The Top 30 Jewish Musicians

The Top 30 Jewish Musicians
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Christmas classics may vastly out-number Hanukkah hits, but there's been no shortage of Jewish artists that have topped the Billboard charts over the years. With Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, beginning on the evening of Wednesday, November 27, now is the perfect time to celebrate the Jewish musicians who have made the biggest impact on the Hot 100 over the decades. We've gathered the Tribe's biggest Billboard stars on our top 30 countdown.

The ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 since the chart launched in August 1958. 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. Prior to the Hot 100's implementation in 1991 of enhanced radio and sales information from Nielsen BDS and Nielsen SoundScan, songs had shorter reigns at No. 1 and shorter chart lives. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from the past 55 years, earlier time frames were each weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those decades and the turnover rates that have occurred since the advent of Nielsen Music data.

30. David Guetta
DAVID GUETTAThe French DJ, whose Moroccan father is Jewish, helped EDM make a mainstream crossover with hit productions such as the Black Eyed Peas' 2009 track "I Gotta Feeling" and his own smash "Turn Me On," which features Nicki Minaj.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hits: "Turn Me On" (No. 4, peak date: Feb. 4, 2012); "Without You" feat. Usher (No. 4, peak date: Nov. 26, 2011)

29. Lenny Kravitz
LENNY KRAVITZKravitz, whose dad is Jewish and mom is Christian, fired up a vintage rock sound that earned multiplatinum status on albums such as 1993's "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and 1998's "Five."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" (No. 2, peak date: Aug. 24, 1991)

28. KISS
KISSBoth Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the larger-than-life hard-rock act are Jewish. The group exploded after 1975 live set "Alive!," bringing songs such as "Rock and Roll All Nite" -- and the band's ever-present glam-rock makeup -- to an audience of millions. "Beth" brought Kiss to the top 10 of the Hot 100 in 1976; "Forever," which peaked at No. 8, returned them to the top 10 club in 1990.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Beth" (No. 7, peak date: Dec. 4, 1976)

27. Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)
DONALD FAGENCo-founded by Fagen, Steely Dan stands as of the '70s' most enigmatic groups. The band infused their sharp, sometimes sarcastic rock with jazz chops and studio perfectionism on albums such as key 1975 set "Katy Lied."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" (No. 4, peak date: Aug. 3, 1974)

26. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
MARK KNOPFLERKnopfler and Dire Straits hit the top 10 of the Hot 100 with 1979's "Sultans of Swing" but the MTV-era brought the rockers their biggest hit, "Money For Nothing," which name-checks the music channel and features backing vocals by Sting.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Money For Nothing" (No. 1 for 3 weeks, peak date: Sept. 21, 1985)

25. Bob Dylan
BOB DYLANFew artists have carried more influence or been more provocative in the rock era than Dylan, born Robert Zimmerman, whose '60s protest songs gave way to an electric epiphany and later, a gospel period as 1979's "Slow Train Coming" marked his conversion to Christianity.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hits: "Like A Rolling Stone" (No. 2, peak date: Sept. 4, 1965); "Rainy Day Women #12 & #35" (No. 2, peak date: May 21, 1966)

24. The J. Geils Band
J GEILS BANDA live juggernaut, the hard-touring group (of which four members are Jewish) drew upon soul, blues and rock throughout the '70s. The band's 1981 album "Freeze-Frame," spawned two singles that reached the top five of the Hot 100: the title song and "Centerfold."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Centerfold" (No. 1 for 6 weeks, peak date: Feb. 6, 1982)

23. Eric Carmen
ERIC CARMENAfter '70s power-pop beginnings with the Raspberries (and a Hot 100 No. 2 solo hit with "All By Myself), the rocker wrote hits for the "Footloose" and "Dirty Dancing" soundtracks, hitting the top five with his own "Hungry Eyes" in 1988.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "All By Myself" (No. 2, peak date: March 6, 1976)

22. Lesley Gore
LESLEY GOREThe '60s singer was a successful solo voice during the girl-group era with songs such as "It's My Party" and 1964's "You Don't Own Me" -- an influence on decades of independent women to come.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "It's My Party" (No. 1 for 2 weeks, peak date: June 1, 1963)

21. Carole King
CAROLE KINGThe prolific songwriter rose to fame notching hits for Aretha Franklin, the Crystals and other '60s stars, and she proved her solo chops with 1971's big-selling "Tapestry" and the smash "It's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "It's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move" (No. 1 for 5 weeks, peak date: June 19, 1971)

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20. Bette Midler
BETTE MIDLERThe Divine Miss M showcased her many talents on stage and screen. Her biggest hit encompassed both talents: 1989's "Wind Beneath My Wings," which reached No. 1, was from the film "Beaches," in which the singer also co-starred.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Wind Beneath My Wings" (No. 1, peak date: June 10, 1989)

19. David Lee Roth (Van Halen)
DAVID LEE ROTHExuberant frontman David Lee Roth singing atop Eddie Van Halen's Olympic-level guitar solos helped the hard-rock act dominate the late '70s/early '80s rock scene, earning a No. 1 hit with "Jump" in 1984.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Jump" (No. 1, peak date: Feb. 25, 1984)

18. Chris Stein (Blondie)
BLONDIENew York punk/new wave rockers Blondie wouldn't have been Blondie without both Debbie Harry AND guitarist Chris Stein. From 1979 to 1981, the group scored a whopping four Hot 100 No. 1s including "Heart of Glass," "Call Me," "The Tide Is High," and "Rapture."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Call Me" (No. 1 for 6 weeks, peak date: April 19, 1980)

17. Drake
DRAKEThe "Nothing Was The Same" MC, whose mom is Jewish, celebrated his heritage alongside Young Money label boss Lil Wayne in the Bar Mitzvah-themed video for "HYFR" last year. His biggest Hot 100 celebration so far has been his featured spot on Rihanna's No. 1 hit "What's My Name?"
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "What's My Name?" Rihanna feat. Drake (No. 1, peak date: Nov. 20, 2010)

16. Susanna Hoffs (Bangles)
SUSANNA HOFFS BANGLESLed by singer-guitarist Susanna Hoffs, the all-female band became synonymous with the '80s thank to songs such as "Manic Monday" and "Walk Like an Egyptian."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Walk Like An Egyptian" (No. 1 for 4 weeks, peak date: Dec. 20, 1986)

15. Herb Alpert
HERB ALPERTThe band leader reached the top 10 with The Tijuana Brass in the early '60s, but he rose to No. 1 with a memorable version of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "This Guy's In Love With You" in 1968 and again with "Rise" in 1979.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "This Guy's In Love With You" (No. 1 for 4 weeks, peak date: June 22, 1968)

14. Carly Simon
CARLY SIMONWith "You're So Vain," the '70s singer/songwriter posed a pop culture question that's yet to be answered -- who is the song about? -- and scored a huge No. 1 hit in a decade where she also notched several other Hot 100 top 10s.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "You're So Vain" (No. 1 for 3 weeks, peak date: Jan. 6, 1973)

13. Paul Simon
PAUL SIMONPaul Simon has been such a force in popular music, he's earned a spots on this list both as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and for his own rich solo career. His reached the Hot 100 top 10 for songs such as "Mother and Child Reunion" and "Kodachrome," but the singer/songwriter's top solo hit came in 1976 with the No. 1 song "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" (No. 1 for 3 weeks, peak date: Feb. 7, 1976)

12. Taylor Dayne
TAYLOR DAYNEWith debut album "Tell It To My Heart," the dance-pop singer went double platinum and landed a handful of top 10 hits, including a No. 7 showing in 1988 with the synth-powered title track. She rose the highest, however, two years later with the ballad "Love Will Lead You Back," which hit the top.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Love Will Lead You Back" (No. 1, peak date: April 7, 1990)

11. Helen Reddy
HELEN REDDYThe '60s and '70s singer-actress had 14 top 40 hits, with chart-toppers such as "Delta Dawn," "Angie Baby" and "I Am Woman."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hits: "I Am Woman" (No. 1, peak date: Dec. 9, 1972); "Delta Dawn" (No. 1, peak date: Sept. 15, 1973); "Angie Baby" (No. 1, peak date: Dec. 28, 1974)

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10. Simon & Garfunkel
SIMON AND GARFUNKELThanks to "The Sounds of Silence," the New York duo comprised of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel became known as perceptive, golden-voiced icons of the '60s folk movement (and earned two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1966 with the song while they were at it).
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (No. 1 for 6 weeks, peak date: Feb. 28, 1970)

9. Michael Bolton
MICHAEL BOLTONThe "Time, Love and Tenderness" singer took adult contemporary to a new level when his 1990 song "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" and his 1991 cover of "When a Man Loves a Woman," which both became Hot 100 No. 1 hits.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" (No. 1 for 3 weeks, peak date: Jan. 20, 1990)

8. Adam Levine (Maroon 5)
ADAM LEVINESince early hits such as 2002's "This Love," the pop-rockers have made climbing the charts routine, with the band's success extending to frontman Adam Levine's role as a coach on "The Voice."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "One More Night" (No. 1 for 9 weeks, peak date: Sept. 29, 2012)

7. Neil Sedaka
NEIL SEDAKAThe singer and composer's songs landed him his first "American Bandstand" appearance in 1958, with '60s hit "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" covered by everyone from the Partridge Family to the Four Seasons.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Bad Blood" (No. 1 for 3 weeks, peak date: Oct. 11, 1975)

6. Paula Abdul
PAULA ABDULThe award-winning choreographer and "Straight Up" singer, who was a regular on the Hot 100 in the late '80s and early '90s, found her next burst of fame as Simon Cowell's foil at the judge's table on the game-changing "American Idol."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Rush Rush" (No. 1 for 5 weeks, peak date: June 15, 1991)

5. Barry Manilow
BARRY MANILOWThe "I Write the Songs" singer had his beloved brand of pop immortalized on the stage and screen in the musical "Copacabana."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hits: "Mandy" (No. 1, peak date: Jan. 18, 1975); "I Write The Songs" (No. 1, peak date: Jan. 17, 1976); "Looks Like We Made It" (No. 1, peak date: July 23, 1977)

4. P!nk
PINKThe "Get the Party Started" singer has become one of the decade's biggest, boldest pop divas, offering sass in hits including "So What" and "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)." Her biggest hit (so far) came as a huge collab with fellow singers Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Lil Kim on a 2001 cover of "Lady Marmalade."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Lady Marmalade" w/ Christina Aquilera, Lil Kim, Mya (No. 1 for 5 weeks, peak date: June 2, 2001)

3. Barbra Streisand
BARBRA STREISANDWith a career spanning film, Broadway and music, the "Funny Girl" star has released No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 across decades -- and picked up Oscars and Grammys along the way.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hits: "The Way We Were" (No. 1 for 3 weeks, peak date: Feb. 2, 1974); "Woman In Love" (No. 1 for 3 weeks, peak date: Oct. 25, 1980); "Evergreen ( Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born')" (No. 1 for 3 weeks, peak date: March 5, 1977)

2. Neil Diamond
NEIL DIAMONDPenning the Monkees' "I'm a Believer" made him a songwriting star, but solo hits such as "Sweet Caroline" and "Song Sung Blue" made him a music legend in his own right.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" w/ Barbra Streisand (No. 1 for 2 weeks, peak date: Dec. 2, 1978)

1. Billy Joel
BILLY JOELThe "Piano Man" and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer boasts seven Hot 100 top five hits -- spanning decades -- including a trio of No. 1s: "We Didn't Start The Fire," It's Still Rock And Roll To Me" and "Tell Her About It."
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hits: "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me" (No. 1 for 2 weeks, peak date: July 19, 1980); "We Didn't Start The Fire" (No. 1 for 2 weeks, peak date: Dec. 9, 1989)