Sunday, October 29, 2017

United States: Top #1 Songs

This is a list of the #1 songs of all time according to U.S. pop charts – with a twist. All songs to hit #1 for more than 10 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 are included in this list. That covers 1955 to present. For 1890 to 1955, the go-to source is Pop Memories 1890-1954. The book is published by Record Research, who provide reference books for numerous Billboard charts.

* Songs noted with an asterisk hit #1 for 10 weeks or more on the Billboard Hot 100 airplay list. This chart was started in 1984 and is especially relevant in the 1990s when some songs were not released as singles, or were delayed so that the song’s airplay could promote album purchases. This chart allowed songs like Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” and No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” to have lofty summits at the top without being “true” Hot 100 #1’s.

** These are songs which hit #1, like Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” but end up even higher on this list because of a longer run on the airplay chart.

*** Finally, this chart consolidates songs which hit #1 multiple times. This was especially prevalent in the pre-rock era when the focus was more on the song than the artist who recorded it. This allows songs like “Peg O’ My Heart” and “Over There” – which each hit #1 FOUR times – to make this list. Artists who took the song to #1 are listed, along with the year the song first charted and how many weeks it was at the pinnacle.

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

So without further ado…


    25 weeks:

  1. Peg O’ My Heart (Charles Harrison, 1913, 7 wks; The Harmonicats, 1947, 8 wks; Buddy Clark, 1947, 6 wks; The Three Suns, 1947, 4 wks) ***
    22 weeks:

  2. The Third Man Theme (Anton Karas, 1950, 11 wks; Guy Lombardo, 1950, 11 wks) ***
    21 weeks:

  3. The Gypsy (The Ink Spots, 1946, 13 wks; Dinah Shore, 1946, 8 wks) ***
  4. Oh What It Seemed to Be (Frankie Carle & Marjorie Hughes, 1946, 11 wks; Frank Sinatra, 1946, 8 wks) ***

    18 weeks:

  5. Iris…Goo Goo Dolls (1998) *
    17 weeks:

  6. Over There (American Quarter, 1917, 9 wks; Nora Bayes, 1917, 3 wks; Peerless Quartet, 1917, 2 wks; Enrico Caruso, 1918, 3 wks) ***
  7. Near You…Francis Craig with Bob Lamm (1947)
  8. In the Good Old Summertime (J.W. Myers, 1902, 7 wks; Haydn Quartet, 1903, 6 wks; Sousa’s Band, 1903, 4 wks) ***

    16 weeks:

  9. Despacito…Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (2017)
  10. We Belong Together…Mariah Carey (2005) **
  11. One Sweet Day…Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men (1995)
  12. Don’t Speak…No Doubt (1996) *
    15 weeks:

  13. It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary (American Quartet, 1914, 7 wks; John McCormack, 1915, 8 wks) ***
    14 weeks:

  14. White Christmas…Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1942)
  15. I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston (1992)
  16. Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)…Elton John (1997)
  17. My Blue Heaven (Gene Austin, 1927, 13 wks; Paul Whiteman, 1927, 1 wk) ***
  18. Shine on, Harvest Moon (Harry MacDonough & Elise Stevenson, 1909, 9 wks; Ada Jones & Billy Murray, 1909, 5 wks) ***
  19. I’ll Make Love to You…Boyz II Men (1994)
  20. I Gotta Feeling…Black Eyed Peas (2009)
  21. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)…Los Del Rio (1995)
  22. Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon (Blue Barron & His Orchestra, 1949, 7 wks; Russ Morgan & the Skylarks, 1949, 7 wks) ***
  23. Uptown Funk!…Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars (2014)
  24. No One…Alicia Keys (2001) **
  25. Because You Loved Me…Celine Dion (1996) **
  26. On the Banks of the Wabash (George J. Gaskin, 1897, 10 wks; Steve Porter, 1898, 4 wks) ***
    13 weeks:

  27. In the Mood…Glenn Miller (1939)
  28. Tennessee Waltz…Patti Page (1950)
  29. Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart) (Haydn Quartet, 1904, 10 wks; Columbia Male Quartet, 1904, 3 wks) ***
  30. Dardanella…Ben Selvin (1920)
  31. Goodnight Irene…The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra (1950)
  32. Frenesi…Artie Shaw (1940)
  33. I’ve Heard That Song Before…Harry James with Helen Forrest (1943)
  34. Till We Meet Again (Henry Burr & Albert Campbell, 1919, 9 wks; Nicholas Orlando’s Orchestra with Harry MacDonough, 1919; 2 wks; Charles Hart with Lewis James, 1919, 1 wk) ***
  35. End of the Road…Boyz II Men (1992)
  36. Heartaches…Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner (1947)
  37. The Glow-Worm (Victor Orchestra, 1908, 5 wks; Lucy Isabelle Marsh, 1908, 5 wks; The Mills Brothers, 1952, 3 wks) ***
  38. The Boy Is Mine…Brandy with Monica (1998)
  39. No Scrubs…TLC (1999) **
  40. When You Were Sweet Sixteen (George J. Gaskin, 1900, 8 wks; Jere Mahoney, 1900, 5 wks) ***
  41. The Sign…Ace of Base (1994) **
  42. The Sidewalks of New York (Dan Quinn, 1895, 9 wks; J.W. Myers, 1895, 4 wks) ***
  43. I Love You Always Forever…Donna Lewis (1996) *
    12 weeks:

  44. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan, 1911, 10 wks; Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell, 1938, 2 wks) ***
  45. The Prisoner’s Song…Vernon Dalhart (1925)
  46. I’ll Never Smile Again…Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers (1940)
  47. Paper Doll…Mills Brothers (1943)
  48. Lose Yourself…Eminem (2002)
  49. You Belong to Me…Jo Stafford (1952)
  50. Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)…Vaughn Monroe (1949)
  51. Sonny Boy…Al Jolson (1928)
  52. Yeah!…Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris (2004)
  53. Smooth…Santana with Rob Thomas (1999)
  54. Blurred Lines…Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams (2013)
  55. The Last Round-Up (George Olsen, 1933, 9 wks; Guy Lombardo & Carmen Lombardo, 1933, 3 wks) ***
  56. Boom Boom Pow…Black Eyed Peas (2009)
  57. Dilemma…Nelly with Kelly Rowland (2002) **
  58. We Found Love…Rihanna with Calvin Harris (2011) **
  59. See You Again…Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth (2015)
  60. Shape of You…Ed Sheeran (2017)
  61. Closer…The Chainsmokers with Halsey (2016)
    11 weeks:

  62. Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog…Elvis Presley (1956)
  63. Cheek to Cheek…Leo Reisman & His Orchestra with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers (1935)
  64. Whispering…Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra (1920)
  65. April Showers…Al Jolson (1922)
  66. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (Leo Reisman, 1933, 8 wks; Ethel Waters, 1933, 3 wks) ***
  67. School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)…Byron Harlan (1907)
  68. Casey Jones…American Quartet with Billy Murray (1910)
  69. Cry…Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads (1951)
  70. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)…Les Paul with Mary Ford (1953)
  71. I’ll Be Missing You…Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 (1997)
  72. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet…Haydn Quartet (1909)
  73. The Stars and Stripes Forever (John Philip Sousa, 1897, 8 wks; Sousa’s Band, 1901, 3 wks) ***
  74. Valencia (A Song of Spain)…Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Franklyn Baur (1926)
  75. Un-Break My Heart…Toni Braxton (1996)
  76. I Swear…All-4-One (1994)
  77. Irreplaceable…Beyonce (2006) **
  78. The Preacher and the Bear…Arthur Collins (1905)
  79. Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There)…Henry Burr (1918)
  80. Arkansaw Traveler…Len Spencer (1902)
  81. Ramona (Gene Austin, 1928, 8 wks; Paul Whiteman, 1928, 3 wks) ***
  82. To Each His Own (Eddy Howard, 1946, 8 wks; Freddy Martin & Stuart Wade, 1946, 2 wks; The Ink Spots, 1946, 1 wk) ***
  83. A Bird in a Gilded Cage (Steve Porter, 1900, 6 wks; Jere Mahoney, 1900, 5 wks) ***
  84. Torn…Natalie Imbruglia (1997) *
  85. Dreamlover…Mariah Carey (1993) **
  86. Independent Women…Destiny’s Child (2000)
  87. On Bended Knee…Boyz II Men (1994) **
  88. Let Me Love You…Mario (2004) **
    10 weeks:

  89. Night and Day…Leo Reisman’s Orchestra with Fred Astaire (1932)
  90. You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)…Billy Murray (1906)
  91. My Heart Will Go On…Celine Dion (1997) **
  92. Pennies from Heaven…Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra (1936)
  93. A-Tisket, A-Tasket…Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb & His Orchestra (1938)
  94. You Light Up My Life…Debby Boone (1977)
  95. Buttons and Bows…Dinah Shore & Her Harper Valley Boys (1948)
  96. Till the End of Time…Perry Como (1945)
  97. Deep Purple (Larry Clinton & Bea Wain, 1939, 9 wks; Nino Tempo & April Stevens, 1963, 1 wk) ***
  98. My Gal Sal…Byron Harlan (1907)
  99. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (Byron Harlan, 1906, 9 wks; Harry Tally, 1906, 1 wk) ***
  100. After the Ball…George J. Gaskin (1893)
  101. Ballerina…Vaughn Monroe’s Orchestra (1947)
  102. Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me…Nick Lucas (1929)
  103. Sweet Leilani…Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians (1937)
  104. Hello…Adele (2015)
  105. Happy…Pharrell Williams (2013)
  106. Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)…Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell (1941)
  107. Low…Flo Rida with T-Pain (2007)
  108. One Dance…Drake (2016)
  109. Foolish…Ashanti with Ja Rule (2002)
  110. Physical…Olivia Newton-John (1981)
  111. Stein Song (University of Maine)…Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees (1930)
  112. In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town…Ted Lewis & His Band (1932)
  113. Singing the Blues… Guy Mitchell (1956)
  114. Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)…Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders (1953)
  115. Gold Digger…Kanye West with Jamie Foxx (2005)
  116. Rum and Coca-Cola…The Andrews Sisters (1945)
  117. Wheel of Fortune…Kay Starr (1952)
  118. Because of You…Tony Bennett (1951)
  119. Sincerely…The McGuire Sisters (1955)
  120. Moonlight Cocktail…Glenn Miller Orchestra with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires (1942)
  121. Beautiful Ohio (Henry Burr, 1919, 9 wks; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra, 1919, 1 wk) ***
  122. That’s the Way Love Goes…Janet Jackson (1993) **
  123. The Band Played On…Dan Quinn (1895)
  124. Bedelia (Haydn Quartet, 1904, 7 wks; Billy Muray, 1904, 3 wks) ***
  125. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White…Perez “Prez” Prado (1955)
  126. There! I’ve Said It Again (Vaughn Monroe, 1945, 6 wks; Bobby Vinton, 1963, 4 wks) ***
  127. Tell Me Pretty Maiden (Harry MacDonough & Grace Spencer, 1901, 7 wks; Byron Harlan with Frank Stanley, Joe Belmont, & Florodora Girls, 1901, 3 wks) ***
  128. Kiss from a Rose…Seal (19994) **
  129. Hello Ma Baby (Len Spencer, 1899, 6 wks; Arthur Collins, 1899, 4 wks) ***
  130. Lollipop…Lil Wayne with Static Major (2008) **
  131. Hero…Mariah Carey (1993) **
  132. I Went to Your Wedding…Patti Page (1952)
  133. The Laughing Song…George W. Johnson (1891)
  134. Love Me and the World Is Mine (Henry Burr, 1906, 7 wks; Albert Campbell, 1906, 3 wks) ***
  135. A Hot Time in the Old Town (Dan Quinn, 1896, 7 wks; Len Spencer, 1897, 3 wks) ***
  136. Maria Maria…Santana with the Product G&B (2000)
  137. My Old New Hampshire Home…George J. Gaskin (1898)
  138. If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake…Eileen Barton (1950)
  139. U Got It Bad…Usher (2001) **
  140. Someday…Mariah Carey (1990) **

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