This is a comprehensive listing that highlights significant achievements and milestones based upon Billboard magazine 's singles charts, most notably the Billboard Hot This list spans the period from the issue dated January 1, to present. The Billboard Hot began with the issue dated August 4, , and is currently the standard popular music chart in the United States. These charts, which ranged from 20 to slots, were phased out at different times between and Though technically not part of the Hot chart history, select data from these charts are included for computational purposes, and to avoid unenlightening or misleading characterizations. In , for the 50th anniversary of the Hot , Billboard magazine compiled a ranking of the best-performing songs on the chart over the 50 years, along with the best-performing artists. Also shown are the artists placing the most songs on the overall "all-time" top song list.
This is a list of songs that have peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot and the magazine's national singles charts that preceded it. Introduced in , the Hot is the pre-eminent singles chart in the United States , currently monitoring the most popular singles in terms of popular radio play , single purchases and online streaming. The following year-by-year, week-by-week listings are based on statistics accrued by Billboard magazine before and after the inception of its Hot popularity chart in August Later charts also include digital single sales, online streaming, and YouTube hits. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the current year's number one hits, see List of Billboard Hot number-one singles of Lists of Billboard number-one singles.
It was 50 years ago this week that the most successful group in Billboard Hot history enjoyed what was essentially their chart swan song. The Beatles, band behind a still-record 20 No. Of course, to even have a "final No. We settled at a minimum of four total No. Shout out as well to one of the single's B-sides, the extended instrumental "Dance on Your Knees," a rare full dance-funk workout for the Philly duo. After a run of four No. An enduring wedding and bar mitzvah staple, "December, " is particularly notable within the Four Seasons' catalog for not featuring the legendary Frankie Valli on lead vocals, with drummer Gerry Polci instead taking the mic to rhapsodize about a life-changing sexual encounter a decade prior. This elegant duet was the last of six No. While it's hardly surprising that the amiably filthy Prince would name a come-hither bedroom funk tune "Cream," it's still pretty remarkable he managed to make this less-than-veiled entendre rise to the top of the Hot in for his fifth and final No. A far cry from his frenetic chart-toppers such as "Kiss" or "Let's Go Crazy," "Cream" is also his most easy-going smash, leaving you thirsty for another drop when it gently peters out after four minutes.
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