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. 

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1
486 476
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This Is America Childish Gambino

2018

2
438 426
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Hello Adele

2015

 

3
361 350
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Not Afraid Eminem

2010

4
373 379
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My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion

1998

5
351 356
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6
325 387
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Shape Of You Ed Sheeran

2017

 

7
283 359
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Born This Way Lady Gaga

2011

 

8
261 327
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You Are Not Alone Michael Jackson

1995

9
239 308
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Doo Wop (That Thing) Lauryn Hill

1998

10
231 300
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I'll Be Missing You Sean Combs, Puff Daddy & The Family, Faith Evans

1997

11
208 293
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Something About The Way You Look Tonight Elton John

1997

12
222 350
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Can't Stop the Feeling! Justin Timberlake

2016

 

The Best Childish Gambino Songs, Ranked

13
227 367
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God's Plan Drake

2018

14
213 404
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Shake It Off Taylor Swift

2014

 

15
139 296
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Fantasy Mariah Carey

1995

16
142 306
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One Sweet Day Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

1995

17
117 284
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Exhale (Shoop Shoop) Whitney Houston

1995

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18
120 315
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Nice for What Drake

2018

19
112 299
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Part Of Me Katy Perry

2012

20
118 316
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I'm The One DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

2017

21
127 342
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What Do You Mean? Justin Bieber

2015

 

22
93 280
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Honey Mariah Carey

1997

The Best Pop Songs About Cheating

23
88 284
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We R Who We R Kesha

2010

24
87 288
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Pillowtalk Zayn

2016

 

25
89 319
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Harlem Shake Baauer

2013

 

26
67 257
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Hold It Against Me Britney Spears

2011

27
59 277
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3 Britney Spears

2009

28
42 255
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Inside Your Heaven Carrie Underwood

2005

29
31 272
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I Believe Fantasia

2004

30
15 284
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Do I Make You Proud Taylor Hicks

2006

 

31
15 289
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This Is the Night Clay Aiken

2003