In honor of the legendary diva's birthday, we've ranked the biggest songs of her inimitable six-decade-long career
To celebrate superstar dance/pop diva Cher's birthday today (May 20), Billboard has unveiled the legendary performer's top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits.
As we ... turn back time ... in our chart archives, we find that the Academy-, Emmy- and Grammy Award-winner's 1973 No. 1 hit "Half Breed" leads this exclusive list. (See a timeline of Cher's extensive career here.)
The track is one of five No. 1s on this tally; four are by Cher as a solo artist and one from her time as half of Sonny & Cher. The husband-and-wife duo place five songs on this recap, including all five of its top 10 Hot 100 hits.
At No. 20 on the tally is Cher's debut chart hit as a soloist, the Bob Dylan-penned "All I Really Want to Do," which arrived on the Hot 100 dated July 3, 1965 (the same week that the Byrds' version of the song bowed; her recording went on to peak at No. 15, while their take hit No. 40.) A week later, Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" debuted.
Here are Cher's 20 biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits:
Rank. Title, Hot 100 Peak Year, Position (Weeks Spent at No. 1)
* Sonny & Cher
** Cher & Peter Cetera
This ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from each era, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those years. (Thus, a song like "Half Breed," which spent two weeks at No. 1 and 20 weeks on the chart in 1973, is ahead of "Believe" on this list. That's despite the latter's four weeks at No. 1, and 31 weeks on the chart, in 1998-99.)