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
494 487
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This Is America Childish Gambino

2018

2
445 433
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Hello Adele

2015

 

3
371 356
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Eminem

2010

4
382 385
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Celine Dion

1998

5
359 360
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6
329 395
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Shape Of You Ed Sheeran

2017

 

7
270 328
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Michael Jackson

1995

8
291 364
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Lady Gaga

2011

 

9
244 311
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Lauryn Hill

1998

10
234 304
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Sean Combs, Puff Daddy & The Family, Faith Evans

1997

11
210 298
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Something About The Way You Look Tonight Elton John

1997

12
226 358
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Can't Stop the Feeling! Justin Timberlake

2016

 

13
228 375
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God's Plan Drake

2018

14
218 411
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Shake It Off Taylor Swift

2014

 

15
150 309
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One Sweet Day Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

1995

16
146 300
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Mariah Carey

1995

17
125 288
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Exhale (Shoop Shoop) Whitney Houston

1995

18
117 303
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Part Of Me Katy Perry

2012

19
132 345
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Justin Bieber

2015

 

20
122 320
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I'm The One DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

2017

21
122 320
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Nice for What Drake

2018

22
100 283
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Mariah Carey

1997

23
94 289
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Kesha

2010

24
90 295
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Pillowtalk Zayn

2016

 

25
91 329
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Harlem Shake Baauer

2013

 

26
71 263
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Britney Spears

2011

27
63 281
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3 Britney Spears

2009

28
43 261
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Carrie Underwood

2005

29
32 277
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I Believe Fantasia

2004

30
16 288
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Do I Make You Proud Taylor Hicks

2006

 

31
15 294
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Clay Aiken

2003