Pop Every Song That Debuted At No. 1 On Billboard, Ranked  

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For some bands and musicians, playing local shows and getting a record deal is the top goal, but for others, it's all about hitting that Hot 100 on the Billboard chart. Moreover, having a song that debuts at no. 1 on said chart is the ultimate achievement—and it's only been done a fair amount of times. When you think about the abundance of singles that drop each day, week, or month, debuting number one is a pretty big deal. Regardless, each and every song that debuts at that top spot can and should be considered one of the best of the artist's time. 

But of all the songs to debut at no. 1 on Billboard, there has to be a single best. Could it be Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone"? Or perhaps it's Childish Gambino and his "This is America" track, accompanied by the powerful, controversial, and statement-making video. Whatever song it is, it's up to you to decide—so bring out your inner music critic.

Check out the Billboard number one hits below and vote up whatever you think are the best songs to top the chart. 

list ordered by

1
499 497
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This Is America Childish Gambino

2018

2
452 440
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Hello Adele

2015

 

3
378 365
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Eminem

2010

4
392 390
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Celine Dion

1998

5
365 367
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6
79 13
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thank u, next Ariana Grande

2018

7
334 406
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Shape Of You Ed Sheeran

2017

 

8
300 370
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Lady Gaga

2011

 

9
273 336
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Michael Jackson

1995

10
250 317
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Lauryn Hill

1998

11
240 309
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Sean Combs, Puff Daddy & The Family, Faith Evans

1997

12
215 303
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Something About The Way You Look Tonight Elton John

1997

13
228 367
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Can't Stop the Feeling! Justin Timberlake

2016

 

14
229 384
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God's Plan Drake

2018

15
220 419
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Shake It Off Taylor Swift

2014

 

16
150 305
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Mariah Carey

1995

17
153 315
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One Sweet Day Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

1995

18
126 293
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Exhale (Shoop Shoop) Whitney Houston

1995

19
121 308
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Part Of Me Katy Perry

2012

20
134 353
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Justin Bieber

2015

 

21
123 327
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I'm The One DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

2017

22
123 328
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Nice for What Drake

2018

23
104 289
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Mariah Carey

1997

24
98 295
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Kesha

2010

25
91 303
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Pillowtalk Zayn

2016

 

26
74 269
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Britney Spears

2011

27
91 337
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Harlem Shake Baauer

2013

 

28
66 287
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3 Britney Spears

2009

29
44 267
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Carrie Underwood

2005

30
33 283
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I Believe Fantasia

2004

31
19 294
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Do I Make You Proud Taylor Hicks

2006

 

32
18 300
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Clay Aiken

2003