Saturday, March 5, 2022

The Top Songs of All Time

First posted 4/4/2012; last updated 3/5/2022.

Dave’s Music Database – Songs:

The Top 1 and 2%

This is the granddaddy of song lists. It has been created by aggregating hundreds of best-of song lists alongside chart figures, radio and video airplay, sales data, and various honors and awards. While individual lists have idiosyncrasies because of the publiciations or institutions behind them, this list aims to represent as many genres and eras as possible in the history of recorded music.

To call this “the top songs of all time” is a bit of a misnomer. It’s primarily a list of the top songs in the history of recorded music: from 1890 to the present. Still, that’s a much wider swath than most supposedly “best of all time” lists cover.

Songs are listed in chronological order; dates in parentheses are for the song’s first chart appearance unless noted otherwise. Click on a song title to see its DMDB page with more details such as general information about the song, videos, lyrics, links to buy songs, chart stats, sales figures, and awards.

Note: this was originally a top 1000 list, but has been expanded to two categories – the top 1% and top 2% – each with more than 1000 songs. Originally these were listed as two separate posts, but now they’ve been consolidated into one page. Each year from 1890 to present has been listed with the top 1% songs first and then the top 2% songs after that. Prior to 1890 and the pre-recorded music era, songs are listed by songwriters (m=music, w=words) and publishing years.

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Pre-1800

Top 1%

  • none

Top 2%

  • writer(s) unknown “Greensleeves” (1580)
  • Thomas D'Urfey (m), Frederick Thomas Nettingham (w) “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” (1706)
  • Robert Burns (adapted by) “Auld Lang Syne” (1711)
  • George Frideric Handel (m), Isaac Watts (w), Lowell Mason (arranged) “Joy to the World” (1719)
  • writer(s) unknown “O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)” (1744)
  • writer(s) unknown “Baa Baa Black Sheep” (1744)
  • Dr. Richard Shukburgh (w), traditional (m) “Yankee Doodle” (aka “Yankee Doodle Went to Town”) (1754)
  • Charles Bradlee (w), unknown (m) “The Alphabet Song” (1761)
  • Augustus Montague Toplady (w), Thomas Hastings (m) “Rock of Ages” (1763)
  • John Newton (w) “Amazing Grace” (1779)

1800-1889

Top 1%

  • James S. Pierpont (m/w) “Jingle Bells” (1857)
  • Daniel Decatur Emmett (m/w) “Dixie” (1860)
  • Julia Ward Howe (w) and William Steffe (m) “The Battle Hymn of the Republic (aka ‘Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!’)” (1861)

Top 2%

  • Jane Taylor (w) “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (1806)
  • Francis Scott Key (w), John Stafford Smith (m) “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814)
  • Davies Gilbert “The First Noel” (1823)
  • John Howard Payne (w), Sir Henry Rowley Bishop (m) “Home Sweet Home” (1823)
  • Lowell Mason (m), Sarah Josepha Hale (w) “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (1830)
  • Samuel Francis Smith (w), Thomas Arne (m) “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (1831)
  • Carl Sandburg “Skip to My Lou” (1832)
  • unknown (m/w) “On Top of Old Smoky” (1841)
  • Daniel Decatur Emmett “Polly Wolly Doodle (All the Day)” (1843)
  • Stephen Foster (m/w) “Oh Susanna” (1846)
  • Adolphe Adam/John Sullivan Dwight “O Holy Night (Minuit, Chrétiens)” (1847)
  • traditional “Jimmy Crack Corn (The Blue Tail Fly)” (1848)
  • Rev. Edmund Hamilton Sears (w) and Richard Storrs Willis (m) “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” (1850)
  • Stephen Foster (m/w) “Camptown Races (Gwine to Run All Night)” (1850)
  • Stephen Foster (m/w) “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (1851)
  • Eugene Raymond (adapted) “Pop Goes the Weasel” (1852)
  • Eliphalet Oram Lyte “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” (1852)
  • Stephen Foster (m/w) “My Old Kentucky Home” (1853)
  • Felix Mendelssohn (m), Charles Wesley (w) “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (1855)
  • Richard Milburn (m), Septimus Winner as Alice Hawthorne (w) “Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”)” (1856)
  • John Henry Hopkins Jr. (m/w) “We Three Kings of Orient Are” (1857)
  • Don George “The Yellow Rose of Texas” (1858)
  • J.S. Bach (m), Charles Gounod “Ave Maria” (1859)
  • Louis Lambert as Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (m/w) “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” (1863)
  • Percy Montrose “Clementine” (1863)
  • Septimus Winner (m/w) “O Where, O Where Has My Little Dog Gone” (1864)
  • Lewis Redner (m), Phillips Brooks (w) “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (1868)
  • George Leybourne & Alfred Lee “The Man on the Flying Trapeze” (1868)
  • Billy Reeves (w), Frank Campbell (m), and Rollin Howard (arranger) “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me” (1869)
  • traditional “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain” (1870)
  • Sabine Baring-Gould (w) and Sir Arthur Sullivan (m) “Onward Christian Soldiers” (1871)
  • Dr. Brewster M. Higley (w), Daniel E. Kelly (m) “Home on the Range” (1873)
  • Wallace Willis, Henry Thacker Burleigh (arranged by) “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (1873)
  • Thomas P. Westendorf (m/w) “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” (1875)
  • Henry C. Work (w/m) “Grandfather’s Clock” (1876)
  • Euphemia Allen as Arthur de Lulli “Chopsticks” (1877)
  • traditional “Alouette” (1879)
  • Charles E. Pratt “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” (1881)
  • Effie I. Canning (m/w) “Rock-a-Bye Baby” (1884)
  • James Ramsey Murray (m) and Charles H. Gabriel (w) “Away in a Manger” (1887)
  • traditional “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” (1894)


1890

Top 1%

  • none

Top 2%

  • U.S. Marine Band “Semper Fidelis” (8/2/1890)
  • U.S. Marine Band “The Washington Post March” (9/13/1890)

1891

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • George Washington Johnson “The Laughing Song” (4/4/1891)

1892

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Thomas Bott “Love’s Old Sweet Song” (12/13/1892)
  • Dan Quinn “Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bow Wow” (12/31/1892)

1893

Top 1%

  • George J. Gaskin “After the Ball” (4/29/1893)
  • Dan Quinn “Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)” (9/16/1893)

Top 2%

  • George J. Gaskin “Oh Promise Me” (3/4/1893)
  • John Yorke Atlee “After the Ball” (7/8/1893)
  • Jules Levy “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (7/8/1893)
  • Len Spencer “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” (10/7/1893)
  • Patty Hill & Mildred Hill “Happy Birthday to You” (aka “Good Morning to All”) (1893)

1894

Top 1%

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Top 2%

  • United States Marine Band “The Liberty Bell” (3/10/1894)
  • Vess Ossman “Yankee Doodle” (6/2/1894)
  • Silas Leachman “Dem Golden Slippers” (6/30/1894)

1895

Top 1%

  • Dan Quinn “The Sidewalks of New York” (2/8/1895)
  • Dan Quinn “The Band Played On” (8/24/1895)
  • Katherine Lee Bates (m) & Samuel A. Ward (w) “America the Beautiful” (1895)

Top 2%

  • John Philip Sousa’s Band “El Capitan March” (1/15/1895)

1896

Top 1%

  • Dan Quinn “A Hot Time in the Old Town” (12/12/1896)

Top 2%

  • George J. Gaskin “The Sunshine of Paradise Alley” (1/4/1896)
  • James M. Black & Katharine E. Purvis (songwriters) “When the Saints Go Marching In” (1896)

1897

Top 1%

  • John Philip Sousa “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (7/3/1897)
  • George J. Gaskin “On the Banks of the Wabash” (11/6/1897)

Top 2%

  • Len Spencer “A Hot Time in the Old Town” (1/23/1897)
  • George J. Gaskin “Sweet Rosie O’Grady” (4/10/1897)

1898

Top 1%

  • Edison Male Quartet “My Old Kentucky Home” (1/22/1898)
  • Dan Quinn “At a Georgia Camp Meeting” (11/5/1898)

Top 2%

  • Steve Porter “On the Banks of the Wabash” (1/8/1898)
  • George J. Gaskin “My Old New Hampshire Home” (12/3/1898)

1899

Top 1%

  • Arthur Collins “Hello Ma Baby” (4/15/1899)
  • Scott Joplin “Maple Leaf Rag” (1899)

Top 2%

  • Len Spencer “Hello Ma Baby” (4/29/1899)
  • George J. Gaskin “My Wild Irish Rose” (5/6/1899)
  • Albert Campbell “My Wild Irish Rose” (6/17/1899)
  • Arthur Collins “I’d Leave My Happy Home for You” (12/2/1899)


1900

Top 1%

  • Vess Ossman “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (1/27/1900)
  • Steve Porter “A Bird in a Gilded Cage” (5/26/1900)
  • George J. Gaskin “When You Were Sweet Sixteen” (11/10/1900)

Top 2%

  • George J. Gaskin “When Chloe Sings a Song” (3/10/1900)
  • Arthur Collins “Ma Tiger Lily” (8/4/1900)
  • Albert Campbell “Ma Blushin’ Rosie” (12/29/1900)

1901

Top 1%

  • Harry MacDonough with Grace Spencer “Tell Me, Pretty Maiden” (4/27/1901)
  • Byron Harlan “Hello Central, Give Me Heaven” (8/3/1901)

Top 2%

    John Philip Sousa’s Band “American Patrol” (3/2/1901)
  • Big Four Quartet “Goodbye Dolly Gray” (3/30/1901)
  • Harry MacDonough “The Tale of a Bumble Bee” (10/5/1901)
  • Harry MacDonough “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder” (10/12/1901)
  • Will Denny “Any Old Place I Hang My Hat Is ‘Home Sweet Home’” (12/14/1901)

1902

Top 1%

  • Len Spencer “Arkansaw Traveler” (3/1/1902)
  • J.W. Myers “On a Sunday Afternoon” (4/19/1902)
  • Arthur Collins “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home” (7/12/1902)
  • Arthur Collins “Under the Bamboo Tree” (12/9/1902)
  • Scott Joplin “The Entertainer” (published 12/29/1902)

Top 2%

  • Bert Williams with George Walker “Good Morning, Carrie” (1/4/1902)
  • J.W. Myers “Way Down in Old Indiana” (5/17/1902)
  • Harry MacDonough “The Mansion of Aching Hearts” (9/13/1902)
  • J.W. Myers “In the Good Old Summertime” (10/25/1902)
  • Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “Down Where the Wurzburger Flows” (12/20/1902)

1903

Top 1%

  • Haydn Quartet “In the Good Old Summertime” (2/28/1903)
  • Harry MacDonough with John Bieling “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” (4/25/1903)
  • Harry MacDonough “Hiawatha (His Song to Minnehaha)” (7/4/1903)

Top 2%

  • Mina Hickman “Come Down, Ma Evening Star” (1/17/1903)
  • Sousa’s Band with Harry MacDonough & S.H. Dudley “In the Good Old Summertime” (3/28/1903)
  • Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “Hurrah for Baffin’s Bay” (4/25/1903)
  • Arthur Collins “Goodbye Eliza Jane” (10/31/1903)
  • J.W. Myers “Dear Old Girl” (11/14/1903)
  • Arthur Collins “Any Rags?” (12/5/1903)
  • George Alexander “Mighty Like a Rose (aka "Mighty Lak a Rose")” (12/19/1903)

1904

Top 1%

Top 2%


1905

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Billy Murray “Come Take a Trip in My Airship” (1/4/1905)
  • Louise Homer “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (10/28/1905)
  • Haydn Quartet “Grandfather’s Clock” (10/28/1905)
  • Byron Harlan “Where the Morning Glories Twine Around the Door” (11/11/1905)
  • Billy Murray “Everybody Works But Father” (12/23/1905)

1906

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Corrine Morgan with Haydn Quartet “How’d You Like to Spoon with Me?” (1/6/1906)
  • Corrine Morgan “So Long Mary” (4/14/1906)
  • Ada Jones “Waiting at the Church (My Wife Won’t Let Me)” (8/11/1906)
  • Byron Harlan “The Good Old U.S.A” (9/15/1906)
  • Henry Burr “Love Me and the World Is Mine” (11/3/1906)

1907

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Bert Williams “He’s a Cousin of Mine” (1/19/1907)
  • Ada Jones “I Just Can’t Make My Eyes Behave” (4/6/1907)
  • Haydn Quartet with Harry MacDonough “My Wild Irish Rose” (8/3/1907)
  • Frank Stanley & Henry Burr “Red Wing (An Indian Fable)” (9/7/1907)
  • Harry Lauder “I Love a Lassie (My Scotch Bluebell)” (11/9/1907)
  • Ada Jones & Billy Murray “Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk” (11/9/1907)

1908

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Billy Murray “Under Any Old Flag at All” (2/1/1908)
  • Alan Turner “As Long As the World Rolls On” (2/8/1908)
  • Lucy Isabelle Marsh “The Glow-Worm” (6/2/1908)
  • Elise Stevenson “Are You Sincere?” (7/11/1908)
  • Ada Jones & Billy Murray “When We Are M-A-R-R-I-E-D” (8/1/1908)
  • Victor Orchestra “Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine” (9/12/1908)
  • Edward Meeker “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (10/17/1908)
  • Haydn Quartet “Sunbonnet Sue” (10/31/1908)
  • Harvey Hindermeyer “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (11/21/1908)

1909

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Frank Stanley & Elise Stevenson “Good Evening, Caroline” (1/2/1909)
  • Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan “The Right Church But the Wrong Pew” (2/6/1909)
  • Ada Jones & Billy Murray “Shine on, Harvest Moon” (5/15/1909)
  • Henry Burr “To the End of the World with You” (5/22/1909)
  • Ada Jones & the Victor Light Orchestra Co. “The Yama Yama Man” (7/31/1909)
  • Ada Jones “I’ve Got Rings on My Fingers” (11/6/1909)  


1910

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Harry MacDonough “Where the River Shannon Flows” (2/12/1910)
  • Harry MacDonough & Lucy Isabelle Marsh “Every Little Movement” (9/3/1910)
  • Henry Burr “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland” (11/12/1910)
  • Bert Williams “Play That Barber-Shop Chord” (12/24/1910)

1911

Top 1%

  • Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “Put Your Arms Around Me Honey (I Never Knew Any Girl Like You)” (3/25/1911)
  • Ada Jones & Billy Murray “Come Josephine in My Flying Machine” (5/13/1911)
  • Sophie Tucker “Some of These Days” (7/8/1911)
  • Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (9/16/1911)
  • Peerless Quartet “I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad” (9/23/1911)
  • Peerless Quartet “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” (11/4/1911)
  • Harry MacDonough “Down by the Old Mill Stream” (12/11/1911)
  • Billy Murray & the American Quartet “Oh, You Beautiful Doll” (12/16/1911)

Top 2%

  • Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “Under the Yum Yum Tree” (2/4/1911)
  • John McCormack “Mother Machree” (2/11/1911)
  • John McCormack “I’m Falling in Love with Someone” (6/3/1911)
  • Cecil Fanning “A Perfect Day” (9/16/1911)
  • Arthur Clough & Brunswick Quartet “Down by the Old Mill Stream” (10/28/1911)
  • Billy Murray “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (11/11/1911)
  • Billy Murray “Camptown Races (Gwine to Run All Night” (11/11/1911)

1912

Top 1%

  • American Quartet “Moonlight Bay” (3/9/1912)
  • Bob Roberts “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” (7/13/1912)
  • Elsie Baker “I Love You Truly” (8/31/1912)
  • Heidelberg Quintet “Waiting for the Robert E. Lee” (9/28/1912)
  • Billy Murray & Ada Jones “Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee” (10/19/1912)

Top 2%

  • Al Jolson “That Haunting Melody” (3/16/1912)
  • Prince’s Orchestra “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (4/13/1912)
  • Henry Burr & Albert Campbell “When I Was Twenty-One and You Were Sweet Sixteen” (511/1912)
  • Al Jolson & Walter B. Rogers Orchestra “Ragging the Baby to Sleep” (7/6/1912)

1913

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Ada Jones “Row Row Row!” (1/4/1913)
  • Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’” (2/8/1913)
  • Al Jolson “The Spaniard That Blighted My Life” (5/24/1913)
  • Henry Burr & Albert Campbell “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine” (6/21/1913)
  • Henry Burr “Last Night Was the End of the World” (8/16/1913)
  • Charles Harrison “Peg O’ My Heart” (11/8/1913)

1914

Top 1%

  • Heidelberg Quintet “By the Beautiful Sea” (7/18/1914)
  • Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “The Aba Daba Honeymoon” (10/10/1914)
  • Prince’s Orchestra “Ballin’ the Jack” (10/17/1914)
  • Prince’s Orchestra “The Memphis Blues” (11/7/1914)

Top 2%

  • Henry Burr with Albert Campbell “I’m on My Way to Mandalay” (2/14/1914)
  • American Quartet “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” (3/21/1914)
  • Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “I Love the Ladies” (5/16/1914)
  • Peerless Quartet “If I Had My Way I’d Live Among the Gypsies” (5/23/1914)
  • Joe Hayman “Cohen on the Telephone” (8/8/1914)
  • American Quartet “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary” (11/28/1914)
  • American Quartet “When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose” (12/26/1914)

1915

Top 1%

  • John McCormack “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary” (1/16/1915)
  • Peerless Quartet “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier” (4/17/1915)
  • George MacFarlane “A Little Bit of Heaven (Shure, They Call It Ireland)” (5/1/1915)
  • Harry MacDonough & Olive Kline “They Didn't Believe Me” (11/13/1915)

Top 2%

  • American Quartet “Chinatown, My Chinatown” (2/20/1915)
  • Alma Gluck “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” (2/20/1915)
  • Alma Gluck & Efrem Zimbalist “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (6/19/1915)
  • Alice Nielsen “Home Sweet Home” (7/3/1915)
  • Olive Kline (as Alice Green) & Edward Hamilton “Hello Frisco!” (9/8/1915)
  • James Harrison & James Reed “There’s a Long, Long Trail” (12/18/1915)
  • James F. Harrison (as Frederick J. Wheeler) “Keep the Home Fires Burning” (12/18/1915)

1916

Top 1%

  • Henry Burr “M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)” (2/12/1916)

Top 2%

  • John McCormack “Somewhere a Voice Is Calling” (1/22/1916)
  • Alma Gluck “Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”)” (5/27/1916)
  • Henry Burr “Goodbye, Good Luck, God Bless You (Is All That I Can Say)” (6/10/1916)
  • Henry Burr & Albert Campbell “There’s a Quaker Down in Quaker Town” (7/22/1916)
  • Billy Murray “Pretty Baby” (10/7/1916)
  • Charles Harrison “Ireland Must Be Heaven for My Mother Came from There” (10/21/1916)
  • Walter Van Brunt “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” (12/9/1916)

1917

Top 1%

  • Victor Military Band “Poor Butterfly” (2/17/1917)
  • Elsie Baker “The Missouri Waltz (Hush-a-Bye Ma Baby)” (3/10/1917)
  • Knickerbocker Quartet “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile” (4/14/1917)
  • Anna Wheaton with James Harrod “Till the Clouds Roll By” (8/11/1917)
  • American Quartet “Over There” (9/29/1917)
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band “Darktown Strutters’ Ball” (10/13/1917)

Top 2%

  • Van & Schenck “For Me and My Gal” (5/26/1917)
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band “Livery Stable Blues” (6/2/1917)
  • American Quartet “Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!” (6/23/1917)
  • American Quartet “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France!” (9/26/1917)
  • Peerless Quartet “Over There” (10/13/1917)
  • Nora Bayes with Joseph Pasternach’s Orchestra “Over There” (11/3/1917)

1918

Top 1%

  • Henry Burr “Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There)” (4/20/1918)
  • Al Jolson “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” (8/10/1918)
  • Original Dixieland Jazz Band “Tiger Rag” (8/17/1918)
  • Arthur Fields “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” (10/12/1918)
  • Charles Harrison “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” (11/8/1918)

Top 2%

  • Ernestine Schumann-Heink “Danny Boy (adaption of ‘Londonberry Air’)” (1/19/1918)
  • Irving Kaufman & the Columbia Quartet “Hail! Hail! The Gang’s All Here” (3/2/1918)
  • Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan “Darktown Strutters’ Ball” (3/30/1918)
  • Billy Murray “K-K-K-Katy (The Stammering Song)” (6/1/1918)
  • Henry Burr “I’m Sorry I Made You Cry” (6/15/1918)
  • Al Jolson & Charles Prince’s Orchestra “Hello Central, Give Me No Man’s Land” (7/13/1918)
  • Joseph C. Smith with Harry MacDonough “Smiles” (8/10/1918)
  • Enrico Caruso “Over There” (10/19/1918)

1919

Top 1%

  • Marion Harris “After You’ve Gone” (1/18/1919)
  • Henry Burr & Albert Campbell “Till We Meet Again” (2/15/1919)
  • Nora Bayes “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm After They’ve Seen Paree” (3/15/1919)
  • Henry Burr “Beautiful Ohio” (5/17/1919)
  • John Steel “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody” (9/20/1919)
  • Ben Selvin “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” (10/18/1919)

Top 2%

  • Nicholas Orlando’s Orchestra with Harry MacDonough & Charles Hart “Till We Meet Again” (3/22/1919)
  • Al Jolson “I’ll Say She Does” (8/9/1919)
  • Henry Burr “Oh! What a Pal Was Mary” (10/25/1919)  


1920

Top 1%

  • Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (1/24/1920)
  • Al Jolson “Swanee” (5/8/1920)
  • Ted Lewis “When My Baby Smiles at Me” (5/29/1920)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “Whispering” (10/30/1920)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “The Japanese Sandman” (11/13/1920)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “Wang-Wang Blues” (12/4/1920)
  • Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds “Crazy Blues” (12/11/1920)

Top 2%

  • Edith Day “Alice Blue Gown” (4/17/1920)
  • Kentucky Serenaders “Rose of Washington Square” (6/19/1920)
  • John Steel “The Love Nest” (8/21/1920)
  • Marion Harris “St. Louis Blues” (8/28/1920)
  • Charles Harrison “I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time” (11/13/1920)
  • Al Jolson & Charles Prince’s Orchestra “Avalon” (11/27/1920)

1921

Top 1%

  • Eddie Cantor “Margie” (2/5/1921)
  • Marion Harris “Look for the Silver Lining” (4/23/1921)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “My Mammy” (5/7/1921)
  • Van & Schenck “Ain’t We Got Fun?” (8/13/1921)
  • Paul Whiteman “Song of India” (8/27/1921)
  • Ted Lewis “All by Myself” (9/24/1921)
  • Isham Jones “Wabash Blues” (12/10/1921)

Top 2%

  • U.S. Naval Academy Band “Anchors Aweigh” (2/26/1921)
  • Marion Harris “I Ain’t Got Nobody” (6/4/1921)
  • Zez Confrey “Kitten on the Keys” (6/4/1921)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “Say It with Music” (11/21/1921)
  • Vernon Dalhart “Tuck Me to Sleep in My Old ‘Tucky Home” (12/10/1921)

1922

Top 1%

  • Al Jolson “April Showers” (1/28/1922)
  • Fanny Brice “My Man (Mon Homme)” (2/11/1922)
  • Ray Miller & His Orchestra “Sheik of Araby” (5/13/1922)
  • Ed Gallagher & Al Shean “Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean – ‘Positively, Mr. Gallagher?’” (10/28/1922)
  • Henry Burr “My Buddy” (11/4/1922)
  • Ben Selvin “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)” (11/11/1922)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “Three O’Clock in the Morning” (11/18/1922)
  • Peerless Quartet “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” (12/16/1922)
  • Al Jolson “Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo’bye)” (12/23/1922)

Top 2%

  • Fanny Brice “Second Hand Rose” (2/18/1922)
  • Al Jolson & Charles Prince’s Orchestra “Angel Child” (5/6/1922)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “Do It Again” (6/3/1922)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “Stumbling” (7/1/1922)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “Hot Lips (He’s Got Hot Lips When He Plays Jazz)” (9/2/1922)
  • Marion Harris “I’m Just Wild about Harry” (10/21/1922)
  • Isham Jones “The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise” (11/11/1922)
  • Lambert Murphy “I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair” (11/25/1922)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” (12/9/1922)

1923

Top 1%

  • Van & Schenck “Carolina in the Morning” (1/13/1923)
  • Bessie Smith “Down Hearted Blues” (6/9/1923)
  • Jelly Roll Morton “King Porter Stomp” (recorded 7/17/1923)
  • Billy Jones “Yes, We Have No Bananas” (7/21/1923)

Top 2%

  • Paul Whiteman “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” (4/7/1923)
  • Art Landry “Dreamy Melody” (5/26/1923)
  • Paul Whiteman “Bambalina” (6/2/1923)
  • Isham Jones “Swingin’ Down the Lane” (8/4/1923)
  • Bessie Smith “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home” (9/1/1923)
  • Billy Murray with Ed Smalle “That Old Gang of Mine” (9/23/1923)
  • Benny Krueger “I Cried for You” (9/29/1923)
  • Fred Waring “Sleep” (12/29/1923)

1924

Top 1%

  • Arthur Gibbs & His Gang “Charleston” (1/5/1924)
  • Wendell Hall “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’” (1/26/1924)
  • Al Jolson with Isham Jones Orchestra “California, Here I Come” (5/3/1924)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “What’ll I Do?” (7/5/1924)
  • Isham Jones “It Had to Be You” (7/19/1924)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra /George Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue” (10/18/1924)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “Somebody Loves Me” (11/1/1924)
  • Vernon Dalhart “The Prisoner’s Song” (11/1924)

Top 2%

  • Ted Weems Orchestra “Somebody Stole My Gal” (2/16/1924)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra “Linger Awhile” (2/16/1924)
  • Ernest Hare & Billy Jones “Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (Mademoiselle from Armentieres)” (10/13/1924)
  • Al Jolson “I Wonder What’s Become of Sally?” (10/18/1924)
  • Vincent Lopez “I Want to Be Happy” (12/13/1924)

1925

Top 1%

  • Al Jolson “All Alone” (1/3/1925)
  • Marion Harris “Tea for Two” (1/24/1925)
  • Aileen Stanley “Everybody Loves My Baby” (2/7/1925)
  • Isham Jones with Ray Miller & Frank Bessinger “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (3/14/1925)
  • Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong “St. Louis Blues” (6/13/1925)
  • Ben Bernie “Sweet Georgia Brown” (6/27/1925)
  • Eddie Cantor “If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie” (7/18/1925)
  • Gene Austin with Billy Carpenter “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” (8/1/1925)
  • Ben Selvin “Manhattan” (10/24/1925)

Top 2%

  • Paul Whiteman “Oh, Lady Be Good” (4/4/1925)
  • Cliff Edwards “Fascinating Rhythm” (4/11/1925)
  • Blossom Seeley “Alabamy Bound” (5/16/1925)
  • John McCormack “Moonlight and Roses” (8/29/1925)
  • Isham Jones “Remember” (12/12/1925)

1926

Top 1%

  • George Olsen and His Orchestra “Who?” (1/30/1926)
  • Al Jolson “I’m Sitting on Top of the World” (3/13/1926)
  • Gene Austin with Nat Shilkret “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue” (3/27/1926)
  • George Olsen “Always” (4/24/1926)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Franklyn Baur “Valencia (A Song of Spain)” (6/26/1926)
  • Gene Austin “Bye Bye, Blackbird” (7/31/1926)
  • Jan Garber with Benny Davis “Baby Face” (9/25/1926)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young “The Birth of the Blues” (11/20/1926)

Top 2%

  • Vincent Lopez “Show Me the Way to Go Home” (2/20/1926)
  • Ben Bernie with Arthur Fields “Sleepy Time Gal” (2/20/1926)
  • “Whispering” Jack Smith “Gimme a Little Kiss (Will Ya? Huh?)” (6/26/1926)
  • Al Jolson “When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along” (9/18/1926)
  • Johnny Marvin “Breezin’ Along with the Breeze” (10/9/1926)

1927

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton “In a Little Spanish Town (T’was on a Night Like This)” (1/1/1927)
  • Gene Austin & Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra “Tonight You Belong to Me” (2/26/1927)
  • Nat Shilkret “I Know That You Know” (4/23/1927)
  • George Olsen with Bob Borger, Fran Frey, & Bob Rice “At Sundown When Love Is Calling Me Home” (5/14/1927)
  • Roger Wolfe Kahn “Sometimes I’m Happy” (7/9/1927)
  • Roger Wolfe Kahn & Henry Garden “Russian Lullaby” (7/16/1927)
  • Paul Whiteman with the Rhythm Boys “Side by Side” (7/30/1927)
  • Sophie Tucker “I Ain’t Got Nobody” (9/3/1927)
  • Guy Lombardo with Weston Vaughan “Charmaine!” (9/10/1927)
  • Hoagy Carmichael & His Pals “Stardust” (recorded 10/31/1927)
  • George Olsen with Bob Borger “The Best Things in Life Are Free” (10/29/1927)
  • Red Nichols “Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider” (11/12/1927)

1928

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young “Among My Souvenirs” (2/4/1928)
  • Bix Beiderbecke “In a Mist” (2/11/1928)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Jack Fulton “Together” (3/10/1928)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Al Rinker, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young “My Heart Stood Still” (3/17/1928)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Al Rinker “My Angel (Angela Mia)” (6/30/1928)
  • Fred Waring & Tom Waring “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life” (7/21/1928)
  • Ben Pollack with Franklyn Baur “Sweet Sue, Just You” (7/28/1928)
  • Helen Kane with Leonard Joy “I Wanna Be Loved by You” (11/17/1928)
  • Seger Ellis “When You're Smiling, the Whole World Smiles with You” (11/24/1928)

1929

Top 1%

  • Ruth Etting “Love Me or Leave Me” (2/2/1929)
  • Eddie Cantor “Makin’ Whoopee” (2/9/1929)
  • Ethel Waters “Am I Blue?” (7/20/1929)
  • Cliff Edwards (aka Ukulele Ike) “Singin’ in the Rain” (7/27/1929)
  • Nick Lucas “Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me” (9/28/1929)
  • Thomas "Fats" Waller “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (11/9/1929)

Top 2%

  • Clarence “Pinetop” Smith “Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie” (2/9/1929)
  • Gene Austin with Nat Shilkret “Carolina Moon” (2/9/1929)
  • Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees “Honey” (3/30/1929)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Jack Fulton “Lover, Come Back to Me” (4/13/1929)
  • Leo Reisman with Ran Weeks “With a Song in My Heart” (5/25/1929)
  • Leo Reisman & Lew Conrad “The Wedding of the Painted Doll” (525/1929)
  • Maurice Chevalier & Leonard Joy’s Orchestra “Louise” (6/8/1929)
  • Bob Haring & the Copley Plaza Orchestra “Pagan Love Song” (6/22/1929)
  • Bessie Smith with Jimmie Cox “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” (8/31/1929)
  • Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby “Great Day” (12/14/1929)
  • Paul Whiteman with Bing Crosby “Without a Song” (12/21/1929)
  • Ruth Etting “More Than You Know” (12/21/1929)  


1930

Top 1%

  • Harry Richman with Earl Burtnett & His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (2/15/1930)
  • Leo Reisman & His Orchestra “What Is This Thing Called Love?” (2/15/1930)
  • Ben Selvin “Happy Days Are Here Again” (3/1/1930)
  • Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees “Stein Song (University of Maine)” (3/15/1930)
  • Ted Lewis & His Band “On the Sunny Side of the Street” (4/5/1930)
  • Don Azpiazu with Antonio Machin “The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)” (11/8/1930)
  • Red Nichols “I Got Rhythm” (12/6/1930)

Top 2%

  • Ruth Etting “Exactly Like You” (5/3/1930)
  • Nat Shilkret & Lewis James “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes” (6/21/1930)
  • McKinney’s Cotton Pickers & George Thomas “If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight” (8/16/1930)
  • Fred Waring with Clare Hanlon “Little White Lies” (8/16/1930)
  • Isham Jones “Stardust” (9/13/1930)
  • Ted Weems “My Baby Just Cares for Me” (10/4/1930)
  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Jack Fulton “Body and Soul” (10/11/1930)
  • Duke Ellington with the Rhythm Boys “Three Little Words” (10/18/1930)
  • Red Nichols with Dick Robertson “Embraceable You” (11/22/1930)
  • Guy Lombardo & Carmen Lombardo “You’re Driving Me Crazy! (What Did I Do?)” (11/29/1930)

1931

Top 1%

  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra “Mood Indigo” (2/14/1931)
  • Cab Calloway “Minnie the Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song)” (3/21/1931)
  • Wayne King with Ernie Birchill “Dream a Little Dream of Me” (4/4/1931)
  • Wayne King with Ernie Birchill “Goodnight, Sweetheart” (10/17/1931)

Top 2%

  • Libby Holman “Love for Sale” (2/21/1931)
  • Bing Crosby with the Victor Young Orchestra “Out of Nowhere” (4/25/1931)
  • Fred Waring & Clare Hanlon “I Found a Million-Dollar Baby in a Five-and-Ten-Cent Store” (7/4/1931)
  • Gus Arnheim with Donald Novis “Sweet and Lovely” (7/25/1931)
  • Kate Smith “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain” (9/12/1931)
  • Rudy Vallee “As Time Goes By” (9/19/1931)

1932

Top 1%

  • Bing Crosby with the Mills Brothers “Dinah” (1/9/1932)
  • Louis Armstrong “All of Me” (2/20/1932)
  • Duke Ellington “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing” (2/27/1932)
  • Ted Lewis & His Band “In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town” (6/4/1932)
  • Guy Lombardo with Carmen Lombardo “How Deep Is the Ocean?” (10/29/1932)
  • Rudy Vallee “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (11/26/1932)
  • Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra “Night and Day” (12/17/1932)

Top 2%

  • Bing Crosby “Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day” (1/16/1932)
  • Leo Reisman with Frances Maddux “Paradise” (1/23/1932)
  • George Olsen & Paul Small “Say It Isn’t So” (9/17/1932)
  • Bing Crosby & Anson Weeks Orchestra “Please” (10/8/1932)
  • Bing Crosby “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (11/19/1932)
  • Cab Calloway “I’ve Got the World on a String” (11/19/1932)
  • Paul Whiteman with Irene Taylor “Willow Weep for Me” (12/17/1932)

1933

Top 1%

  • Don Bestor with Dudley Mecum “Forty-Second (42nd) Street” (3/18/1933)
  • Paul Whiteman with Jack Fulton “Lover” (4/22/1933)
  • Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (5/20/1933)
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra “Sophisticated Lady” (5/27/1933)
  • Ted Lewis “Lazy Bones” (7/15/1933)
  • George Olsen with Joe Morrison “The Last Round-Up” (7/29/1933)
  • Paul Whiteman with Bob Lawrence “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (12/9/1933)

Top 2%

  • Bing Crosby with Guy Lombardo’s Orchestra “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me” (2/11/1933)
  • Leo Reisman with Harold Arlen “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (3/25/1933)
  • Bing Crosby with the Jimmy Grier Orchestra “Shadow Waltz” (7/1/1933)
  • Ray Noble & Al Bowlly “Love Is the Sweetest Thing” (7/15/1933)
  • Charles Agnew & His Stevens Hotel Orchestra with Stanley Jacobsen “Don’t Blame Me” (8/19/1933)
  • Ray Noble with Al Bowlly “The Old Spinning Wheel” (10/21/1933)
  • Leo Reisman & His Orchestra with Clifton Webb “Easter Parade” (10/28/1933)
  • Don Bestor & His Orchestra with Florence Case, Frank Sherryl, & Charles Yontz “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” (10/28/1933)
  • Bing Crosby with Lennie Hayton’s Orchestra “Home on the Range” (11/4/1933)
  • Leo Reisman with Frank Luther “Yesterdays” (11/25/1933)
  • Eddy Duchin & Lew Sherwood “Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?” (12/16/1933)

1934

Top 1%

  • Eddy Duchin with Lew Sherwood “Let’s Fall in Love” (2/10/1934)
  • Benny Goodman “Moonglow” (6/16/1934)
  • Ray Noble Orchestra with Al Bowlly “The Very Thought of You” (7/7/1934)
  • Guy Lombardo with Carmen Lombardo “Stars Fell on Alabama” (10/27/1934)
  • Guy Lombardo “Winter Wonderland” (12/1/1934)
  • Sons of the Pioneers “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” (12/15/1934)
  • Richard Himber with Stuart Allen “Just One of Those Things” (11/30/1935)

Top 2%

  • Walter O’Keefe “The Man on the Flying Trapeze” (1/6/1934)
  • Enric Madriguera with Patricia Gillmore “The Carioca” (2/24/1934)
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra “Cocktails for Two” (5/5/1934)
  • Ted Fio Rito with Muzzy Marcellino “I’ll String Along with You” (5/12/1934)
  • Jan Garber & Fritz Heibron “All I Do Is Dream of You” (6/2/1934)
  • Bing Crosby & Irving Aaronson “Love in Bloom” (8/4/1934)
  • Leo Reisman & His Orchestra “The Continental (You Kiss While You’re Dancing)” (10/6/1934)
  • Duke Ellington “Solitude” (10/27/1934)
  • Paul Whiteman with Peggy Healy & John Hauser “You’re the Top” (11/24/1934)
  • Bing Crosby with the George Stoll Orchestra “June in January” (11/24/1934)
  • Paul Whiteman with Ramona Davies “Anything Goes” (12/22/1934)
  • Ray Noble with Al Bowlly “Isle of Capri” (12/29/1934)

1935

Top 1%

  • Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent “Blue Moon” (1/5/1935)
  • Ethel Merman “I Get a Kick Out of You” (1/5/1935)
  • Thomas “Fats” Waller “Honeysuckle Rose” (2/9/1935)
  • Dorsey Brothers with Bob Crosby “Lullaby of Broadway” (4/6/1935)
  • Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman Orchestra “Cheek to Cheek” (8/3/1935)
  • Little Jack Little “I’m in the Mood for Love” (8/17/1935)
  • Bing Crosby “Silent Night” (12/21/1935)

Top 2%

  • Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent “When I Grow Too Old to Dream” (2/9/1935)
  • Eddy Duchin & Lew Sherwood “Lovely to Look At” (3/9/1935)
  • Eddy Duchin & Lew Sherwood “I Won’t Dance” (3/9/1935)
  • Tom Coakley & Carl Ravazza “East of the Sun and the West of the Moon” (6/29/1935)
  • Duke Ellington “In a Sentimental Mood” (7/13/1935)
  • Fred Astaire with Johnny Greer’s Orchestra “Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails” (8/10/1935)
  • The Carter Family “Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)” (8/24/1935)
  • Eddy Duchin with Lew Sherwood “You Are My Lucky Star” (10/19/1935)
  • Teddy Wilson “Sweet Lorraine” (10/19/1935)
  • Guy & Carmen Lombardo “Red Sails in the Sunset” (10/26/1935)
  • Richard Himber & Stuart Allen “Just One of Those Things” (11/30/1935)
  • Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wright “The Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round” (12/21/1935)

1936

Top 1%

  • Benny Goodman “Stompin’ at the Savoy” (7/11/1936)
  • Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orchestra “The Way You Look Tonight” (8/29/1936)
  • Billie Holiday “Summertime” (9/12/1936)
  • Robert Johnson “Crossroads (aka ‘Cross Road Blues’)” (recorded 11/27/1936)
  • Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra “Pennies from Heaven” (11/28/1936)
  • Ray Noble Orchestra “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (12/5/1936)

Top 2%

  • Tommy Dorsey with Cliff Weston “Alone” (1/11/1936)
  • Eddy Duchin & Lew Sherwood “Moon Over Miami” (1/11/1936)
  • Tommy Dorsey “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” (2/29/1936)
  • Benny Goodman with Helen Ward “Goody Goody” (2/29/1936)
  • Hal Kemp with Maxine Grey “There’s a Small Hotel” (4/18/1936)
  • Benny Goodman with Helen Ward “The Glory of Love” (5/25/1936)
  • Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly “Is It True What They Say About Dixie” (5/30/1936)
  • Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra “My Romance” (6/20/1936)
  • Benny Goodman with Helen Ward “These Foolish Things Remind Me of You” (6/27/1936)
  • Thomas “Fats” Waller “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie” (6/27/1936)
  • Shep Fields & Charles Chester “Did I Remember?” (8/22/1936)
  • Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orchestra “A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song)” (8/29/1936)
  • Eddy Duchin & Jerry Cooper “It’s De-Lovely” (11/14/1936)

1937

Top 1%

  • Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Jack Leonard “Marie” (3/13/1937)
  • Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians “Sweet Leilani” (4/3/1937)
  • Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orchestra “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” (4/17/1937)
  • Hal Kemp with Bob Allen “Where or When” (5/15/1937)
  • Duke Ellington “Caravan” (7/3/1937)
  • Shep Fields with Bob Goday “That Old Feeling” (8/7/1937)
  • Count Basie “One O’Clock Jump” (9/18/1937)
  • Tommy Dorsey “Once in a While” (10/23/1937)
  • Shep Fields with Bob Goday “Thanks for the Memory” (12/25/1937)

Top 2%

  • Benny Goodman with Ella Fitzgerald “Goodnight My Love” (1/16/1937)
  • Guy Lombardo “Boo Hoo” (3/13/1937)
  • Bing Crosby with Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra “Too Marvelous for Words” (4/3/1937)
  • Guy & Carmen Lombardo “September in the Rain” (4/10/1937)
  • Guy Lombardo & Lebert Lombardo “It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane” (5/15/1937)
  • Robert Johnson “Hellhound on My Trail” (recorded 6/20/1937)
  • Fred Astaire & Ray Noble’s Orchestra “Nice Work if You Can Get It” (11/13/1937)

1938

Top 1%

  • The Andrews Sisters “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You’re Grand)” (1/1/1938)
  • Bunny Berigan “I Can’t Get Started” (1/29/1938)
  • Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “Love Is Here to Stay” (2/5/1938)
  • Benny Goodman “Don’t Be That Way” (3/12/1938)
  • Benny Goodman “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” (4/9/1938)
  • Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb & His Orchestra “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (6/18/1938)
  • Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “My Reverie” (8/13/1938)
  • Artie Shaw & His Orchestra “Begin the Beguine” (9/3/1938)
  • Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys “Wabash Cannonball” (11/24/1938)
  • Bing Crosby “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” (12/3/1938)
  • Al Donahue with Paula Kelly “Jeepers Creepers” (12/10/1938)

Top 2%

  • Seven Dwarfs “Whistle While You Work” (2/12/1938)
  • Horace Heidt with Lysbeth Hughes & Larry Cotton “Ti-Pi-Tin” (3/5/1938)
  • Sammy Kaye with Tommy Ryan “Love Walked In” (3/19/1938)
  • Duke Ellington “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” (3/26/1938)
  • Red Norvo with Mildred Bailey “Says My Heart” (6/4/1938)
  • Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wright “Music, Maestro, Please!” (6/18/1938)
  • Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “You Go to My Head” (7/23/1938)
  • Bing Crosby & John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra “I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams” (8/6/1938)
  • Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (8/20/1938)
  • Fats Waller “Two Sleepy People” (11/12/1938)
  • Count Basie “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” (12/17/1938)

1939

Top 1%

  • Walter Huston “September Song” (1/28/1939)
  • Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “Deep Purple” (2/4/1939)
  • Kate Smith “God Bless America” (4/8/1939)
  • Glen Gray “Sunrise Serenade” (4/8/1939)
  • The Ink Spots “If I Didn’t Care” The Ink Spots (4/15/1939)
  • Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton “And the Angels Sing” (4/22/1939)
  • Will Glahe “Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out the Barrel)” (5/6/1939)
  • Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit” (7/22/1939)
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra “Moonlight Serenade” (7/29/1939)
  • Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow” (9/9/1939)
  • Harry James with Frank Sinatra “All or Nothing at All” (recorded 9/17/1939, charted 6/19/1943)
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra “In the Mood” (10/7/1939)
  • Shep Fields with Hal Derwin “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)” (10/7/1939)
  • Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Jack Leonard “All the Things You Are” (12/16/1939)

Top 2%

  • Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt, Ginny Simms, Sully Mason, & Ish Kabibble “Three Little Fishies (Itty Bitty Poo)” (5/6/1939)
  • Woody Herman “At the Woodchoppers’ Ball” (5/13/1939)
  • Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Stairway to the Stars” (6/17/1939)
  • Glenn Miller “The Little Brown Jug” (6/17/1939)
  • Cab Calloway “Hep! Hep! The Jumpin’ Jive” (7/29/1939)
  • Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle “Over the Rainbow” (8/19/1939)
  • Larry Clinton & Bea Wain “Over the Rainbow” (8/19/1939)
  • Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra “Cherokee (Indian Love Song)” (10/14/1939)
  • Frankie Masters “Scatter-Brain” (10/21/1939)
  • Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard “Indian Summer” (12/9/1939)  


1940

Top 1%

  • Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra “Body and Soul” (1/27/1940)
  • Jimmie Davis “You Are My Sunshine” (recorded 2/5/1940)
  • Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon a Star” (2/17/1940)
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra “Tuxedo Junction” (2/24/1940)
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra “Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread” (6/15/1940)
  • Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers “I’ll Never Smile Again” (6/29/1940)
  • Artie Shaw & His Orchestra “Frenesi” (7/27/1940)
  • Benny Goodman with Helen Forrest “Taking a Chance on Love” (recorded 11/29/40, charted 4/24/1943)

Top 2%

  • Benny Goodman with Mildred Bailey “Darn That Dream” (1/27/1940)
  • Glenn Miller with Marion Hutton “The Woodpecker Song” (4/6/1940)
  • Glenn Miller “Imagination” (5/11/1940)
  • Lionel Hampton “Flying Home” (5/11/1940)
  • Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly “The Breeze and I” (5/25/1940)
  • Glenn Miller “The Nearness of You” (6/29/1940)
  • Glenn Miller “Pennsylvania 6-5000” (7/6/1940)
  • Bing Crosby “Only Forever” (9/28/1940)
  • Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys “New San Antonio Rose” (11/30/1940)

1941

Top 1%

  • Artie Shaw & His Orchestra “Stardust” (1/18/1941)
  • The Andrews Sisters “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (3/1/1941)
  • Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” (3/15/1941)
  • Harry James with Dick Haymes “I’ll Get by As Long As I Have You” (recorded 4/7/1941, charted 4/15/1944)
  • Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell “Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)” (5/17/1941)
  • Sammy Kaye “Daddy” (5/24/1941)
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra“Take the ‘A’ Train” (7/26/1941)
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires “Chattanooga Choo Choo” (9/13/1941)
  • Billie Holiday “God Bless the Child” (10/18/1941)
  • Woody Herman “Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)” (12/6/1941)

Top 2%

  • Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra, Connie Haines, & the Pied Pipers “Oh, Look at Me Now” (3/1/1941)
  • Benny Goodman with Louise Tobim “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” (3/1/1941)
  • Artie Shaw & His Orchestra “Dancing in the Dark” (3/8/1941)
  • Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly “Maria Elena” (5/17/1941)
  • Tommy Dorsey with Jo Stafford & Sy Oliver “Yes Indeed!” (7/5/1941)
  • Ernest Tubb “Walking the Floor Over You” (8/23/1941)
  • Horace Heidt with Larry Cotton, Donna Wood, & Don Juans “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” (9/13/1941)

1942

Top 1%

  • Glenn Miller Orchestra “A String of Pearls” (1/3/1942)
  • Judy Garland with Gene Kelly “For Me and My Gal” (1/24/1942)
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires “Moonlight Cocktail” (2/7/1942)
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra with Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke, & The Modernaires “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me” (4/11/1942)
  • The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell “Tangerine” (4/18/1942)
  • Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” (7/4/1942)
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra with Tex Beneke & Marion Hutton “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo” (8/1/1942)
  • Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “White Christmas” (10/3/1942)
  • The Mills Brothers “Paper Doll” (10/24/1942)
  • Dooley Wilson “As Time Goes By” (11/26/1942)

Top 2%

  • Ray Alvino with Bill Schallen & Skeets Herfurt “Deep in the Heart of Texas” (2/14/1942)
  • Benny Goodman with Peggy Lee “Jersey Bounce” (3/28/1942)
  • Glenn Miller “Skylark” (4/4/1942)
  • Harry James “Sleepy Lagoon” (4/18/1942)
  • Kay Kyser with Trudy Babbitt “Who Wouldn’t Love You” (4/18/1942)
  • Kay Kyser with Glee Club “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” (10/17/1942)
  • Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers “There Are Such Things” (10/24/1942)
  • Harry James with Helen Forrest “I Had the Craziest Dream” (11/21/1942)
  • Bing Crosby “Moonlight Becomes You” (12/12/1942)

1943

Top 1%

  • Harry James with Helen Forrest “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (1/16/1943)
  • The Ink Spots “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (1/23/1943)
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra with Skip Nelson “That Old Black Magic” (2/20/1943)
  • Al Dexter & His Troopers “Pistol Packin’ Mama” (6/19/1943)
  • Dick Haymes with The Song Spinners “You’ll Never Know” (7/10/1943)
  • Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “Sunday, Monday or Always” (8/21/1943)
  • Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin “People Will Say We’re in Love” (10/9/1943)
  • Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” (10/9/1943)
  • Bing Crosby with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (12/4/1943)

Top 2%

  • Benny Goodman with Peggy Lee “Why Don’t You Do Right?” (1/2/1943)
  • Dinah Shore “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” (1/23/1943)
  • Xavier Cugat “Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil)” (1/23/1943)
  • The Song Spinners “Comin’ in on a Wing and a Prayer” (6/19/1943)
  • Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin & Sportsmen Glee Club “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” (10/9/1943)
  • Glen Gray with Eugenie Baird “My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?)” (11/27/1943)
  • The Andrews Sisters “Shoo-Shoo Baby” (12/25/1943)

1944

Top 1%

  • Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen “Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)” (1/1/1944)
  • Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra “I’ll Be Seeing You” (4/22/1944)
  • Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes “Long Ago and Far Away” (4/22/1944)
  • Woody Guthrie “This Land Is Your Land” (recorded 4/25/1944)
  • Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra & Williams Brothers Quartet “Swinging on a Star” (5/13/1944)
  • Judy Garland “The Trolley Song” (11/18/1944)
  • Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters “Don’t Fence Me In” (11/25/1944)

Top 2%

  • The Merry Macs “Mairzy Doats” (2/19/1944)
  • Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra “I Love You” (3/4/1944)
  • Nat “King” Cole “Straighten Up and Fly Right” (4/15/1944)
  • The Mills Brothers “You Always Hurt the One You Love” (6/3/1944)
  • Dinah Shore “I’ll Walk Alone” (7/8/1944)
  • Jo Stafford “It Could Happen to You” (7/29/1944)
  • Judy Garland with Georgie Stoll’s Orchestra “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (12/30/1944)

1945

Top 1%

  • The Andrews Sisters “Rum and Coca-Cola” (1/6/1945)
  • Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers “Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive” (1/6/1945)
  • Hal McIntyre with Ruth Gaylor “My Funny Valentine” (2/24/1945)
  • Les Brown with Doris Day “Sentimental Journey” (3/3/1945)
  • Vaughn Monroe Orchestra “There! I’ve Said It Again” (3/17/1945)
  • Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe” (7/14/1945)
  • Perry Como with the Russell Case Orchestra “If I Loved You” (7/28/1945)
  • Perry Como with the Russell Case Orchestra “Till the End of Time” (8/18/1945)
  • Dick Haymes “It Might As Well Be Spring” (11/17/1945)
  • Vaughn Monroe “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (12/22/1945)

Top 2%

  • Harry James Orchestra with Kitty Kallen “I’m Beginning to See the Light” (1/27/1945)
  • Johnny Mercer with Jo Stafford & the Pied Pipers “Candy” (2/24/1945)
  • Tommy Dorsey “Opus One” (3/3/1945)
  • The Pied Pipers with Paul Weston “Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)” (3/10/1945)
  • Les Brown with Doris Day “My Dreams Are Getting Bigger All the Time” (3/17/1945)
  • Woody Herman “Laura” (4/14/1945)
  • Billie Holiday with Camarata’s Orchestra “Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)” (5/5/1945)
  • Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five “Caldonia Boogie” (5/12/1945)
  • Dick Haymes “The More I See You” (6/9/1945)
  • Ella Fitzgerald with the Delta Rhythm Boys “It’s Only a Paper Moon” (8/15/1945)
  • Bing Crosby with the Les Brown Trio “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” (10/13/1945)

1946

Top 1%

  • Frankie Carle with Marjorie Hughes “Oh! What It Seemed to Be” (1/26/1946)
  • The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (5/4/1946)
  • Eddy Howard “To Each His Own” (6/29/1946)
  • Nat “King” Cole Trio “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” (10/9/1946)
  • Nat “King” Cole “The Christmas Song” (11/23/1946)

Top 2%

  • Dizzy Gillespie “A Night in Tunisia” (2/22/1946)
  • Nat “King” Cole “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” (6/8/1946)
  • Margaret Whiting with Paul Weston’s Orchestra “Come Rain or Come Shine” (6/15/1946)
  • Frank Sinatra “Five Minutes More” (8/3/1946)
  • Louis Jordan “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie” (8/17/1946)
  • Ethel Merman “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (9/30/1946)
  • James Baskett “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” (movie release: 11/12/1946)

1947

Top 1%

  • Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner “Heartaches” (3/1/1947)
  • The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” (4/26/1947)
  • Francis Craig with Bob Lamm “Near You” (8/9/1947)
  • Vaughn Monroe Orchestra “Ballerina” (11/8/1947)
  • Thelonious Monk “Round Midnight” (recorded 11/21/1947)
  • Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (12/27/1947)

Top 2%

  • Ray Noble with Buddy Clark “Linda” (2/15/1947)
  • Frankie Laine “That’s My Desire” (3/22/1947)
  • Tex Williams “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette” (7/5/1947)
  • Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (9/22/1947)
  • T-Bone Walker “Call It Stormy Monday” (11/30/1947)

1948

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Mahalia Jackson “Move on Up a Little Higher” (1/24/1948)
  • Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)” (1/31/1948)
  • Perry Como “Because” (3/13/1948)
  • Wynonie Harris “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (5/1/1948)
  • Margaret Whiting “A Tree in the Meadow” (7/14/1948)
  • Doris Day “It’s Magic” (7/17/1948)
  • Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt and Gloria Wood “On a Slow Boat to China” (10/23/1948)
  • Evelyn Knight “A Little Bird Told Me” (11/20/1948)
  • Spike Jones & His City Slickers with George Rock “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” (11/27/48)
  • Les Brown “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” (12/25/1948)

1949

Top 1%

  • John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillen’” (1/8/1949)
  • Blue Barron “Cruising Down the River” (1/29/1949)
  • Vaughn Monroe Orchestra “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” (4/23/1949)
  • Perry Como “Some Enchanted Evening” (4/30/1949)
  • Johnny Mercer with Margaret Whiting “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (5/14/1949)
  • Frank Sinatra “One for My Baby and One More for the Road” (album cut: 6/20/1949; re-recorded: 6/25/1958)
  • Frankie Laine with Judd Conlon’s Rhythmaires & Harry Gellar’s Orchestra “That Lucky Old Sun” (8/27/1949)
  • Hank Williams “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (11/26/1949)
  • Gene Autry “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (12/3/1949)

Top 2%

  • Hank Williams “Lovesick Blues” (3/5/1949)
  • Russ Morgan with the Skylarks “Forever and Ever” (3/19/1949)
  • Perry Como with the Fontane Sisters and the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra “A – You’re Adorable (The Alphabet Song)” (4/9/1949)
  • Vic Damone “You’re Breaking My Heart” (6/18/1949)
  • Margaret Whiting with Jimmy Wakely “Slipping Around” (9/10/1949)
  • The Andrews Sisters with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” (9/24/1949)
  • Frankie Laine & the Muleskinners “Mule Train” (11/12/1949)
  • Leroy Anderson & His “Pops” Concert Orchestra “Sleigh Ride” (12/24/49)  


1950

Top 1%

  • “The Third Man Theme” Anton Karas (1/28/1950)
  • Mona Lisa” Nat “King” Cole (6/10/1950)
  • Goodnight Irene” The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (7/1/1950)
  • Tennessee Waltz” Patti Page (11/18/1950)

Top 2%

  • Red Foley “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” (1/21/1950)
  • Teresa Brewer “Music! Music! Music!” (2/4/1950)
  • Gordon Jenkins Orchestra with Eileen Wilson “My Foolish Heart” (2/18/1950)
  • Bill Snyder “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” (4/22/1950)
  • Hank Snow “I’m Movin’ On” (7/1/1950)
  • Edith Piaf “La Vie En Rose” (10/21/1950)
  • Gene Autry & the Cass County Boys with Carl Cotner’s Orchestra “Frosty the Snowman” (12/9/1950)

1951

Top 1%

  • Hank Williams “Cold, Cold Heart” (3/17/1951)
  • Les Paul & Mary Ford “How High the Moon” (3/31/1951)
  • Nat “King” Cole “Too Young” (4/14/1951)
  • Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats “Rocket 88” (5/12/1951)
  • Tony Bennett “Because of You” (6/23/1951)
  • Tommy Edwards “It’s All in the Game” (9/15/1951)
  • Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads “Cry” (11/24/1951)

Top 2%

  • The Weavers with Terry Gilkyson “On Top of Old Smoky” (3/30/1951)
  • The Dominoes “Sixty Minute Man” (8/25/1951)

1952

Top 1%

  • Rosemary Clooney “Tenderly” (3/1/1952)
  • Jo Stafford “You Belong to Me” (8/9/1952)
  • Jimmy Boyd “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (12/6/1952)

Top 2%

  • Kay Starr “Wheel of Fortune” (2/16/1952)
  • Lloyd Price “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (5/17/1952)
  • Vera Lynn “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” (6/14/1952)
  • Hank Williams “Jambalaya on the Bayou” (8/16/1952)
  • Perry Como & the Ramblers with Mitchell Ayres’ Orchestra “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” (12/6/1952)

1953

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Frankie Laine “I Believe” (2/21/1953)
  • Duke Ellington “Satin Doll” (6/13/1953)
  • The Drifters “Money Honey” (10/31/1953)
  • Eddie Fisher with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra & Chorus “O Mein Papa (Oh My Papa)” (12/12/1953)

1954

Top 1%

  • Doris Day “Secret Love” (1/9/1954)
  • Kitty Kallen “Little Things Mean a Lot” (4/17/1954)
  • Big Joe Turner “Shake, Rattle and Roll” (5/8/1954)
  • Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (5/10/1954)
  • The Chords “Sh-Boom” (7/3/1954)
  • Elvis Presley “That’s All Right, Mama” (released 7/31/1954)
  • The Chordettes “Mr. Sandman” (10/30/1954)
  • The McGuire Sisters “Sincerely” (12/20/54)
  • The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (12/25/1954)

Top 2%

  • Perry Como “Wanted” (3/6/1954)
  • Muddy Waters “Hoochie Coochie Man” (3/13/1954)
  • Rosemary Clooney “Hey There” (7/17/1954)
  • Erroll Garner Trio “Misty” (10/23/1954)

1955

Top 1%

  • Perez “Prez” Prado “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” (1/31/1955)
  • Bo Diddley “Bo Diddley” (5/7/1955)
  • Fats Domino “Ain’t That a Shame (aka "Ain’t It a Shame")” (5/14/1955)
  • The Mitch Miller Chorus “The Yellow Rose of Texas” (7/25/1955)
  • The Platters “Only You (And You Alone)” (7/30/1955)
  • Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy” (7/30/1955)
  • The Four Aces “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” (8/1/1955)
  • Roger Williams “Autumn Leaves” (8/1/1955)
  • Chuck Berry “Maybellene” (8/6/1955)
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons” (11/12/1955)
  • Little Richard “Tutti Frutti” (11/26/1955)
  • The Platters “The Great Pretender” (12/17/1955)

Top 2%

  • Bill Hayes “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” (2/14/1955)
  • Elvis Presley “Mystery Train” (7/21/1955)
  • Dean Martin “Memories Are Made of This” (11/21/1955)
  • Kay Starr with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra “Rock and Roll Waltz” (12/23/1955)

1956

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Howlin’ Wolf “Smokestack Lightning” (3/17/1956)
  • Gogi Grant “The Wayward Wind” (4/28/1956)
  • Chuck Berry “Roll Over Beethoven” (6/9/1956)
  • Johnnie Ray “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” (9/1/1956)
  • Sonny James “Young Love” (12/22/1956)

1957

Top 1%

  • The Dell-Vikings “Come Go with Me” (2/16/1957)
  • Elvis Presley “All Shook Up“ (3/30/1957)
  • Pat Boone “Love Letters in the Sand” (5/4/1957)
  • The Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love” (5/13/1957)
  • Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (5/27/1957)
  • Elvis Presley “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear” (6/11/1957)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (6/24/1957)
  • Paul Anka “Diana” (6/29/1957)
  • The Everly Brothers “Wake Up Little Susie” (9/16/1957)
  • Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (9/24/1957)
  • Sam Cooke “You Send Me” (10/14/1957)
  • Buddy Holly & the Crickets “Peggy Sue” (10/21/1957)
  • Danny & the Juniors “At the Hop” (11/18/1957)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” (11/23/1957)

Top 2%

  • Harry Belafonte “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” (1/12/1957)
  • The Diamonds “Little Darlin’” (3/16/1957)
  • Julie London “Cry Me a River” (Apr. 1957)
  • The Coasters “Searchin’” (5/6/1957)
  • Debbie Reynolds “Tammy” (7/20/1957)
  • Johnny Mathis “Chances Are” (8/12/1957)
  • Pat Boone “April Love’ (10/26/1957)
  • Chuck Berry “Rock and Roll Music” (11/4/1957)
  • Elvis Presley “Blue Christmas” (album cut: 10/15/1957, single: 12/5/1964)
  • Peggy Lee “Fever” (12/21/1957)
  • Bobby Helms “Jingle Bell Rock” (12/31/1957)

1958

Top 1%

  • The Champs “Tequila” (2/17/1958)
  • Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode” (3/1958)
  • The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream” (4/14/1958)
  • Domenico Modugno “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue)” (7/7/1958)
  • Eddie Cochran “Summertime Blues” (8/4/1958)
  • The Kingston Trio “Tom Dooley” (9/29/1958)
  • The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (11/17/1958)
  • Ritchie Valens “La Bamba” (11/24/1958)
  • David Seville & the Chipmunks “The Chipmunk Song” (12/1/1958)
  • Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy” (12/22/1958)

Top 2%

  • The Chantels “Maybe” (1/6/1958)
  • The Silhouettes “Get a Job” (1/6/1958)
  • Connie Francis “Who’s Sorry Now?” (2/3/1958)
  • Little Richard “Good Golly Miss Molly” (2/15/1958)
  • Chuck Berry “Sweet Little Sixteen” (2/15/1958)
  • The Monotones “Book of Love” (3/22/1958)
  • The Platters “Twilight Time” (3/24/1958)
  • Sheb Wooley “The Purple People Eater” (5/19/1958)
  • The Coasters “Yakety Yak” 5/31/1958)
  • The Impressions “For Your Precious Love” (6/2/1958)
  • The Elegants “Little Star” (6/30/1958)
  • The Big Bopper “Chantilly Lace” (8/4/1958)
  • The Everly Brothers “Bird Dog” (8/4/1958)
  • Conway Twitty “It’s Only Make Believe” (9/8/1958)
  • The Teddy Bears “To Know Him Is to Love Him” (9/22/1958)
  • Jackie Wilson “Lonely Teardrops” (11/17/1958)
  • Ritchie Valens “Donna” (11/24/1958)
  • The Crests “Sixteen Candles” (11/24/1958)
  • Lloyd Price “Stagger Lee” (11/24/1958)
  • Brenda Lee “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (12/31/1958)

1959

Top 1%

  • Johnny Horton “The Battle of New Orleans” (4/6/1959)
  • Wilbert Harrison “Kansas City” (4/13/1959)
  • The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (5/4/1959)
  • Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (7/6/1959)
  • Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (8/24/1959)
  • The Isley Brothers “Shout (Parts 1 and 2)” (9/7/1959)
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet “Take Five” (recorded 9/21/1959, charted 7/29/1961)
  • Marty Robbins “El Paso” (10/26/1959)
  • Jim Reeves “He’ll Have to Go” (12/17/1959)

Top 2%

  • Frankie Avalon “Venus” (2/9/1959)
  • The Skyliners “Since I Don’t Have You” (2/14/1959)
  • Dion & the Belmonts “A Teenager in Love” (4/18/1959)
  • Dinah Washington “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes” (5/9/1959)
  • The Drifters “There Goes My Baby” (6/1/1959)
  • Ella Fitzgerald “But Not for Me” (10/16/1959)  


1960

Top 1%

  • Percy Faith “Theme from ‘A Summer Place’” (1/11/1960)
  • Bobby Darin “Clementine” (3/14/1960)
  • The Everly Brothers “Cathy’s Clown” (4/18/1960)
  • Roy Orbison “Only the Lonely” (5/23/1960)
  • Elvis Presley “It’s Now or Never” (7/5/1960)
  • Chubby Checker “The Twist” (7/18/1960)
  • Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (9/5/1960)
  • The Drifters “Save the Last Dance for Me” (9/5/1960)
  • The Miracles “Shop Around” (9/27/1960)
  • Elvis Presley “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (11/1/1960)
  • The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (11/21/1960)

Top 2%

  • Elvis Presley “Stuck on You” (3/23/1960)
  • Brenda Lee “I’m Sorry” (5/30/1960)
  • Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs “Stay” (9/17/1960)

1961

Top 1%

  • Etta James “At Last” (1/9/1961)
  • Del Shannon “Runaway” (3/6/1961)
  • Bobby Lewis “Tossin’ and Turnin’” (4/24/1961)
  • Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (5/8/1961)
  • Roy Orbison “Crying” (8/7/1961)
  • The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” (9/4/1961)
  • Dion “Runaround Sue” (9/18/1961)
  • Elvis Presley “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (10/1/1961)
  • Jimmy Dean “Big Bad John” (10/2/1961)
  • Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (10/7/1961)
  • Patsy Cline “Crazy” (10/9/1961)
  • The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” (11/13/1961)

Top 2%

  • The Marcels “Blue Moon” (3/6/1961)
  • Patsy Cline “I Fall to Pieces” (4/3/1961)
  • Ray Charles “Hit the Road Jack” (9/4/61)
  • Mr. Acker Bilk “Stranger on the Shore” (11/30/1961)

1962

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Bruce Channel “Hey! Baby” (1/22/1962)
  • The Shirelles “Soldier Boy” (3/19/1962)
  • John Lee Hooker “Boom Boom” (5/26/1962)
  • Bobby Vinton “Roses Are Red My Love” (6/2/1962)
  • Neil Sedaka “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” (6/23/1962)
  • The Contours “Do You Love Me?” (8/11/1962)
  • The Tornadoes “Telstar” (8/30/1962)
  • Elvis Presley “Return to Sender” (9/5/1962)
  • The Crystals “He’s a Rebel” (9/8/1962)
  • Frank Ifield “I Remember You” (9/8/1962)
  • The Beatles “Love Me Do” (10/5/1962)
  • The Drifters “Up on the Roof” (11/3/1962)
  • The Miracles “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” (11/9/1962)

1963

Top 1%

  • The Chiffons “He’s So Fine” (2/23/1963)
  • Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire” (4/19/1963)
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas “Heat Wave” (7/10/1963)
  • The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (8/8/1963)
  • Bob Dylan “Blowin’ in the Wind” (8/13/1963)
  • The Beatles “She Loves You” (8/23/1963)
  • The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (8/31/1963)
  • The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (12/5/1963)

Top 2%

  • The Beatles “Please Please Me” (1/11/1963)
  • The Drifters “On Broadway” (3/16/1963)
  • The Beach Boys “Surfin’ U.S.A.” (3/23/1963)
  • The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” (4/20/1963)
  • Kyu Sakamoto “Sukiyaki” (5/4/1963)
  • Lesley Gore “It’s My Party” (5/4/1963)
  • Little Stevie Wonder “Fingertips (Part 2)” (5/21/1963)
  • The Chiffons “One Fine Day” (6/1/1963)
  • The Angels “My Boyfriend’s Back” (8/3/1963)
  • Bobby Vinton “Blue Velvet” (8/10/1963)
  • Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs “Sugar Shack” (9/21/1963)
  • Andy Williams “O Holy Night” (album cut: 10/14/1963)

1964

Top 1%

  • The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There” (1/13/1964)
  • Louis Armstrong “Hello, Dolly!” (2/15/1964)
  • The Beatles “Twist and Shout” (3/7/1964)
  • The Beatles “Can’t Buy Me Love” (3/16/1964)
  • Mary Wells “My Guy” (3/28/1964)
  • Disneyland Chorus “It’s a Small World After All” (4/22/1964)
  • The Dixie Cups “Chapel of Love” (5/2/1964)
  • The Beach Boys “I Get Around” (5/23/1964)
  • Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto “The Girl from Ipanema” (6/6/1964)
  • The Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go” (6/17/1964)
  • The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (6/19/1964)
  • The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night” (7/10/1964)
  • Manfred Mann “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (7/18/1964)
  • Martha Reeves & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (7/31/1964)
  • The Kinks “You Really Got Me” (8/4/1964)
  • The Four Tops “Baby, I Need Your Loving” (8/15/1964)
  • Frank Sinatra “Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)” (album cut, 8/22/1964)
  • Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (8/29/1964)
  • The Supremes “Baby Love” (10/3/1964)
  • The Shangri-La’s “Leader of the Pack” (10/10/1964)
  • Petula Clark “Downtown” (11/12/1964)
  • The Beatles “I Feel Fine” (11/23/1964)
  • The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (12/12/1964)
  • The Temptations “My Girl“ (12/21/1964)
  • Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (12/22/1964)

Top 2%

  • The Beatles “All My Loving” (3/28/1964)
  • Dionne Warwick “Walk on By” (4/16/1964)
  • The Beach Boys “Don’t Worry Baby” (5/23/1964)
  • The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk” (6/27/1964)
  • The Beatles “And I Love Her” (7/20/1964)
  • The Zombies “She’s Not There” (7/31/1964)
  • Marvin Gaye “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You” (11/4/1964)
  • The Kinks “All Day and All of the Night” (12/26/1964)

1965

Top 1%

  • Roger Miller “King of the Road” (1/30/1965)
  • The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love” (2/8/1965)
  • Jr. Walker & the All Stars “Shotgun” (2/13/1965)
  • The Impressions “People Get Ready” (2/13/1965)
  • Bob Dylan “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (3/27/1965)
  • The Beatles “Ticket to Ride” (4/9/1965)
  • The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (5/8/1965)
  • Four Tops “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” (5/15/1965)
  • The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (6/12/1965)
  • Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” (6/26/1965)
  • The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (6/23/1965)
  • The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (7/10/1965)
  • Sonny & Cher “I Got You Babe” (7/10/1965)
  • The Beach Boys “California Girls” (7/12/1965)
  • James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (7/15/1965)
  • The Beatles “Help!” (7/19/1965)
  • Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (7/24/1965)
  • The Beatles “Yesterday” (9/13/1965)
  • The Byrds “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” (10/1/1965)
  • The Rolling Stones “Get Off of My Cloud” (10/2/1965)
  • The Who “My Generation” (11/4/1965)
  • James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (11/6/1965)
  • Simon & Garfunkel “The Sounds of Silence” (11/20/1965)
  • The Beatles “We Can Work It Out” (12/3/1965)
  • The Beatles “Day Tripper” (12/3/1965)
  • The Beatles “In My Life” (album cut: 12/3/1965)

Top 2%

  • The Who “I Can’t Explain” (1/15/1965)
  • Martha & the Vandellas “Nowhere to Run” (2/2/1965)
  • The Beatles “Eight Days a Week” (2/15/1965)
  • The Yardbirds “For Your Love” (2/28/1965)
  • Bob Dylan “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (4/3/1965)
  • Them “Gloria” (5/1/1965)
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful “Do You Believe in Magic?” (8/21/1965)
  • Barry McGuire “Eve of Destruction” (8/21/1965)
  • The Beatles “Michelle” (album cut: 12/3/1965)
  • The Beatles “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” (album cut: 12/3/1965)
  • Stevie Wonder “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” (12/11/1965)

1966

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” (1/22/1966)
  • SSgt Barry Sadler “The Ballad of the Green Berets” (2/5/1966)
  • The Beatles “Nowhere Man” (2/21/1966)
  • The Mamas & the Papas “Monday Monday” (4/9/1966)
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful “Summer in the City” (7/14/1966)
  • Donovan “Sunshine Superman” (7/30/1966)
  • The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” (8/5/1966)
  • The Association “Cherish” (8/27/1966)
  • ? & the Mysterians “96 Tears” (8/27/1966)
  • The Supremes “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (10/29/1966)
  • The Easybeats “Friday on My Mind” (10/29/1966)
  • Wilson Pickett “Mustang Sally” (11/19/1966)
  • Otis Redding “Try a Little Tenderness” (12/3/1966)
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Hey Joe” (12/16/1966)

1967

Top 1%

  • Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” (1/14/1967)
  • The Turtles “Happy Together” (2/11/1967)
  • The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” (2/13/1967)
  • The Beatles “Penny Lane” (2/13/1967)
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Purple Haze” (3/17/1967)
  • Jefferson Airplane “Somebody to Love” (4/1/1967)
  • Aretha Franklin “Respect” (4/10/1967)
  • The Doors “Light My Fire” (4/30/1967)
  • The Kinks “Waterloo Sunset” (5/5/1967)
  • Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (5/25/1967)
  • The Beatles “A Day in the Life” (album cut: 6/1/1967, single: 9/16/1978)
  • Van Morrison “Brown-Eyed Girl” (6/24/1967)
  • Jefferson Airplane “White Rabbit” (6/24/1967)
  • The Beatles “All You Need Is Love” (7/7/1967)
  • Jackie Wilson “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (8/5/1967)
  • Bobbie Gentry “Ode to Billie Joe” (8/5/1967)
  • The Box Tops “The Letter” (8/12/1967)
  • The Miracles “The Tears of a Clown” (album cut: 8/29/1967, charted 8/1/1970)
  • Sam & Dave “Soul Man” (9/9/1967)
  • Aretha Franklin “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” (9/30/1967)
  • Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” (10/14/1967)
  • The Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin” (11/10/1967)
  • The Monkees “Daydream Believer” (11/11/1967)

Top 2%

  • The Doors “The End” (album cut: 1/4/1967)
  • The Rolling Stones “Ruby Tuesday” (1/13/1967)
  • Engelbert Humperdinck “Release Me” (1/26/1967)
  • Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra “Somethin’ Stupid” (3/18/1967)
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (4/20/1967)
  • The Young Rascals “Groovin’” (4/22/1967)
  • Frankie Valli “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” (5/13/1967)
  • The Association “Windy” (5/27/1967)
  • Scott McKenzie “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” (5/27/1967)
  • The Small Faces “Itchycoo Park” (8/9/1967)
  • Lulu “To Sir with Love” (9/2/1967)
  • The Youngbloods “Get Together” (9/2/1967)
  • The Who “I Can See for Miles” (10/7/1967)
  • The Beatles “Hello Goodbye” (11/24/1967)
  • The Beatles “I Am the Walrus” (11/24/1967)
  • Aretha Franklin “Chain of Fools” (12/9/1967)
  • Paul Mauriat “Love Is Blue” (12/16/1967)

1968

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Sly & the Family Stone “Dance to the Music” (2/10/1968)
  • Simon & Garfunkel “Scarborough Fair” (3/2/1968)
  • The Beatles “Lady Madonna” (3/15/1968)
  • Bobby Goldsboro “Honey” (3/23/1968)
  • Herb Alpert “This Guy’s in Love with You” (5/11/1968)
  • Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues (live)” (6/1/1968)
  • The Rascals “People Got to Be Free” (7/13/1968)
  • Aretha Franklin “I Say a Little Prayer” (7/26/1968)
  • Harry Nilsson “Everybody’s Talkin’” (8/3/1968)
  • Jeannie C. Riley “Harper Valley P.T.A” (8/24/1968)
  • Iron Butterfly “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (8/24/1968)
  • The Beatles “Revolution” (8/26/1968)
  • Mary Hopkin “Those Were the Days” (9/21/1968)
  • Cream “White Room” (9/28/1968)
  • The Supremes “Love Child” (9/30/1968)
  • Joe Cocker “With a Little Help from My Friends” (10/2/1968)
  • Steppenwolf “Magic Carpet Ride” (10/5/1968)
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” (album cut: 10/16/1968, released 10/23/1970)
  • Dusty Springfield “Son of a Preacher Man” (11/23/1968)
  • The Beatles “Blackbird” (album cut: 11/25/1968)
  • Tommy James & The Shondells “Crimson and Clover” (12/14/1968)
  • The Foundations “Build Me Up Buttercup” (12/21/1968)

1969

Top 1%

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival “Proud Mary” (1/18/1969)
  • The Beatles “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (3/8/1969)
  • The 5th Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (3/8/1969)
  • Frank Sinatra “My Way” (3/22/1969)
  • The Beatles with Billy Preston “Get Back” (4/11/1969)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival “Bad Moon Rising” (5/3/1969)
  • Neil Diamond “Sweet Caroline” (6/14/1969)
  • The Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women” (7/4/1969)
  • The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (7/4/1969)
  • David Bowie “Space Oddity” (7/11/1969)
  • The Archies “Sugar, Sugar” (7/19/1969)
  • Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” (8/26/1969)
  • The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun” (album cut: 10/1/1969)
  • The Beatles “Something” (10/6/1969) /
  • The Beatles “Come Together” (10/6/1969)
  • The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (10/7/1969)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival “Fortunate Son” (10/25/1969)
  • B.J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (11/1/1969)
  • Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love” (11/15/1969)
  • The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter” (album cut: 11/28/1969, charted 11/28/1998)

Top 2%

  • The Zombies “Time of the Season” (2/8/1969)
  • The Who “Pinball Wizard” (3/7/1969)
  • Simon & Garfunkel “The Boxer” (4/5/1969)
  • Elvis Presley “In the Ghetto” (5/3/1969)
  • Zager & Evans “In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)” (6/21/1969)
  • Johnny Cash “A Boy Named Sue (live)” (7/26/1969)
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (10/4/1969)
  • The Supremes “Someday We’ll Be Together” (11/1/1969)
  • The Shocking Blue “Venus” (12/13/1969)
  • B.B. King “The Thrill Is Gone” (12/27/1969)  


1970

Top 1%

  • Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1/26/1970)
  • The Jackson 5 “ABC” (2/24/1970)
  • The Beatles “Let It Be” (3/6/1970)
  • The Guess Who “American Woman” (3/21/1970)
  • Mungo Jerry “In the Summertime” (6/6/1970)
  • Free “All Right Now” (6/6/1970)
  • The Kinks “Lola” (6/12/1970)
  • Carpenters “They Long to Be Close to You” (6/13/1970)
  • Edwin Starr “War” (7/11/1970)
  • Diana Ross “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (8/8/1970)
  • The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (8/28/1970)
  • Black Sabbath “Paranoid” (8/29/1970)
  • James Taylor “Fire and Rain” (9/12/1970)
  • Elton John “Your Song” (11/21/1970)
  • George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” (11/28/1970)

Top 2%

  • Sly & the Family Stone “Thank You Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin” (1/3/1970)
  • John Lennon “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)” (2/21/1970)
  • Van Morrison “Moondance” (3/14/1970)
  • Paul McCartney “Maybe I’m Amazed” (4/17/1970)
  • The Beatles “The Long and Winding Road” (5/11/1970)
  • Joni Mitchell “Big Yellow Taxi” (6/6/1970)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Ohio” (6/20/1970)
  • Stevie Wonder “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” (6/20/1970)
  • James Brown “Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine” (7/18/1970)
  • Carpenters “We’ve Only Just Begun” (9/12/1970)
  • Black Sabbath “Iron Man” (album cut: 9/18/1970, charted 1/29/1972)
  • Loretta Lynn “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (10/31/1970)
  • Lynn Anderson “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” (11/7/1970)
  • Santana “Black Magic Woman” (11/7/1970)
  • Led Zeppelin “Immigrant Song” (11/14/1970)
  • Tony Orlando & Dawn “Knock Three Times” (11/21/1970)

1971

Top 1%

  • The Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (1/14/1971)
  • Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1/17/1971)
  • Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby McGee” (1/30/1971)
  • Three Dog Night “Joy to the World” (3/6/1971)
  • Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (3/20/1971)
  • The Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar” (4/16/1971)
  • Carole King “It’s Too Late” (5/8/1971)
  • James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend” (5/29/1971)
  • The Who “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (6/25/1971)
  • T-Rex “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” (7/10/71)
  • Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (7/17/1971)
  • John Lennon “Imagine” (10/11/1971)
  • Isaac Hayes “Theme from ‘Shaft’” (10/16/1971)
  • The Who “Baba O’Riley” (10/23/1971)
  • Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” (album cut: 11/8/1971, charted 11/24/2007)
  • Don McLean “American Pie” (11/27/1971)
  • Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (11/27/1971)
  • Harry Nisson “Without You” (12/11/1971)
  • David Bowie “Life on Mars?” (album cut: 12/17/1971, released 6/22/1973)
  • America “A Horse with No Name” (12/18/1971)
  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)” (12/18/1971)

Top 2%

  • Sammi Smith “Help Me Make It Through the Night” (1/16/1971)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” (1/30/1971)
  • John Denver “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (4/3/1971)
  • Marvin Gaye “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology Song)” (6/10/1971)
  • The Rolling Stones “Wild Horses” (6/12/1971)
  • Bee Gees “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” (6/19/1971)
  • The Doors “Riders on the Storm” (7/3/1971)
  • Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” (7/3/1971)
  • The Who “Behind Blue Eyes” (10/30/1971)
  • Sly & the Family Stone “Family Affair” (11/6/1971)
  • Grateful Dead “Truckin’” (11/27/1971)
  • Led Zeppelin “Black Dog” (12/2/1971)

1972

Top 1%

  • David Bowie “Changes” (1/7/1972)
  • Neil Young “Heart of Gold” (1/29/1972)
  • Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (3/4/1972)
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan “Alone Again (Naturally)” (3/4/1972)
  • Elton John “Tiny Dancer” (3/4/1972)
  • Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (4/22/1972)
  • Alice Cooper “School’s Out” (5/27/1972)
  • The Temptations “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” (9/28/1972)
  • Elton John “Crocodile Rock” (11/4/1972)
  • Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side” (11/8/1972)
  • Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (11/11/1972)
  • Carly Simon “You’re So Vain” (12/2/1972)

Top 2%

  • Yes “Roundabout” (1/4/1972)
  • Led Zeppelin “Rock and Roll” (3/11/1972)
  • The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There” (4/1/1972)
  • The Hollies “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” (6/17/1972)
  • Elton John “Rocket Man” (4/14/1972)
  • David Bowie “Starman” (4/14/1972)
  • Eagles “Take It Easy” (5/20/1972)
  • Johnny Nash “I Can See Clearly Now” (6/24/1972)
  • Mott the Hoople “All the Young Dudes” (8/12/1972)
  • Roxy Music “Virginia Plain” (8/19/1972)
  • The Doobie Brothers “Listen to the Music” (9/2/1972)
  • Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (9/30/1972)
  • Lou Reed “Perfect Day” (11/17/1972)
  • David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust” (11/24/1972)

1973

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • The O’Jays “Love Train” (1/13/1973)
  • Elton John “Daniel” (1/20/1973)
  • The Stooges “Search and Destroy” (album cut: 2/7/1973)
  • Charlie Rich “Behind Closed Doors” (2/10/1973)
  • Stealers Wheel “Stuck in the Middle with You” (3/3/1973)
  • Paul McCartney & Wings “My Love” (3/23/1973)
  • Pink Floyd “Money” (5/7/1973)
  • Stevie Wonder “Higher Ground” (8/18/1973)
  • Eddie Kendricks “Keep on Truckin’” (8/18/1973)
  • The Allman Brothers Band “Ramblin’ Man” (8/25/1973)
  • Bob Dylan “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (9/1/1973)
  • Charlie Rich “The Most Beautiful Girl” (9/22/1973)
  • Steve Miller Band “The Joker” (10/20/1973)
  • Stevie Wonder “Living for the City” (11/10/1973)
  • Dolly Parton “Jolene” (11/3/1973)
  • Jim Croce “Time in a Bottle” (11/16/1973)
  • Golden Earring “Radar Love” (12/8/1973)
  • Slade “Merry Xmas Everybody” (12/15/1973)

1974

Top 1%

  • Terry Jacks “Seasons in the Sun” (1/5/1974)
  • Elton John “Bennie and the Jets” (2/4/1974)
  • Billy Joel “Piano Man” (2/9/1974)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd “Sweet Home Alabama” (7/21/1974)
  • Olivia Newton-John “I Honestly Love You” (8/3/1974)
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” (9/21/1974)
  • Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting” (10/12/1974)
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers “No Woman, No Cry” (album cut: 10/25/1974, live version charted 9/27/1975)
  • Barry White “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” (11/2/1974)

Top 2%

  • Pink Floyd “Time” (2/4/1974)
  • David Bowie “Rebel Rebel” (2/15/1974)
  • Paul McCartney & Wings “Band on the Run” (4/13/1974)
  • George McCrae “Rock Your Baby” (5/11/1974)
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive “Takin’ Care of Business” (5/18/1974)
  • Elton John “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (5/20/1974)
  • Eric Clapton “I Shot the Sheriff” (7/13/1974)
  • Barry White “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (7/27/1974)
  • Harry Chapin “Cat’s in the Cradle” (9/29/1974)
  • Queen “Killer Queen” (10/26/1974)
  • Barry Manilow “Mandy” (11/9/1974)
  • LaBelle “Lady Marmalade” (12/14/1974)
  • The Doobie Brothers “Black Water” (12/20/1974)
  • Joe Cocker “You Are So Beautiful” (12/28/1974)

1975

Top 1%

  • David Bowie “Young Americans” (2/21/1975)
  • Led Zeppelin “Kashmir” (album cut: 2/24/1975, charted 11/24/2007)
  • Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue” (3/8/1975)
  • Captain & Tennille “Love Will Keep Us Together” (4/5/1975)
  • Van McCoy “The Hustle” (4/19/1975)
  • 10cc “I’m Not in Love” (5/10/1975)
  • Kiss “Rock and Roll All Nite” (5/17/1975)
  • Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” (5/26/1975)
  • KC & the Sunshine Band “That’s the Way I Like It” (8/2/1975)
  • Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (8/25/1975)
  • Bruce Springsteen “Thunder Road” (album cut: 8/25/1975)
  • Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (11/8/1975)
  • Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here” (11/20/1975)

Top 2%

  • Earth, Wind & Fire “Shining Star” (2/8/1975)
  • David Bowie “Fame” (2/21/1975)
  • Elton John “Philadelphia Freedom” (2/24/1975)
  • Kraftwerk “Autobahn” (3/15/1975)
  • KC & the Sunshine Band “Get Down Tonight” (3/29/1975)
  • Aerosmith “Sweet Emotion” (5/19/1975)
  • Bee Gees “Jive Talkin’” (5/24/1975)
  • Aerosmith “Walk This Way” (8/28/1975)
  • War “Low Rider” (9/13/1975)
  • Pink Floyd “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” (album cut: 9/15/1975)
  • Barry Manilow “I Write the Songs” (11/8/1975)
  • Nazareth “Love Hurts” (11/15/1975)
  • Paul Simon “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (12/19/1975)
  • The Four Seasons “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” (12/27/1975)

1976

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Abba “Fernando” (3/27/1976)
  • Paul McCartney & Wings “Silly Love Songs” (4/1/1976)
  • Diana Ross “Love Hangover” (4/3/1976)
  • Thin Lizzy “The Boys Are Back in Town” (5/15/1976)
  • Bee Gees “You Should Be Dancing” (7/2/1976)
  • Blue Öyster Cult “Don’t Fear the Reaper” (7/31/1976)
  • Gordon Lightfoot “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (8/26/1976)
  • Manfred Mann’s Earth Band “Blinded by the Light” (8/28/1976)
  • Rose Royce “Car Wash” (10/23/1976)
  • Mary MacGregor “Torn Between Two Lovers” (11/20/1976)
  • Queen “Somebody to Love” (11/20/1976)
  • Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Night Moves” (12/4/1976)
  • Barbra Streisand “Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)” (12/11/1976)
  • Kansas “Carry on Wayward Son” (12/11/1976)
  • Eagles “New Kid in Town” (12/11/1976)
  • Thelma Houston “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (12/18/1976)

1977

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Kenny Rogers “Lucille” (1/29/1977)
  • The Trammps “Disco Inferno” (3/5/1977)
  • Marvin Gaye “Got to Give It Up” (3/15/1977)
  • Jimmy Buffett “Margaritaville” (3/26/1977)
  • Stevie Wonder “Sir Duke” (4/2/1977)
  • Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill” (4/9/1977)
  • Fleetwood Mac “Don’t Stop” (4/30/1977)
  • Elvis Costello “Alison” (5/21/1977)
  • Heart “Barracada” (5/28/1977)
  • Crystal Gayle “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” (7/9/1977)
  • Iggy Pop “Lust for Life” (8/29/1977)
  • Paul McCartney & Wings “Mull of Kintyre” (11/11/1977)

1978

Top 1%

  • Bee Gees “Night Fever” (2/3/1978)
  • Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” (2/3/1978)
  • Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (4/1/1978)
  • The Police “Roxanne” (4/7/1978)
  • Andy Gibb “Shadow Dancing” (4/15/1978)
  • The Rolling Stones “Miss You” (5/10/1978)
  • Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight” (5/13/1978)
  • Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (6/17/1978)
  • Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated” (album cut: 9/21/1978)
  • Chic “Le Freak” (10/21/1978)
  • Village People “YMCA” (10/21/1978)
  • Rod Stewart “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” (11/18/1978)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire “September” (11/18/1978)
  • Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (12/16/1978)

Top 2%

  • Kate Bush “Wuthering Heights” (1/6/1978)
  • Kansas “Dust in the Wind” (1/28/1978)
  • Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” (2/18/1978)
  • The B-52’s “Rock Lobster” (4/30/1978)
  • Van Halen “Runnin’ with the Devil” (5/6/1978)
  • Donna Summer “Last Dance” (5/13/1978)
  • A Taste of Honey “Boogie Oogie Oogie” (5/13/1978)
  • The Undertones “Teenage Kicks” (6/15/1978)
  • The Cars “Just What I Needed” (6/17/1978)
  • The Who “Who Are You?” (7/14/1978)
  • Meat Loaf “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” (8/12/1978)
  • Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove” (8/19/1978)
  • The Buzzcocks “Ever Fallen in Love” (9/23/1978)
  • Kenny Rogers “The Gambler” (10/28/1978)
  • Bee Gees “Too Much Heaven” (11/10/1978)

1979

Top 1%

  • Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1/3/1979)
  • Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing” (2/3/1979)
  • Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Old Time Rock and Roll” (4/7/1979)
  • Donna Summer “Hot Stuff” (4/20/1979)
  • Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (4/28/1979)
  • Chic “Good Times” (6/16/1979)
  • The Knack “My Sharona” (6/23/1979)
  • Michael Jackson “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (7/10/1979)
  • AC/DC “Highway to Hell” (7/27/1979)
  • The Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (10/13/1979)
  • Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”(10/20/1979)
  • The Pretenders “Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)” (11/17/1979)
  • Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (11/23/1979)
  • The Clash “London Calling” (12/7/1979)

Top 2%

  • The Doobie Brothers “What a Fool Believes” (1/20/1979)
  • Bee Gees “Tragedy” (2/2/1979)
  • Peaches & Herb “Reunited” (3/17/1979)
  • Supertramp “The Logical Song” (3/24/1979)
  • Cheap Trick “I Want You to Want Me (live)” (4/21/1979)
  • Anita Ward “Ring My Bell” (5/12/1979)
  • Charlie Daniels Band “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” (5/21/1979)
  • Donna Summer “Bad Girls” (5/26/1979)
  • The Cure “Boys Don’t Cry” (6/15/1979)
  • Gary Numan “Cars” (8/21/1979)
  • The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (9/10/1979)
  • The Police “Message in a Bottle” (9/21/1979)
  • Styx “Babe” (9/28/1979)
  • Rupert Holmes “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” (10/20/1979)
  • Michael Jackson “Rock with You” (11/3/1979)
  • Kenny Rogers “Coward of the County” (11/17/1979)
  • Paul McCartney “Wonderful Christmas Time” (12/1/1979)  


1980

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Split Enz “I Got You” (1/21/1980)
  • Rush “The Spirit of Radio” (2/9/1980)
  • The Clash “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)” (2/12/1980)
  • The Romantics “What I Like About You” (2/16/1980)
  • The Jam “Going Underground” (3/10/1980)
  • Bette Midler “The Rose” (3/22/1980)
  • Paul McCartney & Wings “Coming Up (live)” (4/11/1980)
  • Frank Sinatra “Theme from “New York, New York”“ (5/3/1980)
  • Billy Joel “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” (5/13/1980)
  • Olivia Newton-John “Magic” (5/23/1980)
  • David Bowie “Ashes to Ashes” (8/1/1980)
  • Devo “Whip It” (8/13/1980)
  • Barbra Streisand “Woman in Love” (8/29/1980)
  • Willie Nelson “On the Road Again” (8/30/1980)
  • Ozzy Osbourne “Crazy Train” (9/13/1980)
  • Pat Benatar “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (9/15/1980)
  • The Police “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” (9/19/1980)
  • Bruce Springsteen “Hungry Heart” (10/21/1980)
  • Motörhead “Ace of Spaces” (10/27/1980)
  • Blondie “The Tide Is High” (11/8/1980)

1981

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • John Lennon “Woman” (1/9/1981)
  • Blondie “Rapture” (1/12/1981)
  • The Specials “Ghost Town” (6/20/1981)
  • Squeeze “Tempted” (6/20/1981)
  • R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” (7/8/1981)
  • Christopher Cross “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” (8/15/1981)
  • The Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed” (8/15/1981)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire “Let’s Groove” (10/3/1981)
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” (11/13/1981)
  • Loverboy “Working for the Weekend” (11/14/1981)

1982

Top 1%

  • Journey “Open Arms” (1/15/1982)
  • Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (3/6/1982)
  • Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory” (3/29/1982)
  • Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” (5/15/1982)
  • Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (6/5/1982)
  • The Clash “Should I Stay or Should I Go” (6/5/1982)
  • The Clash “Rock the Casbah” (6/11/1982)
  • John Cougar “Jack and Diane” (6/26/1982)
  • Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (7/3/1982)
  • Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message” (7/24/1982)
  • The Gap Band “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” (8/7/1982)
  • Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes “Up Where We Belong” (8/21/1982)
  • Modern English “I Melt with You” (8/82)
  • Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (9/18/1982)
  • Prince “1999” (9/24/1982)
  • Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing” (10/16/1982)
  • Toto “Africa” (10/30/1982)

Top 2%

  • The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” (1/23/1982)
  • A Flock of Seagulls “I Ran (So Far Away)” (3/27/1982)
  • John Cougar Mellencamp “Hurts So Good” (4/24/1982)
  • Steve Miller Band “Abracadabra” (5/29/1982)
  • Chicago “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (6/5/1982)
  • Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force “Planet Rock” (6/12/1982)
  • Jack and Diane” John Cougar (6/26/1982)
  • Lionel Richie “Truly” (10/9/1982)
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates “Maneater” (10/16/1982)
  • Billy Idol “White Wedding” (11/27/1982)

1983

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • U2 “New Year’s Day” (1/1/1983)
  • Def Leppard “Photograph” (2/5/1983)
  • Journey “Faithfully” (4/16/1983)
  • Spandau Ballet “True” (4/23/1983)
  • Quiet Riot “Cum on Feel the Noize” (4/23/1983)
  • Violent Femmes “Blister in the Sun” (album cut: April 1983)
  • Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” (6/25/1983)
  • The Police “King of Pain” (7/9/1983)
  • Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” (7/23/1983)
  • UB40 “Red Red Wine” (8/20/1983)
  • Madonna “Holiday” (9/7/1983)
  • Billy Joel “Uptown Girl” (9/24/1983)
  • Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson “Say, Say, Say” (10/15/1983)
  • John Cougar Mellencamp “Pink Houses” (10/29/1983)
  • The Smiths “This Charming Man” (10/31/1983)
  • Nena “99 Red Balloons” (12/10/1983)

1984

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Bryan Adams “Heaven” (1/28/1984)
  • The Scorpions “Rock You Like a Hurricane” (2/28/1984)
  • Ratt “Round and Round” (4/28/1984)
  • Lee Greenwood “God Bless the U.S.A.” (5/26/1984)
  • Twisted Sister “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (6/2/1984)
  • Ray Parker, Jr. “Ghostbusters” (6/16/1984)
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Two Tribes” (6/18/1984)
  • Prince & the Revolution “Let’s Go Crazy” (7/18/1984)
  • Chicago “You’re the Inspiration” (11/17/1984)
  • Dead or Alive “You Spin Me Around Like a Record” (12/1/1984)
  • Wham! “Last Christmas” (12/3/1984)

1985

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • REO Speedwagon “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (1/18/1985)
  • Madonna “Crazy for You” (3/1/1985)
  • Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” (6/10/1985)
  • Huey Lewis & the News “The Power of Love” (6/28/1985)
  • Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill” (8/5/1985)

1986

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Whitney Houston “Greatest Love of All” (3/18/1986)
  • Madonna “Papa Don’t Preach” (6/11/1986)
  • Steve Winwood “Higher Love” (6/14/1986)
  • The Smiths “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” (album cut: 6/16/1986, released 10/12/1992)
  • Cameo “Word Up!” (8/16/1986)
  • Bon Jovi “You Give Love a Bad Name” (8/23/1986)
  • Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian” (9/1/1986)
  • Europe “The Final Countdown” (11/1/1986)
  • Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead or Alive” (11/1/1986)
  • New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle” (11/15/1986)

1987

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Starship “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (1/30/1987)
  • Prince “Sign ‘O’ the Times” (2/18/1987)
  • Randy Travis “Forever and Ever, Amen” (3/25/1987)
  • Heart “Alone” (5/15/1987)
  • Suzanne Vega “Luka” (5/23/1987)
  • Mötley Crüe “Girls, Girls, Girls” (5/30/1987)
  • Whitesnake “Is This Love” (6/6/1987)
  • Los Lobos “La Bamba” (6/27/1987)
  • New Order “True Faith” (7/20/1987)
  • Billy Idol “Mony Mony (live)” (9/11/1987)
  • Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel” (11/9/1987)
  • The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl “Fairytale of New York” (11/23/1987)

1988

Top 1%

  • Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (4/6/1988)
  • Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (6/11/1988)
  • Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (10/12/1988)
  • The La’s “There She Goes” (10/31/1988)
  • Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City” (11/30/1988)

Top 2%

  • Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning” (2/20/1988)
  • Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock “It Takes Two” (4/16/1988)
  • INXS “Never Tear Us Apart” (6/25/1988)
  • Def Leppard “Love Bites” (7/16/1988)
  • Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (7/30/1988)
  • N.W.A. “Fuck tha Police” (album cut: 8/9/1988)
  • Bobby Brown “My Prerogative” (8/23/1988)
  • Phil Collins “A Groovy Kind of Love” (9/2/1988)
  • Paula Abdul “Straight Up” (11/30/1988)
  • Tone Loc “Wild Thing” (12/3/1988)
  • Mike + the Mechanics “The Living Years’ (12/31/1988)

1989

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • “Eternal Flame” Bangles (2/3/1989)
  • Soul II Soul “Back to Life (How Ever Do You Want Me)” (5/31/1989)
  • Richard Marx “Right Here Waiting” (6/30/1989)
  • Young M.C. “Bust a Move” (7/15/1989)
  • Janet Jackson “Miss You Much” (8/25/1989)
  • Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus” (8/29/1989)
  • Neil Young “Rockin’ in the Free World” (9/23/1989)
  • The Stone Roses “Fools Gold” (11/13/1989)
  • Alannah Myles “Black Velvet” (12/9/1989)
  • Marcia Griffiths “Electric Slide (Electric Boogie)” (12/9/1989)  


1990

Top 1%

  • MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This” (1/13/1990)
  • Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1/20/1990)
  • Depeche Mode “Enjoy the Silence” (2/5/1990)
  • Madonna “Vogue” (3/20/1990)
  • Mariah Carey “Vision of Love” (6/2/1990)
  • Garth Brooks “Friends in Low Places” (8/6/1990)
  • Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby” (9/8/1990)
  • C + C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat” (11/17/1990)

Top 2%

  • Bell Biv DeVoe “Poison” (3/10/1990)
  • Wilson Phillips “Hold On” (3/17/1990)
  • Roxette “It Must Have Been Love” (4/6/1990)
  • Deee-Lite “Groove Is in the Heart” (8/18/1990)

1991

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • The Scorpions “Wind of Change” (1/20/1991)
  • Massive Attack “Unfinished Sympathy” (2/11/1991)
  • Extreme “More Than Words” (3/2/1991)
  • Paula Abdul “Rush Rush” (5/2/1991)
  • Naughty by Nature “O.P.P.” (7/27/1991)
  • Mr. Big “To Be with You” (10/12/1991)
  • Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson “Beauty and the Beast” (11/6/1991)

1992

Top 1%

  • Pearl Jam “Jeremy” (1/2/1992)
  • U2 “One” (1/4/1992)
  • Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1/11/1992)
  • Nirvana “Come As You Are” (1/18/1992)
  • Vanessa Williams “Save the Best for Last” (1/25/1992)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (2/15/1992)
  • Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart” (3/23/1992)
  • Kris Kross “Jump” (3/28/1992)
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot “Baby Got Back” (4/11/1992)
  • House of Pain “Jump Around” (6/27/1992)
  • Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (6/30/1992)
  • Radiohead “Creep” (9/21/1992)
  • Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (11/3/1992)
  • Dr. Dre with Snoop Doggy Dogg “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” (11/19/1992)
  • Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle “A Whole New World” (11/21/1992)

Top 2%

  • Michael Jackson “Remember the Time” (1/14/1992)
  • Nirvana “Lithium” (2/8/1992)
  • Metallica “Nothing Else Matters” (3/14/1992)
  • Pearl Jam “Even Flow” (4/6/1992)
  • Brooks & Dunn “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” (5/23/1992)
  • Rage Against the Machine “Killing in the Name” (11/2/1992)
  • R.E.M. “Man on the Moon” (11/21/1992)
  • Pearl Jam “Black” (12/26/1992)

1993

Top 1%

  • Beck “Loser” (3/8/1993)
  • R.E.M. “Everybody Hurts” (4/15/1993)
  • Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” (4/23/1993)
  • Mariah Carey “Dreamlover” (7/27/1993)
  • Nirvana “Heart-Shaped Box” (8/30/1993)
  • Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (9/5/1993)
  • Mariah Carey “Hero” (10/15/1993)
  • Nirvana “All Apologies” (12/4/1993)
  • Ace of Base “The Sign” (12/21/1993)

Top 2%

  • Snow “Informer” (1/9/1993)
  • Collective Soul “Shine” (3/19/1993)
  • Stone Temple Pilots “Plush” (3/20/1993)
  • UB40 “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (5/1/1993)
  • Soul Asylum “Runaway Train” (5/15/1993)
  • Sting “Fields of Gold” (5/15/1993)
  • Tag Team “Whoomp! There It Is” (5/22/1993)
  • Blind Melon “No Rain” (7/24/1993)
  • Smashing Pumpkins “Today” (9/25/1993)
  • Pearl Jam “Daughter” (10/30/1993)
  • Bryan Adams with Sting & Rod Stewart “All for Love” (11/19/1993)
  • Celine Dion “The Power of Love” (11/27/1993)

1994

Top 1%

  • Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia” (2/2/1994)
  • All-4-One “I Swear” (4/15/1994)
  • Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun” (4/23/1994)
  • Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do” (6/21/1994)
  • Green Day “Basket Case” (7/16/1994)
  • Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (7/18/1994)
  • Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (8/5/1994)
  • Oasis “Live Forever” (8/8/1994)
  • Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah” (8/23/1994 as album cut, 12/20/2008 as single)
  • Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (10/29/1994)
  • Madonna “Take a Bow” (12/6/1994)

Top 2%

  • Beastie Boys “Sabotage” (1/28/1994)
  • Green Day “Longview” (2/1/1994)
  • Blur “Girls and Boys” (3/7/1994)
  • Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories “Stay (I Missed You)” (4/22/1994)
  • Nine Inch Nails “Closer” (5/7/1994)
  • Elton John “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (5/20/1994)
  • Wet Wet Wet “Love Is All Around” (5/21/1994)
  • The Offspring “Come Out and Play” (5/28/1994)
  • Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” (8/20/1994)
  • Elton John “Circle of Life” (8/27/1994)
  • Weezer “Buddy Holly” (9/7/1994)
  • Silverchair “Tomorrow” (9/16/1994)
  • The Cranberries “Zombie” (10/1/1994)
  • Boyz II Men “On Bended Knee” (11/1/1994)
  • Green Day “When I Come Around” (12/3/1994)
  • Pearl Jam “Better Man” (12/3/1994)
  • Rednex “Cotton Eye Joe” (12/17/1994)

1995

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Live “Lightning Crashes” (1/28/1995)
  • Joan Osborne “One of Us” (2/21/1995)
  • Bryan Adams “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” (4/4/1995)
  • The Rembrandts “I’ll Be There for You” (5/1/1995)
  • Underworld “Born Slippy” (5/1/1995)
  • Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees” (5/9/1995)
  • Everything But the Girl “Missing (dance remix)” (8/28/1995)
  • Tupac Shakur (2pac) with Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman “California Love” (12/28/1995)

1996

Top 1%

  • Alanis Morissette “Ironic” (1/6/1996)
  • Oasis “Don’t Look Back in Anger” (2/19/1996)
  • Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (2/20/1996)
  • Oasis “Champagne Supernova” (2/24/1996)
  • No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (4/15/1996)
  • Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” (6/21/1996)
  • Spice Girls “Wannabe” (7/20/1996)
  • Blackstreet with Dr. Dre “No Diggity” (10/12/1996)
  • Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (10/18/1996)
  • R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly” (11/8/1996)

Top 2%

  • Tracy Chapman “Give Me One Reason” (1/20/1996)
  • Alanis Morissette “You Learn” (2/24/1996)
  • The Prodigy “Firestarter” (3/18/1996)
  • Fugees “Killing Me Softly” (3/2/1996)
  • Manic Street Preachers “A Design for Life” (4/15/1996)
  • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony “Tha Crossroads” (5/11/1996)
  • Eric Clapton “Change the World” (6/14/1996)
  • Celine Dion “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” (7/30/1996)
  • The Wallflowers “One Headlight” (10/5/1996)
  • Jewel “You Were Meant for Me” (11/1/1996)

1997

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Shawn Colvin “Sunny Came Home” (2/1/1997)
  • Third Eye Blind “Semi-Charmed Life” (3/29/1997)
  • The Notorious B.I.G. “Hypnotize” (4/26/1997)
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill “It’s Your Love” (5/10/1997)
  • Sugar Ray with Super Cat “Fly” (6/17/1997)
  • Foo Fighters “Everlong” (8/2/1997)
  • Radiohead “Karma Police” (8/6/1997)
  • Chumbawumba “Tubthumping” (8/23/1997)
  • Shania Twain “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” (11/15/1997)
  • Robbie Williams “Angels” (12/1/1997)
  • Will Smith “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” (12/12/1997)

1998

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Madonna “Ray of Light” (5/9/1998)
  • Barenaked Ladies “One Week” (6/20/1998)
  • Eminem “My Name Is” (12/27/1998)

1999

Top 1%

  • TLC “No Scrubs” (2/2/1999)
  • Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (4/9/1999)
  • Lonestar “Amazed” (4/10/1999)
  • Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way” (4/24/1999)
  • Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (6/26/1999)
  • Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…)” (8/7/1999)
  • Destiny’s Child “Say My Name” (12/4/1999)

Top 2%

  • Christina Aguilera “Genie in a Bottle” (5/21/1999)
  • Savage Garden “I Knew I Loved You” (9/28/1999)
  • Faith Hill “Breathe” (10/9/1999)
  • Santana with the Product G&B “Maria Maria” (12/17/1999)  


2000

Top 1%

  • 3 Doors Down “Kryptonite” (1/11/2000)
  • N Sync “Bye Bye Bye” (1/11/2000)
  • Lee Ann Womack “I Hope You Dance” (3/25/2000)
  • Coldplay “Yellow” (6/26/2000)
  • Madonna “Music” (8/4/2000)
  • Destiny’s Child “Independent Women” (9/4/2000)
  • U2 “Beautiful Day” (9/9/2000)
  • Eminem with Dido “Stan” (10/7/2000)
  • OutKast “Ms. Jackson” (10/28/2000)

Top 2%

  • Britney Spears “Oops!...I Did It Again” (3/27/2000)
  • Creed “With Arms Wide Open” (4/8/2000)
  • Matchbox 20 “Bent” (4/21/2000)
  • Eminem “The Real Slim Shady” (5/6/2000)
  • Lifehouse “Hanging by a Moment” (8/16/2000)
  • Shaggy with Ricardo “Rik Rok” Ducent “It Wasn’t Me” (10/27/2000)
  • Daft Punk “One More Time” (11/30/2000)

2001

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood” (3/5/2001)
  • Janet Jackson “All for You” (3/9/2001)
  • Staind “It’s Been Awhile” (4/7/2001)
  • Linkin Park “In the End” (8/25/2001)
  • Enrique Iglesias “Hero” (9/14/2001)
  • Pink “Get the Party Started” (10/9/2001)
  • Shakira “Whenever, Wherever” (10/27/2001)
  • The Strokes “Last Nite” (11/1/2001)
  • Alan Jackson “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” (11/24/2001)

2002

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish” (1/19/2002)
  • Vanessa Carlton “A Thousand Miles” (2/22/2002)
  • Norah Jones “Don’t Know Why” (5/25/2002)
  • Miss “Misdemeanor” Elliott “Work It” (9/14/2002)
  • R. Kelly “Ignition (remix)” (11/2/2002)
  • Christina Aguilera “Beautiful” (11/15/2002)

2003

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake “Where Is the Love?” (6/14/2003)
  • 3 Doors Down “Here Without You” (8/8/2003)
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps” (10/31/2003)

2004

Top 1%

  • Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (1/3/2004)
  • Britney Spears “Toxic” (1/9/2004)
  • Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out” (1/12/2004)
  • Hoobastank “The Reason” (2/14/2004)
  • Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (10/16/2004)
  • Kelly Clarkson “Since U Been Gone” (11/16/2004)

Top 2%

  • Maroon 5 “This Love” (1/27/2004)
  • Kanye West “Jesus Walks” (2/21/2004)
  • DJ Casper (aka Mr. C the Slide Man) “Cha Cha Slide” (3/27/2004)
  • Jay-Z “99 Problems” (4/24/2004)
  • Tim McGraw “Live Like You Were Dying” (6/5/2004)
  • Ciara with Petey Pablo “Goodies’ (6/19/2004)
  • Black Eyed Peas “Let’s Get It Started” (6/22/2004)
  • Maroon 5 “She Will Be Loved” (7/2/2004)
  • Green Day “American Idiot” Green Day (8/21/2004)
  • Snoop Dogg with Pharrell Williams “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (9/11/2004)
  • U2 “Vertigo” (10/3/2004)
  • Mario “Let Me Love You” (10/9/2004)

2005

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • 50 Cent with Olivia “Candy Shop” (1/29/2005)
  • Gwen Stefani “Hollaback Girl” (4/2/2005)
  • The Pussycat Dolls with Busta Rhymes “Don’t Cha” (4/29/2005)
  • Gorillaz with De La Soul “Feel Good Inc.” (4/30/2005)
  • Green Day “Wake Me Up When September Ends” (6/13/2005)
  • Nickelback “Photograph” (8/20/2005)
  • Mary J. Blige “Be Without You” (9/15/2005)
  • Arctic Monkeys “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor” (10/9/2005)
  • Madonna “Hung Up” (10/17/2005)

2006

Top 1%

  • Shakira with Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie” (2/28/2006)
  • Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” (3/13/2006)
  • Nelly Furtado with Timbaland “Promiscuous” (4/25/2006)
  • One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize” (4/30/2006)
  • Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” (5/9/2006)
  • Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars” (6/3/2006)
  • Justin Timberlake “Sexyback” (7/14/2006)
  • Beyoncé “Irreplaceable” (10/23/2006)
  • Amy Winehouse “Rehab” (10/23/2006)

Top 2%

  • Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats” (2/18/2006)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers “Dani California” (4/4/2006)
  • The Fray “How to Save a Life” (4/15/2006)
  • Hinder “Lips of an Angel” (4/22/2006)
  • Justin Timberlake with T.I. “My Love” (9/3/2006)
  • Nelly Furtado “Say It Right” (11/5/2006)

2007

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Avril Lavigne “Girlfriend” (2/27/2007)
  • Cupid “Cupid Shuffle” (5/26/2007)
  • Timbaland with Keri Hilson & D.O.E. “The Way I Are” (6/10/2007)
  • Sara Bareilles “Love Song” (6/19/2007)
  • Rihanna “Don’t Stop the Music” (9/7/2007)

2008

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Madonna with Justin Timberlake “4 Minutes” (3/17/2008)
  • Rihanna “Take a Bow” (3/23/2008)
  • Kid Rock “All Summer Long” (4/5/2008)
  • Katy Perry “Hot N Cold” (7/5/2008)
  • T.I. “Whatever You Like” (7/29/2008)
  • Pink “So What” (8/17/2008)
  • Kings of Leon “Sex on Fire” (9/6/2008)

2009

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Beyoncé “Halo” (1/20/2009)
  • David Guetta with Akon “Sexy Bitch (aka ‘Sexy Chick’)” (8/15/2009)
  • Owl City “Fireflies” (8/22/2009)  


2010

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Usher with will.i.am “OMG” (3/22/2010)
  • Eminem “Not Afraid” (4/29/2010)
  • Usher with Pitbull “DJ Got Us Falling in Love’ (6/25/2010)
  • Katy Perry “Teenage Dream” (7/23/2010)
  • Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks” (9/14/2010)
  • Pink “Raise Your Glass” (10/6/2010)

2011

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull “On the Floor” (2/8/2011)
  • Katy Perry with Kanye West “E.T.” (2/16/2011)
  • Adele “Set Fire to the Rain” (3/12/2011)
  • One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful” (9/11/2011)
  • Kelly Clarkson “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (11/12/2011)

2012

Top 1%

  • Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” (4/2/2012)
  • The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (4/21/2012)
  • Psy “Gangnam Style” (7/15/2012)
  • Passenger “Let Her Go” (7/24/2012)
  • Florida Georgia Line with Nelly “Cruise” (8/6/2012)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (8/27/2012)
  • Rihanna “Diamonds” (9/27/2012)
  • Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven” (10/1/2012)

Top 2%

  • Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa “Payphone” (4/16/2012)
  • Flo Rida “Whistle” (4/24/2012)
  • Maroon 5 “One More Night” (6/19/2012)
  • Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (8/13/2012)
  • Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble” (10/8/2012)
  • Bruno Mars “When I Was Your Man” (12/22/2012)

2013

Top 1%

  • Pink with Nate Ruess “Just Give Me a Reason” (2/6/2013)
  • Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (3/26/2013)
  • Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky” (4/27/2013)
  • Lorde “Royals” (6/3/2013)
  • One Republic “Counting Stars” (6/14/2013)
  • Avicii with Aloe Blacc “Wake Me Up!” (6/17/2013)
  • Katy Perry “Roar” (8/10/2013)
  • John Legend “All of Me” (8/12/2013)
  • Hozier “Take Me to Church” (9/16/2013)
  • Katy Perry with Juicy J “Dark Horse” (9/17/2013)
  • Pitbull with Ke$ha “Timber” (10/7/2013)
  • Magic! “Rude” (10/10/2013)
  • Pharrell Williams “Happy” (11/21/2013)
  • Idina Menzel “Let It Go” (11/25/2013)

Top 2%

  • Justin Timberlake “Mirrors” (2/11/2013)
  • Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” (8/25/2013)
  • Eminem & Rihanna “The Monster” (10/29/2013)

2014

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Sia “Chandelier” (3/17/2014)
  • Ariana Grande with Iggy Azalea “Problem” (4/28/2014)
  • Walk the Moon “Shut Up and Dance” (9/10/2014)
  • Fetty Wap “Trap Queen” (12/15/2014)

2015

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Ellie Goulding “Love Me Like You Do” (1/7/2015)
  • Major Lazer with DJ Snake & MØ “Lean On” (3/2/2015)
  • Shawn Mendes “Stitches” (3/15/2015)
  • Taylor Swift with Kendrick Lamar “Bad Blood” (5/17/2015)
  • Mike Posner “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (7/24/2015)
  • Desiigner “Panda” (12/15/2015)

2016

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • The Chainsmokers with Daya “Don’t Let Me Down” (2/5/2016)
  • Beyoncé “Formation” (2/6/2016)
  • Twenty One Pilots “Heathens” (6/16/2016)
  • Rae Sremmurd with Gucci Mane “Black Beatles” (9/13/2016)
  • Migos with Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee” (10/28/2016)

2017

Top 1%

  • Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (1/6/2017)
  • Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (1/12/2017)
  • The Chainsmokers with Coldplay “Something Just Like This” (2/22/2017)
  • Kendrick Lamar “Humble” (3/30/2017)
  • Camila Cabello with Young Thug “Havana” (8/3/2017)
  • Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (9/15/2017)
  • Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect” (9/26/2017)
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be” (10/24/2017)

Top 2%

  • Imagine Dragons “Believer” (1/31/2017)
  • Sam Hunt “Body Like a Back Road” (2/18/2017)
  • Portugal. The Man. “Feel It Still” (3/3/2017)
  • Imagine Dragons “Thunder” (4/27/2017)
  • DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne “I’m the One” (4/28/2017)
  • Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” (6/16/2017)
  • Lizzo “Truth Hurts” (9/19/2017)

2018

Top 1%

Top 2%

  • Zedd with Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle” (1/23/2018)
  • Post Malone with Ty Dolla Sign “Psycho” (2/23/2018)
  • Drake “Nice for What” (4/6/2018)
  • 5 Seconds of Summer “Youngblood” (4/12/2018)
  • Cardi B with Bad Bunny & J. Balvin “I Like It” (4/21/2018)
  • Childish Gambino “This Is America” (5/5/2018)
  • Panic! At the Disco “High Hopes” (5/23/2018)
  • Travis Scott with Drake “Sicko Mode” (8/18/2018)
  • Halsey “Without Me” (10/4/2018)
  • Post Malone with Swae Lee “Sunflower” (10/18/2018)

2019

Top 1%

  • Ariana Grande “7 Rings” (1/18/2019)
  • Billie Eilish “Bad Guy” (3/29/2019)
  • Shawn Mendes with Camila Cabello “Señorita” (6/21/2019)
  • The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (11/29/2019)

Top 2%

  • Jonas Brothers “Sucker” (3/1/2019)
  • Ed Sheeran with Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care” (5/10/2019)
  • Tones and I “Dance Monkey” (5/10/2019)
  • Post Malone “Circles” (8/30/2019)
  • Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now” (10/31/2019)
  • Roddy Ricch “The Box” (12/6/2019)

2020

Top 1%

Top 2%


2021

Top 1%

  • none

Top 2%

  • Olivia Rodrigo “Drivers License” (1/8/2021)
  • Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson.Paak) “Leave the Door Open” (3/5/2021)
  • Lil Nas X “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” (3/26/2021)
  • Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches” (3/30/2021)
  • Olivia Rodrigo “Good 4 U” (5/14/2021)
  • BTS “Butter” (5/21/2021)
  • The Kid Laroi with Justin Bieber “Stay” (7/9/2021)

13 comments:

  1. Absolutely my favorite list of songs and is ultimately the granddaddy of song lists!!! Nice work and I wanna keep it!!!

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate the positive feedback.

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  2. You should put what songs were added and removed when you update this.

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  3. Are you a teeny bopper that works for rolling stone? Because that's what your list makes you look like

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    1. This comment doesn't make sense on three levels. You say this makes me look like a teeny bopper who works for Rolling Stone.

      1) This isn't a personal best-of list. As I explain in the first paragraph, this is an aggregate of hundreds of best-of lists.

      2) Teeny bopper? Wouldn't a teenager's choices be largely confined to music of the 21st century? That would exclude more than 800 songs on this list from the average teenager's consideration.

      3) Rolling Stone? Considering the magazine debuted in the 1960s and typically doesn't reach back any further than the 1950s in their best-of lists, than that would take 400+ songs off the table from what they would typically consider.

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  4. It'd be cool to see a list of the top 100 non-english songs of all time.

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  5. Thank you for taking the time to compile this amazing list. I plan on making a playlist and I was hoping that you can create a changelog of any new songs when you update this list in the future so I don't miss out on anything. Again, I really appreciate the work youre doing. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. That's awesome that you are making a playlist based on this. I know I've been exposed to a lot of music - especially pre-1950s - as a result of compiling lists this this.

      As for a changelog, I definitely understand why it would be helpful. I'm sorry I haven't done that. It might in the future, but this is a bear of a list to maintain as it is!

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  6. There's a typo on number 276 with 2 songs on the same number

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    1. Thanks for the catch! I'm grateful to have someone keep me in check. It has been corrected.

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  7. Why is there 1060 songs now?

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