Fifty years ago, in the Aug. 4, 1958, issue, Billboard launched a revolutionary chart called the Hot 100. After nearly two decades of tracking songs distinctively by sales or plays (on jukeboxes and at radio), the Hot 100 was the first list to measure popularity by incorporating both radio play and sales. Scoring the chart's inaugural No. 1 was Ricky Nelson with "Poor Little Fool." is celebrating this milestone in a big way. We have posted all kinds of Hot 100-based charts leading up to the newly-unveiled special All-Time Hot 100 chart and the commemorative Hot 100 Anniversary issue of Billboard Magazine.

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The Charts
  • The All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs
  • All-Time Top Artists
  • All-Time Top Latin Songs
  • All-Time Top Country Songs
  • All-Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  • All-Time Top Rock Songs
  • Hot 100 Songs of the Year: 1958-2007
  • Every No. 1 Song: 1958-2008
  • Song With the Most Weeks at No. 1
  • One-Hit Wonders
  • Most Weeks at No. 1 By Artist
  • Most Hot 100 Hits By Artist
  • Most No. 2 Hits Without Reaching No. 1 By Artist
  • Most Weeks at No. 2 Without Reaching No. 1 By Title
  • Different Songs, Same Titles To Hit No. 1
  • Same Songs To Hit No. 1 By Two Different Artists
  • Most No. 1s By Artist (All-Time)

  • How were Billboard's 50th Anniversary Hot 100 song and artist charts determined? Read the FAQ.

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