The first number-one song on the Hot 100 wasPoor Little Fool by Ricky Nelson August 4, 1958.
The number-one song on the first week Billboard incorporated sales and airplay data from Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems wasSet Adrift on Memory Bliss by P.M. Dawn November 30, 1991.
The first "airplay-only" song to reach number one (no points from a commercial single release) was Try Again by Aaliyah June 17, 2000.
For the week of April 11, 1964, The Beatles had fourteen singles on the Hot 100. The group held the number 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, 38, 48, 50, 52, 61, 74, 78 and 81 slots. One week earlier, five Beatles singles had filled the entire top five, also a record.
For the week of June 7, 2008, American Idol season 7 winner David Cook set a record with the most debuts in a single week 11.
For the week of November 14, 2009, Taylor Swift had nine singles on the Hot 100, including six chart debuts. Both totals are the most ever by a female artist. Swift also holds the record of most top ten debuts on the Hot 100.
The Beatles had 31 charting Hot 100 singles in 1964, the record for any artist in one calendar year. Six of these were number one hits, while two other singles were blocked from the top slot by the Beatles themselves. Eighteen of the 31 singles reached the Top 40. Elvis Presley had 17 charting singles in 1956, the most for a solo act.
Eleven of Presley's 17 singles reached the Top 40, including four number ones. The cast of glee combined for 25 charting singles in 2009, six of which made the top 40. The Fox television series has charted an additional 57 Hot 100 singles in 2010, fifteen of which have reached the Top 40. The cast's 2009 version of Journey's Don't Stop Believin' is the only top ten Glee single to date, peaking at #4.
The Twist by Chubby Checker is the only song to hit number one twice in two separate chart runs (one week in 1960 and two weeks in 1962).
Le Freak by Chic (1978-1979), Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis 2008, Whatever You Like by T.I. 2008 and Live Your Life by T.I. featuring Rihanna 2008 are the only songs to reach the number-one position three separate times during the same chart run; each was bumped off the top of the chart twice before reclaiming the slot.
The record for the most separate chart runs for the same single is nine, and is held by Bing Crosby's White Christmas. Re-released annually by Decca Records, the song was still on the chart in January 1955, as well as 1955 through 1962. The song also had twelve previous runs on Billboard's pre-rock charts, from 1942 to 1945, and 1947 to 1953.
For singles first released during the rock era, the record is five separate chart runs, and is held by three other Christmas songs: David Seville and The Chipmunks' The Chipmunk Song, which charted for five consecutive years between 1958 and 1962, topping the Hot 100 during its original 1958 run; Bobby Helms' Jingle Bell Rock, which charted in 1957, 1958, and 1960 through 1962; and The Harry Simeone Chorale's Little Drummer Boy, which is the only single of the rock era to reach the top forty for five consecutive years, between 1958 and 1962.
Beginning in 1963, Billboard consigned these and other seasonal rereleases to a separate Christmas chart, ending their strings of appearances on the Hot 100 (or "Best Sellers in Stores" or "Most Played in Jukeboxes" charts).
James Brown holds the record for most Hot 100 entries (98) without a number one song.
The Glee Cast holds the record for most Hot 100 entries by a non-solo act (82) without a number one song.
Creedence Clearwater Revival holds the record for the most #2 hits (5) without ever hitting number one.
Bruce Springsteen has the most Top Ten singles (12) without ever having hit number one.
Steve Alaimo had the most singles to chart on the Hot 100 (9) without ever having reached the Top 40.
Only three artists have topped the Billboard 200 album chart without having had any single appear in the Hot 100: Blind Faith, N.W.A. and Vampire Weekend. (Judy Garland also achieved this, but had had hit singles which predated the Hot 100 chart.)
The oldest artist to hit number one on the Hot 100 is Louis Armstrong in 1964 with Hello, Dolly! at the age of 62 years, 9 months.
The oldest woman to top the Hot 100 is Cher with Believe in 1999 at the age of 52 years, 9 months.
The youngest artist to hit number one on the Hot 100 is Stevie Wonder in 1963 with Fingertips (Pt. 2) at the age of 13. Wonder's single was also the first live recording to top the chart.
The youngest female to top the Hot 100 is Little Peggy March, also in 1963, with I Will Follow Him at the age of 15.
The youngest artist to chart on the Hot 100 is Jordy, a four-year-old from France whose Dur Dur D'être Bébé! (roughly, "It's Tough to Be a Baby") reached number fifty-eight.
The oldest artist to chart on the Hot 100 is comedian George Burns, whose I Wish I Was Eighteen Again began its 10-week chart run the day before his 84th birthday. This 1980 release peaked at number forty-nine. Before that, Burns' most recent charting record had been the spoken word comedic routine "Burns And Allen Dialog, Parts 1 & 2" with his wife and partner Gracie Allen in the early summer of 1933.
The oldest artist to reach the Top 40 is Moms Mabley; her version of "Abraham, Martin And John" charted when she was 75 years, 4 months.
The artist with the longest overall span of hits on Billboard's chart is Elvis Presley, who debuted with Heartbreak Hotel in February 1956; a remixed version of Rubberneckin' charted in late 2003, more than 47 years later. For non-posthumous artists, Frankie Valli first charted as one of The Four Lovers in 1956, and had his final placement with The 4 Seasons in 1995.
If pre-1955 charts are considered, Nat "King" Cole's Billboard career extended from November 1943 until his studio-spliced "duet" with daughter Natalie Cole in 1991 Unforgettable, some 48 years later. ("Best Sellers in Stores" and "Most Played in Jukeboxes" charts)
Elton John had at least one top forty hit every calendar year from 1970 (beginning with Your Song until 1999 (with Written In The Stars, a duet with LeAnn Rimes. However, this methodology credits one late 1995 hit that extended into the January 1996 chart, and another single whose chart run covered both 1997 and 1998. Whether John's streak lasted 26 or 30 consecutive years depends on which criteria are considered; either figure would be the longest in chart history.
Two Tommy James & The Shondells covers (I Think We're Alone Now by Tiffany and Mony Mony by Billy Idol were consecutive number-one hits in 1987.
Only four acts have hit the Top Ten with two different versions of the same song: The Ventures (Walk, Don't Run/Walk, Don't Run '64), Neil Sedaka (Breaking up Is Hard to Do), Elton John (both Candle in theWind/Candle In The Wind 1997 and Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, including a duet with George Michael), and Dobie Gray (Drift Away, including his featured performer credit on the Uncle Kracker version).
The song with the most versions on the Hot 100 is Unchained Melody, which charted with nine different performers: Les Baxter (whose version topped the chart); Al Hibbler; [artist]the Righteous Brothers, who recorded two separate versions that charted 25 years apart; Roy Hamilton; June Valli; Vito & The Salutations; The Sweet Inspirations; and Heart. ("Best Sellers in Stores" and "Most Played in Jukeboxes" charts)
The Isley Brothers are the only act to have at least Hot 100 hit in each of six consecutive decades: the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. The Isleys managed to reach the top 40 in the last five of those decades. Ray Charles and The 4 Seasons also had charting singles in the five decades between the 1950s and 1990s, but did not appear in the Hot 100 during the 2000s.
Usher holds the record for the most weeks spent at number one in a calendar year. In 2004 he spent twenty-eight weeks at number one with four different singles. This represents 54% of 2004's chart weeks.
The Bee Gees claimed the number one spot for 25 of 32 consecutive weeks beginning the last week of 1977, either as writers, producers, and/or backing vocalists on singles by Yvonne Elliman, their younger brother Andy Gibb, and on three singles credited to themselves. During this run, Barry Gibb became the only composer to co-write four consecutive number one singles.
Elvis Presley had the most "double-sided" hit singles (in which each side reached the Top 40), with 26. Trailing him are The Beatles, with 14; Ricky Nelson, with 11; and Pat Boone, with 10.
For singles in which each side reached the Hot 100, Elvis Presley is also in first place, with 51; The Beatles are next with 26; Fats Domino had 24; and Pat Boone had 21.
When Lisa Loeb hit number one with Stay (I Missed You) in 1994, she became the only artist to top the Hot 100 before being signed to any record label.
The longest title (by the number of words) to appear in the Hot 100 wasMedley: Intro 'Venus'/Sugar Sugar/No Reply/I'll Be Back/Drive My Car/Do You Want to Know a Secret/We Can Work It Out/I Should Have Known Better/Nowhere Man/You're Going to Lose That Girl/Stars on 45" (41 words) by Stars On 45. The medley went to number one in June 1981. After this listing, the Hot 100 shortened all medley listings to the first few words; otherwise, the complete 56-word title for a subsequent Stars on 45 single ("More Stars") would hold the record.
Four songs are tied for the shortest title to chart in the Hot 100: 7 by Prince, O by Omarion, X by Xzibit, and 3 by Britney Spears. The last song went to number one in 2009; the chart peak for the Prince single was, appropriately, number seven.
Two acts are tied for shortest named artist on a Hot 100 hit: M (Pop Muzik), the pseudonym of Robin Scott, and the group Q (Dancin' Man).
The instrumental artist with the most Hot 100 hits is Herb Alpert. Thirty of his thirty-five charting singles are without vocals. He is also the only artist to reach number one with both a vocal (This Guy's in Love With You in 1968) and an instrumental (Rise in 1979).
The number one hit with the shortest running time (1:37) is Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs Stay.
The shortest charting record of the rock era was 1964's Little Boxes by the Womenfolk, which exists in 0:59, 1:00, and 1:03 versions. The single reached number 83.
At 8:57, November Rain by Guns N' Roses 1992 stands as the longest-running song to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
The largest act to chart on the Hot 100 is the 320-person Mormon Tabernacle Choir, whose version of The Battle Hymn Of The Republic reached number thirteen in 1959.
Studio drummer Hal Blaine appeared on the most number one hits, thirty-nine in all, between 1961 and 1976.
The Beatles and Usher are the only two artists to have both the year-end number-one and number-two songs in the same year, with the former having I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You in 1964, and the latter with Yeah! and Burn in 2004.
Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs, Faith Hill, and Lifehouse are the only three acts to have a Billboard Year-End number-one single that did not top the Billboard Hot 100 at any point during its run. In all three cases, the relevant single peaked at number two: Sam the Sham's Wooly Bully 1965, Faith Hill's Breathe 2000, and Lifehouse's Hanging by a Moment 2001.
Two hits have touched down at all of the Hot 100's top 10 positions: Savage Garden's Truly Madly Deeply and T-Pain featuring Yung Joc's Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin'); the latter song appeared in each of the top 12 slots during its chart run.
Two songs have fallen from the top spot on the Hot 100 to #15, the sharpest drop recorded to date. Both did so in October 1974: Billy Preston's Nothing from Nothing, and Dionne Warwick and The Spinners' [track artist=Dionne Warwick]Then Came You.
Five of the six singles to drop from #1 to the #12 spot also fell in the fall of 1974: Barry White's Can't Get Enough of Your Love Babe, Andy Kim's Rock Me Gently", Stevie Wonder's You Haven't Done Nothin', Bachman Turner Overdrive's You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, and John Lennon's Whatever Gets You Thru the Night. In January 1966, Simon & Garfunkel's The Sounds Of Silence had dropped from #1 to #12.
The highest-charting song to fall completely off the Hot 100 in one week is The Moody Blues "Nights In White Satin, which had been at #17 in late 1972. Tommy James And The Shondells Crimson And Clover" plunged from the #18 position in early 1969.
The record for most individual number one singles in a single calendar year is 35, which occurred in both 1974 and 1975. 1974 included a 36th number one single; the first chart of 1974 was topped by Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle, which had also headed the last Hot 100 chart of December 1973. 2002 had the fewest debuting #1 singles, with just 7.
During the 12-week period from January 18-April 5, 1975, the Hot 100 was topped by 12 different number one singles, the longest such stretch of constant chart turnover. Two Elton John singles, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and Philadelphia Freedom, bookended the streak, each with two two-week stays in the top position.
In 1973, George Harrison's Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) replaced Paul McCartney's My Love"; the two had been bandmates in The Beatles. In 1978, Andy Gibb's number one (Love Is) Thicker Than Water replaced Stayin' Alive" by his brothers, the Bee Gees; the Bee Gees then did the same to his single with their Night Fever. In 1986, Genesis' Invisible Touch was replaced in the top spot by the band's original lead singer Peter Gabriel and Sledgehammer.
Paul McCartney is the only artist to have separate top-ten singles as a solo act, as half of a duo, as a third of a trio, as a fourth of a quartet, and as a fifth of a quintet. (Graham Nash also charted in these five configurations, but only in the top forty.)
The Beatles are the only group to hit number one on the Hot 100 with each individual member of the group subsequently having a #1 single. In McCartney's case, he was either credited as the leader of Wings or listed as half of a duet with Linda McCartney, Stevie Wonder, or Michael Jackson.
Five members of The Eagles subsequently had Top 40 solo hits: Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh.