The Top #1 Hits Of The Last 50 Years

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Fifty years ago this week, "A Hard Day's Night" hit number one on the Billboard Top 100. Not only was it the Beatles' fifth number one song of the year, it started a fifty year (and still going) collective obsession with "#1 Hits!" specifically, and pop culture rankings more generally.


To celebrate the occasion, here is a definitive countdown of the Greatest #1 Hits of the last 50 years:

16. "Hey Jude," The Beatles

15. "I Walk The Line," Johnny Cash

14. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nirvana

13. "Good Vibrations," The Beach Boys

12. "Blowin' In The Wind," Bob Dylan

11. "A Day In The Life," The Beatles

10. "Respect," Aretha Franklin

9. "Light My Fire," The Doors

8. "Purple Haze," Jimi Hendrix

7. "Imagine," John Lennon

6. "Stairway to Heaven," Led Zeppelin

5. "Hotel California," The Eagles

4. "Billie Jean," Michael Jackson

3. "Born To Run," Bruce Springsteen

2. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," The Rolling Stones

1. "Dark Horse," Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J)

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