hollywood…Two Tribes (1984)
    25. Al Martino…Here in My Heart (1952)
    26. Eddie Calert…O Mein Papa (Oh My Papa) (1953)
    27. Anita O’Day…Tennessee Waltz (1951)
    28. Vera Lynn…The Homing Waltz (1952)
    29. Alma Cogan…The Homing Waltz (1952)

      8 weeks:

    30. The Archies…Sugar Sugar (1969)
    31. Doris Day…Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (1950)
    32. Perry Como…Magic Moments (1958)
    33. Mel Torme…Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (1950)
    34. The Shadows…Wonderful Land (1962)
    35. Frankie Laine…Answer Me, Lord Above (1953)
    36. Shakespear’s Sister (1992)

      7 weeks:

    37. Elvis Presley…All Shook Up (1957)
    38. The Everly Brothers…All I Have to Do Is Dream (1958)
    39. Cher…Believe (1998)
    40. Spice Girls…Wannabe (1996)
    41. Anton Karas…The Third Man Theme (1950)
    42. Leona Lewis…Bleeding Love (2007)
    43. The Everly Brothers…Cathy’s Clown (1960)
    44. Meat Loaf…I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) (1993)
    45. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars…Uptown Funk! (2014)
    46. The Beatles…Hello Goodbye (1967)
    47. Mungo Jerry…In the Summertime (1970)
    48. Tom Jones…Green, Green Grass of Home (1966)
    49. Johnnie Ray…Just Walkin’ in the Rain (1956)
    50. Oliva Newton-John with John Travolta…Summer Nights (1978)
    51. Frank Ifield…I Remember You (1962)
    52. Celine Dion…Think Twice (1994)
    53. Tab Hunter…Young Love (1956)
    54. The Beatles…From Me to You (1963)
    55. Harry Belafonte…Mary’s Boy Child (1956)
    56. Robson & Jerome…Unchained Melody/The White Cliffs of Dover (1995)
    57. Tony Christie with Peter Kay…Is This the Way to Amarillo? (2005)
    58. Tennessee Ernie Ford…Give Me Your Word (1955)
    59. Eve Young…Silver Dollar (Roll Roll Roll) (1950)

      6 weeks:

    60. Procol Harum…A White Shade of Pale (1967)
    61. Gene Autry…Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949)
    62. Abba…Dancing Queen (1976)
    63. The Beatles…She Loves You (1963)
    64. George Harrison…My Sweet Lord (1970)
    65. The Beatles with Billy Preston…Get Back (1969)
    66. Stevie Wonder…I Just Called to Say I Love You (1984)
    67. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112…I’ll Be Missing You (1997)
    68. Lionel Richie…Hello (1983)
    69. Culture Club…Karma Chameleon (1983)
    70. Rihanna with Calvin Harris…We Found Love (2011)
    71. Mary Hopkin…Those Were the Days (1968)
    72. Doris Day…Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Que Sera) (1956)
    73. Connie Francis…Who’s Sorry Now? (1958)
    74. Engelbert Humperdinck…Release Me (1967)
    75. Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake…Where Is the Love? (2003)
    76. Elton John with Kiki Dee…Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (1976)
    77. Brotherhood of Man…Save Your Kisses for Me (1976)
    78. Teresa Brewer with Dixieland All Stars…Music! Music! Music! (1950)
    79. Freda Payne…Band of Gold (1970)
    80. Elvis Presley…The Wonder of You (1970)
    81. Snap!...Rhythm Is a Dancer (1992)
    82. Creedence Clearwater Revival…Run Through the Jungle (1970)
    83. Dave Edmunds…I Hear You Knocking (1970)
    84. Elvis Presley…Wooden Heart (1961)
    85. Bing Crosby…Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1950)
    86. Cliff Richard & the Drifters…Living Doll (1959)
    87. Michael Jackson…Earth Song (1995)
    88. Cliff Richard & the Shadows…The Young Ones (1962)
    89. Black Box…Ride on Time (1989)
    90. Run-D.M.C. with Jason Nevins…It’s Like That (1998)
    91. Art Garfunkel…Bright Eyes (1979)
    92. Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway…Where Is the Love (1972)
    93. Rolf Harris…Two Little Boys (1969)
    94. Emile Ford & the Checkmates…What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For? (1969)
    95. T-Rex…Hot Love (1971)
    96. Connie Francis…Stupid Cupid (1958)
    97. Ronnie Hilton…No Other Love (1956)
    98. Bay City Rollers…Bye Bye Baby (1975)
    99. East 17…Stay Another Day (1994)
    100. Connie Francis…Carolina Moon (1958)
    101. Guy Mitchell…Look at That Girl (1953)

    U.S. Biggest #1 Pop Songs in Chart History

    Originally posted May 3, 2011 on the DMDB website. Updated 4/18/2015 on the blog.

    This is a list of the #1 songs of all time according to U.S. pop charts. For 1955 to present, figures are taken from Billboard magazine, which is viewed as the industry’s leading chart authority. While Billboard also published charts in the rock-era prior to 1955 (their first chart being for sheet music in 1913), these were less consistent. As such, the authority behind pre-rock era hits is Pop Memories 1890-1954. The book is published by Record Research, who provide the go-to reference books for numerous Billboard charts. The Pop Memories book is the closest thing possible to the companion for Record Research’s Top Pop Singles book, which in its latest edition (its 12th) covered the Billboard pop singles charts from 1955 to 2008. See more detailed descriptions of these books and other chart references (here).

    Songs are listed in order of most weeks at #1 on down the line. In the event of ties (of which there are many), the song ranking highest in Dave’s Music Database is listed first and so on. Also, the year listed is when the song first charted on the U.S. pop chart or otherwise. Consequently, it may not indicate the actual year in which the song peaked at #1.

      18 weeks:

    1. Goo Goo Dolls…Iris (1998) *

      17 weeks:

    2. Francis Craig with Bob Lamm…Near You (1947)

      16 weeks:

    3. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men…One Sweet Day (1995)
    4. No Doubt…Don’t Speak (1996) *

      14 weeks:

    5. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers…White Christmas (1942)
    6. Whitney Houston…I Will Always Love You (1992)
    7. Elton John…Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose) (1997)
    8. Boyz II Men…I’ll Make Love to You (1994)
    9. Mariah Carey…We Belong Together (2005)
    10. Black Eyed Peas…I Gotta Feeling (2009)
    11. Los Del Rio…Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) (1995)
    12. Celine Dion…Because You Loved Me (1996) **
    13. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars…Uptown Funk! (2014)

      13 weeks:

    14. Glenn Miller…In the Mood (1939)
    15. Gene Austin…My Blue Heaven (1927)
    16. Patti Page…Tennessee Waltz (1950)
    17. Ben Selvin…Dardanella (1920)
    18. The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra…Goodnight Irene (1950)
    19. Artie Shaw…Frenesi (1940)
    20. Harry James with Helen Forrest…I’ve Heard That Song Before (1943)
    21. The Ink Spots…The Gypsy (1946)
    22. Boyz II Men…End of the Road (1992)
    23. Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner…Heartaches (1947)
    24. Brandy with Monica…The Boys Is Mine (1998)
    25. TLC…No Scrubs (1999) **
    26. Ace of Base…The Sign (1994) **
    27. Donna Lewis…I Love You Always Forever (1996) **

      12 weeks:

    28. Vernon Dalhart…The Prisoner’s Song (1925)
    29. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers…I’ll Never Smile Again (1940)
    30. Mills Brothers…Paper Doll (1943)
    31. Eminem….Lose Yourself (2002)
    32. Jo Stafford…You Belong to Me (1952)
    33. Vaughn Monroe…Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) (1949)
    34. Al Jolson…Sonny Boy (1928)
    35. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris…Yeah! (2004)
    36. Santana with Rob Thomas…Smooth (1999)
    37. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams…Blurred Lines (2013)
    38. Black Eyed Peas…Boom Boom Pow (2009)

      11 weeks:

    39. Elvis Presley…Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog (1956)
    40. Leo Reisman & His Orchestra with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers…Cheek to Cheek (1935)
    41. Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra…Whispering (1920)
    42. Al Jolson…April Showers (1922)
    43. Byron Harlan…School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids) (1907)
    44. American Quartet with Billy Murray…Casey Jones (1910)
    45. Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads…Cry (1951)
    46. Les Paul with Mary Ford…Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You) (1953)
    47. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112…I’ll Be Missing You (1997)
    48. Haydn Quartet…Put on Your Old Gray Bonnet (1909)
    49. Anton Karas…The Third Man Theme (1950)
    50. Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Franklyn Baur…Valencia (A Song of Spain) (1926)
    51. Toni Braxton…Un-Break My Heart (1996)
    52. All-4-One…I Swear (1994)
    53. Frankie Carle with Marjorie Hughes…Oh! What It Seemed to Be (1946)
    54. Arthur Collins…The Preacher and the Bear (1905)
    55. Henry Burr…Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There) (1918)
    56. Len Spencer…Arkansaw Traveler (1902)
    57. Natalie Imbruglia…Torn (1997) **
    58. Mariah Carey…Dreamlover (1993) **
    59. Boyz II Men…On Bended Knee (1994) **
    60. Destiny’s Child…Independent Women (2000)
    61. Guy Lombardo…The Third Man Theme (1950)

      10 weeks:

    62. Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan…Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1911)
    63. Leo Reisman’s Orchestra with Fred Astaire…Night and Day (1932)
    64. Celine Dion…My Heart Will Go On (1997) **
    65. Billy Murray…You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”) (1906)
    66. Haydn Quartet…Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart) (1904)
    67. Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra…Pennies from Heaven (1936)
    68. Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb & His Orchestra…A-Tisket, A-Tasket (1938)
    69. Debby Boone…You Light Up My Life (1977)
    70. Dinah Shore & Her Harper Valley Boys…Buttons and Bows (1948)
    71. Perry Como…Till the End of Time (1945)
    72. Byron Harlan…My Gal Sal (1907)
    73. George J. Gaskin…After the Ball (1893)
    74. Vaughn Monroe’s Orchestra…Ballerina (1947)
    75. Nick Lucas…Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me (1929)
    76. Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians…Sweet Leilani (1937)
    77. Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell…Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) (1941)
    78. Olivia Newton-John…Physical (1981)
    79. Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees…Stein Song (University of Maine) (1930)
    80. Flo Rida with T-Pain…Low (2007)
    81. Ted Lewis & His Band…In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town (1932)
    82. Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders…Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”) (1953)
    83. Guy Mitchell…Singing the Blues (1956)
    84. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx…Gold Digger (2005)
    85. The Andrews Sisters…Rum and Coca-Cola (1945)
    86. Kay Starr…Wheel of Fortune (1952)
    87. Beyonce…Irreplaceable (2006)
    88. Pharrell Williams…Happy (2013)
    89. Tony Bennett…Because of You (1951)
    90. The McGuire Sisters…Sincerely (1955)
    91. Glenn Miller Orchestra with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires…Moonlight Cocktail (1942)
    92. Rihanna with Calvin Harris…We Found Love (2011)
    93. Janet Jackson…That’s the Way Love Goes (1993) **
    94. Dan Quinn…The Band Played On (1895)
    95. Nelly…Dilemma (2002)
    96. Perez “Prez” Prado…Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (1955)
    97. Ashanti with Ja Rule…Foolish (2002)
    98. Mariah Carey…Hero (1993) **
    99. George J. Gaskin…On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away (1897)
    100. Patti Page…I Went to Your Wedding (1952)
    101. George W. Johnson…The Laughing Song (1891)
    102. Santana with the Product G&B…Maria Maria (2000)
    103. George J. Gaskin…My Old New Hampshire Home (1898)
    104. Eileen Barton…If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake (1950)

    Notes about This List:

    * In the 1990s, many songs were never officially released as record companies would release them to radio stations to garner significant airplay, but would use those songs to promote album sales instead of single sales. Billboard reported songs’ airplay only stats in a separate chart, but they are included here as if they were official Hot 100 singles entries.

    ** These are songs which were officially released, but their airplay figures are more significant than their official chart numbers so the airplay figures are used.

    Another note about this list: discriminating viewers will notice certain decades dominating the list. Here’s how many songs each decade places on the list:

    • 1890-1899: 5
    • 1900-1909: 8
    • 1910-1919: 3
    • 1920-1929: 8
    • 1930-1939: 8
    • 1940-1949: 16
    • 1950-1959: 17
    • 1960-1969: 0
    • 1970-1979: 1
    • 1980-1989: 1
    • 1990-1999: 21
    • 2000-2009: 12
    • 2010-2015: 4
    This obvious dominance of some decades over others has more to do with changing chart methodologies over the years than whether or not certain decades produced humongous hits. In a nutshell, when the rock era and the Billboard Hot 100 chart both kicked in during the mid to late ‘50s, songs spent far less time on the charts making extended stays on top much rarer. By the 1990s, the charts were changed to more accurately reflect what radio stations were truly playing (as opposed to the old methodology of relying on what stations reported they were playing). This resulted in a major upswing in how long songs stayed on top.