The B List: Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 Songs With 'B' Alliteration, From 'Black Beatles' to 'Bad and Boujee'

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Chris Elsemore

       

Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles," featuring Gucci Mane, and Migos' "Bad and Boujee," co-starring Lil Uzi Vert, topping the Billboard Hot 100 within the past three months not only put rap's young upstarts into the pop-culture spotlight, it also signals a trend on the list: chart-toppers that use alliteration with the letter "B."

Poke around the chart archives and the first alliterative "B" track belonged to country star Jimmy Dean, who ruled the list in November 1961 with his self-penned hit "Big Bad John." Over the next six decades, similar entries sprinkled the list courtesy of Neil Sedaka, Taylor Swift and Destiny's Child, among others.

Bop along to these No. 1 ballads, bars and more below:

Jimmy Dean, "Big Bad John"          
Label: Columbia          
Date: 11/6/1961 
Weeks at No. 1: Five

Jim Croce, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"   
Label: ABC      
Date: 7/21/1973 
Weeks at No. 1: Two

Neil Sedaka & Elton John, "Bad Blood"  
Label: Rocket    
Date: 10/11/1975 
Weeks at No. 1: Three

Player, "Baby Come Back"    
Label: RSO    
Date: 1/14/1978 
Weeks at No. 1: Three

Amy Grant, "Baby Baby"         
Label: A&M     
Date: 4/27/1991 
Weeks at No. 1: Two

Sir Mix-A-Lot, "Baby Got Back"         
Label: Reprise     
Date: 7/4/1992 
Weeks at No. 1: Five

Destiny's Child, "Bills, Bills, Bills"        
Label: Columbia     
Date: 7/17/1999
Weeks at No. 1: One

B2K & P. Diddy, "Bump, Bump, Bump"   
Label: Epic  
Date: 2/1/2003 
Weeks at No. 1: One

Beyonce feat. Sean Paul, "Baby Boy"        
Label: Columbia     
Date: 10/4/2003  
Weeks at No. 1: Nine

Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"  
Label: Big Machine/Republic 
Date: 6/6/2015
Weeks at No. 1: One

Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, "Black Beatles"        
Label: Ear Drummer/Interscope    
Date: 11/26/2016
Weeks at No. 1: Seven

Migos "Bad and Boujee" Feat. Lil Uzi Vert    
Label: Quality Controll/300        
Date: 1/21/2017 
Weeks at No. 1: Two

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