Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The 16 No. 1 Debuts In The History Of The "Billboard" Hot 100, In Order Of Personal Preference

lose yourself all over again16. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112, "I'll Be Missing You"
15. Taylor Hicks, "Do I Make You Proud"
14. Carrie Underwood, "Inside Your Heaven"
13. Clay Aiken, "This Is The Night"
12. Elton John, "Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
11. Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On"
10. Aerosmith, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"
9. Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, "One Sweet Day"
8. Fantasia, "I Believe"
7. Whitney Houston, "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"
6. Michael Jackson, "You Are Not Alone"
5. Britney Spears, "3"
4. Eminem, "Not Afraid"
3. Mariah Carey, "Honey"
2. Mariah Carey, "Fantasy"
1. Lauryn Hill, "Doo Wop (That Thing)"

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This is the first list here ever that I have not disagreed with in the slightest!

Matt (#26)

Switch out 6 for 4 and we're good.

Dave Bry (#422)

The Aerosmith song gets a retroactive bump from its use in the first version of the "Christian the Lion" video. But, really, I agree, too!

If you watched 'American Idol' like I did you would downgrade. It's one of that show's most-abused songs!

Dave Bry (#422)

Oh, god. I can imagine. That tune is already over-ripe.

maebefunke (#154)

"Honey" came on shuffle yesterday when I was at a stoplight and I rolled down the windows and turned up the volume. All the dudes in their jacked up pick-up trucks were confused. I considered going shopping for gold high-heels.

Clio (#3,719)

I might move "You Are Not Alone" back behind "One Sweet Day" on the strength of that creepy video with Lisa Marie, or at least push Whitney up one spot. Other than that, though, it's spot on.

katiebakes (#32)

See for me One Sweet Day is hotly contesting the #1 spot.

Miss u, seventh grade dances in the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart cafeteria featuring an assortment of young lads bussed in from the American Boychoir School!

Leave room for the Holy Ghost!

C_Webb (#855)

Wow, I think I know where Katie's from! Then I realized that you're probably closer to my daughters' ages … deflation.

katiebakes (#32)

It's okay, I've eaten so much Hoagie Haven over the years that I've aged at an exponential rate!

#56 (#56)

Hi Maura– I love hearing you on NPR.

(thank you!!)

I actually hate almost every single one of these songs except #1.

Don't make Clay Aiken cry, Colonel.

Buyer's remorse.

ow that hurt (#3,919)

*We should talk*

SemperBufo (#1,849)

I'm with the Col. on this one.


vespavirgin (#1,422)

Yes, this. The list is well-ordered, but ultimately the list is very very depressing.

Baboleen (#1,430)

Hello!! "Ghostbusters"-Ray Parker, "Caribbean Queen" -Billy Ocean, "Can't Fight This Feeling" -REO Speedwagon, "Sussudio" -Phil Collins, "We Built This City" -Starship???? JK

Bittersweet (#765)

I heard "Get Out of My Dreams, Get into My Car" the other day at the grocery store…isn't it high time for a Billy Ocean retrospective?

C_Webb (#855)

When I used to watch MTV, obsessively waiting for Duran Duran videos, the opening bars of "Carribean Queen" made me want to slit my wrists. (Not as much as Robert Plant's "Big Log," though …)

Bittersweet (#765)

For me "The Heart of Rock and Roll" and "Uptown Girl" made me want to throw stuff. You should've just rented the video anthology and Sing Blue Silver obsessively, like I did.

Isn't that how everyone chooses their grocery store?

C_Webb (#855)

My mom wouldn't let me get the anthology because of the uncut Girls on Film (Catholic: I wuz it), but I rented "Sing Blue Silver" and the Band Aid video about a billion times.

Billboard's been around since 1958 and the first year a song debuted at number was 1995. What kind of fuckery is that?

Baboleen (#1,430)

The young kind.

"Of the 16 debuts at No. 1, a full 10 of them came between 1995 and 1998. Until the end of 1998, a song could only chart on the Hot 100 if it was released as a commercially available single. The bevy of debuts was prompted by singles being withheld from the market in order to maximize chart position on the tally — which is based on combining airplay with sales information. At the end of 1998, the Hot 100 changed its formula, allowing airplay-only, or non-commercially available songs to chart.

Thus, it's much harder now for a single to enter at No. 1, as radio airplay will usually enable a song to debut at lower rank. But as Spears and Eminem have proven, instant reaction with a huge sales number can trigger a perfect storm and prompt a No. 1 entry right out of the gate."

Aha – I like climbing the chart.

LondonLee (#922)

It happened lots of times in the UK singles charts going way back, The Jam went straight in at #1 three times which beats every record on that list with just one band.

Rod T (#33)

None of these are in my iTunes. And, yes, I am bragging.

ow that hurt (#3,919)

Without hating, I would guess that "Billboard 100" means 'popular'
which means "big sales", which doesn't apply to certain persons like me.

Rather sit down with a Saint Etienne album, or Mountain Goats, or the
Nina Simone, or Magnetic Fields.

Can we have a list, too?

I am sure if you do a quick Google search you can find many critic-penned lists containing those four artists. MANY.

LondonLee (#922)

I wrote one on Saint Etienne myself.

Alex Pareene (#278)


Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Albums are more artistic than songs, don't you know.

Baboleen (#1,430)

Waiting for a list of songs we hate, but can't stop humming once we get them in our heads.

City_Dater (#2,500)

And the Venn diagram of this list and your list would probably be quite a sight.

SemperBufo (#1,849)

Just wait til you have kids. Sweet Jesus.

ow that hurt (#3,919)


"Afternoon Delight"

Baboleen (#1,430)

Oh. Great. Thanks.

Bittersweet (#765)


Baboleen (#1,430)

@ow that hurt: "Afternoon Delight" was #1 in July of '76.

NicFit (#616)

I don't hate #16! Love it, actually.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

Stuff that is "popular" is so often actually completely awesome.

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