Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Dave’s Music Database: Top 10 Songs by Year (1980-2023)

Dave’s Music Database:

Top 10 Songs by Year

These are the top 10 songs for each year based on their overall performance in Dave’s Music Database, which is determined by combining chart data, sales figures, streaming, video views, and aggregates from year-end lists and charts. You can also click on the “decade” buttons to see the top 100 songs for each decade.

Check out “Top Songs and Albums of the Year” lists here.


  1. Miley Cyrus “Flowers
  2. Morgan Wallen “Last Night
  3. Olivia Rodrigo “Vampire
  4. Billie Eilish “What Was I Made For?
  5. Doja Cat “Paint the Town Red
  6. Zach Bryan with Kacey Musgraves “I Remember Everything
  7. Luke Combs “Fast Car
  8. Dua Lipa “Dance the Night
  9. Jack Harlow “Lovin’ on Me
  10. The Beatles “Now and Then


  1. Harry Styles “As It Was
  2. Taylor Swift “Anti-Hero
  3. Lizzo “About Damn Time
  4. SZA “Kill Bill
  5. Steve Lacy “Bad Habit
  6. Sam Smith & Kim Petras “Unholy
  7. Jack Harlow “First Class
  8. Beyoncé “Break My Soul
  9. Rema with Selena Gomez “Calm Down”
  10. Future with Drake & Tems “Wait for U”


  1. The Kid Laroi with Justin Bieber “Stay
  2. Olivia Rodrigo “Drivers License
  3. Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson.Paak) “Leave the Door Open
  4. Olivia Rodrigo “Good 4 U
  5. Adele “Easy on Me
  6. Lil Nas X “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)
  7. Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow “Industry Baby
  8. Ed Sheeran “Bad Habits”
  9. BTS “Butter”
  10. Justin Bieber with Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches”


  1. Dua Lipa with DaBaby “Levitating
  2. Glass Animals “Heat Waves
  3. Xiao Zhan “Spotlight
  4. Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion “WAP
  5. The Weeknd with Ariana Grande “Save Your Tears
  6. 24K Goldn with Iann Dior “Mood
  7. BTS “Dynamite”
  8. DaBaby with Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”
  9. Chris Brown with Young Thug “Go Crazy”
  10. Jawsh 685 with Jason Derulo “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)”


  1. The Weeknd “Blinding Lights
  2. Billie Eilish “Bad Guy
  3. Post Malone “Circles
  4. Shawn Mendes with Camila Cabello “Señorita
  5. Tones and I “Dance Monkey
  6. Ariana Grande “7 Rings
  7. Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now
  8. Roddy Ricch “The Box”
  9. Jonas Brothers “Sucker”
  10. Harry Styles “Watermelon Sugar”


  1. Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road
  2. Drake “God’s Plan
  3. Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow
  4. Drake “In My Feelings
  5. Post Malone with Swae Lee “Sunflower
  6. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next
  7. Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved
  8. Cardi B with Bad Bunny & J. Balvin “I Like It”
  9. Zedd with Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”
  10. Drake “Nice for What”


  1. Ed Sheeran “Shape of You
  2. Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber “Despacito
  3. Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé “Perfect
  4. Maroon 5 with Cardi B “Girls Like You
  5. Camila Cabello with Young Thug “Havana
  6. Post Malone with 21 Savage “Rockstar
  7. Kendrick Lamar “Humble
  8. Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)
  9. The Chainsmokers with Coldplay “Something Just Like This
  10. Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be


  1. The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer
  2. Drake with WizKid & Kyla “One Dance
  3. Rihanna with Drake “Work
  4. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!
  5. Sia with Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills
  6. The Weeknd with Daft Punk “Starboy
  7. Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like
  8. Pinkfong! “Baby Shark
  9. Rae Sremmurd with Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”
  10. Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”


  1. Adele “Hello
  2. Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth “See You Again
  3. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself
  4. The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face
  5. Justin Bieber “Sorry
  6. Drake “Hotline Bling
  7. The Weeknd “The Hills
  8. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?
  9. Lukas Graham “7 Years
  10. Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out


  1. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!
  2. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud
  3. Taylor Swift “Shake It Off
  4. Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass
  5. Taylor Swift “Blank Space
  6. Iggy Azalea with Charli XCX “Fancy
  7. Sam Smith “Stay with Me
  8. OMI “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
  9. Maroon 5 “Sugar
  10. Sia “Chandelier


  1. Pharrell Williams “Happy
  2. Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines
  3. Lorde “Royals
  4. John Legend “All of Me
  5. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky
  6. Katy Perry “Roar
  7. One Republic “Counting Stars
  8. Avici with Aloe Blacc “Wake Me Up!
  9. Idina Menzel “Let It Go
  10. Katy Perry with Juicy J “Dark Horse


  1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz “Thrift Shop
  2. Psy “Gangnam Style
  3. Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven
  4. The Lumineers “Ho Hey
  5. Imagine Dragons “Radioactive
  6. Passenger “Let Her Go
  7. Florida Georgia Line with Nelly “Cruise
  8. Pink with Nate Ruess “Just Give Me a Reason
  9. Rihanna “Diamonds
  10. Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together


  1. Gotye & Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know
  2. Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe
  3. LMFAO, Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem
  4. Rihanna & Calvin Harris “We Found Love
  5. Adele “Someone Like You
  6. Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger
  7. Fun. & Janelle Monáe “We Are Young
  8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Ray Dalton “Can’t Hold Us
  9. LMFAO “Sexy and I Know It
  10. Pitbull with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer “Give Me Everything”


  1. Adele “Rolling in the Deep
  2. Eminem & Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie
  3. Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)
  4. Katy Perry “Firework
  5. Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg “California Gurls
  6. Cee-Lo Green “Fuck You (aka “Forget You”)
  7. Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks
  8. Rihanna “Only Girl in the World
  9. Bruno Mars “Grenade
  10. Taio Cruz “Dynamite


  1. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling
  2. Ke$ha “Tik Tok
  3. Jay-Z with Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind
  4. Lady Antebellum “Need You Now
  5. Lady Gaga “Bad Romance
  6. Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.
  7. Train “Hey, Soul Sister
  8. Flo Rida with Ke$ha “Right Round
  9. Owl City “Fireflies”
  10. Jay Sean & Lil Wayne “Down”


  1. Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
  2. Lady Gaga “Poker Face
  3. Coldplay “Viva La Vida
  4. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow
  5. Jason Mraz “I’m Yours
  6. Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis “Just Dance
  7. Taylor Swift “Love Story
  8. Katy Perry “I Kissed a Girl
  9. Lil Wayne with Static Major “Lollipop
  10. Kings of Leon “Use Somebody


  1. Rihanna with Jay-Z “Umbrella
  2. Flo Rida & T-Pain “Low
  3. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love
  4. Alicia Keys “No One
  5. Kanye West with Daft Punk “Stronger
  6. Soulja Boy Tell’em “Crank That (Soulja Boy)
  7. M.I.A. “Paper Planes
  8. Kid Rock “All Summer Long”
  9. Sara Bareilles “Love Song”
  10. Rihanna “Don’t Stop the Music”


  1. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy
  2. Justin Timberlake “Sexyback
  3. One Republic with Timbaland “Apologize
  4. Shakira & Wyclef Jean “Hips Don’t Lie
  5. Beyoncé “Irreplaceable
  6. Amy Winehouse “Rehab
  7. Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)
  8. Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars
  9. Nelly Furtado & Timbaland “Promiscuous
  10. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Dani California”


  1. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger
  2. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together
  3. Daniel Powter “Bad Day
  4. Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”
  5. Gorillaz with De La Soul “Feel Good Inc.
  6. Arctic Monkeys “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
  7. The Fray “How to Save a Life
  8. 50 Cent with Olivia “Candy Shop”
  9. Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats
  10. Madonna “Hung Up”


  1. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!
  2. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  3. James Blunt “You’re Beautiful
  4. Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out
  5. Gwen Stefani “Hollaback Girl”
  6. Kelly Clarkson “Since U Been Gone
  7. Mario “Let Me Love You”
  8. Snoop Dogg with Pharrell Williams “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
  9. Tim McGraw “Live Like You Were Dying
  10. U2 “Vertigo”


  1. OutKast “Hey Ya!
  2. Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love
  3. The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army
  4. The Killers “Mr. Brightside
  5. Evanescence with Paul McCoy “Bring Me to Life
  6. Britney Spears “Toxic”
  7. Hoobastank “The Reason
  8. Jay-Z “99 Problems”
  9. Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake “Where Is the Love?”
  10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps”


  1. Eminem “Lose Yourself
  2. 50 Cent “In Da Club
  3. Nelly “Hot in Herre
  4. Coldplay “Clocks
  5. Nelly & Kelly Rowland “Dilemma
  6. Johnny Cash “Hurt
  7. Avril Lavigne “Complicated
  8. Eminem “Without Me
  9. Ashanti with Ja Rule “Foolish
  10. Christina Aguilera “Beautiful”


  1. Nickelback “How You Remind Me
  2. Alicia Keys “Fallin’
  3. Kylie Minogue “Can’t Get You Out of My Head
  4. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott “Get Ur Freak On
  5. Train “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)
  6. The Strokes “Last Nite
  7. Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil’ Kim & Mya “Lady Marmalade
  8. The White Stripes “Fell in Love with a Girl”
  9. Staind “It’s Been Awhile”
  10. Enrique Iglesias “Hero”


  1. U2 “Beautiful Day
  2. Eminem with Dido “Stan
  3. Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert “I Hope You Dance
  4. Madonna “Music
  5. OutKast “Ms. Jackson
  6. Destiny’s Child “Independent Women
  7. Eminem “The Real Slim Shady
  8. 3 Doors Down “Kryptonite
  9. Coldplay “Yellow
  10. Linkin Park “In the End


  1. Santana with Rob Thomas “Smooth
  2. Lonestar “Amazed
  3. Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca
  4. TLC “No Scrubs”
  5. Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way
  6. Lou Bega “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…)
  7. Destiny’s Child “Say My Name”
  8. Creed “With Arms Wide Open”
  9. Faith Hill “Breathe”
  10. Christina Aguilera “Genie in a Bottle”


  1. Britney Spears “Baby One More Time
  2. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
  3. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris
  4. Cher “Believe
  5. Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)
  6. Brandy & Monica “The Boy Is Mine”
  7. Eminem “My Name Is…”
  8. Madonna “Ray of Light”
  9. Barenaked Ladies “One Week”
  10. Korn “Freak on a Leash”


  1. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On
  2. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)
  3. The Verve “Bitter Sweet Symphony
  4. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You
  5. Shania Twain “You’re Still the One
  6. Natalie Imbruglia “Torn
  7. Blur “Song 2
  8. Green Day “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
  9. Hanson “Mmmbop
  10. Radiohead “Paranoid Android


  1. Spice Girls “Wannabe
  2. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me
  3. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart
  4. Blackstreet with Dr. Dre & Queen Pen “No Diggity
  5. Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever
  6. R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly”
  7. Fugees “Killing Me Softly
  8. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony “Tha Crossroads”
  9. Eric Clapton “Change the World”
  10. Shawn Colvin “Sunny Came Home”


  1. Oasis “Wonderwall
  2. Los Del Rio “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)
  3. Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise
  4. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day
  5. No Doubt “Don’t Speak
  6. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know
  7. Pulp “Common People
  8. Alanis Morissette “Ironic
  9. Oasis “Don’t Look Back in Anger
  10. Mariah Carey “Fantasy


  1. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You
  2. Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You
  3. TLC “Waterfalls
  4. Seal “Kiss from a Rose
  5. Oasis “Live Forever
  6. All-4-One “I Swear
  7. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun
  8. Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah
  9. Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia
  10. Madonna “Take a Bow


  1. Beck “Loser
  2. Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)
  3. Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes
  4. Ace of Base “The Sign
  5. Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do
  6. Mariah Carey “Dreamlover
  7. Tag Team “Whoomp! There It Is
  8. Mariah Carey “Hero
  9. Nirvana “All Apologies
  10. Nirvana “Heart-Shaped Box


  1. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You
  2. Radiohead “Creep
  3. Boyz II Men “End of the Road
  4. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven
  5. Sir Mix-a-Lot “Baby Got Back
  6. House of Pain “Jump Around
  7. R.E.M. “Everybody Hurts
  8. Kris Kross “Jump
  9. Dr. Dre with Snoop Doggy Dogg “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang
  10. Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart


  1. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
  3. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion
  4. U2 “One
  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge
  6. Metallica “Enter Sandman
  7. Pearl Jam “Jeremy
  8. Guns N’ Roses “November Rain
  9. Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable”
  10. Nirvana “Come As You Are


  1. Sinéad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U
  2. Madonna “Vogue
  3. MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This
  4. Garth Brooks “Friends in Low Places
  5. Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby
  6. Mariah Carey “Vision of Love
  7. Depeche Mode “Enjoy the Silence
  8. C + C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
  9. Roxette “It Must Have Been Love”
  10. Deee-Lite “Groove Is in the Heart”


  1. Madonna “Like a Prayer
  2. The B-52’s “Love Shack
  3. Public Enemy “Fight the Power
  4. Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise
  5. Tom Petty “Free Fallin’
  6. Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings”
  7. Young MC “Bust a Move
  8. Alannah Myles “Black Velvet”
  9. Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus”
  10. Soul II Soul “Back to Life (How Ever Do You Want Me)”


  1. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car
  2. Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
  3. Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry, Be Happy
  4. Bangles “Eternal Flame”
  5. Tone Loc “Wild Thing”
  6. Bobby Brown “My Prerogative”
  7. Mike + the Mechanics “The Living Years
  8. Paula Abdul “Straight Up”
  9. Steve Winwood “Roll with It”
  10. The Beach Boys “Kokomo”


  1. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine
  2. U2 “With or Without You
  3. Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me
  4. U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  5. Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (1987)
  6. Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me
  7. George Michael “Faith
  8. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life
  9. Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up
  10. INXS “Need You Tonight


  1. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer
  2. Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way
  3. Prince “Kiss
  4. Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer
  5. Beastie Boys “You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party
  6. Berlin “Take My Breath Away
  7. Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian
  8. Crowded House “Don’t Dream It’s Over
  9. Madonna “Papa Don’t Preach”
  10. Steve Winwood “Higher Love”


  1. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World
  2. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  3. Dire Straits “Money for Nothing
  4. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget about Me
  5. Dionne & Friends “That's What Friends Are For
  6. Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls
  7. Lionel Richie “Say You Say Me
  8. Huey Lewis & the News “The Power of Love
  9. Madonna “Into the Groove
  10. Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love”


  1. Prince “When Doves Cry
  2. A-ha “Take on Me
  3. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is
  4. George Michael “Careless Whisper
  5. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It?
  6. Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You“ (8 wks)
  7. Madonna “Like a Virgin
  8. Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark
  9. Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas?
  10. Kenny Loggins “Footloose


  1. The Police “Every Breath You Take
  2. Van Halen “Jump
  3. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
  4. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)
  5. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  6. Irene Cara “Flashdance...What a Feelin’
  7. Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time
  8. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax
  9. Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart
  10. Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream


  1. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean
  2. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger
  3. Michael Jackson “Beat It
  4. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message
  5. Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen
  6. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind
  7. Michael Jackson “Thriller
  8. Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
  9. Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory” (1982)
  10. Prince “1999


  1. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll
  2. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’
  3. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love
  4. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?
  5. Soft Cell “Tainted Love
  6. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes
  7. Olivia Newton-John “Physical
  8. Men at Work “Down Under
  9. Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight
  10. J. Geils Band “Centerfold


  1. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart
  2. AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long
  3. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust
  4. Blondie “Call Me
  5. Kool & the Gang “Celebration
  6. Kenny Rogers “Lady
  7. AC/DC “Back in Black
  8. Diana Ross “Upside Down
  9. Dolly Parton “9 to 5
  10. John Lennon “Just Like Starting Over

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First posted 1/7/2024; last updated 2/20/2024.


  1. a similar page for albums would be interesting

    1. There is such a page. It's listed under the "Resources/Related Links" on this page. https://davesmusicdatabase.blogspot.com/p/top-songs-and-albums-by-year.html