Can you believe that Encanto's viral hit single "We Don't Talk About Bruno" held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks?! Or that Glass Animals' "Heat Waves" yet again topped the chart for another month straight?! The Billboard Hot 100 number one ranking defines a song's ultimate success in mainstream pop culture; and for many singers and rappers, this highly-coveted accolade proves that they've truly 'made it' in the industry.
The Beatles currently hold the record for the most Billboard #1 hit singles of all time, with a total of 20 songs featured at the top of the charts from 1964 to 1970. The other four music legends who've come close to this achievement are Grammy Award-winning artists Madonna, Elton John, Michael Jackson, and Elvis Presley. As many renowned and on-the-rise musicians release new music throughout 2022, someone is bound to break new records.
Who will be the next Olivia Rodrigo and drop a debut album like SOUR with multiple #1 hit songs from its tracklist? Will a fresh remix of a vintage classic bring an older artist back to the forefront of the industry? Will any singers from 2022 every come close to The Beatles' epic Billboard charts accomplishment?
Vote below for your favorite trending Billboard number one songs, and be sure to return weekly to find out which hit single is currently holding the top spot.
- 143 VOTES
Charted at #1: November 5
No stranger to the charts, Taylor Swift's "Anti-Hero" debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as Swift's ninth number-one song in the country. The track portrays Swift's insecurities, eventually concluding that the problem is her. Widely considered the best track on Midnights, it broke the global and US records for the biggest opening-day streams for a song in Spotify history. Swift also became the first artist to simultaneously occupy the top 10 spots of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
- 293 VOTES
Easy On Me
Charted at #1: January 15 - February 4
Very few artists are as eagerly anticipated by international music junkies as pop superstar Adele. Six long years elapsed between her stunning albums 25 (2015) and 30 (2021), but fortunately for us listeners, the wait was well worth it. Another gorgeous, yet heartbreaking piano ballad, 30's lead single "Easy On Me" serves as a tribute to her son Angelo Adkins. The megahit single's lyrics plead him to forgive her for the dissolution of her marriage to his father, featuring a powerful music video directed by Xavier Dolan. Upon release, the song debuted at #68 before rocketing to #1 the following week, becoming Adele's fifth chart-topper in the United States. "Easy on Me" is also Adele's third song to remain at number one for at least seven weeks, after "Rolling in the Deep" (seven weeks) and "Hello" (10 weeks).
- 398 VOTES
As It Was
Charted at #1: April 16 - April 22; April 30 - May 13; June 4 - July 1; July 9 - July 29; September 3 - October 7
As a solo artist, former One Direction member Harry Styles has always been someone that wears his influences on his sleeve while still making irresistably charming pop rock songs. This time channeling the likes of Depeche Mode and A-ha, Styles returns with a jangling synth-pop tune accompanied by a colorful video with elegant choreography. Upon release, it debuted at #1, marking his second track to do so after "Watermelon Sugar". On the US Billboard Hot 100, "As It Was" became the first song of the year to debut at #1 and holds Spotify's record for the most-streamed song globally in a single day by a male artist, with 21.6 million streams thus far.
- 445 VOTES
About Damn Time
Charted at #1: July 30 - August 12
The 2020's love affair with nostalgia, specifically old school funk and disco, continues with Lizzo's “About Damn Time". Featuring plenty of feel-good Lizzo-isms and a pulsing beat, the song is an ode to how far we have come, globally, in the midst of this pandemic and how we continue to survive. The Christian Breslauer directed video sees Lizzo attending a “Stressed & Sexy” support group that devolves into a groovy dance number featuring a sequined body suit. “About Damn Time” marks Lizzo's second Billboard #1 after “Truth Hurts”.
- 522 VOTES
Charted at #1: October 8 - October 28
Co-written and produced by Steve Lacy, “Bad Habit” is a smooth-yet-funky R&B lament about missed opportunities in love. Though a frequent collaborator with music's biggest names including Tyler, The Creator and Vampire Weekend, “Bad Habit” marks Lacy's mainstream breakthrough. It is his first Billboard chart entry in the United States and is also the first song to ever top the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B Songs and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts at the same time.
- 647 VOTES
Break My Soul
Charted at #1: August 13 - August 26
On December 13, 2013 Beyoncé released her self-titled album without a whisper of promotion leading to frenzy and, of course, a #1 chart placement. The move was so unprecedented that the term “pulling a Beyoncé” was born from it, as many artists followed suit. The traditional release of this year's “Break My Soul” marked her first single from a solo studio album in six years. The thumping, danceable track samples “Show Me Love” by Robin S., a house classic. Debuting at the 15th spot on Billboard, the song shot to #1 after the release of the full-length Renaissance. Her last #1 in a lead role, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, charted at the top spot 13 years and seven months ago.