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
454 441
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Hello Adele

2015

 

2
500 500
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This Is America Childish Gambino

2018

3
381 368
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Eminem

2010

4
392 392
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Celine Dion

1998

5
367 369
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6
81 17
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thank u, next Ariana Grande

2018

7
335 409
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Shape Of You Ed Sheeran

2017

 

8
303 371
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Lady Gaga

2011

 

9
276 336
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Michael Jackson

1995

10
252 318
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Lauryn Hill

1998

11
241 311
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Sean Combs, Puff Daddy & The Family, Faith Evans

1997

12
216 305
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Something About The Way You Look Tonight Elton John

1997

13
231 368
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Can't Stop the Feeling! Justin Timberlake

2016

 

14
229 387
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God's Plan Drake

2018

15
223 420
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Shake It Off Taylor Swift

2014

 

16
152 307
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Mariah Carey

1995

17
154 317
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One Sweet Day Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

1995

18
127 295
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Exhale (Shoop Shoop) Whitney Houston

1995

19
123 310
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Part Of Me Katy Perry

2012

20
125 329
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Nice for What Drake

2018

21
134 357
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Justin Bieber

2015

 

22
124 330
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I'm The One DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

2017

23
105 291
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Mariah Carey

1997

24
101 296
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Kesha

2010

25
92 306
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Pillowtalk Zayn

2016

 

26
77 270
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Britney Spears

2011

27
91 340
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Harlem Shake Baauer

2013

 

28
70 288
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3 Britney Spears

2009

29
44 269
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Carrie Underwood

2005

30
33 285
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I Believe Fantasia

2004

31
19 296
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Do I Make You Proud Taylor Hicks

2006

 

32
18 302
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Clay Aiken

2003