List of Billboard Hot 100 chart achievements and milestones

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This is a comprehensive listing that highlights significant achievements and milestones based upon Billboard magazine's singles charts, most notably the Billboard Hot 100. This list spans the period from the issue dated January 1, 1955 to present. The Billboard Hot 100 began with the issue dated August 4, 1958, and is currently the standard popular music chart in the United States.

Prior to the creation of the Hot 100, Billboard published four singles charts: "Best Sellers in Stores", "Most Played by Jockeys", "Most Played in Jukeboxes" and "The Top 100". These charts, which ranged from 20 to 100 slots, were phased out at different times between 1957 and 1958. Though technically not part of the Hot 100 chart history, their data are included for computational purposes, and to avoid unenlightening or misleading characterizations. All items listed below are from the Hot 100 era, unless otherwise noted (pre-Hot 100 charts).

All-Time Hot 100 achievements (1958–2015)

In 2008, for the 50th anniversary of the Hot 100, Billboard magazine compiled a ranking of the 100 best-performing songs on the chart over the 50 years, along with the best-performing artists. [1] [2] In 2013, Billboard revised the rankings for the chart's 55th anniversary edition. [3] In 2015, Billboard revised the rankings again. [4] Shown below are the top 10 songs and top 10 artists over the 57-year period of the Hot 100, through October 2015. Also shown are the artists placing the most songs on the overall "all-time" top 100 song list.

Top 10 songs of All-Time (1958–2015)

Rank Single Year(s) released Artist(s) Peak and duration
1.
" The Twist"
1960, 1961*
Chubby Checker #1 for 3 weeks
2.
" Smooth"
1999
Santana featuring Rob Thomas #1 for 12 weeks
3.
" Mack the Knife"
1959
Bobby Darin #1 for 9 weeks
4.
" How Do I Live"
1997
LeAnn Rimes #2 for 4 weeks
5.
" Party Rock Anthem"
2011
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock #1 for 6 weeks
6.
" I Gotta Feeling"
2009
The Black Eyed Peas #1 for 14 weeks
7.
" Macarena (Bayside Boys mix)"
1996
Los Del Rio #1 for 14 weeks
8.
" Physical"
1981
Olivia Newton-John #1 for 10 weeks
9.
" You Light Up My Life"
1977
Debby Boone #1 for 10 weeks
10.
" Hey Jude"
1968
The Beatles #1 for 9 weeks

* – re-released
Source: [5]

Top 10 artists of All-Time (1958–2015)

Rank Artist
1.
The Beatles
2.
Madonna
3.
Elton John
4.
Elvis Presley
5.
Mariah Carey
6.
Stevie Wonder
7.
Janet Jackson
8.
Michael Jackson
9.
Whitney Houston
10.
The Rolling Stones

Source: [6]

Artists with the most songs on Billboard's Top 100 Hits of All-Time (1958–2015)

Number of
songs
Artist Songs (ranking)
3
Lionel Richie " Endless Love" (16), " Say You, Say Me" (89), " All Night Long" (91)
Boyz II Men " I'll Make Love to You" (20), " One Sweet Day" (35), " End of the Road" (52)
Bee Gees " How Deep Is Your Love" (23), " Night Fever" (39), " Stayin' Alive" (56)
Paul McCartney " Silly Love Songs" (37), " Say Say Say" (41), " Ebony and Ivory" (73)
2
The Black Eyed Peas " I Gotta Feeling" (6), " Boom Boom Pow" (53)
The Beatles " Hey Jude" (10), " I Want to Hold Your Hand" (45)
Mariah Carey " We Belong Together" (11), " One Sweet Day" (35)
Bruno Mars " Uptown Funk" (12), " Just the Way You Are" (79)
Diana Ross " Endless Love" (16), " Upside Down" (77)
Andy Gibb " I Just Want to Be Your Everything" (27), " Shadow Dancing" (46)
Marvin Gaye " Let's Get It On" (38), " I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (81)
Michael Jackson " Say Say Say" (41), " Billie Jean" (83)
Pharrell Williams " Blurred Lines" (48), " Happy" (76)
Elton John " Candle In the Wind 1997" (49), " That's What Friends Are For" (75)
Stevie Wonder " Ebony and Ivory" (73), " That's What Friends Are For" (75)

Source: [5]