Pop Music 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
459 450
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Hello Adele

2015

 

2
506 508
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This Is America Childish Gambino

2018

3
383 378
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Eminem

2010

4
396 398
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Celine Dion

1998

5
97 20
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thank u, next Ariana Grande

2018

6
368 379
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7
308 376
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Lady Gaga

2011

 

8
335 419
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Shape Of You Ed Sheeran

2017

 

9
281 341
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Michael Jackson

1995

10
255 324
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Lauryn Hill

1998

11
243 320
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Sean Combs, Puff Daddy & The Family, Faith Evans

1997

12
217 313
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Something About The Way You Look Tonight Elton John

1997

13
233 378
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Can't Stop the Feeling! Justin Timberlake

2016

 

14
231 395
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God's Plan Drake

2018

15
226 430
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Shake It Off Taylor Swift

2014

 

16
159 311
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Mariah Carey

1995

17
160 322
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One Sweet Day Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

1995

18
130 300
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Exhale (Shoop Shoop) Whitney Houston

1995

19
126 316
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Part Of Me Katy Perry

2012

20
138 362
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Justin Bieber

2015

 

21
127 337
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Nice for What Drake

2018

22
111 295
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Mariah Carey

1997

23
124 338
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I'm The One DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

2017

24
104 302
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Kesha

2010

25
96 312
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Pillowtalk Zayn

2016