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The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (40-31)


The definitive list of the Hot 100's top 100 songs from the chart's first 50 years, August 1958 through July 2008.

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Andy Gibb
40

When the Bee Gees launched younger brother Andy Gibb in the midst of their hallowed disco days, he became the first debut solo artist in the history of the Hot 100 to score three consecutive No. 1s, with "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" and, in 1978, "Shadow Dancing"-the last of which spent seven weeks atop the chart. Gibb's astonishing run went on to include three more top 10s and a total of nine top 40 hits between 1977 and 1981. He also became one of the first tabloid mainstays, with romantic ties to Victoria Principal in the early '80s and the drama surrounding his sudden death in 1988 from alleged cocaine abuse.
The Beatles
39

"British Beatles Hottest Capitol Single Ever," read the front-page headline in the Jan. 18, 1964, issue of Billboard, the week that "I Want to Hold Your Hand" debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 45. Two weeks later, the song, with its octave-jumping chorus, reached No. 1. It held that spot for seven weeks, the first of the Beatles' still-unbroken record of 20 chart-topping hits. The song was atop the Hot 100 as the Beatles touched down in New York in February 1964 for their first U.S. visit. Beatlemania was born.
Tommy Edwards
38

Originally recorded in 1951, Tommy Edwards cut a more upbeat rock'n'roll version of the song seven years later that hit the top of the Hot 100 for six weeks. The oft-covered track is based on a composition by Charles Dawes, the 30th vice president of the United States and a self-taught pianist.
Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando
37

In 1970, Tony Orlando was a retired singer of covers with a pair of top 30 hits. He was working as a publisher for Columbia Records, and upon discovering "Candida" in 1970, producer Hank Medress insisted he dub over the original track. To save face, Orlando decided to record the song as "Dawn." When it reached No. 3 on the Hot 100, the singer was willing to return as a marquee act with "Knock Three Times," which hit No. 1 for three weeks. Three years later, Tony Orlando & Dawn-featuring Motown/Stax backing vocalist Thelma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent Wilson and Vincent Wilson's sister Pamela Vincent-hit Hot 100 pay dirt with "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree," which spent four weeks at No. 1 stateside and in the United Kingdom, seven weeks in Australia and earned a Grammy nod.
Nickelback
36

Calling "How You Remind Me" a "breakthrough song" for Nickelback is an understatement akin to saying Michael Phelps is a good swimmer. The accolades that the Canadian rock band's first top 40 hit-and eventual No. 1-amassed include the band's first Grammy nomination, a Juno Award and multiple No. 1 rankings on Billboard's 2002 year-end charts. The ubiquitous single, which ultimately spent 49 weeks on the Hot 100, also helped propel parent album "Silver Side Up" to six-times-platinum.
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
35

"Say Say Say," a Hot 100 No. 1, was the first single from Paul McCartney's "Pipes of Peace" album, but not his first duet with Michael Jackson. Earlier in 1983, the duo stalled at No. 2 for three weeks with their first charting collaboration, "The Girl Is Mine" - the lead single from Jackson's "Thriller" album.
Queen
34

Queen's biggest U.S. hit -- which spent three weeks atop the Hot 100 after reaching No. 1 on Oct. 4, 1980 -- is attached to a fascinating piece of trivia. If you suddenly find yourself performing CPR on someone, pace the chest compressions by thinking of the song's funky bassline. Why? The notes equal 100 beats per minute, the same rate at which compressions must be applied.
Bee Gees
33

Looking back on "Saturday Night Fever," the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb told Billboard in 2001, "Nobody had any clue it was going to be big." But big it was, especially this cut, which spent eight weeks at No. 1 in 1978. It was the third in a string of six consecutive Bee Gees No. 1 Hot 100 hits from 1977-1979.
Marvin Gaye
32

The title track for Marvin Gaye's 1973 album "Let's Get It On" was originally written as a political song - until co-writer Ed Townsend insisted that a tune with that name should be about just that. With revised lyrics and Gaye's emotional energy, the cut was transformed into one of the greatest sexual liberation anthems of all time. It reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 on Sept. 8, 1973.
Wings
31

Paul McCartney's response to criticism that his songs were lyrically and melodically fluffy was to release this bouncy piece of pop cotton candy as the lead single from the band's "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album. Quickly gaining favor at radio, the single debuted in April 1976 while Wings were in the midst of a world tour and began a five-week run at No. 1 in May in just its seventh chart week, eventually spending 19 weeks on the chart.



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