Only 56 songs have debuted at No. 1 in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 - here they all are


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Ariana Grande and Drake are tied for the most instant chart-toppers in history.



1. "You Are Not Alone" by Michael Jackson
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"You Are Not Alone" was released in 1995.

The Hot 100 is widely considered the definitive all-genre singles chart in the US. Although it was officially launched in 1958, Billboard began using modern airplay and sales data in 1991 — allowing for more time-sensitive calculations and accurate rankings.


Although more than 1,000 songs have reached the coveted No. 1 spot, it's far more difficult for a song to debut in the top position; it typically means a much-promoted single has met high expectations, or at least that an artist is supported and beloved by a legion of fans.


Michael Jackson was the first-ever artist to accomplish this feat when "You Are Not Alone" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated September 2, 1995.


It was the second single from Jackson's ninth studio album "HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I."


2. "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey
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"Fantasy" was released in 1995.

"Fantasy" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated September 30, 1995. It was the lead single from Carey's fifth studio album "Daydream."


3. "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" by Whitney Houston
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"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" was released in 1995.

"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated November 25, 1995. It was the lead single from the soundtrack for the film "Waiting to Exhale."


4. "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
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"One Sweet Day" was released in 1995.

"One Sweet Day" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated December 2, 1995. It was the second single from Carey's fifth studio album "Daydream."


5. "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans, featuring 112
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"I'll Be Missing You" was released in 1997.

"I'll Be Missing You" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated June 14, 1997. It was the second single from "No Way Out," the debut album from Diddy, then known as Puff Daddy.


6. "Honey" by Mariah Carey
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"Honey" was released in 1997.

"Honey" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated September 13, 1997. It was the lead single from Carey's sixth studio album "Butterfly."


7. "Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight" by Elton John
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"Candle in the Wind" was re-released as a double A-side single in 1997 as a tribute to Princess Diana.

"Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated October 11, 1997. The double A-side single later became the first song ever to be certified diamond.


8. "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
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"My Heart Will Go On" was released in the US on February 10, 1998.

"My Heart Will Go On" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated February 28, 1998.


The famous ballad was written for the soundtrack of "Titanic" and served as the movie's main romantic theme. It was also released as a single from Dion's fifth English-language album "Let's Talk About Love."


9. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith
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"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" was released in 1998.

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated September 5, 1998. It was recorded for the film "Armageddon," starring Liv Tyler.


10. "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill
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"Doo Wop (That Thing)" was released in 1998.

"Doo Wop (That Thing)" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated November 14, 1998. It was the lead single from Hill's debut album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."


11. "This Is the Night" by Clay Aiken
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Clay Aiken was the runner-up on season two of "American Idol" in 2003.

"This Is the Night" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated June 28, 2003. It was Aiken's debut single after competing on season two of "American Idol."


12. "I Believe" by Fantasia
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Fantasia won season three of "American Idol" in 2004.

"I Believe" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated July 10, 2004. It was Fantasia's debut single after winning season three of "American Idol."


13. "Inside Your Heaven" by Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood won season four of "American Idol" in 2005.

"Inside Your Heaven" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated July 2, 2005. It was Underwood's debut single after winning season four of "American Idol."


Underwood remains the only country artist ever to have a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100.


14. "Do I Make You Proud" by Taylor Hicks
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Taylor Hicks won the fifth season of "American Idol" in 2006.

"Do I Make You Proud" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated July 1, 2006. Hicks first performed the song on the fifth season finale of "American Idol," and it was released as a single shortly after his victory.


15. "3" by Britney Spears
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"3" was released in 2009.

"3" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated October 24, 2009. It was the lead (and only) single from Spears' second greatest hits album "The Singles Collection."


16. "Not Afraid" by Eminem
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"Not Afraid" was released in 2010.

"Not Afraid" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated May 22, 2010. It was the lead single from Eminem's seventh studio album "Recovery."


17. "We R Who We R" by Ke$ha
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"We R Who We R" was released in 2010.

"We R Who We R" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated November 13, 2010. It was the lead single from Kesha's debut EP "Cannibal."


18. "Hold It Against Me" by Britney Spears
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"Hold It Against Me" was released in 2011.

"Hold It Against Me" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated January 29, 2011. It was the lead single from Spears' seventh studio album "Femme Fatale."


19. "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
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"Born This Way" was released in 2011.

"Born This Way" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated February 26, 2011. It was the lead single from Gaga's second studio album of the same name.


20. "Part Of Me" by Katy Perry
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"Part of Me" was released in 2012.

"Part of Me" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated March 3, 2012. It was the lead single from "Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection," a reissue of Perry's third studio album.


21. "Harlem Shake" by Baauer
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Baauer is an American producer and DJ, best known for his 2012 hit "Harlem Shake."

"Harlem Shake" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated March 2, 2013.


The viral hit benefitted from a recent adjustment to the Hot 100's formula, when the chart began incorporating YouTube data. The chart methodology is updated at least once a year, to reflect rapidly evolving listening trends.


22. "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift
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"Shake It Off" was released in 2014.

"Shake It Off" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated September 6, 2014. It was the lead single from Swift's fifth studio album "1989."


23. "What Do You Mean?" by Justin Bieber
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"What Do You Mean?" was released in 2015.

"What Do You Mean?" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated September 19, 2015. It was the lead single from Bieber's fourth studio album "Purpose."


24. "Hello" by Adele
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"Hello" was released in 2015.

"Hello" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated November 14, 2015. It was the lead single from Adele's third studio album "25."


25. "Pillowtalk" by Zayn
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"Pillowtalk" was released in 2016.

"Pillowtalk" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated February 20, 2016. It was the lead single from Zayn's debut solo album "Mind of Mine."


26. "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake
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"Can't Stop the Feeling!" was released in 2016.

"Can't Stop the Feeling!" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated May 28, 2016. It was the lead single for the soundtrack of the film "Trolls."


27. "Shape Of You" by Ed Sheeran
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"Shape of You" was released in 2017.

"Shape of You" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated January 28, 2017. It was one of the lead singles, along with "Castle on the Hill," from Sheeran's third studio album "Divide."


28. "I'm The One" by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne
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"I'm the One" was released in 2017.

"I'm the One" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated May 20, 2017. It was the second single from Khaled's 10th studio album "Grateful."


29. "God's Plan" by Drake
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"God's Plan" was released in 2018.

"God's Plan" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated February 3, 2018. It was the lead single from Drake's fifth studio album "Scorpion."


30. "Nice for What" by Drake
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"Nice for What" was released in 2018.

"Nice for What" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated April 21, 2018. It was the second single from "Scorpion."


31. "This Is America" by Childish Gambino
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"This Is America" was released in 2018.

"This Is America" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated May 19, 2018. It was released as a standalone single.


32. "Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande
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"Thank U, Next" was released in 2018.

"Thank U, Next" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated November 17, 2018. It was the lead single from Grande's fifth studio album of the same name.


33. "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande
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"7 Rings" was released in 2019.

"7 Rings" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated February 2, 2019. It was the second single from "Thank U, Next."


34. "Sucker" by the Jonas Brothers
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"Sucker" was released in 2019.

"Sucker" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated March 16, 2019. It was the lead single from the Jonas Brothers' fifth studio album "Happiness Begins."


35. "Highest In The Room" by Travis Scott
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"Highest In The Room" was released in 2019.

"Highest in the Room" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated October 19, 2019. It was featured on "JackBoys," a compilation EP by Scott and other members of his label.


36. "Toosie Slide" by Drake
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"Toosie Slide" was released in 2020.

"Toosie Slide" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated April 18, 2020. It was the lead single from Drake's compilation mixtape "Dark Lane Demo Tapes."


37. "The Scotts" by The Scotts
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"The Scotts" was released in 2020.

"The Scotts" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated May 9, 2020. It was the debut single from newly formed hip-hop duo The Scotts, aka Travis Scott and Kid Cudi.


38. "Stuck With U" by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber
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"Stuck With U" was released in 2020.

"Stuck With U" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated May 23, 2020. It was released as a charity single to raise money for the First Responders Children's Foundation.


39. "Rain On Me" by Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
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"Rain On Me" was released in 2020.

"Rain On Me" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated June 6, 2020. It was the second single from Gaga's sixth studio album "Chromatica."


40. "Trollz" by 6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj
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"Trollz" was released in 2020.

"Trollz" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated June 27, 2020. It became the fifth No. 1 debut in 2020 alone, marking a new single-year high.


41. "Cardigan" by Taylor Swift
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"Cardigan" was released in 2020.

"Cardigan" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated August 8, 2020 — the same week as its parent album "Folklore" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making Swift the first artist ever to debut at No. 1 on both charts in the same week.


"Folklore" received less than 24 hours' promotion before its release at midnight on July 24. The music video for "Cardigan" arrived at the same time.


42. "WAP" by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion
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"WAP" was released in 2020.

"WAP" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated August 22, 2020. It was Cardi B's first single since 2019's "Press" and became her fourth career No. 1.


The raunchy song also became the fourth all-female collaboration to hit No. 1 this year — and just the ninth in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 — while setting a new record for first-week streams with 93 million.


43. "Dynamite" by BTS
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"Dynamite" was released in 2020.

"Dynamite," the septet's first all-English-language single, debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated September 5, 2020.


BTS is the first all-South Korean group to top the Hot 100.


44. "Franchise" by Travis Scott featuring Young Thug and M.I.A.
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"Franchise" was released in 2020.

"Franchise" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated October 10, 2020.


It became Scott's third single to debut on top in less than a year — following "Highest in the Room" and "The Scotts" — setting a new record for "the fastest accumulation of three No. 1 entrances by any artist in the Hot 100's history.


It's Scott's fourth No. 1 song overall, Young Thug's second, and M.I.A.'s first.


45. "Positions" by Ariana Grande
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"Positions" was released in 2020.

"Positions" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated November 7, 2020. It was the lead single from Grande's sixth studio album of the same name.


"Positions" was Grande's fifth instant chart-topper, extending her record for the most No. 1 song debuts for any artist in history.


Grande also became the first artist with three No. 1 Hot 100 debuts in a single calendar year.


46. "Life Goes On" by BTS
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"Life Goes On" was released in 2020.

"Life Goes On" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated December 5, 2020, the same week as its parent album "Be" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — making BTS the second artist in history to debut at No. 1 on both charts simultaneously, mere months after Swift became the first.


47. "Willow" by Taylor Swift
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"Willow" was released in 2020.

"Willow" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated December 26, 2020 — the same week as its parent album "Evermore" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.


Swift is now the only artist in history to debut on top of both charts simultaneously — twice.


She previously became the first artist to do so with "Folklore," less than five months previously.


This was also the 12th song in 2020 to arrive on the chart in its top position, handily setting a single-year record.


48. "Drivers License" by Olivia Rodrigo
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"Drivers License" was released in 2021.

"Drivers License," Olivia Rodrigo's official debut single, debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated January 23, 2021.


At just 17 years old, the Disney Channel star became the youngest solo artist in history to arrive atop the Hot 100.


The record was previously held by Fantasia, who was 20 when "I Believe" debuted at No. 1. The youngest artist to ever top the Hot 100 is Stevie Wonder, who was 13 when "Fingertips Pt 2" rose to the top position in 1963.


49. "What's Next" by Drake
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"What's Next" was released in 2021.

"What's Next" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated March 20, 2021, becoming Drake's fourth instant chart-topper.


The rapper is the first and only artist in history to have three songs arrive in the Hot 100's top three simultaneously. "What's Next" was joined by "Wants and Needs," featuring Lil Baby, at No. 2 and "Lemon Pepper Freestyle," featuring Rick Ross, at No. 3.


50. "Peaches" by Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon
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"Peaches" was released in 2021.

"Peaches" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated April 3, 2021. It was the fifth single from Bieber's sixth studio album "Justice," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 the same week, and the singer's fourth instant chart-topper.


Bieber boasts the second-most No. 1 debuts in history.


51. "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" by Lil Nas X
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"Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" was released in 2021.

"Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated April 10, 2021. It became Lil Nas X's second No. 1 song after his smash debut "Old Town Road."


52. "Rapstar" by Polo G
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"Rapstar" was released in 2021.

"Rapstar" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated April 24, 2021. It was the third single from Polo G's third album "Hall of Fame."


53. "Good 4 U" by Olivia Rodrigo
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"Good 4 U" was released in 2021.

"Good 4 U" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated May 29, 2021. It was the third single from Rodrigo's debut studio album "Sour."


54. "Butter" by BTS
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"Butter" was released in 2021.

"Butter," the second all-English single from BTS, debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated June 5, 2021.


55. "Permission to Dance" by BTS
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"Permission to Dance" was released on July 9, 2021.

"Permission to Dance" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated July 24, 2021, giving BTS their fourth instant chart-topper in less than one year.


BTS now ties Bieber for the second-most No. 1 debuts ever, trailing Grande and Drake by just one song.


56. "Way 2 Sexy" by Drake featuring Future and Young Thug
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"Way 2 Sexy" was released on September 3, 2021.

"Way 2 Sexy" debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated September 18, 2021. It was the lead single from Drake's sixth studio album "Certified Lover Boy," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 the same week.


Drake now ties Grande for the most No. 1 debuts in history, with five apiece.


He is also the first artist in history to debut nine songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously.



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