Billboard Top 100 Songs of All Time Continued…
50. “End of the Road” – Boyz II Men
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for 13 weeks (1992): Co-written by Babyface, he was tempted to keep the song for himself for the “Boomerang” soundtrack. However, he knew the Boyz II Men could do more with it. The result was a then record 13 straight weeks at number 1.
49. “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for 14 weeks (1992): Originally sung by Dolly Parton, this song was redone by Houston for the “Bodyguard” movie soundtrack. The result was one of the biggest hits of all time. It also broke “End of the Road’s” record for longest streak at number one when it spent 14 weeks at number 1 the same year.
48. “No One” – Alicia Keys
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for five weeks (2007): Alicia Keys has 4 number 1 hits. All of them are usually on the top for around 4-5 weeks. This one was no different. Her other number 1 songs include “Empire State of Mind.” “Fallin'” and “My Boo.”
47. “Candle in the Wind 1997” / “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” – Elton John
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for 14 weeks (1997): Lady Sarah McCorqudale asked Elton John to sing at the funeral of her sister, Princess Diana. “Your Song” was considered and Elton thought about writing a new song. Through a misunderstanding, Bernie Taupin thought Elton wanted him to write new lyrics to their 1973 song “Candle in the Wind.” More than 2.5 billion people all over the globe watched Elton sing the song at Diana’s funeral. With worldwide sales of 33 million, “Candle in the Wind 1997” is the best-selling single of the rock era. Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” first released in 1942, is reported to have sold 50 million copies worldwide. (From Billboard)
46. “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for nine weeks (2012): This song took the country and world by storm. “Call Me Maybe” also spawned a ton of popular parodies on YouTube and is the highest charting song by any “Idol” finalist. Jepsen finished third on Canadian Idol.
45. “Shadow Dancing” – Andy Gibb
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for seven weeks (1978): While his older brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice were filming the movie “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in Hollywood, Andy joined them for a writing session. Within 10 minutes, they were singing the chorus to what became “Shadow Dancing.” (From Billboard)
44. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for seven weeks (1964): Despite the fa t that The Beatles had sold millions of records in the U.K. Capitol Records refused to release the band in the U.S until they heard this song. The rest is history, as The Beatles are arguably the most popular band ever.
43. “It’s All in the Game” – Tommy Edwards
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for six weeks (1958): The only No. 1 song written by a Vice President of the United States. Charles Dawes was a banker when he wrote the music in 1912; the lyrics were penned by Carl Sigman in 1951. Tommy Edwards recorded the song that year, but it was a 1958 re-recording in the new format called “stereo” that topped the Hot 100. (From Billboard)
42. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” – Dawn feat. Tony Orlando
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for four weeks (1973): Dawn was ready to disband at the end of 1972 after three consecutive singles failed to make the top 60 of the Hot 100. Then producers Hank Medress and Dave Appell asked Telma Hopkins and Joyce Wilson to meet them and Tony Orlando in the studio to record this song, based on a true story. (From Billboard)
41. “How You Remind Me” – Nickelback
Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for four weeks (2001): Nickelback has had a string of successful songs for over a decade now. However, this is the one that put them on the map and is still their most popular song.
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