Friday, April 2, 2021

United States: Biggest #1 Songs

USA’s Biggest #1 Pop Songs:

1890-2020

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:

  • the pre-Hot 100 pop charts, 1890-1955 (BB)
  • Billboard Hot 100 chart, 1955-present (BB)
  • Billboard Best Sellers chart, 1940-1958 (BS)
  • Billboard Disc Jockey Hits, 1944-1958 (DJ)
  • Billboard Juke Box Hits, 1940-1957 (JB)
  • Billboard pop airplay chart, 1984-present (BA)
  • Billboard digital chart, 2005-present (DG)
  • Billboard streaming chart, 2013-present (ST)
  • Hit Parade, 1935-1955 (HP)
  • Cashbox, 1950-1996 (CB)
  • Hit Records, 1954-1982 (HR)
  • Radio & Records/Mediabase, 1973-2015 (RR)
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.


    26 weeks:

  1. The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (BA: 2020)
    20 weeks:

  2. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road” (ST: 2018)


    18 weeks:

  3. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (BA, 1998)
    17 weeks:

  4. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito” (DG: 2017)
  5. Francis Craig with Bob Lamm “Near You” (BB: 1947)
  6. BTS “Dynamite” (DG: 2020)

    16 weeks:

  7. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (BA: 2005)
  8. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (BB: 1995)
  9. No Doubt “Don’t Speak” (BA: 1996)
  10. Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You” (BA: 2017)
    14 weeks:

  11. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “White Christmas” (BB: 1942)
  12. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (BB: 1992)
  13. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (BB: 1997)
  14. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” (BB: 2009)
  15. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!” (BB: 2014)
  16. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (BB: 1995)
  17. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (BB: 1994)
  18. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me” (BA: 1996)
  19. Alicia Keys “No One” (BA: 2001)
  20. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar” (ST: 2017)
  21. Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX “Fancy” (ST: 2014)
  22. Panic! At the Disco “High Hopes” (BA: 2018)
  23. Desiigner “Panda” (ST: 2015)
    13 weeks:

  24. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (BB: 1927)
  25. Glenn Miller “In the Mood” (BB: 1939)
  26. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (BB: 1950)
  27. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer” (DG: 2016)
  28. Ben Selvin “Dardanella” (BB: 1920)
  29. Debby Boone “You Light Up My Life” (HR: 1977)
  30. The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra “Goodnight Irene” (BB: 1950)
  31. Artie Shaw “Frenesi” (BB: 1940)

  32. The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (BB: 1946)
  33. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (BB: 1992)
  34. Harry James with Helen Forrest “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (BB: 1943)
  35. Ted Weems with Elmo Tanner “Heartaches” (BB: 1947)
  36. Ace of Base “The Sign” (BA: 1994)
  37. Brandy with Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (BB: 1998)
  38. TLC “No Scrubs” (BA: 1999)
  39. Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever” (BA: 1996)
  40. Miley Cyrus” Wrecking Ball” (ST: 2013)
  41. Roddy Rich “The Box” (ST: 2019)
    12 weeks:

  42. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” (BB: Ed 2017)
  43. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (BB: 2002)
  44. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (BB: 2004)
  45. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines” (BB: 2013)
  46. The Mills Brothers “Paper Doll” (BB: 1943)
  47. Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth “See You Again” (BB:, 2015)
  48. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth” (BB: 1999)
  49. Vernon Dalhart “The Prisoner’s Song” (BB: 1925)
  50. Rihanna with Calvin Harris “We Found Love” (BA: 2011)
  51. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers “I’ll Never Smile Again” (BB: 1940)
  52. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” (BB: 2009)

  53. Vaughn Monroe “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” (BB:1949)
  54. Jo Stafford “You Belong to Me” (BB: 1952)
  55. Al Jolson “Sonny Boy” (BB: 1928)
  56. Nelly with Kelly Rowland “Dilemma” (BA: 2002)
  57. Nat “King” Cole “Too Young” (HP: 1951)
    11 weeks:

  58. Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” (BB: 1956) /
  59. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (BB: 1956)
  60. Leo Reisman & His Orchestra with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers “Cheek to Cheek” (BB: 1935)

  61. Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra “Whispering” (BB: 1920)
  62. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (DG: 2013)
  63. Al Jolson “April Showers” (BB: 1922)
  64. Adele “Hello” (BA: 2015)
  65. Byron Harlan “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)” (BB: 1907)
  66. American Quartet with Billy Murray “Casey Jones” (BB: 1910)
  67. Drake “God’s Plan” (BB: 2018)
  68. Beyoncé “Irreplaceable” (BA: 2006)
  69. Haydn Quartet “Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet” (BB: 1909)
  70. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (BB: 1997)

  71. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” (BA: 2015)
  72. Natalie Imbruglia “Torn” (BA: 1997)
  73. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (BB: 1996)
  74. Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads “Cry” (BB: 1951)
  75. Arthur Collins “The Preacher and the Bear” (BB: 1905)
  76. Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra with Franklyn Baur “Valencia (A Song of Spain)” (BB: 1926)
  77. All-4-One “I Swear” (BB: 1994)
  78. Henry Burr “Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There)” (BB: 1918)
  79. Les Paul with Mary Ford “Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)” (BB: 1953)
  80. Anton Karas “The Third Man Theme” (BB: 1950)

  81. Destiny’s Child “Independent Women” (BB: 2000)
  82. Tony Bennett “Because of You” (HP: 1951)
  83. Mariah Carey “Dreamlover” (BB: 1993)
  84. Frankie Carle & Marjorie Hughes “Oh What It Seemed to Be” (BB: 1946)
  85. Len Spencer “Arkansaw Traveler” (BB: 1902)
  86. Mario “Let Me Love You” (BA: 2004)
  87. Post Malone “Circles” (BA: 2019)
  88. Boyz II Men “On Bended Knee” (BA: 1994)
  89. 24K Goldn with Iann Dior “Mood” (BA: 2020)
  90. Khalid “Talk” (BA: 2019)

  91. Guy Lombardo “The Third Man Theme” (BB: 1950)
  92. Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop” (ST: 2013)
    10 weeks:

  93. Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (BB: 1911)
  94. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (BA: 1997)
  95. Leo Reisman’s Orchestra with Fred Astaire “Night and Day” (BB: 1932)
  96. Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)” (BB: 1906)
  97. Bing Crosby with George Stoll’s Orchestra “Pennies from Heaven” (BB: 1936)
  98. Haydn Quartet “Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)” (BB: 1904)
  99. Flo Rida with T-Pain “Low” (BB: 2007)
  100. Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb & His Orchestra “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (BB: 1938)

  101. Dinah Shore & Her Harper Valley Boys “Buttons and Bows” (BB/HP: 1948)
  102. The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” (HP: 1947)
  103. Kanye West with Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” (BB: 2005)

  104. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (BB: 1981)
  105. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” (RR: 2007)
  106. Byron Harlan “My Gal Sal” (BB: 1907)
  107. Drake “One Dance” (BB: 2016)
  108. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz “Thrift Shop” (DG: 2012)
  109. Perry Como “Some Enchanted Evening” (HP: 1949)
  110. Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra “I’ll Be Seeing You” (HP: 1944)

  111. Nick Lucas “Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me” (BB: 1929)
  112. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” (ST: 2014)
  113. George J. Gaskin “After the Ball” (BB: 1893)
  114. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (BA: 1994)
  115. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (DG: 2016)
  116. Bing Crosby with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians “Sweet Leilani” (BB: 1937)
  117. Perry Como “Till the End of Time” (BB: 1945)
  118. Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (DG: 2018)
  119. Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees “Stein Song (University of Maine)” (BB: 1930)
  120. Ted Lewis & His Band “In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town” (BB: 1932)

  121. Guy Mitchell “Singing the Blues” (BB: 1956)
  122. Pat Boone “Love Letters in the Sand” (HP: 1957)
  123. Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” (BB: 1941)
  124. The Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen’s Orchestra “Rum and Coca-Cola” (BB: 1945)
  125. Drake “In My Feelings” (BB: 2018)
  126. Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders “Where Is Your Heart (Song from “Moulin Rouge”)” (BB: 1953)
  127. Dan Quinn “The Band Played On” (BB: 1895)
  128. Vaughn Monroe’s Orchestra “Ballerina” (BB: 1947)
  129. Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” (BA: 1993)
  130. The McGuire Sisters “Sincerely” (BB: 1955)

  131. Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (ST: 1994)
  132. Perez “Prez” Prado “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” (BB: 1955)
  133. George J. Gaskin “On the Banks of the Wabash” (BB: 1897)
  134. Glenn Miller Orchestra with Ray Eberle & The Modernaires “Moonlight Cocktail” (BB: 1942)
  135. Mariah Carey “Hero” (BA: 1993)
  136. Kay Starr “Wheel of Fortune” (BB: 1952)
  137. N Sync “Bye Bye Bye” (RR: 2000)
  138. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)” (HP: 1948)
  139. Lil Wayne with Static Major “Lollipop” (BA: 2008)
  140. Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish” (BB: 2002)

  141. Silentó “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” (ST: 2015)
  142. Margaret Whiting “A Tree in the Meadow” (HP: 1948)
  143. George W. Johnson “The Laughing Song” (BB: 1891)
  144. Rosemary Clooney “Hey There” (HP: 1954)
  145. George J. Gaskin “My Old New Hampshire Home” (BB: 1898)
  146. Santana with the Product G&B “Maria Maria” (BB: 2000)
  147. Debbie Reynolds “Tammy” (HP: 1957)
  148. Eileen Barton “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake” (BB: 1950)
  149. Perry Como “If (They Made Me a King)” (HP: 1951)
  150. Patti Page “I Went to Your Wedding” (BB: 1952)

  151. Mariah Carey “Someday” (BA: 1990)
  152. Usher “U Got It Bad” (BA: 2001)
  153. Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra “I’ll Be Seeing You” (HP: 1944)
  154. Migos with Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee” (ST: 2016)
  155. Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly “I Hear a Rhapsody” (HP: 1941)
  156. DaBaby with Roddy Rich “Rockstar” (ST: 2020)
  157. Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” (ST: 2020)
  158. Charlie Barnet with Bob Carroll “I Hear a Rhapsody” (HP: 1941)

First posted 10/29/2017; updated 4/2/2021.

3 comments:

  1. I'd hate to hear this one as a playlist.

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  2. Hmmm, not a single song from the 60s and only 1 song from the 70s and one from the 80s.

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    1. 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.

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