USA’s Biggest #1 Pop Songs:
These are the biggest #1 pop songs in the history of the United States pop charts from 1890 to present. Songs could have hit #1 on any of the following charts:
Links go to specific lists of the biggest songs of all time for that chart.
All songs with 10 or more weeks on any of these charts are listed. If a song hit #1 on more than chart, only the chart where the song had the most weeks is noted. However, at times Hit Parade and Cashbox did not designate a specific artist with the #1 song. For example, “Some Enchanted Evening” was a #1 song on Hit Parade in 1949, but because there were multiple versions of the song out at the time, it wasn’t credited to any specific artist. In such cases, this list attributes the song only to an artist if that artist also hit #1 on another of the noted charts.
One last note – in the event of ties, songs are ranked according to most overall points in Dave’s Music Database. For songs which hit #1 multiple times, the version which accumulated the most points is used.
See other chart-based lists here.
Check out Dave’s Music Database podcast: The Biggest #1 Songs in Billboard Hot 100 History based on this list. It debuts September 7, 2021 at 7pm CST. New episodes based on Dave’s Music Database lists are posted every Tuesday at 7pm CST.
First posted 10/29/2017; last updated 1/12/2023.
I'd hate to hear this one as a playlist.ReplyDelete
Hmmm, not a single song from the 60s and only 1 song from the 70s and one from the 80s.ReplyDelete
That's because of the different chart methologies employed by Billboard over the years. Songs typically didn't stay at #1 more than a few weeks at a time because the radio airplay lists factored into the charts were taken from radio station's self-stated playlists. The problem was that once songs peaked, radio stations tended to stop reporting them, even though they were still playing them. During the '90s, Billboard implemented new technology that allowed them to track actual radio plays, which revealed that songs stuck around much longer on radio than previously thought.Delete