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Billboard Hot 100’s 60th Anniversary

I had a much longer post planned, but I realized that more professional writers with more to gain for doing the footwork will probably do that.

I just think it’s cool we have 60 Years of Popular Music cataloged somewhere.  I HIGHLY recommend checking out the Billboard Hot 100 Website (link below) to check out dates that you find memorable to see what songs were popular at the time.  I use it quite frequently when coming up with playlist ideas.

And in appreciation, I compiled a YouTube Playlist of the Number One songs that charted the first week in August for each year the Hot 100 have been published.  Check it out here:

It would be interesting (to me) to see if there was a way to compile a Top 10 of these particular songs.  What makes these interesting is that while these are all Number Ones, only one of them has ever been awarded Song of the Year Grammy Award (that privilege went to The Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’).

Leave a comment below of your Top 10 from this list.  Here is a full text copy if you don’t have the time to watch them all.

Number Ones for the First Week of August each year since the beginning of the Billboard Hot 100, in chronological order

YearArtistSong
1958Ricky NelsonPoor Little Fool
1959Paul AnkaLonely Boy
1960Brenda LeeI’m Sorry
1961Bobby LewisTossin’ and Turnin’
1962Bobby VintonRoses Are Red (My Love)
1963The TymesSo Much In Love
1964The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night
1965Herman’s HermitsI’m Henry VIII, I Am
1966The TroggsWild Thing
1967The DoorsLight My Fire
1968The DoorsHello, I Love You
1969Zager and EvansIn The Year 2525
1970The Carpenters(They Long To Be) Close To You
1971The Bee GeesHow Can You Mend A Broken Heart
1972Gilbert O’SullivanAlone Again (Naturally)
1973Maureen McGovernThe Morning After
1974John DenverAnnie’s Song
1975EaglesOne of These Nights
1976Elton John and Kiki DeeDon’t Go Breaking My Heart
1977Andy GibbI Just Want To Be Your Everything
1978The Rolling StonesMiss You
1979Donna SummerBad Girls
1980Olivia Newton-JohnMagic
1981Rick SpringfieldJessie’s Girl
1982SurvivorEye Of The Tiger
1983The PoliceEvery Breath You Take
1984PrinceWhen Doves Cry
1985Tears For FearsShout
1986Peter CeteraGlory Of Love (Theme From “The Karate Kid Part II”)
1987Bob SegerShakedown (From “Beverly Hills Cop II”)
1988Steve WinwoodRoll With It
1989PrinceBatdance (from “Batman”)
1990Mariah CareyVision Of Love
1991Bryan Adams(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
1992Sir Mix-A-LotBaby Got Back
1993UB40Can’t Help Falling In Love (From “Sliver”)
1994Lisa Loeb and Nine StoriesStay (I Missed You) (From “Reality Bites”)
1995TLCWaterfalls
1996Los Del RioMacarena (Bayside Boys Mix)
1997Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112I’ll Be Missing You
1998Brandy & MonicaThe Boy Is Mine
1999Christina AguileraGenie In A Bottle
2000N SyncIt’s Gonna Be Me
2001Destiny’s ChildBootylicious
2002NellyHot In Herre
2003Beyonce Featuring Jay ZCrazy In Love
2004Juvenile Featuring Soulja SlimSlow Motion
2005Mariah CareyWe Belong Together
2006Nelly Furtado Featuring TimbalandPromiscuous
2007Plain White T’sHey There Delilah
2008Katy PerryI Kissed A Girl
2009The Black Eyed PeasI Gotta Felling
2010Eminem Featuring RihannaLove The Way You Lie
2011LMFAO Featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRockParty Rock Anthem
2012Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe
2013Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. + PharrellBlurred Lines
2014MAGIC!Rude
2015OMICheerleader
2016Sia Featuring Sean PaulCheap Thrills
2017Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin BieberDespacito
2018DrakeIn My Feelings

Source: Billboard Hot 100 website

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