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Artists With Most No. 1's | Artists With Most Weeks | Songs With Most Weeks
Years With The Most No. 1's | Years With The Fewest No. 1's | Biggest Jump & Biggest Drop
Originals & Covers | Same Name, Different Tune | Non·Consecutive Weeks At #1

Test Your Knowledge Of The Chart Toppers
From 1955 to 1989

Which groups or artists spent the most weeks at number one? Who had the most number one hits? What other interesting bits of trivia are there about number one hits? Browse the categories below!

Those With 5 Or More
RankArtistTotal Number 1's
1 The Beatles 20
2 Elvis Presley 18
3 The Supremes 12
4 Michael Jackson 11
5 Stevie Wonder 10
6(TIE) Paul McCartney (solo/Wings)  9
6(TIE) The Bee Gees  9
8(TIE) George Michael/Wham!  8
8(TIE) The Rolling Stones  8
10(TIE) Madonna  7
10(TIE) Whitney Houston  7
10(TIE) Elton John  7
10(TIE) Phil Collins  7
14(TIE) Pat Boone  6
14(TIE) Daryl Hall & John Oates  6
14(TIE) Diana Ross (solo)  6
17(TIE) The 4 Seasons  5
17(TIE) Olivia Newton·John  5
17(TIE) Barbra Striesand  5
17(TIE) Lionel Richie (solo)  5
17(TIE) The Eagles  5
17(TIE) KC & The Sunshine Band  5

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Those With 15 Weeks Or More
RankArtistTotal Weeks
1 Elvis Presley 80
2 The Beatles 59
3 Paul McCartney (solo/Wings) 30
4 Michael Jackson 29
5 The Bee Gees 27
6 Stevie Wonder 25
7 The Supremes 22
8(TIE) George Michael/Wham! 21
8(TIE) Pat Boone 21
8(TIE) Lionel Richie 21
11 Diana Ross (solo) 20
12 Elton John 19
13(TIE) The 4 Seasons 18
13(TIE) Olivia Newton·John 18
15(TIE) Rod Stewart 17
15(TIE) The Rolling Stones 17
17(TIE) Madonna 15
17(TIE) The Everly Brothers 15

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The Top 10 From '55 to '89

These are the songs with the most weeks spent at number one, covering the entire Rock era through the end of 1989:

Rank Title--Artist Weeks at No.1 Year
1 Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog--Elvis Presley 11 1956
2(TIE) Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White--Perez "Prez" Prado 10 1955
2(TIE) Sincerely--The McGuire Sisters 10 1955
2(TIE) Singing The Blues--Guy Mitchell 10 1956-57
2(TIE) You Light Up My Life--Debby Boone 10 1977
2(TIE) Physical--Olivia Newton·John 10 1981-82
7(TIE) All Shook Up--Elvis Presley  9 1957
7(TIE) Mack The Knife--Bobby Darin  9 1959
7(TIE) The Theme From "A Summer Place"--Percy Faith  9 1960
7(TIE) Hey Jude--The Beatles  9 1968
7(TIE) Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes  9 1981
7(TIE) Endless Love--Diana Ross & Lionel Richie  9 1981

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The Top 10 Starting With Hot 100

These are the songs with the most weeks spent at number one, starting with the first Billboard Hot 100 on August 4, 1958 and ending in 1989:

Rank Title--Artist Weeks at No.1 Year
1(TIE) You Light Up My Life--Debby Boone 10 1977
1(TIE) Physical--Olivia Newton·John 10 1981-82
3(TIE) Mack The Knife--Bobby Darin  9 1959
3(TIE) The Theme From "A Summer Place"--Percy Faith  9 1960
3(TIE) Hey Jude--The Beatles  9 1968
3(TIE) Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes  9 1981
3(TIE) Endless Love--Diana Ross & Lionel Richie  9 1981
8(TIE) Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart 8 1976-77
8(TIE) Night Fever--The Bee Gees 8 1978
8(TIE) Every Breath You Take--The Police 8 1983

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The Top 10
Rank Year Total
1 1974 36
2 1975 35
3(TIE) 1988 33
3(TIE) 1989 33
5 1986 31
6 1987 30
7 1977 29
8(TIE) 1965 27
8(TIE) 1966 27
8(TIE) 1973 27
8(TIE) 1985 27

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The 10 Years With The Fewest
Rank Year Total
1 1955 14
2(TIE) 1959 16
2(TIE) 1968 16
2(TIE) 1982 16
5(TIE) 1956 17
5(TIE) 1969 17
5(TIE) 1980 17
5(TIE) 1981 17
5(TIE) 1983 17
10(TIE) 1960 19
10(TIE) 1967 19
10(TIE) 1971 19

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Biggest Jump & Biggest Drop

These are the songs that made the biggest one·week jump to number 1 and the songs that took the biggest one·week drop from number 1.

Biggest Jump:
Date Title--Artist From - To
4/4/64    Can't Buy Me Love--The Beatles 27 - 1
Biggest Drop (TIE):
Date Title--Artist From - To
10/26/74    Nothing From Nothing--Billy Preston 1 - 15
11/2/74    Then Came You--Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners 1 - 15

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Both that hit Number One

These songs all had 2 different versions, and BOTH hit number one.

Butterfly...
...by Charlie Gracie in 1957, and...
...by Andy Williams also in 1957
 
Young Love......
...by Sonny James in 1957, and...
...by Tab Hunter also in 1957
 
Please Mr. Postman...
...by The Marvelettes in 1961, and...
...by The Carpenters in 1975
 
The Loco·Motion...
...by Little Eva in 1962, and...
...by Grand Funk in 1974
 
Go Away Little Girl...
...by Steve Lawrence in 1963, and...
...by Donny Osmond in 1971
 
You Keep Me Hangin' On...
...by The Supremes in 1966, and...
...by Kim Wilde in 1987
 
Venus...
...by The Shocking Blue in 1970, and...
...by Bananarama in 1986
NOTE: See also Same Name, Different Tune below.
 
Lean On Me...
...by Bill Withers in 1972, and...
...by Club Nouveau in 1987

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Different Number One songs with the same title

These are pairs of 2 different songs with the same titles, and BOTH songs hit number 1.

Venus
"Venus" by Frankie Avalon in 1959, and...
"Venus" by The Shocking Blue in 1970
NOTE: See also Originals & Covers above.
 
I'm Sorry
"I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee in 1960, and...
"I'm Sorry" by John Denver in 1975
NOTE: John Denver's hit was part of a 2·sided number one hit, with "Calypso" as the 'B' side. In some areas, "Calypso" received more airplay than "I'm Sorry".
 
My Love
"My Love" by Petula Clark in 1966, and...
"My Love" by Paul McCartney & Wings in 1973
 
Best Of My Love
"Best Of My Love" by The Eagles in 1975, and...
"Best Of My Love" by The Emotions in 1977

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Unusual Feats

Longest Time Between Weeks at Number One:

68 Weeks
"The Twist" by Chubby Checker
From 9/26/60 To 1/13/62

The Twist became the ONLY hit during the Rock era to reach number one, re·enter the chart later, and reach number one AGAIN! It's not unusual for a number one hit to fall out of the number one spot, then return to number one after about 1 to 3 weeks. But 68 weeks between them coupled with hitting number one both times is a milestone!


Most Turns at Number One:

3
"Le Freak" by Chic
1st: 1 Week - 12/9/78
2nd: 2 Weeks - 12/23/78 to 12/30/78
3rd: 3 Weeks - 1/20/79 to 2/3/79

For loyal listeners to Casey Kasem's weekly radio show, American Top 40, the chart run of Le Freak may have been one of the most memorable. After this song moved from number 37 to 6 in its first 2 weeks on the Top 40 (a bigger one·week jump than ANY song during the '70's), Chic's megahit became the ONLY song to fall out of number one TWICE, before returning! As mentioned above, it's not unusual for a song to drop out of the top spot, then return. But the stunt pulled by Le Freak was unprecedented!

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