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More Trivia Of The Chart Toppers
From 1955 to 1989

More trivia about the acts and singles that topped the charts from the '50's through the '80's! Browse the categories below!

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Only 1 Artist Had 2 of Them!

35 in 1974

Of the record 36 number one songs in '74, only John Denver had 2 of them; everyone else had just one! 35 different artists/groups topped the Billboard Hot 100 that year!

NOTE: 1975 ranks second in this category with 29 different artists who topped the chart.

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Some Big Names Here!

7 in 1989
Here is the list:

  1. Phil Collins (2, "Two Hearts", "Another Day In Paradise")
  2. Paula Abdul (3, "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl", "Cold Hearted")
  3. Roxette (2, "The Look", "Listen To Your Heart")
  4. Fine Young Cannibals (2, "She Drives Me Crazy", "Good Thing")
  5. New Kids On The Block (2, "I'll Be Loving You Forever", "Hangin' Tough")
  6. Richard Marx (2, "Satisfied", "Right Here Waiting")
  7. Milli Vanilli (3, "Baby Don't Forget My Number", "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You", "Blame It On The Rain")

NOTE: 1965, 1975 and 1987 are in a 3-way tie for second in this category with 5 artists having multiple #1 hits during those years.

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Each lasted Only 1 Week At The Top

12 Weeks in 1975
The longest streak in Rock/Pop History of one·week Number One Hits lasted from January to April of '75.! Here is the list:

Order Date Title--Artist
1. 1/18/75 Mandy--Barry Manilow
2. 1/25/75 Please Mr. Postman--The Carpenters
3. 2/1/75 Laughter In The Rain--Neil Sedaka
4. 2/8/75 Fire--Ohio Players
5. 2/15/75 You're No Good--Linda Ronstadt
6. 2/22/75 Pick Up The Pieces--AWB
7. 3/1/75 Best Of My Love--The Eagles
8. 3/8/75 Have You Never Been Mellow--Olivia Newton·John
9. 3/15/75 Black Water--The Doobie Brothers
10. 3/22/75 My Eyes Adored You--Frankie Valli
11. 3/29/75 Lady Marmalade--LaBelle
12. 4/5/75 Lovin' You--Minnie Riperton

NOTE: Two streaks of 7 weeks each, one in the Summer of 1977, the other in mid·1989, are tied for second.

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Guess Who THAT Is?

The Beatles in 1964 with 6 number ones! These include:

  1. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  2. She Loves You
  3. Can't Buy Me Love
  4. Love Me Do
  5. A Hard Day's Night
  6. I Feel Fine

NOTE: Three artists (Elvis in '56, '57, the Supremes in '64, and George Michael in '88, are tied for 2nd with 4 number ones in a single year. No one else has more than 3.

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If It's Not The Beatles, then It Must Be...

...you guessed it: Elvis Presley! In 1957, The King spent 26 weeks at number one with 4 different number one hits! They were:

  1. Too Much (3 weeks)
  2. All Shook Up (9 weeks)
  3. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (7 weeks)
  4. Jailhouse Rock (7 weeks)

TOTAL: 26 Weeks
NOTE: The Beatles in 1964 and Monica in 1998 are tied for 2nd with 18 weeks in the same year.

ALSO NOTE: Like Elvis, Mariah Carey spent 26 weeks at number one in less than a year's time (about 8 months), but the total was split up between 1995 and 1996.

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...and This Group Had ALL of Their Former Members Do This!

The Beatles (again) with all 4 of their former members with at least 2 number one hits! These count both solo number ones, as well as the members themselves reaching number one as members of a group (such as Paul McCartney with Wings). See Also Consecutive Number Ones below.

If you REALLY want to get 'technical', you could say that all 5 former members of the Beatles had number one hits, if you count Billy Preston, who recorded with the Beatles on Get Back in 1969!. See Also Consecutive Number Ones below.

NOTE: The group Genesis ranks second in this category, with 3 of their current/former members - Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, and Mike Rutherford (Mike + The Mechanics) scoring chart-topping hits. See Also Consecutive Number Ones below.

ALSO NOTE: Like the Beatles, 4 current/former Fleetwood Mac members - Bob Welch, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and Christine McVie - all had Top 40 hits, but NONE of them reached number one outside of Fleetwood Mac.

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Unusual Feats

Sibling Rivalry Within the Gibb Family in '78

On March 4, 1978, Andy Gibb, with his hit (Love Is) Thicker Than Water, replaced his older brothers, The Bee Gees, at number one with their hit, Stayin' Alive. Two weeks later, the Bee Gees reclaimed the top spot from their brother with Night Fever, and held it for 8 weeks.

The brothers traded winning battles on back·to·back weeks, but who won the war? The Bee Gees boasted 3 number one hits that year, to Andy Gibb's 2. Not to mention, the Bee Gees spent a total of 14 weeks at number 1 in '78, to Andy's 9. In addition, the Bee Gees wrote 2 other number one hits for others in '78 - If I Can't Have You for Yvonne Elliman, and Grease for superstar Frankie Valli. These totalled 3 weeks, bringing the Bee Gees' total weeks spent at number one that year to 17. Andy Gibb, however, was awarded the number one song of the year by BOTH Billboard Magazine AND the "statisticians" at American Top 40, Casey Kasem's old radio show, with his mega·hit, Shadow Dancing, which spent 7 weeks at number 1!

So who won the 'war' in '78 between Andy Gibb and the Bee Gees? YOU decide!


Former Band Member Haunts His Former Band

Yeah, I know, it's an old cliché that "He who laughs last laughs best," but, in 1986, Peter Gabriel got the "last laugh" on his former band, Genesis.

On July, 19 of that year, Genesis achieved their very first (and only) number one hit, Invisible Touch, after 20 years of existence! The following week, July 26, 1986, their former lead singer, Peter Gabriel, knocked Genesis out of the lead spot with his hit, Sledgehammer, also his only number one hit. It was (and still is!) the ONLY time a former band member pushed his former band out of number one! See Also Group With Most Current and/or Former Members With Number One Hits above.


...speaking Of Former Band Members, check THIS Out!!!

The late George Harrison tossed his former Beatles band mate, Paul McCartney, out of number one with his hit Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), on June 30, 1973. The following week (July 7th), Billy Preston, who, 4 years earlier, recorded with the Beatles on their number 1 hit, Get Back, bumped Harrison out of the lead position with his Top hit Will It Go 'Round In Circles. This very unusual "threesome" was the only one of its kind during the Rock era (1955 To Present)! See Also Group With Most Current and/or Former Members With Number One Hits


Big year for tributing Tommy James and the Shondells

Tiffany's I Think We're Alone Now topped the Billboard Hot 100 on November 7, 1987, as a cover version of the Tommy James and the Shondells hit from 1967. Two weeks later, Billy Idol pushed Tiffany aside at number one with HIS version of the Tommy James and the Shondells hit Mony, Mony, the ONLY time 2 cover versions of songs originally by the same artist(s) reached the "pinnacle" during back·to·back weeks!

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Too Many To List Here!

OK, I'll admit it: your Webmaster here is too lazy to list all of the one·hit wonders to reach number one. Go To the One·Hit Wonders Page to view them. You will find ALL of them highlighted in red!

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Significant Events During 1955 to 1989

The number one song during...

...the Rosa Parks bus incident,
December 5, 1955:
"Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford

...the height of the Cuban Missle Crisis,
October 27, 1962:
"Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt Kickers

...Martin Luther King Jr's. "I Have A Dream" speech and D.C. rally,
August 28, 1963:
"My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels

...President Kennedy's assassination,
November 22, 1963:
"I'm Leaving It Up To You" by Dale & Grace

...Martin Luther King Jr's. assassination,
April 4, 1968:
"(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding

...Senator Robert Kennedy's assassination,
June 5, 1968:
"Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel

...the first manned moon landing,
July 20, 1969:
"In The Year 2525" by Zager & Evans

...the end of the U.S. military involvement in Vietnam,
January 27, 1973:
"Crocodile Rock" by Elton John

...President Nixon's resignation from office,
August 8, 1974:
"Feel Like Makin' Love" by Roberta Flack

...The U.S. Bicentennial,
July 4, 1976:
"Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band

...the first day of the Iran Hostage Crisis,
November 4, 1979:
"Heartache Tonight" by The Eagles

...the space shuttle Challenger disaster,
January 28, 1986:
"That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne & Friends

...the Stock Market crash of '87,
October 19, 1987:
"Bad" by Michael Jackson

...the Tiannamen Square riots and massacre,
June 4, 1989:
"Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler

...The falling of the Berlin Wall,
November 9, 1989:
"When I See You Smile" by Bad English

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