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The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (50-41)

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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Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic

Written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder for the band's 2007 debut "Dreaming Out Loud," "Apologize" later got the Timbaland remix treatment. That remix helped propel the song to No. 2 in late 2007. Its 25 weeks in the top 10 were the most there since Santana's "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas spent 30 in 1999. "Apologize" has also sold more than 3.6 million downloads.
Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx

Fresh from watching Jamie Foxx's turn as Ray Charles in the film "Ray," Kanye West reportedly hit the studio to craft this song and asked Foxx to join in with his best imitation of the legendary Charles' baritone. The result was his first No. 1 as a lead artist and one of the biggest songs of 2005. It spent 10 weeks at No. 1.
The Monkees

Just as he was first making yentas swoon as an artist, Neil Diamond was also a songwriting machine, and his "I'm a Believer" is one of the Hot 100's finest specimens of pure pop genius. The single from the Monkees' 1966 self-titled debut was the group's second No. 1 hit, remaining in the top spot for seven weeks. Diamond himself took the song to No. 51 in 1971.
Kenny Rogers

After a split with his longtime producer Larry Butler, Kenny Rogers enlisted the services of the Commodores' Lionel Richie. Once they met, Richie finished a pair of songs he'd been working on. One of them, "Lady," gave Rogers his fourth million-selling single and became his first No. 1 on the Hot 100 in November 1980.
Bee Gees

For better or for worse, there are few songs more associated with the disco phenomenon than this four-week No. 1, which soundtracked the opening sequence of the mega-hit "Saturday Night Fever." A lasting symbol of the era, it has been parodied by everyone from "The Simpsons" to Volkswagen.

The first single from Mario's 2004 album, "Turning Point" was produced by Scott Storch and written by a then barely known Shaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith. It held the No. 1 position on the Hot 100 for nine weeks and is easily Mario's biggest hit to date.

If Stevie Nicks hadn't signed a restrictive contract with Motown, "Call Me" might never have been written. Blondie was commissioned by "American Gigolo" score composer/soundtrack producer Giorgio Moroder to write the movie's theme song after Nicks turned him down. From Moroder's rough sketches came the sassy song, which spent six weeks atop the Hot 100 in the spring of 1980. The song was also a huge hit in the United Kingdom, culminating in a starring role in a British Telecom ad. Blondie had one previous No. 1 song, "Heart of Glass," and went on to hit the top spot twice more, with "The Tide Is High" and "Rapture."
Boyz II Men

Co-written and co-produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds for the soundtrack to Eddie Murphy's film "Boomerang," this song was Boyz II Men's third R&B; No. 1 and first No. 1 pop hit. However, the torch song culminated in a chart milestone. It remained atop the Hot 100 for a then-record 13 weeks. The quartet went on to break its own record in 1994 with "I'll Make Love to You." The single not only resulted in another No. 1 R&B;/pop hit but spent 14 weeks as the country's top pop record-a feat shared earlier in 1992 by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." The still-standing record of 16 weeks atop the Hot 100 would yet again belong to Boyz II Men, established when "One Sweet Day," with Mariah Carey, reigned in 1995-96.
Alicia Keys

"This is one song that just wrote itself," Keys told Billboard just as "No One" reached No. 4 in November 2007, on its way to five weeks at No. 1. "I needed to say this. It's full force, classical yet vintage, desperate yet triumphant. I want people to feel my soul."
Elton John

When Elton John originally released "Candle in the Wind" in 1973, his swooning ode to Marilyn Monroe became a modest U.K. hit. A live version released in '88 rose higher in the charts, peaking at No. 6 in the United States. But it wasn't until John rerecorded the song nine years later, and changed the lyrics to mourn the late Princess Diana of Wales, that the song truly resonated with listeners on a mammoth scale. "Candle 1997" topped singles charts in 11 countries, sold more than 33 million copies worldwide and became the seventh song to debut atop the Hot 100, where it stayed for 14 weeks. Despite the success of the double-sided single, John has refused to perform the song's "England's Rose" version in public since debuting it at Diana's funeral 11 years ago.

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