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Songs that dominated Billboard charts the longest

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Songs that dominated Billboard charts the longest

There are songs out there that, for whatever reason, just seem to stick. Hits like Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road”—a collaboration with country star Billy Ray Cyrus—just can’t get out of people’s heads. That track, which is the penultimate representation of the artist’s blended identity of hip-hop and country music influence, broke the record for most consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. But Lil Nas X is hardly an anomaly—our culture is filled with songs that just don’t quit. Which is why today, Stacker is inspecting the top 101 songs that dominated the charts the longest.

While “Old Town Road” has been on the charts for 21 weeks, it has a long way to go to catch Imagine Dragons’ 2014 hit “Radioactive,” which holds the record for most weeks in the Top 100 with 87, although it only peaked at #3.

To determine the longest-serving songs as of July 2019, Stacker consulted the Billboard Hot 100. Songs are ranked by the number of weeks they spent at #1 on the chart, and ties are broken by the number of weeks they spent on the charts in total.

Every decade is represented since the Hot 100 came into existence, with Bobby Darin’s 1959 serial killer-inspired ballad “Mack the Knife” representing the oldest song in the slideshow. Some songs on the list almost didn’t come to pass. Beyoncé’s breakthrough single “Irreplaceable,” which became an anthem for female empowerment, was written by Ne-Yo from a male perspective and was originally intended for country stars Shania Twain or Faith Hill. Others, like the “Macarena” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me, Maybe” set off cultural phenomena that pushed celebrities and athletes to join the craze. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men each have a pair in the top 10.

Some tunes represented here were misinterpreted upon release, such as The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” which was thought to be a love song, but lead singer Sting revealed it was about stalking. Whatever your musical preference, the wide variety of songs that have ruled the Billboard Hot 100 charts will leave you humming a tune in your head.

Read on to find out while songs dominated Billboard’s charts the longest.

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#100. ‘U Got It Bad’ by Usher (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 6
- Total weeks on chart: 22
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 15, 2001 to Feb. 16, 2002

"U Got it Bad" is part of Usher’s album "8701" and part of a singles chronology that includes "U Remind Me" and "U Don't Have to Call." The track is four minutes and seven seconds of pure, hot funk, and held the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Nickelback knocked "U Got it Bad" from #1 with "How You Remind Me," but listeners tuned back into Usher after that to give his song another five weeks at top status.

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#100. ‘The Hills’ by The Weeknd (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 6
- Total weeks on chart: 22
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 3 to Nov. 7, 2015

Canadian native The Weeknd swapped out his #1 Billboard Hot 100 “Can’t Feel My Face” with “The Hills” in October 2015, a feat only Taylor Swift could claim up to that point. Two popular remixes with rapper Eminem and Nicki Minaj, respectively, were released shortly after the alternative R&B song’s debut, keeping it front and center for six weeks. Rolling Stone ranked it at #11 on its 2015 year-end list of best songs; Time placed it at #5.

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#99. ‘Thrift Shop’ by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

- Weeks at #1: 6
- Total weeks on chart: 26
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 2 to April 13, 2013

“Thrift Shop” was released in August 2012 and took its time to reach its six-week, #1 status the following year. The track has since become the 40th most-viewed video of all time, according to Billboard, reporting it reached over 1 billion views in 2016. Lead singer Macklemore thanked fans for their viewership of the video, which according to the frontman got made with “$5,000 and community of folks that lent us their stores, clothes, cars, time, energy & love.”

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#98. ‘Thank U, Next’ by Ariana Grande

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 8
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 17, 2018, to Jan. 5, 2019

Ariana Grande admits she doesn't remember recording “Thank U, Next," because she was suffering from alcoholism and depression following the September 2018 overdose of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Recorded a month after Miller’s death, the self-empowerment song lyrics, based on her past romantic relationships, landed Grande the 2019 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Song of the Year.

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#95. ‘Blank Space' by Taylor Swift (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 9
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 29, 2014 to Jan. 10, 2015

Taylor Swift set the bar as the first female artist in the history of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 to bump herself from the top of the charts, knocking “Shake it Off” from the top. Similar to many of Swift’s song lyrics, “Blank Space” blurts out bad relationship details to a hip-hop beat. The song, which hit #1 after three weeks, is the third Swift hit, including “Shake it Off,” and “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” that she co-wrote with Max Martin and Shellback.

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#95. ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ by The Beatles (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 9
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 1 to March 14, 1964

The British Invasion of America began with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” As the first song produced by the Beatles using four-track technology, the ballad, released after “She Loves You,” and “Love Me Do,” only took 17 takes to cut. 'In the first week of April 1964, The Beatles held the first five positions in the American Top 10,”according to Slate, further reporting that the band held 14 Hot 100 positions just seven days later.

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#95. ‘Black or White’ by Michael Jackson (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 9
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 7, 1991, to Jan. 18, 1992

“Black or White” moved from #35 to #1 in just three weeks in December 1991, becoming the fastest-growing single since the Beatles “Get Back” in 1969. The rap in the lyrics, based on racial intolerance, was lip-synced in the video by Jackson’s close friend and actor Macaulay Culkin.

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#92. ‘I'm a Believer’ by The Monkees (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 31, 1966, to Feb. 11, 1967

Written by Neil Diamond, “I’m a Believer” became the English band’s hit instead, topping the charts for seven straight weeks. The song went gold two days after its release and later appeared in four episodes of “The Monkees,” the hit television show that featured the group. Thirty-five years later, the remake of the song by Smash Mouth was part of the blockbuster hit “Shrek.”

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#92. ‘Love the Way You Lie’ by Eminem Featuring Rihanna (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: July 31 to Sept. 11, 2010

Off of Eminem’s seventh album “Recovery,” “Love The Way You Lie” won notable awards including the best song at the 2010 Soul Train Music and People’s Choice Awards and saw several Grammy nominations. Eminem reportedly collaborated with Rhianna on the hit since they both had experienced violent domestic relationships. The song is being remade by The View frontman Kyle Falconer (who also has struggled with sobriety) and singer Alissa Janine.

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#92. 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 14, 1968 to Jan. 25, 1969

Before becoming Marvin Gaye’s #1 hit, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” was recorded by several other artists including Gladys Knight & the Pips, who brought the song to #2 in November 1967. By 1987, the song was part of a television commercial for California Raisins.

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#89. ’Waterfalls’ by TLC (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: July 8 to Aug. 19, 1995

“Waterfalls” is not about cascading rain; it is about drug abuse and HIV, and was the first song to reference the disease in its lyrics, according to the HuffPost. TLC member Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas said the band was shocked when the hit beat out Michael Jackson for the first black act to win the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year in 1995.

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#89. ‘All for You' by Janet Jackson (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: April 14 to May 26, 2001

Also the title for Janet Jackson’s 2001 tour and seventh studio album, “All for You” samples the 1980 hit “The Glow of Love' by Luther Vandross’s band The Change. The song, which depicts two people flirting on a dance floor, landed Jackson her fifth and final Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. The song earned Jackson the “Queen of Radio” moniker after it received airplay across multiple platforms.

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#89. ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ by Bryan Adams (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: July 27 to Sept. 7, 1991

“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” which was #1 for 16 weeks in the U.K.and seven weeks in the U.S., was originally written for “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' by film composer Michael Kamen, but it only played over the credits. The song did, however, become a seven-week chart topper, gaining Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams big fame. In 1998, singer Brandy covered the song on her album “Never Say Never”.

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#87. ‘Ebony and Ivory’ by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 12
- Topped the charts from: May 15 to June 26, 1982

This 1982 hit, written by Paul McCartney, is significant for its message of racial tolerance... and for a famous “Saturday Night Live” spoof with Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy. The tune was mocked endlessly for its famous, lone verse, "Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony, side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don't we?"

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#87. ‘Whatever You Like’ by T.I. (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 12
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 6 to Nov. 8, 2008

Everybody liked “Whatever You Like,' by famed producer Jim Jonsin, aka Jimmy J, so much that in 2008 it broke the Billboard Hot 100 record, jumping from #71 to #1 in only a week. Off of the album “Paper Trail,” because rapper T.I. was penning his lyrics “old-school style,” rather than just rapping freestyle in the studio, “Whatever You Like” also became Weird Al Yankovic parody with the same name which the spoof singer never did before in his history of making fun of famous songs.

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#83. ‘Billie Jean’ by Michael Jackson (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: March 5 to April 16, 1983

The second single off the iconic album “Thriller,” “Billie Jean” was the debut song and video for Michael Jackson’s iconic moonwalk. The freeze-frame video and the King of Pop’s slick slide is the reason MTV began focusing more on African-American musicians than white rock bands, according to Shmoop. The autobiographical song, about a woman who claimed Jackson fathered her child, won two Grammy awards including Best R&B Song and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

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#83. ‘I Love Rock 'N Roll’ by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: March 20 to May 1, 1982

Originally written and performed by Alan Merrill of the Arrows, “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” goes down in music history as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts most famous song. After seeing Merrill perform the song on a U.K. television show, she knew she had to have it. Jett and members of the Sex Pistols produced the song in 1979 on vinyl to no avail, making her more determined to take it to #1 with the Blackhearts. The rest is history.

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#83. ‘Umbrella’ by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: June 9 to July 21, 2007

The 2008 Grammy Award winner for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, “Umbrella” was not meant for Rihanna, but for Britney Spears to perform. And when she didn’t want it, it was offered to Mary J. Blige, who also turned it down. Naturally, the Barbadian beauty took the song to #1, with The Guardian reporting the tune goes down as the 2007 Song of the Summer for nine specific reasons including “the little details, like the splashy hi-hat sound on the first beat of each bar, or the subtle double-tracked vocals on certain words of the chorus,” and Rihanna is “quite nice to look at.”

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#83. ‘I Kissed a Girl’ by Katy Perry (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: July 5 to Aug. 16, 2008

Former contemporary Christian singer Katy Perry, who shocked the airwaves when she sang about kissing a girl and liking it, was both bold and in your face according to Elvis Duran, a famous host at New York radio station Z-100. Perry agrees. "It was also on the tip of everybody’s tongue pop culturally, even on television shows like ‘Gossip Girl’ people were talking about it, and it was becoming more of an accepted idea to be bi-curious and to be bisexual,”Perry told Pride Source.

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#81. 'This Is How We Do It' by Montell Jordan (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: April 15 to May 27, 1995

This May Minister Montell Jordan switched up the lyrics to the original Def Jam Recordings hit about friends going to a club at the “American Idol” finale. Now a minister, Jordan cut out all the sex and liquor lyrics that kept the original hit at #1 for seven weeks. Also the title of Jordan’s first album, “This Is How We Do It,” was nominated for the 1995 Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, but “For Your Love' by Stevie Wonder took the prize.

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#81. 'SexyBack' by Justin Timberlake (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 9 to Oct. 21, 2006

Justin Timberlake told Entertainment Weekly he listened to David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” 15 times the day before he began penning “SexyBack,” his first #1 Billboard Hot 100 single. "We really did want to make a statement at that time and do something just a little more bold," he said of the four minute and two second song that debuted at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 before reaching #1 for seven weeks straight. The song, collaborated with rapper Timbaland, won the 2007 Grammy for Best Dance Recording.

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#79. 'Hot in Herre' by Nelly (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: June 29 to Aug. 10, 2002

The turn of the century tune with the classic first line: “I was like, good gracious, ass is bodacious," brought Nelly to overnight fame, winning him the Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance in 2003. Nelly worked with singer Pharrell on the hit based on Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers 1978 hit “Bustin’ Loose,” which also references Neil Young and Nancy Sinatra songs. Fans streamed the song repeatedly in 2016 to help alleviate Nelly’s $2.4 million tax lien.

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#79. 'Crank That (Soulja Boy)' by Soulja Boy Tell'em (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 15 to Nov. 3, 2007

Originally self-published on Soulja Boy Tell’em’s YouTube channel, “Crank That (Soula Boy)” would later top the ringtone sales chart. Highsnobiety reports that the “digital age” track, perfect for 10-second splicing, created a craze along with landing #1 for seven straight weeks. 'He helped to bring back the trend of tying hit rap songs in with easy to learn dances, something that persists even now,” says Highsnobiety.

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#77. 'Informer' by Snow (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: March 13 to April 24, 1993

Off of his debut album “12 Inches of Snow,” the autobiographical song is about attempted murder charges brought against the Canadian reggae singer. Snow told Rolling Stone when he first heard the incorporation of his song in “Con Calma" by Daddy Yankee he got chills. The Spanish-language remake features brand-new Snow recordings because Daddy Yankee said he wanted to honor the classic version which he performed with Katy Perry on at this year’s “American Idol” finale.

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#77. 'Black Beatles' by Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 26, 2016 to Jan. 14, 2017

The Mannequin Challenge, the 2016 internet video trend where people posed still while playing “Black Beatles” in the background, gave Rae Sremmurd a windfall when this hit went straight to the top of the Billboard charts. Even Paul McCartney shared his attempt at the challenge to the song, tweeting “Love those Black Beatles.” Forbes reported in 2018 that “Black Beatles” sold “6 million units in domestic sales and sales equivalents, which includes streams,” giving Sremmurd six-time platinum status.

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#76. 'Shadow Dancing' by Andy Gibb

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: June 17 to July 29, 1978

Andy Gibb, a 1978 teen idol, topped the charts with his solo disco song “Shadow Dancing” that he wrote with his brothers and group The Bee Gees while they were working on the film “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The song was one of three #1 Billboard hits for the youngest Bee Gee brother including “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” and (Love Is) Thicker Than Water.”

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#74. 'Take a Bow' by Madonna (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 25 to April 8, 1995

The Madonna and Babyface collaboration, recorded with a full orchestra, uses the title “Take a Bow” as the first verse and is never mentioned again, reports Songfacts. Along with winning the 1995 MTV Best Female Video, the song was also featured in the ’90s hit television show “Friends” season-one finale that year when Rachel realizes Ross loves her but is now with another woman.

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#74. 'Can't Help Falling in Love (From "Sliver")' by UB40 (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: July 24 to Sept. 4, 1993

Recorded initially for the ’90s film “Honeymoon in Vegas,” the UB40 version of Elvis Presley’s original 1961 hit song ended up on the soundtrack of “Sliver,” a 1993 Sharon Stone film. Like the Presley remake, UB40 would later find success covering Neil Diamond’s “Red Red Wine,” which also peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998. Though the English reggae band’s debut hit “Food for Thought” gave them initial fame, their rendition of Presley’s song gave them seven straight weeks at the top of America’s music chart.

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#71. 'Fancy' by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 18
- Topped the charts from: June 7 to July 19, 2014

With a music video inspired by 1995 pop-culture film “Clueless” (and even shot in L.A.’s Grant High School), “Fancy” was Iggy Azalea’s first #1 hit in the U.S. Like the Beatles, the Australian rapper is the only other artist to be concurrently ranked at #1 for “Fancy” and also at #2 for Ariana Grande’s “Problem” that featured Azalea.

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#71. 'Goodies' by Ciara featuring Petey Pablo (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 18
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 11 to Oct. 23, 2004

Ciara used to write lyrics for singers Mya and Fantasia before topping the charts with her hit “Goodies.” The three minute and 43-second song with lyrics like “you won’t get no nookie or the cookies,” and “keep on lookin’ cause they stay in the jar,” detail no man, no matter what, is getting close to Atlanta native Ciara unless she wants to make it happen.

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#71. 'Tossin' And Turnin'' by Bobby Lewis (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 18
- Topped the charts from: July 8 to Aug. 19, 1961

Bobby Lewis landed seven straight weeks at #1 with his tune “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” and won the 1961 Billboard Hot 100 Single of the Year for the song with the famous first line “I couldn’t sleep at all last night.” The song, which was on the Animal House soundtrack in 1978, was also ranked #36 on the Hot 100’s All-Time Top 100 Songs, falling in between “Rolling in the Deep,” at #35, and “The Battle of New Orleans,” at #37.

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#70. 'Girls Like You' by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 23
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 29 to Nov. 10, 2018

Billboard reported how the Maroon 5 and Cardi B hit reached a longevity milestone after spending 40 weeks in the top 20, only done five other times in the Hot 100’s history. It also tied with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” for the most weeks the Top 10, at 33. Off of Maroon 5’s sixth album “Red Pill Blues,” the original version of the song is 3:35 minutes, but with Bronx rapper Cardi B it plays an extra 20 seconds at 3:55.

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#69. 'Rolling in the Deep' by Adele

- Weeks at #1: 7
- Total weeks on chart: 24
- Topped the charts from: May 21 to July 2, 2011

Adele told Spin magazine “Rolling in the Deep” is “a ‘gospel disco’ kiss-off to an unfaithful dude.” The slow southern sound of the song was inspired by contemporary Nashville music she listened to when touring the U.S. for her first album “19,” a genre she admitted she’d never studied before. After spending seven straight weeks at #1 between May and July, “Rolling in the Deep” won the Billboard Hot 100 Top Single of the Year for 2011.

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#68. 'Fantasy' by Mariah Carey

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 8
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 30 to Nov. 18, 1995

As the lead single off her fifth album “Daydream,” “Fantasy” is just one of several #1 songs Mariah Carey would rack up on the Billboard charts over the decades. Similar to the 1981 hit “Genius of Love,' by Tom Tom Club, “Fantasy,” collaborated with Sean Combs, would become the second song to debut at #1, following Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone.” Carey may be second to Jackson in the conquest, but she is the first female to debut at #1.

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#67. 'Tha Crossroads' by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 9
- Topped the charts from: May 18 to July 6, 1996

NWA’s Eazy-E, who helped sign and serve as a mentor to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, was the inspiration behind “The Crossroads.” Eazy’s death from AIDS in 1995 led the group to pen “Now Eazy's long gone, really wish he would come home,” for the hit which was a collaboration among 12 songwriters. The song would also win the 1996 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, which was made up of five members who each went by the last name Bone.

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#65. 'That's The Way Love Goes' by Janet Jackson (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: May 15 to July 3, 1993

Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam wrote this song with Janet Jackson, who had to receive approval from James Brown to sample his song “Papa Don’t Take No Mess.” Other artists sampled on the track include B.T. Express, The Honey Drippers, and Toto. Songfacts reports that the eight-week stint at #1 “is not only longer than any other Janet Jackson single but also longer than any song released by her brother Michael.”

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#65. '7 Rings' by Ariana Grande (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 2 to April 6, 2019

Sampling Roger & Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things,” Ariana Grande turned the classic “Sound of Music” tune into the true-life tale of how she bought seven rings for her friends when tipsy at Tiffany’s after breaking up with her boyfriend, reports Refinery29. But since the release, her lyrics have caused some strife with Soulja Boy, who tweeted “You’re a thief @ArianaGrande,” for allegedly stealing the flow of “Pretty Boy Swag,” in the rap version of her song. Additionally, she apologized to fans for the misuse of the word weave in her song, which was called offensive.

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#63. 'Rockstar' by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 28 to Dec. 16, 2017

The year 2017 was the year that rap dethroned rock ‘n’ roll as the most-listened-to genre. Post Malone’s nod to the dethroned genre led the way. This was the first #1 single for both Post Malone and 21 Savage, which was nominated for two Grammy awards, including Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance. After eight weeks at #1, “Rockstar” was bumped by Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.”

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#63. 'Jump' by Kris Kross (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: April 25 to June 13, 1992

The teen duo, known as “Mac Daddy,” and “Daddy Mac,” released this #1 single after being discovered in an Atlanta mall by the famed rapper and producer Jermaine Dupri. Known for wearing their clothing backwards while performing, Kris Kross launched a temporary fashion revolution and their debut single “Jump” goes down in music history as a one-hit-wonder.

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#60. 'Dreamlover' by Mariah Carey (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 11 to Oct. 30, 1993

Off of Mariah Carey’s third solo album “Music Box,” “Dreamlover” would equal her 1995 hit “Fantasy” with eight weeks topping the charts. The song samples “Blind Alley,” a 1970’s hit by the Emotions. David Morales, who collaborated with Carey on the song, said the duo altered remixing with the hit. "Mariah opened up a whole other door, and not many people at that time were capable of that,” he said.

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#60. 'Every Breath You Take' by The Police (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: July 9 to Aug. 27, 1983

After eight weeks at #1, “Every Breath You Take” became the 1983 Billboard Hot 100 Single of the Year. Frontman Sting surprised everyone when revealed the lyrics were about stalking. "It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn’t realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control,” he said. The song was believed to be written about Sting’s breakup with his wife Frances Tomelty to begin a relationship with her best friend, Trudie Styler.

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#60. 'Nice for What' by Drake (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: April 21 to July 14, 2018

Rolling Stone rated this tune the 2018 Song of the Summer, detailing how it debuted at the top and bumped another Drake hit "God's Plan," to take the #1 spot. Sampling "Ex-Factor' by Lauren Hill, "Nice for What" gained instant popularity for the strong feminist message sent with its video that starred some of the entertainment industry's leading women including Olivia Wilde, Michelle Rodriguez, and Rashida Jones.

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#58. 'Night Fever' by Bee Gees (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: March 18 to May 6, 1978

The signature song for the movie “Saturday Night Fever” was one of five written by the Bee Gees for the coming-of-age disco story that dominated pop culture in the late 1970s. Along with winning the 1978 Grammy of the Year, the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack became part of the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2012. The rise and fall of the brother group, directly due to the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, is recorded in the book “Staying Alive: The Disco Inferno of the Bee Gees.”

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#58. 'Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)' by Rod Stewart (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 13, 1976, to Jan. 1, 1977

This Rod Stewart classic quickly reached #1 after debuting at #81, making it the British rock singer’s second Billboard hit off his “A Night on the Town” album. The meaning of the song, which is to sleep with a woman, is clearly laid out in lyrics “C’mon angel my hearts on fire; Don’t deny your man’s desire; You’d be a fool to stop this tide; Spread your wings and let me come inside.” The BBC banned that last line before public demand lifted the boycott.

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#57. 'Crazy in Love' by Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: July 12 to Aug. 30, 2003

With samples from “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)' by The Chi-Lite, “Crazy in Love,” featuring her then-boyfriend Jay-Z, would later become the song to the couple’s first dance when they were married five years later. Rich Harrison, who waited for some time to find the right artist to remake the original 1970 song, produced and played the famous horn riffs and all other instruments used in the three-minute 56-second song.

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#56. 'All About That Bass' by Meghan Trainor

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 20 to Nov. 8, 2014

Long before singer Meghan Trainor wrote “All About That Bass” with producer Kevin Kadish, the pop star was penning lyrics for artists like Rascal Flatts. The song, which is more about the booty than the bass, is a self-acceptance anthem, according to Trainor, who told Billboard it is even for skinny girls despite the lyrical misinterpretation. Trainor’s first hit single that held the #1 spot for eight weeks was also nominated for Record of the Year at the 57th Grammy Awards but lost to “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith.

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#55. 'Burn' by Usher

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: May 22 to July 17, 2004

This hit, which bumped Usher’s “Yeah” from #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, would give the Texas native 19 straight weeks at the top spot. Co-written with famed lyricists Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Fox, “Burn” is about breaking up with a girlfriend, which according to Songfacts, resembles the split between Usher and TLC’s Rozonda Thomas, aka Chilli, at the time.

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#54. 'Somebody That I Used To Know' by Gotye featuring Kimbra

- Weeks at #1: 8
- Total weeks on chart: 22
- Topped the charts from: April 28 to June 16, 2012

The Melbourne indie musician Gotye and Kimbra walked away with two 2012 Grammy Awards for this hit including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The Guardian reports that the success of the song, which deals with heartbreak and samples the nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep with the xylophone, is both an Australian and universal anthem for the masses.

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#53. 'Hey Jude' by The Beatles

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 28 to Nov. 23, 1968

The famous Beatles hit that spent nine weeks at #1 was written by Paul McCartney for Julian Lennon, John Lennon’s son, while his parents were divorcing. On the 50th anniversary of the song in 2018, Rolling Stone reports the hit was released less than a week after Ringo quit the band, and was also the beginning of the notorious breakup of the Beatles.

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#52. 'Work' by Rihanna featuring Drake

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 12
- Topped the charts from: March 5 to April 30, 2016

Barbadian singer Rihanna and Canadian rapper Drake had many other writers work on this #1 hit, including Rupert “Sevn” Thomas, who sampled the dance-hall rhythm into an urban and island vibe refrain. "Work” marked Rihanna having a #1 Billboard hit off of all of her seven albums, breaking Mariah Carey’s record for doing the same with six consecutive records, according to Songfacts.

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#51. 'Candy Shop' by 50 Cent featuring Olivia

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 13
- Topped the charts from: March 5 to April 30, 2005

As 50 Cent’s third #1 Billboard single, “Candy Shop,” written by the rapper, has nothing to do with sweets instead it is all about sex. Billboard reported in 2005 how the hit bumped the nine-week #1 song “Let Me Love You' by Mario, noting “50 Cent can't rest easy on top of the Hot 100, as Green Day's ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ continues to push skyward, making a 3-2 move this week.” A cover version of the song by Dan Finnerty and the Dan Band was in the movie “The Hangover” in 2009.

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#50. 'Endless Love' by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Aug. 15 to Oct. 10, 1981

The title song for the 1981 film, “Endless Love” would later be famously covered by Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross in 1994. Precisely 30 years after it held the top spot at #1, Billboard ranked the love song The Greatest Duet of All Time, reporting it was both Diana Ross and Lionel Richie’s biggest #1 hit, which stayed on the famous music chart for 27 weeks. The coming-of-age love story starring Brooke Shields was a big part of the song’s success.

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#49. 'The Theme From "A Summer Place' by Percy Faith And His Orchestra

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 20 to April 16, 1960

As the longest-running #1 instrumental song in Billboard’s music chart history, the theme song produced by Percy Faith, and composed by Max Steiner, won the 1960 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Sixteen years later, Faith would turn the #1 hit into a disco version titled “Summer Place ‘76.” Ironically, the song made famous from the movie is not the version played in the film.

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#47. 'Mack the Knife' by Bobby Darin (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 3 to Dec. 5, 1959

Bobby Darin started performing “Mack the Knife” in night clubs after hearing it in a Greenwich Village production of “The Threepenny Opera,” for which it was written. Though Darin kept “Mack the Knife,” a song about a serial killer, at #1 for nine weeks, several other artists including Ella Fitzgerald brought the song fame. Fitzgerald famously once forgot the words when singing so came up with this famous scat: “Oh Bobby Darin and Louis Armstrong; They made a record, oh but they did; And now Ella, Ella, and her fellas; We're making a wreck, what a wreck of Mack the Knife.”

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#47. 'Baby Boy' by Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 4 to Nov. 29, 2003

Like many of Beyoncé’s songs, Jay-Z co-wrote this tune along with dancehall-reggae singer Sean Paul, Robert Waller, and Scott Storch. Long after the song saw nine straight weeks at the #1, the song was in the news again for alleged copyright infringement by songwriter Jennifer Armour. Beyoncé won the suit, saying it’s a shame it even happened, and she was happy to move on. Needless to say, she did.

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#44. 'Hey Ya!' by OutKast (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 13, 2003, to Feb. 7, 2004

Singer André 3000 told the HuffPost all about “Hey Ya!” on the 10th anniversary of the tune, saying it had several working titles and isn’t autobiographical. What’s real is the song was inspired by the Ramones, the Smiths, and the Buzzcocks, three artists André was listening to “heavily” before he wrote it. As for the famous line “Shake it like a Polaroid picture,” André admits you’re actually not supposed to shake the film, but it sounded good while writing the lyrics.

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#44. 'Bette Davis Eyes' by Kim Carnes (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: May 16 to July 18, 1981

The famous song about a Hollywood actress’ eyes would win both the 24th Annual Grammy Record of the Year and Song of the Year, making Kim Carnes go down in music history. Co-written by Jackie DeShannon, who opened for The Beatles, and Donna Weiss, who toured with Joe Cocker, “Bette Davis Eyes,” which was first recorded by DeShannon in 1974 after she saw the film “Now, Voyager” with the actress, also won the Billboard Top 100 Song of the Year for 1981.

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#44. 'In Da Club' by 50 Cent (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: March 8 to May 3, 2003

Where can you find 50 Cent? “You can find me in a club, bottle full of bub,” is the opening line to the famous rapper’s biggest #1 Billboard hit. Co-written by Dr. Dre, and Mike Elizondo, “In Da Club,” faced an infringement lawsuit in 2006 by copyright owner Joseph Weinberger, who alleged 50 Cent stole the line “It’s Your Birthday” from the Luther Campbell song of the same title. The case was dismissed, with several artists, including Beyoncé, and Usher, sampling the song, and singers, including Mary J. Blige and P. Diddy, remixing the tune.

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#42. 'Let Me Love You' by Mario (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: Jan. 1 to Feb. 26, 2005

Mario may have sung the hit, but Ne-Yo wrote it. The tune would be Mario’s only #1 song, which was off his second album “Turning Point.” Nominated for several accolades including a Grammy and Teen Choice Awards to no avail, “Let Me Love You,” goes down as one-hit-wonder for the American singer from Baltimore.

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#42. 'TiK ToK' by Kesha (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: Jan. 2 to Feb. 27, 2010

Kesha wrote the famed opening lyric: “Wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy” after waking up one morning surrounded by 10 beautiful women. A completely happenstance phone call from Diddy to Kesha’s producer, Dr. Luke (Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald), a few hours later, led the music mogul to contribute a couple of lines to the song. TiKToK dominated digital sales in 2010, with 12.9 million downloads, 3 million more than Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” Four years later in 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit accusing Dr. Luke of sexual assault among other things, spurring a brutal legal battle between the singer and her mother, Dr. Luke, and Sony.

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#40. 'Royals' by Lorde (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 21
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 12 to Dec. 7, 2013

Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, broke several barriers with her smash hit when, at 16, she became the youngest artist to write and perform a chart-topping hit. The song was written as a sort of diss-track against the lavish lifestyle and excesses of many pop stars but got its title when Lorde saw a picture of Kansas City Royals star George Brett in a magazine. "It was just that word. It’s really cool,” she said of the song, that would earn her a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance.

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#40. 'One More Night' by Maroon 5 (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 21
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 29 to Nov. 24, 2012

“One More Night” was Maroon 5’s third #1 hit on the Hot 100, joining “Makes Me Wonder” and “Moves Like Jagger.” The song, about a dysfunctional relationship, debuted at #42 in early July and took almost three months to reach the pinnacle spot. The song was the second of the same name to top the Hot 100, after Phil Collins spent two weeks at #1 in 1985.

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#39. 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen

- Weeks at #1: 9
- Total weeks on chart: 24
- Topped the charts from: June 23 to Aug. 18, 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen produced a cultural phenomenon with her 2012 hit, with everyone from athletes to pop stars Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez singing the iconic “Hey, I just met you and this is crazy; but here’s my number so call me, maybe,” lyrics. Billboard rated the song #21 on their list of the catchiest songs of all time. The nine-week stint at the pinnacle of the charts was the longest-ever by a Canadian woman, passing Céline Dion and Nelly Furtado, who lasted six weeks.

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#38. 'Hello' by Adele

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 10
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 14, 2015 to Jan. 16, 2016

“Hello” was all Adele had to say to return to the limelight after a nearly four-year hiatus following the astounding success of “Rolling in the Deep.” And a triumphant return it was, as the song’s album, 25, broke multiple records by selling 2.3 million copies in one week. "Hello” would earn the British songstress another five Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, bringing her total to 13.

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#37. 'In My Feelings' by Drake

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: July 21 to Sept. 22, 2018

2018 was the year of Drake, as “In My Feelings” became the artist’s sixth overall song to hit #1 on the Hot 100. The song replaced the Canadian singers own “Nice for What,” which replaced “God’s Plan,” making him the fourth artist ever to swap #1s twice, joining Justin Bieber, Usher, and The Beatles. Rolling Stone named it the Best Song of 2018.

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#36. 'One Dance' by Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: May 21 to July 30, 2016

Drake dominated yet another year in 2016, as “One Dance” earned the Canadian rapper his first #1 on the Hot 100. The song, featuring Afrobeat artist WizKid and sampling from Kyla’s 2008 song “Do You Mind,” became Spotify’s most-streamed song at the time with over 882 million listens. 'Old Town Road”was poised in August 2019 to overtake “One Dance” as the longest running #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at 18 weeks.

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#34. 'Irreplaceable' by Beyoncé (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 16, 2006 to Feb. 17, 2007

“To the left; To the left; everything you own in a box to the left,” became a rallying cry for women when it reigned over the Hot 100 in 2007. "Irreplaceable” was the follow up to “All the Single Ladies” and helped establish Beyoncé as the Queen B. The song, written by Ne-Yo, was originally intended as a country song with Shania Twain or Faith Hill in mind.

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#34. 'You Light Up My Life' by Debby Boone (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 15 to Dec. 17, 1977

“You Light Up My Life” was the title track from a movie of the same name and was originally performed by jingle singer Kacey Cisyk with Boone re-recording it when studios wouldn’t release the movie. The song, which won the Grammy for Song of the Year, actually appeared twice at the same time on the Hot 100, with the “Original Cast” version (performed by Cisyk) reaching #80 while Boone’s version reigned, despite a dark past behind the song.

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#30. 'We Found Love' by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 12, 2011, to Jan. 28, 2012

“We Found Love” made history for Rihanna as her longest-running #1 hit and become her 20th top-10 hit in six years and four months, five months quicker than Madonna accomplished the feat. Rihanna wasn’t writer/producer Calvin Harris’s first choice, as X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger passed on the song and X Factor contestant Leona Lewis recorded a different version of the song but didn’t want it to be the first single released on her album, prompting Harris to go with RiRi.

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#30. 'Dilemma' by Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Aug. 17 to Nov. 2, 2002

Before Beyoncé rose to become queen, former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland found the top of the charts by teaming up with superstar Nelly for “Dilemma.” The duo earned the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the song, which sampled Patti LaBelle’s “Love, Need and Want You.” Nelly became the fifth artist to replace himself in the top spot (eight have done it since), knocking “Hot in Herre” from #1.

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#30. 'Gold Digger' by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 17 to Nov. 19, 2005

Jamie Foxx wanted to break into the music industry, and if it weren’t for Kanye West it would have never happened, according to the comedian. Though West and Fox sampled Ray Charles “I Got a Woman” to make “Gold Digger, which won the 2006 Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance,” the song was originally intended for female rapper Shawnna.

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#30. 'Physical' by Olivia Newton-John (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 21, 1981 to Jan. 23, 1982

“Let’s Get Physical” was released just one week after MTV went on air, making it one of the first videos to replay over on the new station. Unassuming Australian singer Olivia Newton-John had concerns about singing the song, which was originally written for Rod Stewart, so the video was created as a distraction from the fact that the song was about sex. Her worry was for naught: “Physical” won the 1982 Grammy for Video of the Year.

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#29. 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: March 8 to May 10, 2014

The famous song from “Despicable Me 2” was written by Pharrell, who also wrote the lead single for “Despicable Me.” The catchy tune saw 10 weeks at #1, with the movie’s success helping it soar to the top of the charts. To assure fans could get enough of his song, Pharrell created the first 24-hour music video, which looped his tune with every 3:53 minutes featuring different people, including Steve Carell, who was the main character’s voice in the movie.

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#27. 'Low' by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 18
- Topped the charts from: Jan. 5 to March 8, 2008

Flo Rida introduces his “Shawty” wearing Apple Bottom jeans and boots with fur in “Low,” the first #1 and longest-running song on the 2008 Billboard Hot 100. Featuring T-Pain, who co-wrote it, the tune details just how low the song’s protagonist can get on the dance floor after giving “that big booty a smack.” According to Flo, it took less than an hour to record all the verses.

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#27. 'Maria Maria' by Santana featuring The Product G&B (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 18
- Topped the charts from: April 8 to June 10, 2000

The sultry song “Maria Maria” won the 42nd Annual Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. The tune made its way back to the airwaves in 2017 when Rihanna, DJ Khaled, and Bryson Tiller sampled it in “Wild Thoughts.”

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#26. 'Foolish' by Ashanti

- Weeks at #1: 10
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: April 20 to June 22, 2002

Off of her self-titled debut album, “Foolish,” samples the family group DeBarge’s song “Stay With Me.” Other artists to sample the same tune include the Notorious B.I.G. in “One More Chance,” and Mariah Carey in “I’ll Be Lovin U Long Time.”

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#24. 'I'll Be Missing You' by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 11
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: June 14 to Aug. 23, 1997

The sole reason for “I’ll Be Missing You,” which samples “Every Breath You Take' by the Police, was to pay tribute to the Notorious B.I.G., who was shot and killed three months earlier. Puff Daddy told Billboard magazine in 1997 he wrote the song because he missed his fallen friend, who he talked to every day. "I was finally able to talk to him,” he said. "That’s all it was: a conversation.”

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#24. 'God's Plan' by Drake (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 11
- Total weeks on chart: 11
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 3 to April 14, 2018

After “God’s Plan” dominated the #1 Billboard for 11 weeks, it would win the 61st Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and be viewed more than one billion times on YouTube in 2019.Boi-1da told Billboard magazine Drake came to him with “God’s Plan,” a half-finished record he was happy to help complete. Drake bestowed the song’s video budget of almost $1 million to the less fortunate, opening the short film with a title card that reads “We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label…”

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#23. 'I Swear' by All-4-One

- Weeks at #1: 11
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: May 21 to July 30, 1994

Before “I Swear' by the R&B band All-4-One commanded the #1 Billboard spot between May and June of 1994, singer John Montgomery made it a country hit in February that same year. Twenty years later, Montgomery and the pop group reunited to create a duet rendition of the song for All-4-One’s album “Twenty+.” The artists sang the song once before together at the 1995 Grammy Awards, when the song won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

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#22. 'Un-Break My Heart' by Toni Braxton

- Weeks at #1: 11
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 7, 1996, to Feb. 15, 1997

Toni Braxton walked away with a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Performance and an 11-week stint at #1 with “Un-Break My Heart,” written by Diane Warren. Off of her second album “Secrets,” the song lyrics plead for a partner to come back and “take these tears away.” The R&B ballad was produced by David Foster, the famed Canadian composer, who acquired 16 Grammy awards while working with mega musicians throughout the decades.

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#21. 'Independent Women Part I' by Destiny's Child

- Weeks at #1: 11
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 18, 2000, to Jan. 27, 2001

Destiny’s Child called out “all the women, who are independent; throw your hands up to me” in this #1 single that topped the charts for almost three months. Featured in the movie “Charlie’s Angels,” the song was written by Beyoncé, who names the stars of the film, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Lui, in the first few lines of the song. Queen B reportedly wrote the song after breaking up with her boyfriend.

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#19. 'Shape of You' by Ed Sheeran (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Jan. 28 to April 29, 2017

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” was originally written for Rihanna, according to the English songwriter. After realizing that lyrics about Van Morrison (put Van the Man on the jukebox) would not likely not come out of the Barbadian singer’s mouth, Sheeran sang it himself. He even admits he wasn’t sure he would place it on “Divide,” which was the biggest album of the year, according to the 2018 Global Music Report.

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#19. 'Closer' by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Sept. 3 to Nov. 19, 2016

During its three-month stint at #1, The Chainsmokers frontman Drew Taggart told Glamour, the hit was a long time coming. He said the band was listening to a lot of Blink-182, mentioned in the song, at the time they wrote it. "We were talking about how we haven't heard a conversational song where a person is so literal about what they mean, and we wanted to do something like that," he said of the tune, which details a couple hooking up after a breakup four years earlier.

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#18. 'Boom Boom Pow' by The Black Eyed Peas

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 15
- Topped the charts from: April 18 to July 4, 2009

Billboard reports how a decade ago, The Black Eyed Peas swapped out this #1 hit for “I Gotta Feeling,” making them the longest-reigning group to hold a #1 Billboard for 26 weeks. Following positive press for its #1 spot, “Boom Boom Pow” saw negative news when artist Phoenix Phenom sued the group for allegedly infringing on her song “Boom Dynamite.”

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#16. 'See You Again' by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: April 25 to July 18, 2015

Famous for its tribute to Paul Walker, the fallen “Fast and Furious” star who was killed in a car accident, “See You Again” almost didn’t make it into the “Furious 7,” according to Billboard. But the featured singer and writer Charlie Puth, who penned the song in 10 minutes, negotiated a deal allowing it to be in if he was put in the music video.

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#16. 'Lose Yourself' by Eminem (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 9, 2002 to Jan. 25, 2003

Off of the movie “8 Mile” soundtrack, “Lose Yourself,” won the Detroit-born rapper Eminem an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2003. The rapper was not invited to perform his winning hit since officials “were reportedly nervous about the singer singing the song on-air, given his penchant for using swear words,” reports the Chicago Tribune. Eminem and Jeff Bass, co-writer and producer of the song, were not present to accept their award, a notion Bass said he hopes his son will one day appreciate since it was his birth that kept him away.

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#14. 'Blurred Lines' by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: June 22 to Sept. 7, 2013

The song, called “rapey' by The Daily Beast reporter Tricia Romano, would hold the #1 Billboard spot for 12 weeks despite the negative controversy surrounding it. The Guardian covered the collateral damage it was causing, reporting how student unions in the U.K. banned “Blurred Lines,” while SlutWalk activists protested it in the U.S. Billboard recapped the song, which also got sued for copy infringement over Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up,” five years after its release, noting it “aided in creating necessary conversations about sexuality, gender, consent, and cultural narratives in pop music.”

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#14. 'Yeah!' by Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 19
- Topped the charts from: Feb. 28 to May 15, 2004

Before Usher bumped off “Yeah,” co-written with Lil John and Ludacris, from the #1 spot with his other four-letter hit “Burn,” the hit saw 12 straight weeks of success. The song would be billed the 2004 Billboard Song of the Year, and #16 on Billboard’s All-time Top 100 Songs. "‘Yeah!’ perfectly captured the day’s hottest sounds: Usher’s smooth vocals, Ludacris’s light-hearted rhymes and Lil Jon’s crunk-R&B production,” reports the music magazine.

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#13. 'Smooth' by Santana featuring Rob Thomas

- Weeks at #1: 12
- Total weeks on chart: 24
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 23, 1999, to Jan. 8, 2000

The collaboration between the Latin guitar legend and Matchbox Twenty frontman almost didn’t come to pass. Thomas said he wrote the summer jam with his idol, George Michael, in mind. The result was a 12-week run atop the charts and #2 on Billboard’s All-Time Top 100 Songs. Thomas said he drew inspiration for the song from Santana himself, calling him “so smooth,” and his then-girlfriend as the “Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa.”

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#12. 'The Boy Is Mine' by Brandy and Monica

- Weeks at #1: 13
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: June 6 to Aug. 29, 1998

The collaboration would be the most successful song for either artist and capture both their lone Grammy wins. The two made up and announced a tour in 2019 after a falling out and 20 years of jabs set off over ownership of the song. Inspiration for the song was derived from the 1982 duet “The Girl Is Mine' by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

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#11. 'End of the Road (From "Boomerang")' by Boyz II Men

- Weeks at #1: 13
- Total weeks on chart: 17
- Topped the charts from: Aug. 15 to Nov. 7, 1992

Boyz II Men’s 13-week run atop the Hot 100 was a record at the time, breaking the record held by Elvis since 1956. The song, about the end of a relationship, was inspired by songwriters Babyface and Daryl Simmons going through divorces at the same time. Made for the movie “Boomerang” starring Eddie Murphy, the song was Boyz II Men’s fifth single and first of five to reach the top spot on the Hot 100.

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#10. 'Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight' by Elton John

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 14
- Topped the charts from: Oct. 11, 1997, to Jan. 10, 1998

Princess Diana’s death in August 1997 was the impetus for Elton John to re-record his 1974 song of the same name. The 1997 remake would be the largest selling single all-time since Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” in 1942. Despite the success, Diana’s funeral would be the only time John would perform the version live.

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#7. 'I Gotta Feeling' by The Black Eyed Peas (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: July 11 to Oct. 10, 2009

The Black Eyed Peas still hold the record for most consecutive weeks atop the Billboard charts when “I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow” reigned for 26 straight weeks in 2009. The two songs would earn the group three Grammy wins, including Best Pop Performance for a Duo or Group with Vocals for “I Gotta Feeling.” The song became hugely popular among wedding DJs, with Billboard rating in 19th on the list of the top 100 most popular wedding songs.

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#7. 'I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Nov. 28, 1992, to Feb. 27, 1993

Whitney Houston’s remake of the Dolly Parton hit marked the third time the song would reach #1, after Parton did it in 1974 and 1982. Remade for the 1992 film “The Bodyguard,” starring Houston and Kevin Costner, “I Will Always Love You” is one of the top-selling singles of all time by a female artist. The song returned to the Hot 100 in 2012, shortly after Houston’s drowning death, peaking at #3.

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#7. 'I'll Make Love to You' by Boyz II Men (tie)

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Aug. 27 to Nov. 26, 1994

To think the slick-singing quartet from Philadelphia didn’t want to release “I’ll Make Love To You” as a single, thinking it sounded too much like “End of the Road.” Written by Babyface, the song would earn Boyz II Men a trio of Grammys, for Best R&B Performance by a Group, Best Record, and Best Album.

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#6. 'Uptown Funk!' by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 21
- Topped the charts from: Jan. 17 to April 18, 2015

The 2015 megahit was a struggle to create according to Mark Ronson, who said it took months while Mars was on tour. The duo ended up creating the ultimate party song with the signature line: “Don’t believe me just watch,” taking home three Grammys for the song and album. The song is credited with having 11 writers overall after five were added following a copyright suit by The Gap Band.

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#5. 'We Belong Together' by Mariah Carey

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 22
- Topped the charts from: June 4 to Sept. 10, 2005

“We Belong Together” was written and recorded in a 12-hour span according to writer/producer Jermaine Dupri. It would earn Carey three of her five Grammy Awards and Song of the Decade honors from Billboard. Carey considers “We Belong Together” one of her favorite songs to perform and was the 16th of Carey’s 18 #1 hits.

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#4. 'Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)' by Los Del Rio

- Weeks at #1: 14
- Total weeks on chart: 46
- Topped the charts from: Aug. 3 to Nov. 2, 1996

“Macarena” set off one of the biggest dance crazes of the 1990s and was the first hit for the Spanish flamenco group since the 1960s. VH1 named it the top one-hit wonder of all time, and it spent more weeks on the Hot 100 than any other song to reach #1. "Old Town Road” passed “Macarena” in July as the longest-running debut single at #1.

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#3. 'One Sweet Day' by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

- Weeks at #1: 16
- Total weeks on chart: 16
- Topped the charts from: Dec. 2, 1995 to March 16, 1996

The death of Boyz II Men’s manager Khalil Rountree in a shooting prompted member Nathan Morris to write a tribute song to their “father figure.” After receiving a call from Carey’s manager about a potential collaboration, the two got together and found they were penning similar songs. They merged the two and produced a 16-week reign atop the charts that stood alone for over 21 years.

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#2. 'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

- Weeks at #1: 16
- Total weeks on chart: 32
- Topped the charts from: May 27 to Sept. 9, 2017

The Spanish-language hit set off a dance and meme craze in 2017, becoming the most-viewed video in YouTube history, with over six billion clicks. Justin Bieber got involved after seeing the reaction to the song in a club while in Colombia, prompting a call to Luis Fonsi. The collaboration did not win a single Grammy Award despite its worldwide mega-success, losing out to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” in one of the biggest snubs of all time.

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#1. 'Old Town Road' by Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

- Weeks at #1: 18
- Total weeks on chart: 21
- Topped the charts from: April 13 to Aug. 10, 2019

“Old Town Road” took a rare, organic rise to the top, as Lil Nas X released the original version on the video-sharing app TikTok in December 2018. A crossover between rap and country music he calls “country trap,” Lil Nas X bought the beat for just $30 from YoungKio. Billy Ray Cyrus was brought in for the remix after Billboard controversially dropped the song from the country charts. The remix and accompanying long-form video propelled the song to the longest-running #1 of all time.

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