Billboard Top 100 Songs of All Time Continued…
60. “The Sign” – Ace of Base
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for six weeks (1994): “The Sign” was actually the last song added to the U.S. debut for Ace of Base. I guess it worked out, as it became a huge hit on the charts.
59. “Apologize” – Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
Hot 100 Peak: No. 2 (2007): Yes, this song was written and originally performed by One Republic. However, when Timbaland signed the group to his Mosley label he titled the remix under his name first. Either way, it was a runaway hit.
58. “Gold Digger” – Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for 10 weeks (2005): The song was originally written by West for a female rapper named Shawna. When she didn’t want to do it he recorded it himself and asked Jamie Foxx to put down vocals as well. The result was West’s first number 1 hit as a solo artist.
57. “I’m a Believer” – The Monkees
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for seven weeks (1966): Music publisher Don Kirshner asked his friend Jeff Barry to find an even bigger hit to follow “Last Train to Clarksville.” Barry was working with Neil Diamond and thought his song “I’m a Believer” would do the trick. The single had an advance order of 1,051,280 copies. (From Billboard)
56. “Tik Tok” – Ke$ha
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for nine weeks (2010): The nine week run at number one was the longest run at number one from a debut artist since Ashanti had her hit “Foolish” spend 10 weeks at number 1 in 2002.
55. “Lady” – Kenny Rogers
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for six weeks (1980): This was a huge crossover hit for Rogers and was the first piece written for someone other than the Commodores for Lionel Richie. The result was history.
54. “Stayin’ Alive” – Bee Gees
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for four weeks (1978): The Bee Gees went from being one of the biggest bands in the world during the disco era to one of the most hated when that era came to a close. Today though they are as popular as ever and this classic hit from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack remains one of the biggest hits of all time.
53. “Let Me Love You” – Mario
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for nine weeks (2005): Kameron Houff, who wrote the song with Scott Storch and a then-unknown Ne-Yo, remembers when their tune hit the top of the Hot 100. “Every week, my wife would look online and come into the bedroom and say, ‘Baby, it’s No. 1.’ It was like ‘Groundhog Day.’ It was the greatest nine weeks of my life waking up and hearing her tell me every week it’s still No. 1.” (From Billboard)
52. “Call Me” – Blondie
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for six weeks (1980): Stevie Nicks was initially approached to record this song. She had no interest and turned it down. After she turned it down music composer Giorgio Moroder asked Debbie Harry of Blondie to write the lyrics and record the song. “Call Me” was Billboard’s No. 1 single of 1980. Nicks missed out.
51. “Boom Boom Pow” – The Black Eyed Peas
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for 12 weeks (2009): will.i.am told Billboard that this song was, “made for underground clubs. Like, if I would have thought it was going to be a radio song, I would have made it different.” Radio loved “Boom Boom Pow” just the way it was and the single became the Peas’ first No. 1 on the Hot 100. (From Billboard)
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