Thursday, November 17, 2022

Tom Breihan: The Number Ones

Tom Breihan:

The Number Ones

Tom Breihan is the senior editor at Stereogum, a music website. In January 2018, he launched the column “The Number Ones” with the intent of reviewing every song to top the Billboard Hot 100 from the first chart in 1958 up to the present. In 2022, he published the book The Number Ones, which selected twenty of the chart’s #1 songs which, as it says in the book’s subtitle, “reveal the history of pop music.” Here are those 20 songs.

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1. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
2. The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
3. The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963)
4. The Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go” (1964)
5. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
6. The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (1966)
7. George McCrae “Rock Your Baby” (1974)
8. Fleetwood Mac “Dreams” (1977)
9. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (1981)
10. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)

11. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
12. Bon Jovi “You Give Love a Bad Name” (1986)
13. Mariah Carey “Vision of Love” (1990)
14. Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby” (1990)
15. Puff Daddy & Mase “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” (1997)
16. Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” (1998)
17. T-Pain with Yung Joc “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” (2007)
18. Soulja Boy Tell’Em “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” (2007)
19. Rae Sremmurd with Gucci Mane “Black Beatles” (2016)
20. BTS “Dynamite” (2020)

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First posted 11/17/2022.

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