As of August 2019 the chart has had 1,086 different number one entries
Billboard debut the Hot 100 chart on this day in 1958
As Rock music’s popularity increasingly grew during the late 1950’s, and with the single record format, music magazine Billboard introduced the now most important music chart in the world, the Hot 100. The chart is often used as a reference to measure the success of artists and songs, and during it’s 62 years of existence has seen many one hit wonders as well as novelty songs peaking to No.1. Despite featuring only the U.S best selling records, the Hot 100 is the music industry most important chart, and there was a time back in the 1960’s where in other countries in the world, the singles were released with a specific notice stating the song was a No.1 in the Hot 100, contributing that way for the sales. Billboard debut the Hot 100 chart on August 4, 1958, and it’s very first No.1 was Ricky Nelson with “Poor Little Fool”. As of August 2019 the Billboard Hot 100 has had 1,086 different number one entries, many staying for long periods, included The Rembrandts: “I’ll Be There for You” (number one for eight weeks) in 1995, 1996 No Doubt: “Don’t Speak” (number one for 16 weeks) in 1996, 1997 The Cardigans: “Lovefool” (number two for eight weeks) in 1997, Natalie Imbruglia: “Torn” (number one for 11 weeks) and Goo Goo Dolls: “Iris” (number one for 18 weeks).
Listen to the first ever Hot 100 No1 “Poor Little Fool” by Ricky Nelson, 1958
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