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
459 448
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Hello Adele

2015

 

2
504 507
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This Is America Childish Gambino

2018

3
382 376
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Eminem

2010

4
395 398
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Celine Dion

1998

5
368 378
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6
95 20
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thank u, next Ariana Grande

2018

7
335 417
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Shape Of You Ed Sheeran

2017

 

8
307 376
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Lady Gaga

2011

 

9
281 340
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Michael Jackson

1995

10
255 323
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Lauryn Hill

1998

11
243 319
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Sean Combs, Puff Daddy & The Family, Faith Evans

1997

12
217 312
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Something About The Way You Look Tonight Elton John

1997

13
233 376
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Can't Stop the Feeling! Justin Timberlake

2016

 

14
230 394
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God's Plan Drake

2018

15
226 428
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Shake It Off Taylor Swift

2014

 

16
157 311
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Mariah Carey

1995

17
158 322
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One Sweet Day Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

1995

18
130 299
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Exhale (Shoop Shoop) Whitney Houston

1995

19
126 315
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Part Of Me Katy Perry

2012

20
138 361
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Justin Bieber

2015

 

21
126 336
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Nice for What Drake

2018

22
124 336
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I'm The One DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

2017

23
109 295
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Mariah Carey

1997

24
104 301
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Kesha

2010

25
95 310
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Pillowtalk Zayn

2016