The top song that came out the year you were born

The top song that came out the year you were born
Dave Bayley of Glass Animals, Nat King Cole, and Kesha.Matthew Baker/Metronome/Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

The top song from each year was determined by analysing Billboard’s year-end No. 1 songs since 1940.
The list also include Whitney Houston, Adele, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Prince, and more.

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1940: “I’ll Never Smile Again” — Tommy Dorsey

1940: "I'll Never Smile Again" — Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey.Getty Images

Insider looked into the singles that remained at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for the longest for songs released before 1946, when Billboard does not have a year-end list.

The Tommy Dorsey song “I’ll Never Smile Again,” which also includes backup vocals by Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers, spent 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard singles list.

1941: “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” — Jimmy Dorsey

1941: "Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)" — Jimmy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey.Hulton Archive via Getty Images

Dorsey’s well-known rendition of the song, which was originally composed by Spanish-American composer José Maria Lacalle Garcia, spent 10 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts.

“Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Glenn Miller came in second. On the Billboard singles chart, it remained at the top for nine weeks.

1942: “White Christmas” — Bing Crosby

1942: "White Christmas" — Bing Crosby
Vera-Ellen, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Bing Crosby in “White Christmas.”Paramount/Getty Images

Since 2012, Crosby’s rendition of the Irving Berlin song, which was heard in the movie “White Christmas,” has held the title of best-selling single.

The Christmas favourite reportedly sold 50 million copies, according to Guinness World Records.

1943: “I’ve Heard That Song Before” — Harry James

1943: "I've Heard That Song Before" — Harry James
Harry James in a scene from “Springtime in the Rockies.”Bettmann via Getty Images

It was nominated for an Oscar for best original song because it was included in the 1942 movie “Youth on Parade.” “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby triumphed over it.

1944: “Swinging on a Star” — Bing Crosby

1944: "Swinging on a Star" — Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby at the 1945 Oscars.Bettmann via Getty Images

The 1944 film “Going My Way” featured “Swinging on a Star,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song.

1945: “‘Till the End of Time” — Perry Como

1945: "'Till the End of Time" — Perry Como
Perry Como.Bettmann / Contributor via Getty Images

On the Billboard charts, the song remained at the top for nine weeks. The song “Sentimental Journey” by Les Brown and Doris Day also lasted the same number of weeks at No. 1.

1946: “The Gypsy” — The Ink Spots

1946: "The Gypsy" — The Ink Spots
The Ink Spots.Getty Images

Billboard may have chosen Perry Como’s “Prisoner of Love” as the year’s top single at the end, but the publication selected “The Gypsy” as the year’s best song.

1947: “Near You” — Francis Craig

1947: "Near You" — Francis Craig
Music for “Near You” featuring Francis Craig on the cover.ronpoxify/YouTube

According to Billboard, the Francis Craig song was the best DJ record of the year.

1948: “Buttons and Bows” — Dinah Shore

1948: "Buttons and Bows" — Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore won best female singer at the 1956 Emmys.AP Photo

Despite Dinah Shore’s “Buttons and Bows” being No. 1 on “the honour roll of hits” and the top “disc in the nation’s jukeboxes,” Pee Wee Hunt’s “Twelfth Street Rag” was the year’s No. 1 Billboard single.

Another one that deserves consideration is “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover.”

1949: “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” — Vaughn Monroe

1949: "Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)" — Vaughn Monroe
Vaughn Monroe.PoPsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Over the years, artists including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and even Sesame Street have recorded the country-western song numerous times.

1950: “Goodnight, Irene” — Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers

1950: "Goodnight, Irene" — Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers
Gordon Jenkins.Archive Photos/Getty Images

The Weavers’ version is a cover of the original track. The song was initially performed by Lead Belly, who passed just a year after its release.

1951: “Too Young” — Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole.Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Sidney Lippman and Sylvia Dee wrote the song’s original lyrics.

1952: “Blue Tango” — Leroy Anderson

1952: "Blue Tango" — Leroy Anderson
Leroy Anderson.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The best-selling song and instrumental track of the year according to Billboard was Anderson’s.

1953: “The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)” — Percy Faith

1953: "The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)" — Percy Faith
Zsa Zsa Gabor in “Moulin Rouge.”Baron/Getty Image

The song was the No. 1 record on the Billboard charts for 10 weeks in 1952 and was used in the Zsa Zsa Gabor-starring film “Moulin Rouge.”

1954: “Little Things Mean A Lot” — Kitty Kallen

1954: "Little Things Mean A Lot" — Kitty Kallen
Kitty Kallen.CBS via Getty Images

The most well-known version of the song is Kallen’s take on the 1953 classic. According to Billboard, it was the best song of the year.

1955: “Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)”— Pérez Prado

1955: "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)"— Pérez Prado
Pérez Prado.YouTube

The song’s original version was created by Prado in 1950.

1956: “Heartbreak Hotel” — Elvis Presley

1956: "Heartbreak Hotel" — Elvis Presley
Elvis performs in 1957.AP Photo/File

Presley’s songs “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel” both spent 11 weeks at No. 1—three weeks longer than “Heartbreak Hotel”—despite the fact that “Heartbreak Hotel” was the year’s top single.

1957: “All Shook Up” — Elvis Presley

1957: "All Shook Up" — Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley performing at the Mississippi-Alabama State Fair in Mississippi on September 27, 1956.AP Photo/RCA Victor

Due to the song’s immense popularity, both Billy Joel and the Beatles have recorded their own versions of “All Shook Up.”

1958: “Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)” — Domenico Modugno

Domenico Modugno.AP Photo/File
Domenico Modugno.AP Photo/File

At the inaugural Grammy Awards in 1959, the song from Italy known as “Volare” won for song of the year and record of the year.

1959: “The Battle of New Orleans” — Johnny Horton

1959: "The Battle of New Orleans" — Johnny Horton
Johnny Horton.YouTube

The song was the year’s top pop and country single. Sadly, Horton passed away in a car accident a year later.

1960: “Theme From a Summer Place” — Percy Faith

1960: "Theme From a Summer Place" — Percy Faith "A Summer Place."Warner Bros.
“A Summer Place.”Warner Bros.

Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Troy Donahue, and Sandra Dee starred in the 1959 picture “A Summer Place,” which also featured the instrumental music.

1961: “Tossin’ and Turnin'” — Bobby Lewis

1961: "Tossin' and Turnin'" — Bobby Lewis
Bobby Lewis.YouTube

The song spent several weeks at No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B chart.

1962: “Big Girls Don’t Cry” — Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

1962: "Big Girls Don't Cry" — Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

During the holiday season, the song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.

1963: “Surfin’ U.S.A.” — The Beach Boys

1963: "Surfin' U.S.A." — The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys.Shutterstock / Thomas Owen Martin

The Beach Boys’ summertime tune was selected as the best song of the year by Billboard.

1964: “I Want to Hold Your Hand” — The Beatles

1964: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" — The Beatles
The Beatles.Getty Images

The beautiful song debuted at number one in the US, UK, Australia, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

1965: “I Can’t Help Myself” — Four Tops

1965: "I Can't Help Myself" — Four Tops The Four Tops.YouTube
The Four Tops.YouTube

The Supremes, Donnie Elbert, and other artists have all covered the song.

1966: “The Ballad of the Green Berets” — Staff Sergeant Barry Allen Sadler

1966: "The Ballad of the Green Berets" — Staff Sergeant Barry Allen Sadler
Barry Sadler was an American soldier, singer, songwriter, and author.When The Cowboy Sings

The patriotic song, which was composed and performed by Vietnam War veteran Barry Sadler, topped the charts in the US for five weeks in 1966.

1967: “Respect” — Aretha Franklin

1967: "Respect" — Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin.Express Newspapers/Getty Images

Before becoming a hit for Franklin, the song was first made popular by Otis Redding in a different rendition. In 1968, she won two Grammys for the song “Respect.”

1968: “Hey Jude” — The Beatles

1968: "Hey Jude" — The Beatles
The Beatles.AP

During his parent’s divorce, Paul McCartney initially composed the song “Hey Jules” for John Lennon’s son. It ultimately evolved into “Hey Jude.”

It is ranked as the seventh best song of all time by Rolling Stone.

1969: “Sugar, Sugar” — The Archies

1969: "Sugar, Sugar" — The Archies
“The Archie Show.”The Archies/YouTube

The song first appeared in the “The Archie Show,” a cartoon featuring well-known comic book characters. In the end, it remained at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 list for four weeks.

1970: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” — Simon & Garfunkel

1970: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" — Simon & Garfunkel
Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon at the 1971 Grammys.AP Photo

Several Grammy Awards, including those for record and song of the year, went to “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

1971: “Joy to the World” — Three Dog Night

1971: "Joy to the World" — Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night.YouTube

The track was included on “Naturally,” the group’s fourth studio album from 1970. The Big Chill’s soundtrack from 1983 contains a sample of it.

1972: “Let’s Stay Together” — Al Green

1972: "Let's Stay Together" — Al Green
Al Green.AP PHOTO/L.M. Otero

The song has been featured in several films and television programmes, including “Pulp Fiction” and “Parks and Recreation.”

1973: “Let’s Get It On” — Marvin Gaye

1973: "Let's Get It On" — Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye.AP Photo/Nancy Kaye

One of Marvin Gaye’s most well-known tracks, the song contributed to his status as a sex icon.

1974: “The Way We Were” — Barbra Streisand

1974: "The Way We Were" — Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand.AP Photo/HC

In 1974, the song won the Golden Globe for best original song, and the Grammy Award for song of the year the following year.

1975: “Love Will Keep Us Together” — Captain & Tennille

1975: "Love Will Keep Us Together" — Captain & Tennille
Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille.AP Photo

At the 1976 Grammy Awards, “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Dragon and Tennille was named record of the year.

1976: “Silly Love Songs” — Wings

1976: "Silly Love Songs" — Wings
Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, in Wings.AP Photo

After McCartney was accused of just creating love songs, the former Beatle penned “Silly Love Songs.”

According to McCartney, “the song intended, in a way, to counter people who merely accuse me of being soppy.”

1977: “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)” — Rod Stewart

1977: "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" — Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart recording a TV special in 1976.Central Press/Getty Images

Stewart’s 1976 album “A Night on the Town” included the single “Tonight’s the Night.” Many performers, including Janet Jackson, have covered it.

1978: “Shadow Dancing” — Andy Gibb

1978: "Shadow Dancing" — Andy Gibb
Andy Gibb.AP Photo/Ron Frehm

In 1978, the song spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was Gibb’s last strike.

1979: “My Sharona” — The Knack

1979: "My Sharona" — The Knack
The Knack.YouTube

The Knack’s first single was the gold-certified tune. Since then, it has appeared in both the film “Super 8” and the video game “Rock Band.”

1980: “Call Me” — Blondie

1980: "Call Me" — Blondie
Debbie Harry, aka Blondie.AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian

The theme music for the 1980 crime drama “American Gigolo” was “Call Me.”

1981: “Bette Davis Eyes” — Kim Carnes

1981: "Bette Davis Eyes" — Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes.Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMHOF

Diana Ross and Lionel Richie’s “Endless Love,” which also climbed to the top of the Billboard charts, was edged out by “Bette Davis Eyes.” Grammy Awards for record and song of the year went to Carnes’ popular cover song.

1982: “Physical” — Olivia Newton-John

1982: "Physical" — Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John.Olivia Newton-John/YouTube

Newton-12th John’s album’s first single, “Physical,” was made public. Dua Lipa recently used a sample of it in her song of the same name.

1983: “Every Breath You Take” — The Police

1983: "Every Breath You Take" — The Police
Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers.Showtime/Courtesy of Getty Images

The song by Sting from the album “Synchronicity” from 1983 became popular in both the US and the UK.

The same-year song “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye merits a special mention as well.

1984: “When Doves Cry” — Prince

1984: "When Doves Cry" — Prince
Prince.AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing, File

As the first single from Prince’s legendary album “Purple Rain,” the song was released.

1985: “Careless Whisper” — George Michael

1985: "Careless Whisper" — George Michael
George Michael.Michael Putland/Getty Images

Michael’s debut solo hit was the song.

1986: “That’s What Friends Are For” — Dionne Warwick featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder

1986: "That's What Friends Are For" — Dionne Warwick featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder
Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight.AP Photo/Mark Avery

At the 29th annual awards ceremony, Warwick, Wonder, and Knight received the Grammy for best pop group performance along with composer Elton John. The song of the year award went to “That’s What Friends Are For.”

1987: “Walk Like An Egyptian” — The Bangles

1987: "Walk Like An Egyptian" — The Bangles
A still from The Bangles’ music video for “Walk Like an Egyptian.”TheBanglesVEVO/YouTube

The track was the third single from the “Different Light” album by The Bangles. It is reportedly one of the group’s least favourite tunes.

1988: “Faith” — George Michael

1988: "Faith" — George Michael
George Michael.DR/AAD/STAR MAX/IPx via AP

Michael’s first solo album included the song.

1989: “Look Away” — Chicago

1989: "Look Away" — Chicago
A still from the “Look Away” music video.Rhino/YouTube

The song was Chicago’s best-selling single.

1990: “Hold On” — Wilson Phillips

1990: "Hold On" — Wilson Phillips
Wilson Phillips in the music video for “Hold On.”WilsonPhillipsVEVO

The track received the 1990 Hot 100 Single of the Year Billboard Music Award.

1991: “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” — Bryan Adams

1991: "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" — Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams.AP photo/Adrian Dennis

The song, which was featured on “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'” soundtrack, went viral around the world. It was awarded the Grammy for best song composed for a film or television.

1992: “End Of The Road” — Boyz II Men

1992: "End Of The Road" — Boyz II Men
Mike McCary, Nathan Vanderpool, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman.AP Photo/Reed Saxon

In 1993, the song took home the award for greatest R&B performance by a duet or group at the 35th Grammy Awards.

1993: “I Will Always Love You” — Whitney Houston

1993: "I Will Always Love You" — Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston.AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

For her film “The Bodyguard,” Whitney Houston covered the Dolly Parton classic on her own. The record of the year Grammy award for 1994 went to the song. It is regarded as the most successful single ever released by a female artist.

1994: “The Sign” — Ace of Base

1994: "The Sign" — Ace of Base
Ace of Base.AP Photo/Magnus Torle

The Swedish band’s 1993 album of the same name featured three singles, “The Sign” being one of them.

1995: “Gangsta’s Paradise” — Coolio featuring L.V.

1995: "Gangsta's Paradise" — Coolio featuring L.V.
Coolio.Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

The song was included on the soundtrack for the 1995 film “Dangerous Minds,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

1996: “Macarena” — Los del Rio

1996: "Macarena" — Los del Rio
A still from the music video for “Macarena.”YouTube

The omnipresent ’90s dance music is a staple for events including weddings and parties.

1997: “Something About The Way You Look Tonight” — Elton John

1997: "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" — Elton John
Elton John.AP Photo/Paul Hackett, Pool

In 1997, “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” and “Candle in the Wind” were released as a double A-side single.

The following year, after John gave a new rendition of his 1973 hit song at Princess Diana’s burial, the song “Candlelight in the Wind” shot to the top of the charts. Both of these were named the top pop songs of the year by Billboard.

1998: “Too Close” — Next

1998: "Too Close" — Next
Next in their music video for “Too Close.”NextVEVO/YouTube

One of the best one-hit wonders of the 1990s was “Too Close.” It was the number-one song on Billboard’s 1998 year-end list and was on the soundtrack for “Save the Last Dance.”

1999: “Believe” — Cher

1999: "Believe" — Cher
Cher.Photo/Christof Stache

The dance-pop song served as Cher’s 22nd album’s lead single. Episodes of “Friends,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” have all featured it.

2000: “Breathe” — Faith Hill

2000: "Breathe" — Faith Hill
Faith Hill.AP Photo/Dave Martin

Despite never reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100, the song was recognised as the year’s top single in 2000.

2001: “Hanging By A Moment” — Lifehouse

2001: "Hanging By A Moment" — Lifehouse
Jason Wade of Lifehouse.AP Photo/Evan Agostini

The track featured as the album’s lead single for the alternative group.

2002: “How You Remind Me” — Nickelback

2002: "How You Remind Me" — Nickelback
Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.Dan Regan/Getty Images

The song was the most played song on US radio in the 2000s, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

2003: “In Da Club” — 50 Cent

2003: "In Da Club" — 50 Cent
50 Cent.Vince Bucci/Getty Images

The rapper’s debut No. 1 single was the tune. The song’s music video won best rap video at 2003’s MTV Video Music Awards.

2004: “Yeah!” — Usher featuring Lil’ Jon and Ludacris

2004: "Yeah!" — Usher featuring Lil' Jon and Ludacris
Usher.Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

Only Usher’s subsequent single, “Burn,” managed to unseat “Yeah!” from the top of the Billboard list.

2005: “We Belong Together” — Mariah Carey

2005: "We Belong Together" — Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey.Kevin Winter/Getty Image

When the song was released, some commentators believed that Carey’s career was about to expire. “We Belong Together” won best R&B song and best female R&B vocal performance at the 48th annual Grammys.

2006: “Bad Day” — Daniel Powter

2006: "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter
Daniel Powter.Jo Hale/Getty Images

Ads and TV shows frequently parody and use “Bad Day” as a plot device. Powter claimed that because it has been used so frequently since its debut and is virtually in the public domain, he felt “separated from the song.”

2007: “Irreplaceable” — Beyoncé

2007: "Irreplaceable" — Beyoncé
Beyoncé.James Devaney/WireImage

Insider ranked the song as the third-best breakup song of the twenty-first century when it was released as the third single from Beyoncé’s second solo album, “B’Day.”

2008: “Low” — Flo Rida featuring T-Pain

Flo Rida.AP Photo/Matt Sayles
Flo Rida.AP Photo/Matt Sayles

The soundtrack for the 2008 movie “Step Up 2: The Streets” included the song “Low.”

2009: “Boom Boom Pow” — The Black Eyed Peas

2009: "Boom Boom Pow" — The Black Eyed Peas
Fergie in the music video for “Boom Boom Pow.”BlackEyedPeasVevo/YouTube

The song earned the trio their first US No. 1 single and the Grammy for best short form music video.

2010: “Tik Tok” — Kesha

2010: "Tik Tok" — Kesha
Kesha in the music video for “Tik Tok.”Kesha/YouTube

Weird Al mocked Kesha’s debut track, which also made an appearance on a “The Simpsons” episode.

2011: “Rolling In The Deep” — Adele

2011: "Rolling In The Deep" — Adele
Adele in the music video for “Rolling in the Deep.”Adele/YouTube

One of the few music videos with more than one billion views is “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele.

2012: “Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye featuring Kimbra

2012: "Somebody That I Used To Know" — Gotye featuring Kimbra
Gotye and Kimbra in the music video for “Somebody That I Used to Know.”gotyemusic/YouTube

At the 2013 Grammy Awards, the one-hit wonder won for best pop duo/group performance and record of the year.

2013: “Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz

2013: "Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Macklemore in the music video for “Thrift Shop.”Macklemore/YouTube

At the 2014 Grammy Awards, Macklemore’s novelty hit took home the best rap song and performance awards.

2014: “Happy” — Pharrell Williams

2014: "Happy" — Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams in the music video for “Happy.”Pharrell/YouTube

In 2014, Pharrell produced the ideal feel-good tune of the season. It was recorded for the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack and wound up being the year’s biggest hit.

2015: “See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

2015: "See You Again" — Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
Paul Walker (center) in “Furious 7.”Wiz Khalifa/YouTube, Universal

The song spent 12 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 list and was written as a tribute to Paul Walker for the “Furious 7” soundtrack. With almost three billion views for a number of years, it held the record for YouTube’s most popular music video.

Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” was a huge smash in 2015 and peaked at number one on the Billboard pop chart.

2016: “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber

2016: "Love Yourself" — Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber.Christopher Polk/Getty Images

The third track from Justin Bieber’s fourth album, “Purpose,” was made public. It was one of the songs with the highest sales in 2016, and the YouTube music video has had over 1.2 billion views.

2017: “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

2017: "Despacito" — Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Despite the fact that Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” was the number-one Billboard single of 2017, Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s catchy club song (boosted by Justin Bieber) holds the record for the longest run at the top of the chart with 16 straight weeks over the summer of 2017. That is more time than Sheeran spent on “Shape of You” (11 weeks).

The first music video in history to surpass five billion views on YouTube was the original “Despacito” clip without Justin Bieber.

2018: “God’s Plan” — Drake

2018: "God's Plan" — Drake
Drake in the music video for “God’s Plan.”Drake/YouTube

The year’s top hit according to Billboard for 2018 was Drake’s “God’s Plan.” The year before, the rapper’s song “In My Feelings,” which became a meme, had another massive smash.

2019: “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

2019: "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus in the music video for “Old Town Road.”Lil Nas X/YouTube

With 19 weeks at No. 1, “Old Town Road” holds the record for the longest run at the top. It also achieved diamond certification the quickest in music history.

2020: “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

2020: "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd
The Weeknd.The Weeknd/YouTube

Less than a year after “Blinding Lights” was declared the best song of 2020 by Billboard, it was named the greatest song to ever appear on the Billboard Hot 100.

The mega single by The Weeknd spent 90 weeks on the Hot 100, 86 weeks in the top 40, and 43 weeks in the top five of the chart.

2021: “Levitating” by Dua Lipa

2021: "Levitating" by Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa.Dua Lipa/Warner Records UK

The fifth song from Dua Lipa’s sophomore album, “Future Nostalgia,” “Levitating,” was first made available in March 2020.

It was promoted as the album’s fifth single and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2021, eventually becoming the longest-charting song by a female artist, spending a total of 77 weeks on the chart.

2022: “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals

2022: "Heat Waves" by Glass Animals
2022: “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals

“Heat Waves” finished an incredible 59-week ascent to No. 1 in March 2022.

The single, which was written completely by Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley, topped the charts for five weeks in a row and was Billboard’s best-performing song of the year at its conclusion.

The Hot 100’s 64-year history’s longest-charting hit is currently “Heat Waves.” It stayed on the charts for 91 weeks, beating The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” record.

Harry Styles’ “As It Was,” which peaked at number two on Billboard in 2022, deserves a special note. A new record for a solo performer was set with “Harry’s Houselead “‘s single, which spent 15 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100.

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