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The Billboard Hot 100's All-Time Top 100 Songs (August,1958-July 2008)

#100-Joy To The World-Three Dog Night
Label: Dunhill/ABC
Peak Date: 4/17/1971
Peak Position: 1 (6 wks)
Before claiming a second No. 1 with "Joy to the World," Three Dog Night
lead vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and Chuck Negron-using the moniker
Redwood-left their mark on early recordings with Beach Boys guru Brian Wilson.
The Los Angeles pop-rock group kicked into overdrive between 1969 and 1975,
charting 21 pop hits including initial No. 1 "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)"
in 1970. After disbanding in 1977,the group reunited in 1983 just as "Joy To The World"
enjoyed renewed attention when it was featured on the soundtrack to Academy
Award-nominated film "The Big Chill." With a current lineup that features
founders Wells and Hutton, the group still performs a number of times each year.

"99-U Got It Bad-Usher
Label: Arista
Peak Date: 12/15/2001
Peak Position: 1 (6)
Co-produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, "U Got It Bad" spent a week
at No. 1 in December 2001 before being temporarily replaced by Nickelback's
"How You Remind Me." But the Usher hit returned to the top the following month,
adding five more weeks at No. 1 to its tally.

#98-I Can't Stop Loving You-Ray Charles
Label: ABC-Paramount
Peak Date: 6/2/1962
Peak Position: 1 (5)
This version of artist/songwriter Don Gibson's 1958 top 10 country hit was from
the album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music." Ray Charles' take won the
best R&B recording Grammy in 1962 and spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the R&B chart as
well as five weeks atop the Adult Contemporary tally in addition to its five weeks
at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
#97-I Will Survive-Gloria Gaynor
Label: Polydor
Peak Date: 3/10/1979
Peak Position: 1 (3)
"I Will Survive" was originally pressed as a B-side to the diva's more "commercially viable"
cover of a Righteous Brothers tune. But in the fall of 1978, DJs flipped the record over
and introduced discos to a heartfelt tale of unfailing empowerment, setting dancefloors ablaze.
The track topped the Hot 100 for three weeks in early 1979.
#96-Maria Maria-Santana & The Product G&B
Label: Arista
Peak Date: 4/8/2000
Peak Position: 1 (10)
"Maria Maria" proved to be almost as successful as previous hit "Smooth" for Santana,
topping the Hot 100 for 10 weeks in early 2000. The song, which featured the Product
G&B, took home the Grammy for best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals.
#95-Like A Virgin-Madonna
Label: Sire/Warner Bros.
Peak Date: 12/22/1984
Peak Position: 1 (6)
She made it through the wilderness. Somehow, she made it through. Of course,
we're talking about Madonna and her first Hot 100 No. 1. She premiered "Like A Virgin"
on Sept. 14, 1984, in a now-legendary performance on the first MTV Video Music Awards.
Just over three months later, a few days before Christmas, the single was atop the Hot 100.
#94-A Fifth Of Beethoven-Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band
Label: Private Stock
Peak Date: 10/9/1976
Peak Position: 1 (1)
Walter Murphy played nearly every instrument on "A Fifth of Beethoven," obviously based
on the composer's "Fifth Symphony," but was forced to credit the song to an imaginary
ensemble. It took 20 weeks to reach No. 1 in 1976; Murphy never achieved
another top 40 hit on the Hot 100.
#93-Do That To Me One More Time-Captain & Tennille
Label: Casablanca
Peak Date: 2/16/1980
Peak Position: 1 (2)
While married couple Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille's TV variety show corroborated their
squeaky clean image, hits like "The Way That I Want To Touch You" and "You Never Done It
Like That" supported a more sensual lyrical template. Continuing in that vein,"Do That
To Me One More Time" was the group's second and final No. 1. It spent two weeks in the
top spot in early 1980.
#92-It's Now Or Never-Elvis Presley
Label: RCA Victor
Peak Date: 8/15/1960
Peak Position: 1 (5)
After hearing "O Sole Mio" while serving overseas in the Army, Elvis Presley charged the
songwriting team of Wally Gold and Aaron Schroeder with delivering him a hit song borrowing
from the well-worn melody. The plan worked: "It's Now or Never" spent five weeks atop
the Hot 100 in 1960.
#91-Another Night-Real McCoy
Label: Arista
Peak Date: 11/12/1994
Peak Position: 3
This German dance act arrived in summer 1994 with this dance/pop gem, which also led
the Hot Dance Club Play chart in October. Thanks to its lengthy chart life (45 weeks),
the No. 3-peaking "Another Night" makes the list as the only song that did not peak
at No. 1 or No. 2.

#90-The Way We Were-Barbra Streisand
Label: Columbia
Peak Date: 2/2/1974
Peak Position: 1 (3 wks)
Though Barbra Streisand scored her first Billboard chart single with 1964's
"People" (from the musical "Funny Girl"), it wasn't until 10 years later that
she had her first No. 1, "The Way We Were." The song, taken from the 1973 movie
that starred Streisand and Robert Redford,was originally arranged in a sweeping
orchestral style replete with harp accents. "The Way We Were" earned writers
Marvin Hamlisch and Alan & Marilyn Bergman best song Academy Awards and song of
the year Grammys, but it went to No. 1 only after it received a wah-wah-laden pop
makeover on Streisand's studio album following the film.
#89-Big Girls Don't Cry-Fergie
Peak Date: 9/8/2007
Peak Position: 1 (1)
The last of three singles from Fergie's 2006 solo debut,"The Dutchess," to claim the top spot
on the Hot 100 made her the first female artist to earn three No. 1s from one album since
Christina Aguilera did so in 2000. "Big Girls Don't Cry" was also Fergie's first No. 1 on
the Mainstream Top 40, Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40 charts.
#88-You Make Me Wanna...-Usher
Label: LaFace/Arista
Peak Date: 10/25/1997
Peak Position: 2
Hoping to mimic the success of TLC and Kris Kross, LaFace head Antonio "L.A." Reid paired a teenage
Usher with Jermaine Dupri for this track, which produced Usher's first of 14 top 10s on the Hot 100.
The 1997 hit was also Usher's first million-selling single.
#87-Best Of My Love-The Emotions
Label: Columbia
Peak Date: 8/20/1977
Peak Position: 1 (5)
The Emotions realized their biggest success after collaborating with Earth, Wind & Fire frontman
Maurice White. The pairing resulted in this, the trio's first and only No. 1 single. Powered by
the ladies' rich harmonies and White's sparkling production, the song ruled the Hot 100 for five
weeks in 1977.
#86-Another Day In Paradise-Phil Collins
Peak Date: 12/23/1989
Peak Position: 1 (4)
Phil Collins made it three chart leaders in a row with this weighty 1989 ballad, following
"Groovy Kind of Love" and "Two Hearts." "Paradise," Collins' last No. 1 to date and the last
song to ascend to the summit in the '80s, was one of 13 consecutive songs that he took into
the top 10 between 1984 and 1990.
#85-Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head-B.J.Thomas
Label: Scepter
Peak Date: 1/3/1970
Peak Position: 1 (4)
Recommended by labelmate Dionne Warwick to sing this Burt Bacharach-penned tune,B.J. Thomas took
the de facto theme to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" to No. 1 for four weeks in early 1970.
"Raindrops" also reached No. 1 at adult contemporary radio and earned the Academy Award for best song.
#84-I'll Be Missing You-Puff Daddy & Faith Evans & 112
Label: Bad Boy/Arista
Peak Date: 6/14/1997
Peak Position: 1 (11)
Recorded in memory of the Notorious B.I.G., this "Every Breath You Take"-sampling track held the top
position for 11 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100. Sting, Puff Daddy, B.I.G's widow Faith Evans and
112 performed it together during the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.
#83-Hurts So Good-John Cougar
Peak Date:8/7/1982
Peak Position: 2
Although "Jack and Diane" was the one that topped the Hot 100,the No. 2-peaking "Hurts So Good" was just
as enduring of a hit for this Indiana rocker, spending 16 weeks in the top 10 in 1982, the longest stretch
for any song in the 1980s. "Hurts" also won a Grammy for best male rock vocal performance in 1983.
#82-Killing Me Softly With His Song-Roberta Flack
Label: Atlantic
Peak Date: 2/24/1973
Peak Position: 1 (5)
Roberta Flack's heart-wrenching version of the Lori Lieberman-Charles Fox-Norman Gimbel collaboration
spent five weeks atop the Hot 100 in 1973 as her second No. 1 single and won three Grammys. After the
Fugees' cover of it became a massive hit in 1996,Flack's version returned to the charts in the form of
a Hot Dance Club Play-topping remix.
#81-Are You Lonesome Tonight?-Elvis Presley
Label: RCA Victor
Peak Date: 12/3/1960
Peak Position: 1 (6)
The last of three Elvis Presley Hot 100 chart-toppers in 1960,"Are You Lonesome To-Night?" was penned
in 1926 by vaudeville performer-turned-composer Lou Handman with Songwriters Hall of Fame lyricist Roy
Turk. Presley apparently first heard it while serving overseas in the Army and was urged to record it
upon his Stateside return by manager Col. Tom Parker.

#80-Waiting For A Girl Like You-Foreigner
Label: Atlantic
Peak Date: 11/28/1981
Peak Position: 2
This 1981 single was stuck at No. 2 on the Hot 100 for 10 weeks - with nine of those parked behind Olivia Newton-John's "Physical." It is thus tied with Missy Elliott's "Work It" for most weeks at No. 2 without ever reaching the top.
#79-Family Affair-Mary J. Blige
Label: MCA
Peak Date: 11/3/2001
Peak Position: 1 (6 wks)
This Dr. Dre-produced track was Mary J. Blige's first Hot 100 No. 1, spending six weeks on top at the end of
2001. Just as significant are Blige's use of words like "crunk," "dancery" and "hateration," which were new
to most listeners' ears at the time. "Family" later soundtracked a Propel Fitness Water commercial.
#78-I Swear-All-4-One
Label: Blitzz/Atlantic
Peak Date: 5/21/1994
Peak Position: 1 (11)
Initially a No. 42 pop hit for John Michael Montgomery, "I Swear" was later recorded by this R&B quartet
with producer David Foster. The song, written by Gary Baker and Frank J. Myers, promptly hit No. 1 on the
Hot 100 on May 21, 1994 and remained there for 11 consecutive weeks.
#77-Nothing Compares 2 U-Sinead O'Connor
Label: Ensign/EMI
Peak Date: 4/21/1990
Peak Position: 1 (4)
Penned by Prince and supported with a star-making video, "Nothing Compares 2 U" spent four weeks atop the Hot 100 in 1990.Sinead O'Connor used the popularity she gained with the track to express her political
views during an incendiary performance on "Saturday Night Live" in 1992, during which she tore up a photo
of Pope John Paul II.
#76-All Night Long (All Night)-Lionel Richie
Label: Motown
Peak Date: 11/12/1983
Peak Position: 1 (4)
This future wedding reception staple was at the time Lionel Richie's third No. 1 in a span of two years.
But fans were puzzled over the Jamaican chant in the middle, about which Richie told Record Mirror,"They
don't really mean anything, but you know what they mean-you know what I'm saying?" Whatever he was saying,the 1983 song spent four weeks atop the chart.
#75-My Sharona-The Knack
Label: Capitol
Peak Date: 8/25/1979
Peak Position: 1 (6)
Long before the Plain White T's said "Hey There" to Delilah, the Knack penned this hit about a teenage
crush.Lead singer Doug Fieger never managed to hook up with Sharona, but she did inspire him to write
the No. 1 song of 1979, which stayed at the top of the chart for six weeks.Since it topped the Hot 100,
the song has appeared in a number of movies, including "Reality Bites," and has been covered by everyone
from Nirvana to Italian metal band Eldritch. In 2006, the band even filed suit against Run-D.M.C.
for sampling the song in the rap act's 1986 single "It's Tricky." The band never replicated the success
it had with "Sharona"; follow-up single "Good Girls Don't" peaked at No. 11.
#74-Say You, Say Me
Lionel Richie
Label: Motown
Peak Date: 12/21/1985
Peak Position: 1 (4)
Going solo after penning a hit for Kenny Rogers ("Lady") and the title song for the film "Endless Love"
(a crossover No. 1 duet with Diana Ross), Richie wrote and performed three more No. 1 crossovers,
including 1985's "Say You, Say Me." The song spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
#73-Play That Funky Music-Wild Cherry
Label: Epic
Peak Date: 9/18/1976
Peak Position: 1 (3)
In the mid-'70s, with the rhythm of disco still dominating the airwaves, this Ohio rock band was often
asked to play some "funky music" during live gigs. In 1976, the group took the advice to heart, switched
up its sound and recorded a dancefloor smash that spent three weeks at No. 1 and gave the hecklers exactly
what they asked for.
#72-You're So Vain-Carly Simon
Label: Elektra
Peak Date: 1/6/1973
Peak Position: 1 (3)
One of the biggest enigmas in popular music, this track also carries one of the most famous refrains:
"You're so vain/I bet you think this song is about you." Simon has never publicly admitted who the song
is about. Regardless, it was a huge hit, spending three weeks at No. 1 in January 1973.
#71-Billie Jean-Michael Jackson
Label: Epic
Peak Date: 3/5/1983
Peak Position: 1 (7)
The first of two No. 1s (and second of seven top 10s) from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album, "Billie Jean"
has all the elements of Jackson in his prime, particularly a compelling storyline ("the kid is not my son")
and an insanely catchy melody atop an insistent beat. His "Moonwalk"-featuring performance of the song on the Motown 25 TV special forever cemented his superstardom.

#70-Abracadabra-The Steve Miller Band
Label: Capitol
Peak Date: 9/4/1982
Peak Position: 1 (2 wks)
Best-known for his light-hearted FM radio rock, Miller veered into the disco of the day for this
track and was rewarded with his third (and last) No. 1 Hot 100 hit. "Abracadabra" (which Miller
memorably rhymed with "Want to reach out and grab ya") unseated "Eye of the Tiger" in September 1982.
#69-Gangsta's Paradise-Coolio & L.V.
Label: MCA Soundtracks/MCA
Peak Date: 9/9/1995
Peak Position: 1 (3)
Artis Leon Ivey Jr. was no stranger to the Billboard charts in the early '90s. But the artist better-known
as Coolio didn't reach the top until 1995, when he borrowed an old Stevie Wonder melody and twisted it to give listeners a tour through his "Gangsta's Paradise." Though originally penned for the movie "Dangerous Minds," the hip-hop anthem quickly eclipsed the film, hitting No. 1 in 13 countries and ruling the Hot 100 for three weeks.Coolio, a Compton, Calif., native with intimate knowledge of the street life he detailed in the song, never again matched the chart success he achieved with "Paradise." He has since moved on to other projects, including online cooking show "Cookin' With Coolio."
#68-I Will Always Love You-Whitney Houston
Label: Arista
Peak Date: 11/28/1992
Peak Position: 1 (14)
A 1974 Hot Country Songs No. 1 for the song's writer Dolly Parton, "I Will Always Love You" rocketed to the
top of the Hot 100 for Whitney Houston on Nov. 28, 1992, and spend a whopping 14 weeks there. The song, part of the soundtrack to the film "The Bodyguard," which co-starred Houston opposite Kevin Costner, would make Houston the first woman to have a single reach the triple-platinum mark with sales of 3 million copies.
"I Will Always Love You" also earned Houston the best female pop vocal performance Grammy. The soundtrack to "The Bodyguard," which eventually sold more than 17 million copies, went on to spawn three more Hot 100 top 40 hits: "I Have Nothing," "Run to You" and "I'm Every Woman."
#67-Hot Suff-Donna Summer
Label: Casablanca
Peak Date: 6/2/1979
Peak Position: 1 (3)
No one was hotter than Donna Summer in 1979. That year, the diva notched five top 10 hits, with three of
them - including "Hot Stuff" - reaching No. 1. The surging rock track, which won Summer her second Grammy
award, spent four weeks atop the tally and was the first single from her "Bad Girls" album.
#66-You're Still The One-Shania Twain
Label: Mercury Nashville
Peak Date: 5/2/1998
Peak Position: 2
Written by Shania Twain and then-husband Mutt Lange about their relationship, "You're Still The One" was
the artist's first top 10 and most successful single on the Hot 100. Twain won two Grammy awards in 1999
for the track, as well as song of the year at the 1999 BMI Country Songwriter Awards.
#65-I Heard It Through The Grapevine-Marvin Gaye
Label: Tamla
Peak Date: 12/14/1968
Peak Position: 1 (7)
Known for soulful turns on his own and as a duet partner, Marvin Gaye pulled out all the stops in 1968.
"Grapevine" had been a No. 1 R&B and No. 2 pop hit a year earlier for fellow Motown act Gladys Knight &
the Pips, but Gaye's urgent plaint - underscored by his sexy demeanor - took the song to new heights.
It hit No. 1 on December 14, 1968 and spent seven weeks at the top.
#64-Dilemma-Nelly & Kelly Rowland
Label: Fo' Reel/Universal/UMRG
Peak Date: 8/17/2002
Peak Position: 1 (10)
While Nelly's "Hot in Herre" got parties started throughout 2002, his pairing with Destiny's Child's
Kelly Rowland on this sentimental rap track proved just as popular, providing the rapper a second
chart-topper. "Dilemma" spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, and was supported with a video featuring
Patti LaBelle as Rowland's mother.
#63-Sugar,Sugar-The Archies
Label: Calendar
Peak Date: 9/20/1969
Peak Position: 1 (4)
On the Sept. 20, 1969,Hot 100, the top five comprised Three Dog Night, Johnny Cash,Creedence Clearwater Revival,the Rolling Stones and,at No. 1, a group that actually never existed. The Archies comic strip,created in 1942,became a hit Saturday morning TV show created by Don Kirshner-who had guided the Monkees.
The bubble-gum bauble remained at the peak for four weeks and sold 3 million copies.Obviously its melody
had legs: A year later, Wilson Pickett recorded a cover of "Sugar, Sugar," which reached No. 25 on the
Hot 100. The Archies were hardly a one-hit wonder; among their four top 40 hits, follow-up "Jingle Jangle"
reached No. 10 later that year.
#62-Upside Down-Diana Ross
Label: Motown
Peak Date: 9/6/1980
Peak Position: 1 (4)
With disco still the genre du jour in the fall of 1980, Chic principals Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards
produced and wrote this danceable love song, which handed Ross four weeks atop the Hot 100. Parent album "Diana" also spawned another top five hit, "I'm Coming Out."
#61-That's What Friends Are For-Dionne & Friends
Label: Arista
Peak Date: 1/18/1986
Peak Position: 1 (4)
In Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick certainly had "Friends" in high places,
and together they wound up in the highest place of all on the 1986 Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart.
The song debuted Nov. 9, 1985, and peaked at No. 1 Jan. 18, 1986 (spending a total of four weeks in
the top spot) during its 23-week run on the Hot 100. Written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager
and originally recorded by Rod Stewart, the song became the second No. 1 each for Warwick and Knight,
the 10th for Wonder and the seventh for John. Among the all-star collaborators, only John has
returned to the pole position,posting two additional No. 1s in 1992 and 1997. Proceeds for "Friends"
were donated to the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

#60-Rush Rush-Paula Abdul
Label: Captive/Virgin
Peak Date: 6/15/1991
Peak Position: 1 (5 wks)
Between 1989 and 1991, Paula Abdul racked up six No. 1 hits on the Hot 100, beginning with
"Straight Up" and concluding with "The Promise of a New Day." The latter was the second single
from her sophomore album "Spellbound." However, the set's first single, "Rush Rush," is Abdul's
longest-running No. 1, with five weeks atop the list in 1991.
#59-Ebony And Ivory-Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
Label: Columbia
Peak Date: 5/15/1982
Peak Position: 1 (7)
Equating racial harmony with the peaceful coexistence of the black and white keys "side by side on
my piano," this superstar pairing from McCartney's "Tug of War" album spent seven weeks a No. 1 in
the spring of 1982. Although savaged by critics as sappy, the cut became the longest-running No. 1 of
Wonder's career as well as McCartney's post-Beatles period.
#58-Whoomp! (There It Is)
Tag Team
Label: Life/Bellmark
Peak Date: 7/31/1993
Peak Position: 2
This unabashed one-hit wonder has been a sporting event staple for nearly 15 years. The song hit No. 1
on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 1993 and spent seven weeks at No. 2 on the Hot 100. Later that year, it was
the theme song for the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies, all the way through their trip to the World Series.
#57-Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In-The 5th Dimension
Label: Soul City
Peak Date: 4/12/1969
Peak Position: 1 (6)
Introduced in the boundary-busting musical "Hair" in 1967, this track later became a multiformat hit for
the 5th Dimension two years later. Based on the belief that mankind would begin an age of enlightenment
at the end of the 20th century, "Aquarius" spent six weeks at No. 1 in 1969 and earned Grammys for record
of the year and best contemporary vocal performance by a group in 1970.
#56-I Love Rock 'N Roll-Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Label: Boardwalk
Peak Date: 3/20/1982
Peak Position: 1 (7)
Jett first heard this song on a TV series hosted by London-based American rock trio the Arrows,who wrote it.
In the mid-1970s, she tried to convince her band the Runaways to cut it but they declined. The singer recorded
it after that band broke up; a different version went on to spend seven weeks at No. 1 in 1982.
#55-Because I Love You (The Postman Song)-Stevie B
Label: LMR/RCA
Peak Date: 12/8/1990
Peak Position: 1 (4)
Crowned by fans the "King of Freestyle," Miami-born Steven Bernard Hill made his mark with uptempo dance
jams like "Party Your Body," "Spring Love (Come Back to Me)" and "I Wanna Be the One," but it was this ballad
that gave him his biggest Hot 100 hit. The song spent four weeks at No. 1.
#54-The Boy Is Mine-Brandy & Monica
Label: Atlantic
Peak Date: 6/6/1998
Peak Position: 1 (13)
This musical tug-of-war had one of the highest jumps to the top in Hot 100 history,leaping 23-1 in 1998.It was
the first No. 1 for both artists-and though they denied the song reflected any actual rivalry between them,
co-producer Rodney Jerkins claims he remixed "Boy" seven times to keep everything even.
#53-(Just Like) Starting Over-John Lennon
Label: Geffen
Peak Date: 12/27/1980
Peak Position: 1 (5)
"All through the taping of 'Starting Over,' I was calling what I was doing 'Elvis Orbison,'" Lennon told
Rolling Stone in 1980. "I'm a born-again rocker, I feel that refreshed." It was more than bitterly ironic
that a tune which found Lennon looking forward with renewed hopefulness was his last to enter the Hot 100
in his lifetime. The song went on to reach No. 1 on Dec. 27, 1980, 19 days after Lennon was killed.
#52-Centerfold-The J. Geils Band
Label: EMI America
Peak Date: 2/6/1982
Peak Position: 1 (6)
The J. Geils Band's only Hot 100 No. 1, "Centerfold" spent six weeks at the top in 1982.The uptempo rock tune-no doubt aided in popularity by its schoolgirls-in-lingerie music video-also surprisingly hit No. 12 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. It was followed by another pop smash, the No. 4 single "Freeze Frame."
#51-The Sign-Ace Of Base
Label: Arista
Peak Date: 3/12/1994
Peak Position: 1 (6)
Swede success was prevalent on the Hot 100 in the early '90s. Roxette ruled with "It Must Have Been Love" and "Joyride," while fellow Swedish act Ace of Base picked up the baton with "The Sign." After making its Hot 100 debut Jan. 1, 1994, the song hit No. 1 for four weeks beginning March 12 and then returned for two more weeks in May, becoming the first title since Men at Work's "Down Under" in 1983 to revisit the penthouse in a chart run after temporarily ceding it. All in all, "The Sign" spent the lion's share of 1994-41 weeks-on the Hot 100.The pop hit helped make its creators a memorable sign of their times. In a 1999 "South Park" episode, an unfrozen man-from the olden days of 1996-had his memory jogged when played the sounds of that omnipresent band of his day,Ace of Base.

#50-Apologize-Timbaland & OneRepublic
Label: Mosley/Blackground/Interscope
Peak Date: 11/10/2007
Peak Position: 2
Written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder for the band's 2007 debut "Dreaming Out Loud,"
"Apologize" later got the Timbaland remix treatment. That remix helped propel the song to No.2 in
late 2007. Its 25 weeks in the top 10 were the most there since Santana's "Smooth" featuring Rob
Thomas spent 30 in 1999."Apologize" has also sold more than 3.6 million downloads.
#49-Gold Digger-Kanye West & Jamie Foxx
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/IDJMG
Peak Date: 9/17/2005
Peak Position: 1 (10 wks)
Fresh from watching Jamie Foxx's turn as Ray Charles in the film "Ray," Kanye West reportedly hit
the studio to craft this song and asked Foxx to join in with his best imitation of the legendary
Charles' baritone. The result was his first No. 1 as a lead artist and one of the biggest songs of
2005. It spent 10 weeks at No. 1.
#48-I'm A Believer-The Monkees
Label: Colgems
Peak Date: 12/31/1966
Peak Position: 1 (7)
Just as he was first making yentas swoon as an artist, Neil Diamond was also a songwriting machine,
and his "I'm a Believer" is one of the Hot 100's finest specimens of pure pop genius. The single from
the Monkees' 1966 self-titled debut was the group's second No. 1 hit, remaining in the top spot for
seven weeks. Diamond himself took the song to No. 51 in 1971.
#47-Lady-Kenny Rogers
Label: Liberty
Peak Date: 11/15/1980
Peak Position: 1 (6)
After a split with his longtime producer Larry Butler, Kenny Rogers enlisted the services of the Commodores'
Lionel Richie. Once they met, Richie finished a pair of songs he'd been working on. One of them, "Lady,"
gave Rogers his fourth million-selling single and became his first No. 1 on the Hot 100 in November 1980.
#46-Stayin' Alive-Bee Gees
Label: RSO
Peak Date: 2/4/1978
Peak Position: 1 (4)
For better or for worse, there are few songs more associated with the disco phenomenon than this four-week
No. 1, which soundtracked the opening sequence of the mega-hit "Saturday Night Fever." A lasting symbol of
the era, it has been parodied by everyone from "The Simpsons" to Volkswagen.
#45-Let Me Love You-Mario
Label: 3rd Street/J/RMG
Peak Date: 1/1/2005
Peak Position: 1 (9)
The first single from Mario's 2004 album, "Turning Point" was produced by Scott Storch and written by a then
barely known Shaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith. It held the No. 1 position on the Hot 100 for nine weeks and is easily
Mario's biggest hit to date.
#44-Call Me-Blondie
Label: Chrysalis
Peak Date: 4/19/1980
Peak Position: 1 (6)
If Stevie Nicks hadn't signed a restrictive contract with Motown, "Call Me" might never have been written.
Blondie was commissioned by "American Gigolo" score composer/soundtrack producer Giorgio Moroder to write the movie's theme song after Nicks turned him down. From Moroder's rough sketches came the sassy song, which spent six weeks atop the Hot 100 in the spring of 1980. The song was also a huge hit in the United Kingdom,culminating in a starring role in a British Telecom ad. Blondie had one previous No. 1 song, "Heart of Glass," and went on to hit the top spot twice more, with "The Tide Is High" and "Rapture."
#43-End Of The Road-Boyz II Men
Label: Biv 10/Motown
Peak Date: 8/15/1992
Peak Position: 1 (13)
Co-written and co-produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds for the soundtrack to Eddie Murphy's film
"Boomerang," this song was Boyz II Men's third R&B No. 1 and first No. 1 pop hit. However, the torch
song culminated in a chart milestone. It remained atop the Hot 100 for a then-record 13 weeks. The quartet
 went on to break its own record in 1994 with "I'll Make Love to You." The single not only resulted in
another No. 1 R&B/pop hit but spent 14 weeks as the country's top pop record-a feat shared earlier in 1992
by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." The still-standing record of 16 weeks atop the Hot 100 would
yet again belong to Boyz II Men, established when "One Sweet Day," with Mariah Carey, reigned in 1995-96.
#42-No One
Alicia Keys
Label: MBK/J/RMG
Peak Date: 12/1/2007
Peak Position: 1 (5)
"This is one song that just wrote itself," Keys told Billboard just as "No One" reached No. 4 in November 2007, on its way to five weeks at No. 1. "I needed to say this. It's full force, classical yet vintage, desperate yet
triumphant. I want people to feel my soul."
#41-Candle In The Wind (1997)/Something About The Way You Look Tonight-Elton John
Label: Rocket/A&M
Peak Date: 10/11/1997
Peak Position: 1 (14)
When Elton John originally released "Candle in the Wind" in 1973, his swooning ode to Marilyn Monroe became a modest U.K. hit. A live version released in '88 rose higher in the charts, peaking at No. 6 in the United States. But it wasn't until John rerecorded the song nine years later, and changed the lyrics to mourn the late Princess Diana of Wales, that the song truly resonated with listeners on a mammoth scale. "Candle 1997" topped singles charts in 11 countries, sold more than 33 million copies worldwide and became the seventh song to debut atop the Hot 100, where it stayed for 14 weeks. Despite the success of the double-sided single, John has refused to perform the song's "England's Rose" version in public since debuting it at Diana's funeral 11 years ago.

#40-Shadow Dancing-Andy Gibb
Label: RSO
Peak Date: 6/17/1978
Peak Position: 1 (7 wks)
When the Bee Gees launched younger brother Andy Gibb in the midst of their hallowed disco days, he became the first debut solo artist in the history of the Hot 100 to score three consecutive No. 1s, with "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" and, in 1978, "Shadow Dancing"-the last of which spent seven weeks atop the chart. Gibb's astonishing run went on to include three more top 10s and a total of nine top 40 hits between 1977 and 1981.He also became one of the first tabloid mainstays, with romantic ties to Victoria Principal in the early '80s and the drama surrounding his sudden death in 1988 from alleged cocaine abuse.
#39-I Want To Hold Your Hand-The Beatles
Label: Capitol
Peak Date: 2/1/1964
Peak Position: 1 (7)
"British Beatles Hottest Capitol Single Ever," read the front-page headline in the Jan. 18, 1964, issue of Billboard,the week that "I Want to Hold Your Hand" debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 45. Two weeks later, the song, with its octave-jumping chorus, reached No. 1. It held that spot for seven weeks, the first of the Beatles' still-unbroken record of 20 chart-topping hits. The song was atop the Hot 100 as the Beatles touched down in New York on February 7,1964 for their first U.S. visit. Beatlemania was born.
#38-It's All In The Game-Tommy Edwards
Label: MGM
Peak Date: 10/4/1958
Peak Position: 1 (6)
Originally recorded in 1951, Tommy Edwards cut a more upbeat rock'n'roll version of the song seven years later that hit the top of the Hot 100 for six weeks. The oft-covered track is based on a composition by Charles Dawes, the 30th vice president of the United States and a self-taught pianist.
#37-Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree-Tony Orlando & Dawn
Label: Bell
Peak Date: 4/21/1973
Peak Position: 1 (4)
In 1970, Tony Orlando was a retired singer of covers with a pair of top 30 hits.He was working as a publisher
for Columbia Records, and upon discovering "Candida" in 1970, producer Hank Medress insisted he dub over the original track. To save face, Orlando decided to record the song as "Dawn." When it reached No. 3 on the Hot 100, the singer was willing to return as a marquee act with "Knock Three Times," which hit No. 1 for three weeks. Three years later, Tony Orlando & Dawn-featuring Motown/Stax backing vocalist Thelma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent Wilson and Vincent Wilson's sister Pamela Vincent-hit Hot 100 pay dirt with "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree,"which spent four weeks at No. 1 stateside and in the United Kingdom,seven weeks in Australia and earned a Grammy nod.
#36-How You Remind Me-Nickelback
Label: Roadrunner/IDJMG
Peak Date: 12/22/2001
Peak Position: 1 (4)
Calling "How You Remind Me" a "breakthrough song" for Nickelback is an understatement akin to saying
Michael Phelps is a good swimmer. The accolades that the Canadian rock band's first top 40 hit-and
eventual No. 1-amassed include the band's first Grammy nomination, a Juno Award and multiple No. 1
rankings on Billboard's 2002 year-end charts. The ubiquitous single, which ultimately spent 49 weeks
on the Hot 100, also helped propel parent album "Silver Side Up" to six-times-platinum.
#35-Say Say Say-Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Label: Columbia
Peak Date: 12/10/1983
Peak Position: 1 (6)
"Say Say Say," a Hot 100 No. 1, was the first single from Paul McCartney's "Pipes of Peace" album, but
not his first duet with Michael Jackson. Earlier in 1983, the duo stalled at No. 2 for three weeks with
their first charting collaboration, "The Girl Is Mine" - the lead single from Jackson's "Thriller" album.
#34-Another One Bites The Dust-Queen
Label: Elektra
Peak Date: 10/4/1980
Peak Position: 1 (3)
Queen's biggest U.S. hit:which spent three weeks atop the Hot 100 after reaching No. 1 on Oct. 4, 1980-is
attached to a fascinating piece of trivia.If you suddenly find yourself performing CPR on someone, pace
the chest compressions by thinking of the song's funky bassline. Why? The notes equal 100 beats per minute,The same rate at which compressions must be applied.
#33-Night Fever-Bee Gees
Label: RSO
Peak Date: 3/18/1978
Peak Position: 1 (8)
Looking back on "Saturday Night Fever," the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb told Billboard in 2001, "Nobody had any
clue it was going to be big." But big it was, especially this cut, which spent eight weeks at No. 1 in 1978.
It was the third in a string of six consecutive Bee Gees No. 1 Hot 100 hits from 1977-1979.
#32-Let's Get It On-Marvin Gaye
Label: Tamla
Peak Date: 9/8/1973
Peak Position: 1 (2)
The title track for Marvin Gaye's 1973 album "Let's Get It On" was originally written as a political song-until
co-writer Ed Townsend insisted that a tune with that name should be about just that. With revised lyrics and
Gaye's emotional energy, the cut was transformed into one of the greatest sexual liberation anthems of all
time.It reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 on Sept. 8, 1973.
#31-Silly Love Songs-Wings
Label: Capitol
Peak Date: 5/22/1976
Peak Position: 1 (5)
Paul McCartney's response to criticism that his songs were lyrically and melodically fluffy was to release this
bouncy piece of pop cotton candy as the lead single from the band's "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album. Quickly gaining favor at radio, the single debuted in April 1976 while Wings were in the midst of a world tour and began a five-week run at No. 1 in May in just its seventh chart week, eventually spending 19 weeks on the chart.

#30-Truly Madly Deeply-Savage Garden
Label: Columbia
Peak Date: 1/17/1998
Peak Position: 1 (2 wks)
This Australian duo rose from Down Under to the Billboard Hot 100 pinnacle with "Truly Madly Deeply" in 1998 and again in 2000 with "I Knew I Loved You." In addition, both ballads were not only Adult Contemporary No. 1s, but also the top songs of the year at the format on Billboard's year-end rankings for 1998 and 2000, respectively.
#29-One Sweet Day-Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
Label: Columbia
Peak Date: 12/2/1995
Peak Position: 1 (16)
It's hardly surprising this ballad set the record that still stands for most weeks (16) a title has reigned
atop the Hot 100: Carey and Boyz II Men had already owned the chart in the '90s, the former having spent 36
weeks at No. 1 and the latter 33 before the coronation of "One Sweet Day" in late 1995.
#28-The Battle Of New Orleans-Johnny Horton
Label: Columbia
Peak Date: 6/1/1959
Peak Position: 1 (6)
Columbia artist Johnny Horton's manager, Tillman Franks, suggested that his client experiment with saga songs.Franks just happened to have one he'd written in his back pocket, and in April 1959, "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)" became Horton's first such narrative hit-and his first No. 1 Country single. A "Louisiana Hayride" star best-known for rockabilly-styled uptempo fare, Horton followed "Springtime" with Jimmy Driftwood's "The Battle of New Orleans," which spent 10 weeks atop the Country singles list and six weeks atop the Hot 100. Horton's version was banned in the United Kingdom because of the line "the bloody British," but with a slightly altered lyric, Lonnie Donegan's cover became a sizable hit there.
#27-Tossin' And Turnin'-Bobby Lewis
Label: Beltone
Peak Date: 7/10/1961
Peak Position: 1 (7)
Bobby Lewis was a Detroit-based R&B singer whose exciting performances carried echoes of his mentor,
Jackie Wilson. Shopping for a label in New York, he visited Beltone Records, where he ran into songwriter
Ritchie Adams of doo-wop act the Fireflies ("You Were Mine"), a group with which Lewis had once shared a
bill at the Apollo Theater. Written by Adams and Beltone label head Joe Rene, "Tossin' and Turnin'" is the most thrilling depiction of insomnia ever recorded. In addition to the song's seven weeks atop the Hot 100, the song was also No. 1 for 10 weeks on the R&B chart. Currently Disney's DTV cartoon video featuring Goofy, Donald Duck,Mickey Mouse and others illustrating the song's vivid themes can be seen on YouTube and elsewhere.
#26-Flashdance...What A Feeing-Irene Cara
Label: Casablanca
Peak Date: 5/28/1983
Peak Position: 1 (6)
Irene Cara became a breakout star in 1980, starring in "Fame" and singing its Academy Award-nominated theme, which peaked at No. 4. She one-upped herself with the 1983 theme to "Flashdance," produced by Giorgio Moroder.Not only did the uptempo song about the inspirational "feeling" of dancing hold at No. 1 for six weeks,it also earned the pair an Oscar for best song.
#25-Every Breath You Take-The Police
Label: A&M
Peak Date: 7/9/1983
Peak Position: 1 (8)
A review in the May 28, 1983, issue described the new Police single, "Every Breath You Take," as "
pop distilled to its barest essentials" and "compelling." Fans certainly agreed, driving the haunting
and beautiful song to No. 1 on the Hot 100 for the week ending July 9, 1983, and reigning for eight frames.
It was the first and only chart-topping Hot 100 hit for the Police, who had reached the top five only once
before with "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," a No. 3 hit in 1981. "Breath" was memorably sampled in
 "I'll Be Missing You," the 1997 multi-artist tribute to slain rapper the Notorious B.I.G., itself a No.
1 for 11 weeks by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans, & 112.
#24-Too Close-Next
Label: Arista
Peak Date: 4/25/1998
Peak Position: 1 (5)
Sampling Kurtis Blow's "X-Mas Rappin'," this song was Minneapolis trio Next's first chart-topping R&B
single and only No. 1 pop hit. Initially calling themselves Straight4ward, founding members R.L. Huggar
and brothers Terry and Raphael Brown received early mentoring from Sounds of Blackness lead singer Ann
Nesby.After producer/Naughty by Nature member KayGee later took the group under his wing, signing it to
his Arista-distributed Divine Mill label, Next's debut, "Rated Next," garnered double-platinum certification.
In addition to "Too Close," the album spun off two other top 10 R&B hits and top 20 pop singles: "Butta Love"
and "I Still Love You."
#23-Low-Flo Rida & T-Pain
Label: Poe Boy/Atlantic
Peak Date: 1/5/2008
Peak Position: 1 (10)
Flo Rida - who at one point was nearly homeless - found salvation with Poe Boy/Atlantic and this song featuring hitmaker T-Pain. "Low" spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and set the weekly digital sales record during the 2007 holiday season, selling 470,000 copies. "They say if you grind hard enough, you'll shine," Flo Rida told Billboard last year. "It's the greatest feeling in the world."
#22-I Just Want To Be Your Everything-Andy Gibb
Label: RSO
Peak Date: 7/30/1977
Peak Position: 1 (4)
Brother Barry came up with the melody for this song, which topped the Hot 100 for four weeks in the summer of 1977 and was followed by two consecutive No. 1s: "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" and "Shadow Dancing," the No.1 single of 1978.
#21-Eye Of The Tiger-Survivor
Label: Scotti Bros.
Peak Date: 7/24/1982
Peak Position: 1 (6)
Pre-"Rocky III," Survivor had only grazed the top 40 with "Poor Man's Son." But in 1982, when Sylvester Stallone asked the group to record the theme for the movie with a similar sound, the band's fortunes quickly changed.
Watching a rough cut, keyboardist Jim Peterik repeatedly heard the phrase, "Keep the eye of the tiger,"-and
90 minutes later had the framework for this enduring hit. "Eye Of The Tiger" spent six weeks at No. 1.

#20-How Deep Is Your Love-Bee Gees
Label: RSO
Peak Date: 12/14/1977
Peak Position: 1 (3 wks)
The captivating ballad was the first of the singles from "Saturday Night Fever" to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100;
it remained there for three weeks during its then-record-breaking 17 weeks in the top 10. The song also won
the 1977 Grammy Award for best pop performance for a duo or group with vocal. 
#19-Le Freak-Chic
Label: Atlantic
Peak Date: 12/9/1978
Peak Position: 1 (6)
Set off by the infectious refrain, "Aaah, freak out!," "Le Freak" topped the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
in 1978. The song reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 on Dec. 9 and spent six weeks there. Chic's unique sound possessed far-reaching impact,inspiring pioneering rap acts Grandmaster Flash and the Sugarhill Gang as well as rock/pop icons Queen and Blondie.
#18-The Theme From "A Summer Place"
Percy Faith & His Orchestra
Label: Columbia
Peak Date: 2/27/1960
Peak Position: 1 (9)
If you found only one easy listening song in a college student's music library during the early '60s,
it would have been Percy Faith's rendition of "Theme from 'A Summer Place.'" With a melody carried by
Faith's orchestra string section, the instrumental entered the Hot 100 at No. 96 in the Jan. 16, 1960,
issue and rose to No. 1 in its seventh chart week."Summer Place" held the pole position for nine straight
weeks, the chart's longest consecutive-week reign at the time. Consecutive weeks or not, no other instrumental to date has led the Hot 100 as long as this record of the year Grammy winner.
#17-I'll Make Love To You-Boyz II Men
Label: Motown
Peak Date: 8/27/1994
Peak Position: 1 (14)
During its 33-week run on the Hot 100 in 1994, Billboard mused that this Babyface-penned song had "all the right ingredients: tight harmonies, white-knuckled lead vocals, a slow and grinding urban groove, and words of undying love." Listeners agreed: The song spent 14 weeks atop the chart.
#16-(Everything I Do) I Do It For You-Bryan Adams
Label: A&M
Peak Date: 7/27/1991
Peak Position: 1 (7)
"Everything I Do" was well on its way to being the hit that never was. Penned by Michael Kamen and Bryan Adams for the latter's "Waking Up the Neighbours" album, "Everything I Do" was proposed for the soundtrack to the Kevin Costner-starring "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." The film's producers asked that the melody be rewritten,but the writers refused. The single could have languished there, but the film team compromised and opted to include the song during the end credits. What no one knew was that the soft-rock ballad would have legs nonetheless; it went on to top the Hot 100 for seven weeks in 1991 and scored a record-crumbling 16 weeks on the U.K. singles chart. 
#15-Foolish Games/You Were Meant For Me-Jewel
Label: Atlantic
Peak Date: 4/19/1997
Peak Position: 2
Jewel's debut single, "Who Will Save Your Soul," became a surprise No. 11 breakout, fueling the release of
"You Were Meant for Me," which carried her to No. 2 on the Hot 100 on April 19, 1997. (A CD-single release
of follow-up "Foolish Games" included "Meant" as the B-side.) The song remained on the chart for a
then-record-setting 65 weeks.
#14-Tonight's The Night(Gonna Be Alright)-Rod Stewart
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak Date: 11/13/1976
Peak Position: 1 (8)
The seduction ballad from Rod Stewart's "Night on the Town" album caused a fair amount of controversy for its lyrics about the deflowering of a "virgin child," but nevertheless the single held sway on the Hot 100 for
eight weeks beginning in the fall of 1976. The song, which spent 23 weeks on the chart, is also known for
featuring romantic murmuring in French near the fade-out from actress Britt Ekland, Stewart's girlfriend
at the time.
#13-Endless Love-Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Label: Motown
Peak Date: 8/15/1981
Peak Position: 1 (9)
"When I put out 'Endless Love' . . . during the days of disco, the reaction was, 'Are you nuts?' "
Lionel Richie told Billboard with amusement in 2002. But it was Richie who had the last laugh as his
theme song for the 1981 film, a duet with Diana Ross, spent nine weeks at No. 1 during its 27 weeks
on the Hot 100.
#12-Bette Davis Eyes-Kim Carnes
Label: Capitol
Peak Date: 5/16/1981
Peak Position: 1 (9)
The battle for the No. 1 song of 1981 was a photo finish between two dramatically disparate hits that
both spent nine weeks at the top of the Hot 100. Lionel Richie and Diana Ross teamed for the creamy
love theme to the film "Endless Love," while Kim Carnes released the synth-driven new wave-pop "Bette
Davis Eyes." Written by Jackie DeShannon-who had top 10 hits with "What the World Needs Now Is Love"
and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"-and Donna Weiss, the original version of "Bette" was arranged as
a honky-tonk song. Carnes' synth player Bill Cuomo refashioned the track to the version we know today,
which ultimately topped the 1981 year-end Hot 100, with "Endless Love" taking the runner-up position.
"Bette Davis Eyes" also achieved a hallowed one-two punch at the Grammys, winning record and song of the year.
#11-Yeah!-Usher,Lil' Jon & Ludacris
Label: LaFace/Zomba
Peak Date: 2/28/2004
Peak Position: 1 (12)
"Yeah!" was the first single from Usher's fourth studio album, 2004's "Confessions," the follow-up to his
multiplatinum third set, 2001's "8701." The crunk and R&B "Yeah!," produced by Lil Jon and Sean Garrett and
featuring Ludacris, spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and also went to No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. "Yeah!" helped propel "Confessions" to record-breaking first-week sales. The 1.1 million units the album scanned broke R. Kelly's record of 540,000 copies of 2000's "" for the highest first-week numbers scanned by a male R&B artist in Nielsen SoundScan history.

#10-UN-BREAK MY HEART-Toni Braxton
Label: LaFace/Arista
Peak Date: 12/7/1996
Peak Position: 1 (11 wks)
Three years after winning the 1993 best new artist Grammy Award, Toni Braxton released her second consecutive
multiplatinum album, "Secrets." The follow-up to her self-titled LaFace Records debut spun off the preacher's
daughter's first Hot 100 No. 1 ("You're Makin' Me High") and this, the biggest hit of her career. The song-written
by Diane Warren, produced by David Foster and rendered in Braxton's distinctive, husky alto-spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. A "Diva Mix" of the track, inspired by her show-opening performance at the 1996 Billboard Music Awards, spread "Heart" to overseas success as well.
Label: Island/IDJMG
Peak Date: 6/4/2005
Peak Position: 1 (14)
After 15 No. 1 songs, Mariah Carey signed an $80 million contract with Virgin and then proceeded to infamously lose her cool during a bizarre 2001 taping of MTV's "TRL" and star in flop film "Glitter." But Carey managed to regroup after her early-'00s rough patch. In 2005,the songstress released comeback album "The Emancipation of Mimi" via her new label, Island Records. The Jermaine Dupri-produced "We Belong Together" was a monster single that sat at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks and helped "Mimi" go on to sell 5.9 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since "Together," Carey has returned to No. 1 two additional times for a total of 18 No. 1 Hot 100 singles.Her sum is second only to the Beatles' 20 No. 1 hits.
 #8-HEY JUDE-The Beatles
Label: Apple
Peak Date: 9/28/1968
Peak Position: 1 (9)
The first single released by the Beatles on their own Apple Records label, "Hey Jude" was written in 1968 by
Paul McCartney to comfort John Lennon's son Julian on the divorce of his parents, John and Cynthia Lennon.
"I started with the idea, 'Hey Jules,' which was Julian, don't make it bad, take a sad song and make it better,
" McCartney told biographer Barry Miles. "Hey Jude" entered the Hot 100 Sept. 14, 1968, at No. 10 and rose to
No. 1 two weeks later. It held the top spot for nine weeks, making it the longest-reigning hit in the band's career.
 #7-YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE-Debby Boone
Label: Warner Bros./Curb
Peak Date: 10/15/1977
Peak Position: 1 (10)
Pat Boone's four daughters tried for years to forge a music career as the Boone Sisters with no luck.
Label honcho Mike Curb was determined to launch lead Debby as a solo artist and found the ideal song
at a screening of the movie "You Light Up My Life." Curb borrowed the instrumental track and had Boone's
vocal recorded over it. His instincts were right on: "Light" remained at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for 10 weeks
beginning in October 1977, a record at the time for a female artist, and won an Academy Award for best
original song and a Grammy Award for Boone as best new artist.
 #6-PHYSICAL-Olivia Newton-John
Label: MCA
Peak Date: 11/21/1981
Peak Position: 1 (10)
Life imitates art. After Olivia Newton-John took the character Sandy from virginal to vamp in the 1978 film
"Grease," the longtime girl-next-door singer rattled pop culture with her 1982 single "Physical"-which was
loaded with sexual innuendo (sample lyric: "There's nothing left to talk about unless it's horizontally." Oh, my!)
On a more innocent front,the song also became a staple of the ubiquitous aerobics movement of the day.In all,the song spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, following previous chart-toppers "I Honestly Love You,"
"Have You Never Been Mellow," "You're the One That I Want" and "Magic," amid a top 40 run that garnered 27
hits from 1971 to 1985. Grammy voters awarded "Physical" video of the year. 
Label: RCA
Peak Date: 8/3/1996
Peak Position: 1 (14)
The bilingual Bayside Boys Mix of Los del Rio's "Macarena" spent 14 weeks at No. 1 in 1996,
gaining the top position several weeks before it was used to introduce-and provide a punch line
for-Al Gore's speech at that year's Democratic National Convention. The song spent 23 weeks in
the top 10.The flamenco-flavored party track and accompanying dance by two middle-aged men named
Antonio Romero and Rafael Ruiz was already a hit in Spain in 1993, and "Macarena" was a favorite
on cruise ships before docking in Miami's South Beach clubs by mid-decade. It first appeared on
the Hot 100 in 1995.After the success of the Bayside Boys Mix in 1996, an early version by Los del Rio
spent 21 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at No. 23.
 #4-HOW DO I LIVE-LeAnn Rimes
Label: Curb
Peak Date: 12/13/1997
Peak Position: 2
LeAnn Rimes' second Hot 100 entry, after the 1996 No. 26-peaking "Blue," stands as the longest-running
Hot 100 title of all-time, charting for 69 weeks total between June 1997 and October 1998. The song,
recorded when Rimes was only 14, even outlasted two of her follow-up releases on the chart. It also led
Adult Contemporary for 11 weeks and has gone on to sell 3.5 million physical singles. On the digital front,
it routinely shifts more than 1,000 units per week, for a to-date total in excess of 203,000. "It's just
one of those songs that lives on in everyone's life," Rimes says today.
 #3-MACK THE KNIFE-Bobby Darin
Label: Atco
Peak Date: 10/5/1959
Peak Position: 1 (9)
In 1958, "Splish Splash" put then-22-year-old Bobby Darin on the map, and three more hits in quick succession cemented his teen appeal. But the furiously ambitious Darin wanted the longevity promised by singing in supper clubs, appealing to Frank Sinatra's audience. "In night clubs I lean to other things. I even do 'Mack the Knife' from 'The Threepenny Opera,' " Darin told Billboard at the time. He recorded "Mack" for his standards album "That's All," produced by Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun and Jerry Wexler for Atlantic's Atco imprint. After reaching No. 1 in late 1959, it went on to win the Grammy Award for record of the year as well as a slightly belated nod for Darin as best new artist.
Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
Label: Arista
Peak Date: 10/23/1999
Peak Position: 1 (12)
Exactly 30 years before Santana reached No. 1 in October 1999 with "Smooth," his eponymous band made its first appearance on the Hot 100 with a single titled "Jingo." It wasn't an auspicious debut, as it only peaked at No. 56.But if you had told Carlos Santana back then that he would have the biggest hit of his career 30 years later to the week, do you think he would have believed you? Probably not. Co-written by Itaal Shur and matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas, "Smooth" introduced Santana's smash album "Supernatural" and became one the biggest radio monsters of the decade, spending 12 weeks at No. 1.
Label: Parkway
Peak Date: 09/19/60 & 01/13/62
Peak Position: 1 (1 wk) & 1 (2wks)
"I resurrected a corpse" is how Chubby Checker feels about recording "The Twist" in the early summer of 1960.And Frankenstein's monster had nothing on his achievement."The Twist" is the only song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to enjoy two separate chart runs to No. 1: Sept. 19, 1960 (one week), and, following an October 1961 appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Jan. 13, 1962 (two weeks). It also set a record for the most weeks (39) on the Hot 100 by a No. 1 song that held until UB40's "Red Red Wine" lasted 40 weeks in 1988.Others have since surpassed the mark."'The Twist' brought the world dancing apart to the beat," says Checker,now 66, who was born Ernest Evans in South Carolina before moving to Philadelphia."Then came all our dances-the Pony,the Mashed Potato, the Fly, the Hucklebuck-all dancing apart to the beat. Chubby gave us that. How did he do it?With 'The Twist.'"The song was the gift that kept on giving for Checker, as five more of his 32 Hot 100 entries mined the dance. He even joined the Fat Boys for "The Twist (Yo, Twist)," which hit No. 16 in 1988.Checker's recent single, "Knock Down the Walls," reached No. 1 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart.

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