A song may have any number of elements that make it a great song, such as emotion, melody and longevity. A song may be popular at one time and not another — likes and preferences in music change throughout the lifetime of a song. Popular songs are vast and diverse, and tastes are subjective. You know when you hear a song for the first time and the sights and sounds and feeling of that moment stay with you? Songs included here may or may not have been popular hits — but all have elements that make them great songs. The year of release determines the first chart entry date. From July to December , the 10 most popular songs were ranked based on the top downloaded songs from online music retailers.
Top 100 Songs
This is a comprehensive listing that highlights significant achievements and milestones based upon Billboard magazine 's singles charts, most notably the Billboard Hot This list spans the period from the issue dated January 1, to present. The Billboard Hot began with the issue dated August 4, , and is currently the standard popular music chart in the United States. These charts, which ranged from 20 to slots, were phased out at different times between and Though technically not part of the Hot chart history, select data from these charts are included for computational purposes, and to avoid unenlightening or misleading characterizations. In , for the 50th anniversary of the Hot , Billboard magazine compiled a ranking of the best-performing songs on the chart over the 50 years, along with the best-performing artists.
The Rolling Stone Top is a song chart that ranks popular songs from today's most popular artists. Songs are ranked by Song Units, a number that combines audio streams and song sales using a custom weighting system. The song chart does not include any passive listening, such as terrestrial or digital radio. The Rolling Stone Top Song chart is updated daily, and each week Rolling Stone finalizes and publishes an official version of the chart, covering the seven-day period ending with the previous Thursday. Beta Back to All Charts. Monthly Trend. Song Units Weeks at 1 2. Weeks on Chart 2.
Subscriber Account active since. For songs prior to , before the year-end list existed, we looked at the singles that stayed at No. Frank Sinatra performed vocals for the song along with the Pied Pipers. The song spent a dozen weeks at No. You can listen to the song here. Glenn Miller's "Chattanooga Choo Choo" was a close second.