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.
1. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
11. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
First posted 11/17/2022.