Taking Peaks, Part 4: Nos. 25-1
Taking Peaks, Part 4: Nos. 25-1

No. 1
"All You Need Is Love," the Beatles (1967)

Oh, that's right, you can't go any higher on the Hot 100 than No. 1. How, then, to select beloved songs whose legacies outweigh their chart positions when choosing from among 980 No. 1s in the list's ledger? Total weeks on top is one tiebreaker. Certainly, many monster hits have logged lengthy reigns, from Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's record 16-week rule with "One Sweet Day" to Whitney Houston's 14-week command with "I Will Always Love You." In keeping with the spirit of this feature, however, several No. 1s remain essentials of the rock and roll era despite spending a single week at the summit. The most influential act in the annals of modern pop music takes top honors with "All You Need Is Love," while the one-week No. 1s below (including, fittingly, "One Week") have earned their places among the most heralded hits in the 51-year history of the Billboard Hot 100.

"Good Vibrations," the Beach Boys (1966)
"Ruby Tuesday," the Rolling Stones (1967)
"Penny Lane," the Beatles (1967)
"Someday We'll Be Together," Diana Ross & the Supremes (1969)
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe," Barry White (1974)
"Get Down Tonight," KC and the Sunshine Band (1975)
"(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," KC and the Sunshine Band (1975)
"Dancing Queen," Abba (1977)
"Hotel California," Eagles (1977)
"Dreams," Fleetwood Mac (1977)
"Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough," Michael Jackson (1979)
"Let's Dance," David Bowie (1983)
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," Eurythmics (1983)
"You Give Love a Bad Name," Bon Jovi (1986)
"The Way You Make Me Feel," Michael Jackson (1988)
"One Week," Barenaked Ladies (1998)
"With Arms Wide Open," Creed (2000)
"Big Girls Don't Cry," Fergie (2007)
"Viva La Vida," Coldplay (2008)
"Poker Face," Lady Gaga (2009)