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Best Hits of All Time

Best Hits of All Time: Annual Year End Best Artist & Songs

What are the best hits of all time? This list shows you the top 5 US Billboard artists and songs for every year since 1958.

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Year Top 1 Reached #2 Reached #3 Reached #4 Reached Top 5
1958 Domenico Modugno
(Volare)
Everly Brothers
(All I have to do is dream)
Elvis Presley
(Don’t/I Beg Of You)
David Seville
(Witch Doctor)
Perez Prado
(Patricia).
1959 Johnny Horton
(The battle of New Orleans)
Bobby Darin
(Mack the knife)
Lloyd Price
(Personality)
Frankie Avalon
(Venus)
Paul Anka
(Lonely Boy).
1960 Percy Faith
(Theme from “A summer place”)
Jim Reeves
(He’ll have to go)
Everly Brothers
(Cathy’s Clown)
Johnny Preston
(Running Bear)
Mark Dinning
(Teen Angel).
1961 Bobby Lewis
(Tossin’ And Turnin‘)
Patsy Cline
(I fall to pieces)
Highwaymen
(Michael)
Roy Orbison
(Crying)
Del Shannon
(Runaway).
1962 Mr. Acker Bilk
(Stranger on the shore)
Ray Charles
(I can’t stop loving you)
Dee Dee Sharp
(Mashed Potato Time)
Bobby Vinton
(Roses are red)
David Rose
(The Stripper).
1963 Jimmy Gilmer/ The Fireballs
(Sugar Shack)
Beach Boys
(Surfin’ U.S.A.)
Skeeter Davis
(The end of the world)
Cascades
(Rhythm of the rain)
Chiffons
(He’s so fine).
1964 Beatles, The
(I want to hold your hand. One of the best hits of all time.)
Beatles, The
(She loves you)
Louis Armstrong
(Hello, Dolly!)
Roy Orbison
(Oh, Pretty Woman)
Beach Boys
(I get around).
1965 Sam The Sham – The Pharaohs
(Wooly Bully)
Four Tops
(I can’t help myself)
Rolling Stones
(I can’t get no satisfaction)
We Five
(You were on my mind)
Righteous Brothers
(You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin‘).
1966 Sgt. Barry Sadler
(The ballad of the green berets)
Association
(Cherish)
Righteous Brothers
(Soul and inspiration)
Four Tops
(Reach out I’ll be there)
? & The Mysterians
(96 Tears).
1967 Lulu
(To Sir with love)
Box Tops
(The Letter)
Bobby Gentry
(Ode to Billie Joe)
Association
(Windy)
Monkees
(I’m a believer).
1968 Beatles, The
(Hey Jude. One of the best hits of all time)
Paul Mauriat
(Love is blue)
Bobby Goldsboro
(Honey)
Otis Redding
(Sittin‘ on the dock of the bay)
Rascals
(People got to be free).
1969 Archies
(Sugar, Sugar)
Fifth Dimension
(Aquarius/Let the sunshine in)
Temptations
(I can’t get next to you)
Rolling Stones
(Honky Tonk Women)
Sly/The Family Stone
(Everyday people).
1970 Simon & Garfunkel
(Bridge over troubled water. One of the best hits of all time.)
Carpenters
(They long to be close to you)
Guess Who
(American Woman)
B.J. Thomas
(Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head)
Edwin Star
(War).
1971 Three Dog Night
(Joy to the world)
Rod Stewart
(Maggie May)
Carole King
(It’s too late/I feel the earth move)
Osmonds
(One bad apple)
Bee Gees
(How can you mend a broken heart).
1972 Roberta Flack
(The first time ever I saw your face)
Gilbert O’Sullivan
(Alone again)
Don McLean
(American Pie)
Nilsson
(Without you)
Sammy Davis, Jr.
(Candy Man).
1973 Tony Orlando
(Tie a yellow ribbon ‘round the Ole Oak Tree)
Jim Croce
(Bad, Bad Leroy Brown)
Roberta Flack
(Killing me softly with his song)
Marvin Gaye
(Let‘s get it on)
Paul McCartney/ Wings
(My love).
1974 Barbra Streisand
(The way we were)
Terry Jacks
(Seasons in the sun)
Love Unlimited Orchestra
(Love’s Theme)
Redbone
(Come and get your love)
Jackson Five
(Dancing Machine).
1975 Captain & Tennille
(Love will keep us together)
Glen Campbell
(Rhinestone Cowboy)
Elton John
(Philadelphia Freedom)
Freddy Fender
(Before the next teardrop falls)
Frankie Valli
(My eyes adored you).
1976 Wings
(Silly Love Songs)
Elton John/Kiki Dee
(Don’t go breaking my heart)
Johnnie Taylor
(Disco Lady)
Four Seasons
(December, 1963/Oh what a night)
Wild Cherry
(Play that funky music).
1977 Rod Stewart
(Tonight’s the night gonna be alright)
Andy Gibb
(I just want to be your everything)
Emotions
(Best of my love)
Barbra Streisand
(Love Theme from “A Star Is Born“)
Hot
(Angel in your arms).
1978 Andy Gibb
(Shadow Dancing)
Bee Gees
(Night Fever)
Debby Boone
(You light up my life)
Bee Gees
(Stayin’ Alive)
Exile
(Kiss you all over).
1979 The Knack
(My Sharona. One of the most irritating best hits of all time.)
Donna Summer
(Bad Girls)
Chic
(Le Freak)
Rod Stewart
(Do ya think I’m sexy)
Peaches & Herb
(Reunited).
1980 Blondie
(Call Me. One of the best hits of all time.)
Pink Floyd
(Another brick in the wall)
Olivia Newton-John
(Magic)
Michael Jackson
(Rock with you)
Captain & Tennille
(Do that to me one more time).
1981 Kim Carnes
(Bette Davis eyes)
Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
(Endless love)
Kenny Rogers
(Lady)
John Lennon
(Just like starting over)
Rick Springfield
(Jessie’s Girl).
1982 Olivia Newton-John
(Physical)
Survivor
(Eye of the tiger)
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
(I love Rock N’ Roll)
Paul McCartney/ Stevie Wonder
(Ebony and Ivory)
J. Geils Band
(Centerfold).
1983 Police
(Every breath you take. One of the best hits of all time.)
Michael Jackson
(Billie Jean)
Irene Cara
(Flashdance/What a feeling)
Men At Work
(Down Under)
Michael Jackson
(Beat it).
1984 Prince & The Revolution
(When doves cry)
Tina Turner
(What’s love got to do with it)
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
(Say Say Say)
Kenny Loggins
(Footloose)
Phil Collins
(Against all odds take a look at me now).
1985 Wham!
(Careless Whisper)
Madonna
(Like a virgin)
Wham!
(Wake me up before you go-go)
Foreigner
(I want to know what love is)
Chaka Khan
(I feel for you).
1986 Dionne Warwick & Friends
(That’s what friends are for)
Lionel Richie
(Say you, say me)
Klymaxx
(I miss you)
Patti LaBelle/ Michael McDonald
(On my own)
Mr. Mister
(Broken Wings).
1987 Bangles
(Walk like an Egyptian. One of the easiest to dance to best hits of all time.)
Heart
(Alone)
Gregory Abbott
(Shake you down)
Whitney Houston
(I wanna dance with somebody)
Starship
(Nothing’s gonna stop us now).
1988 George Michael
(Faith)
INXS
(Need you tonight)
George Harrison
(Got my mind set on you)
Rick Astley
(Never gonna give you up)
Guns N’ Roses
(Sweet child o’ mine).
1989 Chicago
(Look away)
Bobby Brown
(My prerogative)
Poison
(Every rose has its thorn)
Paula Abdul
(Straight up)
Janet Jackson
(Miss you much).
1990 Wilson Phillips
(Hold on)
Roxette
(It must have been love)
Sinead O’Connor
(Nothing compares 2 you)
Bell Biv Devoe
(Poison)
Madonna
(Vogue).
1991 Bryan Adams
(Everything I do I do it for you. One of the best hits of all time.)
Color Me Badd
(I wanna sex you up)
C & C Music Factory
(Gonna make you sweat)
Paula Abdul
(Rush Rush)
Timmy T.
(One more try).
1992 Boyz II Men
(End of the road)
Sir Mix-A-Lot
(Baby got back)
Kris Koss
(Jump)
Vanessa Williams
(Save the best for last)
TLC
(Baby-Baby-Baby).
1993 Whitney Houston
(I will always love you)
Tag Team
(Whoomp! There it is)
UB 40
(Can’t help falling in love)
Janet Jackson
(That’s the way love goes)
Silk
(Freak me).
1994 Ace Of Base
(The sign)
All-4-One
(I swear)
Boyz II Men
(I’ll make love to you)
Celine Dion
(The power of love)
Mariah Carey
(Hero).
1995 Coolio/L.V.
(Gangsta’s Paradise)
TLC
(Waterfalls)
TLC
(Creep)
Seal
(Kiss from a rose)
Boyz II Men
(On bended knee).
1996 Los Del Rio
(Macarena)
Mariah Carey/Boyz II Men
(One sweet day)
Celine Dion
(Because you loved me)
The Tony Rich Project
(Nobody knows)
Mariah Carey
(Always be my baby).
1997 Elton John
(Candle in the wind 1997. One of the best hits of all time.)
Jewel
(You were meant for me)
Puff Daddy/Faith Evans Featuring 112
(I’ll be missing you)
Toni Braxton
(Un-Break my heart)
Puff Daddy/Mase
(Can’t nobody hold me down).
1998 Next
(Too close)
Brandy/Monica
(The boy is mine)
Shania Twain
(You’re still the one)
Savage Garden
(Truly madly deeply)
LeAnn Rimes
(How do I live).
1999 Cher
(Believe)
TLC
(No scrubs)
Monica
(Angel of mine)
Whitney Houston featuring Faith Evans & Kelly Price
(Heartbreak Hotel)
Britney Spears
(Baby one more time).
2000 Faith Hill
(Breathe)
Santana featuring Rob Thomas
(Smooth)
Santana featuring The Product G&B
(Maria Maria)
Joe
(I wanna know)
Vertical Horizon
(Everything you want).
2001 Lifehouse
(Hanging by a moment)
Alicia Keys
(Fallin)
Janet Jackson
(All for you)
Train
(Drops of Jupiter tell me)
Jennifer Lopez & Ja Rule
(I‘m real).
2002 Nickelback
(How you remind me)
Ashanti
(Foolish)
Nelly
(Hot in here)
Nelly/Kelly Rowland
(Dilemma)
The Calling
(Wherever you will go).
2003 50 Cent
(In da club)
R. Kelly
(Ignition)
Sean Paul
(Get busy)
Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
(Crazy in love)
3 Doors Down
(When I’m gone).
2004 Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris
(Yeah!)
Usher
(Burn)
Alicia Keys
(If I ain’t got you)
Maroon 5
(This love)
Outkast featuring Sleepy Brown
(The way you move).
2005 Mariah Carey
(We belong together)
Gwen Stefani
(Hollaback Girl)
Mario
(Let me love you)
Kelly Clarkson
(Since u been gone)
Ciara featuring Missy Elliott
(One, two step).
2006 Daniel Powter
(Bad day)
Sean Paul
(Temperature)
Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
(Promiscuous)
James Blunt
(You‘re beautiful)
Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
(Hips don‘t lie).
2007 Fergie
(Big girls don‘t cry)
Soulja Boy Tell ‘em
(Crank that)
Rihanna
(Umbrella)
Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson
(The way I are)
Kanye West featuring Daft Punk
(Stronger).
2008 Leona Lewis
(Bleeding love)
T.I.
(Whatever you love)
Lil Wayne featuring Static Major
(Lollipop)
Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
(Low)
Katy Perry
(I kissed the girl).
2009 Black Eyed Peas, The
(I gotta feeling)
Black Eyed Peas, The
(Boom Boom Pow)
Lady Gaga
(Poker Face)
Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne
(Down)
Flo Rida featuring Kesha
(Right Round).
2010 Eminem featuring Rihanna
(Love the way you lie)
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
(California Gurls)
Bruno Mars
(Just the way you are)
Usher featuring Will.I.Am
(OMG)
B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
(Airplanes).
2011 LMFAO featuring Bennett & Rock
(Party Rock Anthem)
Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
(Moves like Jagger)
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West
(E.T.)
Adele
(Rolling in the deep)
Adele
(Someone like you).
2012 Gotye
(Somebody that I used to know)
Fun featuring Janelle Monae
(We are young)
Carly Rae Jepsen
(Call me maybe)
Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
(Payphone)
Maroon 5
(One more night).
2013 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
(Thrift Shop)
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. + Pharrell
(Blurred Lines)
Imagine Dragons
(Radioactive)
Baauer
(Harlem Shake)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton
(Can’t Hold Us).
2014 Pharrell Williams
(Happy)
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
(Dark Horse)
John Legend
(All Of Me)
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx
(Fancy)
Onerepublic
(Counting Stars).
2015 Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
(Uptown Funk!)
Ed Sheeran
(Thinking Out Loud)
Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth
(See You Again)
Fetty Wap
(Trap Queen)
Maroon 5
(Sugar).
2016 Justin Bieber
(Love Yourself)
Justin Bieber
(Sorry)
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla
(One Dance)
Rihanna Featuring Drake
(Work)
twenty one pilots
(Stressed Out).
2017 Ed Sheeran
(Shape Of You. One of the best hits of all time.)
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
(Despacito)
Bruno Mars
(That’s What I Like)
Kendrick Lamar
(Humble)
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
(Something Just Like This).
2018 Drake
(God’s Plan)
Ed Sheeran
(Perfect)
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
(Meant To Be)
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug
(Havana)
Post Malone featuring 21 Savage
(Rockstar)
2019 The best hits of 2019 will be announced during 2020.

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