Thursday, April 1, 2021

Billboard Songs to Debut at #1 on the Hot 100

Billboard Hot 100:

#1 Debuts

Since the inception of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, there have been only 50 songs to debut at the pinnacle. The first song to do so was Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” in 1995. Below are the songs to start on top – first in chronological order and then in order by DMDB ranking.

See other chart-based lists here.

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)
33. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2/2/2019)
34. Jonas Brothers “Sucker” (3/1/2019)
35. Travis Scott “Highest in the Room” (10/19/2019)
36. Drake “Toosie Slide” (4/18/2020)
37. Travis Scott & Kid Cudi “The Scotts” (5/9/2020)
38. Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber “Stuck with U” (5/23/2020)
39. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain on Me” (6/6/2020)
40. 6ix9nine & Nicki Minaj “Trollz” (6/27/2020)

41. Taylor Swift “Cardigan” (8/8/2020)
42. Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” (8/22/2020)
43. BTS “Dynamite” (9/5/2020)
44. Travis Scott with Young Thug & M.I.A. “Franchise” (10/10/2020)
45. Ariana Grande “Positions” (11/7/2020)
46. BTS “Life Goes On” (12/5/2020)
47. Taylor Swift “Willow” (12/26/2020)
48. Olivia Rodrigo “Drivers License” (1/23/2021)
49. Drake “What’s Next” (3/20/2021)
50. Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches” (4/3/2021)

Debuting at #1 isn’t an automatic pass to classic status, however. Only fifteen of the songs have rated in the DMDB’s top 1% of songs, or roughly top 1000. 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. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (12/2/1995)
6. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” (9/6/2014)
7. Drake “God’s Plan” (2/3/2018)
8. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (9/5/1998)
9. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (6/14/1997)
10. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (5/28/2016)

11. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (9/19/2015)
12. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next” (11/17/2018)
13. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (2/2/2019)
14. Mariah Carey “Fantasy” (9/30/95)
15. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (2/19/2011)
16. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (10/3/1998)
17. Drake “Nice for What” (4/21/2018)
18. Eminem “Not Afraid” (5/22/2010)
19. Childish Gambino “This Is America” (5/19/2018)
20. Jonas Brothers “Sucker” (3/1/2019)

21. DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (5/20/2017)
22. Whitney Houston “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” (11/25/1995)
23. Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” (8/22/2020)
24. Zayn “Pillow Talk” (2/20/2016)
25. Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone” (9/2/1995)
26. Baauer “Harlem Shake” (3/2/2013)
27. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain on Me” (6/6/2020)
28. BTS “Dynamite” (9/5/2020)
29. Katy Perry “Part of Me” (3/3/2012)
30. Ke$ha “We R Who We R” (11/13/2010)

31. Mariah Carey “Honey” (9/6/1997)
32. Olivia Rodrigo “Drivers License” (1/23/2021)
33. Britney Spears “3” (10/24/2009)
34. Drake “Toosie Slide” (4/18/2020)
35. Taylor Swift “Cardigan” (8/8/2020)
36. Travis Scott “Highest in the Room” (10/19/2019)
37. Ariana Grande “Positions” (11/7/2020)
38. Carrie Underwood “Inside Your Heaven” (7/2/2005)
39. Taylor Hicks “Do I Make You Proud” (7/1/2006)
40. Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber “Stuck with U” (5/23/2020)

41. Travis Scott & Kid Cudi “The Scotts” (5/9/2020)
42. Fantasia “I Believe” (7/3/2004)
43. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” (1/29/2011)
44. 6ix9nine & Nicki Minaj “Trollz” (6/27/2020)
45. Travis Scott with Young Thug & M.I.A. “Franchise” (10/10/2020)
46. BTS “Life Goes On” (12/5/2020)
47. Clay Aiken “This Is the Night” (6/28/2003)
48. Taylor Swift “Willow” (12/26/2020)
49. Drake “What’s Next” (3/20/2021)
50. Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches” (4/3/2021)


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First posted 3/4/2012; last updated 4/2/2021.

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