"Brown Eyed Girl," Van Morrison (1967)
This song served as the singer/songwriter's Hot 100 introduction, starting at No. 99 on July 15, 1967. Amazingly, on the Billboard 200, Van Morrison didn't reach the top 10 until four decades later. His 33rd studio album, "Keep It Simple," debuted at No. 10 on the chart dated April 19, 2008, 41 years, five months and two weeks after he first appeared with "Blowin' Your Mind!" in 1967.
"It's Not Unusual," Tom Jones (1965)
"Layla," Derek & the Dominoes (1972)
"Off the Wall," Michael Jackson (1980)
"Borderline," Madonna (1984)
"Loser," Beck (1994)
"Don't Stop Believin'," Journey (1981)
While the cast of Fox's "Glee" made chart headlines last year when its 25 Hot 100 entries were the most by an act in a year since the Beatles' 31 charted titles in 1964, the troupe's biggest hit is additionally notable for its passing the peak of the song's original version. The "Glee" cast launched at No. 4 with this remake, which has contributed to the ensemble's total of 4.3 million digital tracks and 1.1 million albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " has shifted 3.4 million digital downloads; the "Glee" cover has sold 646,000.
"Hit Me With Your Best," Pat Benatar (1980)
"Born in the USA," Bruce Springsteen (1985)
"Just a Friend," Biz Markie (1990)
"Oops!...I Did It Again," Britney Spears (2000)
"Rehab," Amy Winehouse (2007)
"Sweet Home Alabama," Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
Talk about a good driving song: as of last year, the state of Alabama began printing the words "Sweet Home Alabama" as an official slogan on its motor vehicle license plates. The band's overall appeal also remains timeless. Its new single "Skynyrd Nation" debuts this week at No. 28 on the Heritage Rock airplay chart, viewable at billboard.biz.
"Wouldn't It Be Nice," the Beach Boys (1966)
"Strawberry Fields Forever," the Beatles (1967)
"Margaritaville," Jimmy Buffett (1977)
"Copacabana (At the Copa)," Barry Manilow (1978)
"U Can't Touch This," M.C. Hammer (1990)
"Rock and Roll Part 2," Gary Glitter (1972)
What was the first franchise to employ the now-ubiquitous sports anthem? The aptly-titled Rockies hockey team (which left Colorado to become the New Jersey Devils in 1982). Longtime CBS anchorman Harry Smith, a Denver-area DJ in the '70s when the song began its second life as a sporting event soundtrack, marvels, "What's amazing to me is that the song is still played all these years later. It has gone well beyond cliche to become the 'Charge!' rally of this generation."
"I Just Want to Celebrate," Rare Earth (1971)
"I Want You to Want Me," Cheap Trick (1979)
"Human Nature," Michael Jackson (1983)
"Welcome to the Jungle," Guns N' Roses (1988)
"7," Prince (1993)
"I'm Yours," Jason Mraz (2008)
As the song approached the record for most weeks spent on the Hot 100, Mraz told Billboard last summer, "I'm still blown away, humbled by the success of my happy little hippie song." The track passed the 69-week chart run of LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live," living to the ripe old age of 76 weeks on the Hot 100. Regarding the cut's multiformat appeal, Billboard noted to Mraz that only one major genre - country - had yet to join in. On whether he would record a version for country radio, Mraz's answer was tailor-made for Chart Beat: "I don't think I would do the song justice going country. Maybe Kenny Chesney could put a clever spin on it. Or LeAnn Rimes! Who knows? If she did it right, she might get her title back."
"As Tears Go By," the Rolling Stones (1966)
"Rocket Man," Elton John (1972)
"Wicked Game," Chris Isaak (1991)
"Life Is a Highway," Tom Cochrane (1992)
"Paparazzi," Lady Gaga (2009)