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The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (70-61)


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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The Steve Miller Band
70

Best-known for his light-hearted FM radio rock, Miller veered into the disco of the day for this track and was rewarded with his third (and last) No. 1 Hot 100 hit. "Abracadabra" (which Miller memorably rhymed with "Want to reach out and grab ya") unseated "Eye of the Tiger" in September 1982.
Coolio Featuring L.V.
69

Artis Leon Ivey Jr. was no stranger to the Billboard charts in the early '90s. But the artist better-known as Coolio didn't reach the top until 1995, when he borrowed an old Stevie Wonder melody and twisted it to give listeners a tour through his "Gangsta's Paradise." Though originally penned for the movie "Dangerous Minds," the hip-hop anthem quickly eclipsed the film, hitting No. 1 in 13 countries and ruling the Hot 100 for three weeks. Coolio, a Compton, Calif., native with intimate knowledge of the street life he detailed in the song, never again matched the chart success he achieved with "Paradise." He has since moved on to other projects, including online cooking show "Cookin' With Coolio."
Whitney Houston
68

A 1974 Hot Country Songs No. 1 for the song's writer Dolly Parton, "I Will Always Love You" rocketed to the top of the Hot 100 for Whitney Houston on Nov. 28, 1992, and spend a whopping 14 weeks there. The song, part of the soundtrack to the film "The Bodyguard," which co-starred Houston opposite Kevin Costner, would make Houston the first woman to have a single reach the triple-platinum mark with sales of 3 million copies. "I Will Always Love You" also earned Houston the best female pop vocal performance Grammy. The soundtrack to "The Bodyguard," which eventually sold more than 17 million copies, went on to spawn three more Hot 100 top 40 hits: "I Have Nothing," "Run to You" and "I'm Every Woman."
Donna Summer
67

No one was hotter than Donna Summer in 1979. That year, the diva notched five top 10 hits, with three of them - including "Hot Stuff" - reaching No. 1. The surging rock track, which won Summer her second Grammy award, spent four weeks atop the tally and was the first single from her "Bad Girls" album.
Shania Twain
66

Written by Shania Twain and then-husband Mutt Lange about their relationship, "You're Still The One" was the artist's first top 10 and most successful single on the Hot 100. Twain won two Grammy awards in 1999 for the track, as well as song of the year at the 1999 BMI Country Songwriter Awards.
Marvin Gaye
65

Known for soulful turns on his own and as a duet partner, Marvin Gaye pulled out all the stops in 1968. "Grapevine" had been a No. 1 R&B; and No. 2 pop hit a year earlier for fellow Motown act Gladys Knight & the Pips, but Gaye's urgent plaint - underscored by his sexy demeanor - took the song to new heights. It hit No. 1 on Dec. 14, 1968 and spent seven weeks at the top.
Nelly Featuring Kelly Rowland
64

While Nelly's "Hot in Herre" got parties started throughout 2002, his pairing with Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland on this sentimental rap track proved just as popular, providing the rapper a second chart-topper. "Dilemma" spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, and was supported with a video featuring Patti LaBelle as Rowland's mother.
The Archies
63

On the Sept. 20, 1969, Hot 100, the top five comprised Three Dog Night, Johnny Cash, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Rolling Stones and, at No. 1, a group that actually never existed. The Archies comic strip, created in 1942, became a hit Saturday morning TV show created by Don Kirshner-who had guided the Monkees. The bubble-gum bauble remained at the peak for four weeks and sold 3 million copies. Obviously its melody had legs: A year later, Wilson Pickett recorded a cover of "Sugar, Sugar," which reached No. 25 on the Hot 100. The Archies were hardly a one-hit wonder; among their four top 40 hits, follow-up "Jingle Jangle" reached No. 10 later that year.
Diana Ross
62

With disco still the genre du jour in the fall of 1980, Chic principals Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards produced and wrote this danceable love song, which handed Ross four weeks atop the Hot 100. Parent album "Diana" also spawned another top five hit, "I'm Coming Out."
Dionne & Friends
61

In Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick certainly had "Friends" in high places, and together they wound up in the highest place of all on the 1986 Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart. The song debuted Nov. 9, 1985, and peaked at No. 1 Jan. 18, 1986 (spending a total of four weeks in the top spot) during its 23-week run on the Hot 100. Written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager and originally recorded by Rod Stewart, the song became the second No. 1 each for Warwick and Knight, the 10th for Wonder and the seventh for John. Among the all-star collaborators, only John has returned to the pole position, posting two additional No. 1s in 1992 and 1997. Proceeds for "Friends" were donated to the American Foundation for AIDS Research.



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