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HISTORIC HOT 100 No. 1s, CONTINUED
Thank you, and this column's readers, for sharing picks for No. 1 songs among the Billboard Hot 100's 1,000 leaders that are. Here are some of mine:
2, "Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu)," Dominico Modugno (1958)
This song is notable for two reasons. It was the first foreign-language Hot 100 No. 1, and also the first Hot 100 No. 1 to be written or co-written by its singer.
4, "It's All in the Game," Tommy Edwards (1958)
The first Hot 100 No. 1 written or co-written by a major U.S. politician. This song was co-penned by Charles Gates Dawes, who was Vice President of the United States during the second administration of President Calvin Coolidge.
6, "Tom Dooley," the Kingston Trio (1958)
The first Hot 100 No. 1 written about a real-life historical figure. Tom Dula (pronounced "Dooley" in the local dialect) was a Confederate soldier from North Carolina who was tried, convicted and hanged for the murder of his fiancée, Laura Foster. The trial and hanging received national publicity.
8, "The Chipmunk Song," the Chipmunks with David Seville (1958)
The first Hot 100 No. 1 to inspire other media. "The Three Chipmunks" comic book was first published in 1959, and "The Alvin Show" debuted on television in 1961.
16, "Lonely Boy," Paul Anka (1959)
The first Hot 100 No. 1 by a Canadian-born artist.
71, "Stranger on the Shore," Mr. Acker Bilk (1962)
The first Hot 100 No. 1 by a British-born artist.
96, "Fingertips (Pt. II)," Little Stevie Wonder (1963)
The first "live" recording to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100.
285, "I Am Woman," Helen Reddy (1972)
The first Hot 100 No. 1 by an Australian-born artist. This song also became an anthem for the Women's Liberation movement.
Thank you for opening this discussion, Gary.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Just wanted to add my "two" cents on the recent achievement of Lady Gaga having scored the 1,000th No. 1 single on the Hot 100. I found a few more interesting facts related to the chart's top two positions.
"Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" by Bryan Adams notably held five singles at No. 2. During his seven-week reign beginning July 27, 1991, Adams blocked these five songs from toppling him:
"Right Here, Right Now," Jesus Jones
"P.A.S.S.I.O.N.," Rhythm Syndicate
"Every Heartbeat," Amy Grant
"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over," Lenny Kravitz
"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)," Roxette
And, "The Way You Move" by OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown held at No. 2 for eight straight weeks prior to ascending to the summit in 2003. Whitney Houston spent 11 weeks at No. 2 after leading the list with "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" in 1995.
Congratulations to all the chart-topping artists so far. Here's to 1,000 more No. 1s!
Dana E. McIntyre
Hot 100 Chart Enthusiast