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Top 50 Single Word Songs: One-Word Wonders

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"Roar." "Royals." "Radioactive." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered tracks now making up nearly a third of the Billboard Hot 100 each week. To explore this trend, we've delved into the Hot 100 archives to formulate this chart of the top 50 biggest one-word hits.

Why Hit Songs Now Have One-Word Titles

The 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.

  1. 50

    "Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker Jr. Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 8/11/1984

  2. 49

    "Believe" - Cher Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 3/13/1999

  3. 48

    "Magic" - Olivia Newton-John Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 8/2/1980

  4. 47

    "Funkytown" - Lipps, Inc. Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 5/31/1980

  5. 46

    "Twisted" - Keith Sweat Hot 100 Peak: 2, Peak Date: 8/17/1996

  6. 45

    "Runaway" - Del Shannon Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 4/29/1961

  7. 44

    "Dreamlover" - Mariah Carey Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 9/11/1993

  8. 43

    "OMG" - Usher feat. will.i.am Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 5/15/2010

  9. 42

    "Emotions" - Mariah Carey Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 10/12/1991

  10. 41

    "Still" - Commodores Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 11/17/1979

  11. 40

    "Poison" - Bell Biv Devoe Hot 100 Peak: 3, Peak Date: 6/9/1990

  12. 39

    "Footloose" - Kenny Loggins Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 3/31/1984

  13. 38

    "Grenade" - Bruno Mars Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 1/8/2011

  14. 37

    "Promiscuous" - Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 7/8/2006

  15. 36

    "Reunited" - Peaches & Herb Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 5/5/1979

  16. 35

    "Escapade" - Janet Jackson Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 3/3/1990

  17. 34

    "Kryptonite" - 3 Doors Down Hot 100 Peak: 3, Peak Date:11/11/2000

  18. 33

    "Unbelievable" - EMF Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 7/20/1991

  19. 32

    "Fantasy" - Mariah Carey Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 9/30/1995

  20. 31

    "Alone" - Heart Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 7/11/1987

  21. 30

    "Dynamite" - Taio Cruz Hot 100 Peak: 2, Peak Date: 8/21/2010

  22. 29

    "Honey" - Bobby Goldsboro Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 4/13/1968

  23. 28

    "Jump" - Van Halen Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 2/25/1984

  24. 27

    "Lollipop" - Lil Wayne feat. Static Major Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 5/3/2008

  25. 26

    "Firework" - Katy Perry Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 12/18/2010

  26. 25

    "Vogue" - Madonna Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 5/19/1990

  27. 24

    "Waterfalls" - TLC Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 7/8/1995

  28. 23

    "Goodies" - Ciara feat. Petey Pablo Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 9/11/2004

  29. 22

    "Creep" - TLC Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 1/28/1995

  30. 21

    "Fallin'" - Alicia Keys Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 8/18/2001

  31. 20

    "Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons Hot 100 Peak: 3, Peak Date: 7/6/2013

  32. 19

    "Irreplaceable" - Beyoncé Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 12/16/2006

  33. 18

    "Breathe" - Faith Hill Hot 100 Peak: 2, Peak Date: 4/22/2000

  34. 17

    "Venus" - Frankie Avalon Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 3/14/1959

  35. 16

    "Faith" - George Michael Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 12/12/1987

  36. 15

    "Burn" - Usher Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 5/22/2004

  37. 14

    "Maneater" - Daryl Hall & John Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 12/18/1982

  38. 13

    "Foolish" - Ashanti Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 4/20/2002

  39. 12

    "Down" - Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 10/17/2009

  40. 11

    "Abracadabra" - The Steve Miller Band Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 9/4/1982

  41. 10

    "Dilemma" - Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 8/17/2002

  42. 9

    "Royals" - Lorde Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 10/12/2013

  43. 8

    "Centerfold" - The J. Geils Band Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 2/6/1982

  44. 7

    "Apologize" - Timbaland feat. OneRepublic Hot 100 Peak: 2, Peak Date: 11/10/2007

  45. 6

    "Lady" - Kenny Rogers Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 11/15/1980

  46. 5

    "Low" - Flo Ride feat. T-Pain Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 1/5/2008

  47. 4

    "Yeah!" - Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 2/28/2004

  48. 3

    "Physical" - Olivia Newton-John Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 11/21/1981

  49. 2

    "Macarena" - Los Del Rio Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 8/3/1996

  50. 1

    "Smooth" - Santana feat. Rob Thomas Hot 100 Peak: 1, Peak Date: 10/23/1999