Presidents and Pop Music: Biggest Hot 100 Hits for Each President Since JFK

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John F. Kennedy laughs during a press conference Aug. 9, 1963.

From Frank Sinatra retooling “High Hopes” for John F. Kennedy's run for the White House, to Ronald Reagan’s ironic use of “Born in the U.S.A” in his re-election bid, and Bill Clinton’s iconic saxophone cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” on The Arsenio Hall Show, popular music and U.S. presidents of have maintained a special relationship.

And the fondness isn’t limited only to the campaign trail, either. For decades, occupants of the White House have recruited superstars to market their national initiatives, whether the adoption of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” for the Reagans’ “Just Say No” campaign in 1984, or Michelle Obama’s assembly of Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott and many others to create “This Is For My Girls,” as part of her Let Girls Learn operation in 2016.

In honor of President’s Day, Billboard recognizes that connection by presenting the top five Hot 100 hits of each presidency since 1960. (Note: The Donald Trump presidency has been currently excluded from this list, as there are only three weeks of Hot 100 data available for the current term.) In many cases, the list of hits produced under each presidential era echo the ongoing national spirit, encompassing periods of reflection, sincerity, and -- just as often -- a desire to hit the dancefloor.

John F. Kennedy (1961-1963):

5. “Big Bad John” – Jimmy Dean
Peak Position: No. 1 (five weeks)
Peak Date: Nov. 6, 1961
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4. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – The 4 Seasons
Peak Position: No. 1 (five weeks)
Peak Date: Nov. 17, 1962
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3. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Ray Charles
Peak Position: No. 1 (five weeks)
Peak Date: June 2, 1962
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2. “The Twist” – Chubby Checker
Peak Position: No. 1 (three weeks - one on its first chart run in 1960; the latter two upon its resurgence back onto the chart in 1962)
Peak Dates: Sept. 19, 1960 and Jan. 13, 1962
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1. “Tossin’ and Turnin’” – Bobby Lewis
Peak Position: No. 1 (seven weeks)
Peak Date: July 10, 1961
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Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969):

5. “Hello Dolly!” – Louis Armstrong and the All Stars
Peak Position: No. 1 (one week)
Peak Date: May 9, 1964
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4. “Love Is Blue (L’Amour Est Bleu)” – Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra
Peak Position: No. 1 (five weeks)
Peak Date: Feb. 10, 1968
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3. “I’m a Believer” – The Monkees
​Peak Position: No. 1 (seven weeks)
Peak Date: Dec. 31, 1966
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2. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles
Peak Position: No. 1 (seven weeks)
Peak Date: Feb. 1, 1964
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1. “Hey Jude” – The Beatles
Peak Position: No. 1 (nine weeks)
Peak Date: Sept. 28, 1968
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Richard Nixon (1969-1974):

5. “You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon
Peak Position: No. 1 (three weeks)
Peak Date: Jan. 6, 1973
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4. “Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies
​Peak Position: No. 1 (four weeks)
Peak Date: Sept. 20, 1969
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3. “Aquarius"/"Let The Sunshine In” – The 5th Dimension
Peak Position: No. 1 (six weeks)
Peak Date: April 12, 1969
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2. “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree” – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
Peak Position: No. 1 (four weeks)
Peak Date: April 21, 1973
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1. “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
Peak Position: No. 1 (two weeks)
Peak Date: Sept. 8, 1973
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Gerald Ford (1974-1977):

5. “Rhinestone Cowboy” – Glen Campbell
Peak Position: No. 1 (two weeks)
Peak Date: Sept. 6, 1975
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4. “A Fifth of Beethoven” – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band
Peak Position: No. 1 (one week)
Peak Date: Oct. 9, 1976
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3. “Play That Funky Music” – Wild Cherry
Peak Position: No. 1 (three weeks)
Peak Date: Sept. 18, 1976
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2. “Silly Love Songs” – Wings
Peak Position: No. 1 (five weeks)
Peak Date: May 22, 1976
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1. “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” – Rod Stewart
Peak Position: No. 1 (eight weeks)
Peak Date: Nov. 13, 1976
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Jimmy Carter (1977-1981):

5. “Night Fever” – Bee Gees
Peak Position: No. 1 (eight weeks)
Peak Date: March 18, 1978
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4. “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” – Andy Gibb
​Peak Position: No. 1 (four weeks)
Peak Date: July 30, 1977
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​3. “How Deep Is Your Love” – Bee Gees
Peak Position: No. 1 (three weeks)
Peak Date: Dec. 24, 1977
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2. “Le Freak” – Chic
Peak Position: No. 1 (six weeks)
Peak Date: Dec. 9, 1978
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1. “You Light Up My Life” – Debby Boone
Peak Position: No. 1 (10 weeks)
Peak Date: Oct. 15, 1977
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Ronald Reagan (1981-1989):

5. “Every Breath You Take” – The Police
Peak Position: No. 1 (eight weeks)
Peak Date: July 9, 1983
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4. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
Peak Position: No. 1 (six weeks)
Peak Date: July 24, 1982
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3. “Endless Love” – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Peak Position: No. 1 (nine weeks)
Peak Date: Aug. 15, 1981
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2. “Bette Davis Eyes” – Kim Carnes
​Peak Position: No. 1 (nine weeks)
Peak Date: May 16, 1981
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1. “Physical” – Olivia Newton-John
Peak Position: No. 1 (10 weeks)
Peak Date: Nov. 21, 1981
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George H.W. Bush (1989-1993):

5. “Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinead O’Connor
Peak Position: No. 1 (four weeks)
Peak Date: April 21, 1990
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4. “Rush, Rush” – Paula Abdul
Peak Position: No. 1 (five weeks)
Peak Date: June 15, 1991
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3. “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” – Stevie B
Peak Position: No. 1 (four weeks)
Peak Date: Dec. 8, 1980
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2. “End of the Road” – Boyz II Men
Peak Position: No. 1 (13 weeks)
Peak Date: Aug. 15, 1992
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1. “Everything I Do (I Do It for You)” – Bryan Adams
Peak Position: No. 1 (seven weeks)
Peak Date: July 27, 1991
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Bill Clinton (1993-2001):

5. “Foolish Games"/"You Were Meant for Me” – Jewel
Peak Position: No. 2
Peak Date: April 19, 1997
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4. “Un-break My Heart” – Toni Braxton
Peak Position: No. 1 (11 weeks)
Peak Date: Dec. 7, 1996
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3. “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” – Los del Rio
Peak Position: No. 1 (14 weeks)
Peak Date: Aug. 3, 1996
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2. “How Do I Live” – LeAnn Rimes
Peak Position: No. 2
Peak Date: Dec. 13, 1997
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1. “Smooth” – Santana featuring Rob Thomas
Peak Position: No. 1 (12 weeks)
Peak Date: Oct. 23, 1999
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George W. Bush (2001-2009):

5. “No One” – Alicia Keys
Peak Position: No. 1 (five weeks)
Peak Date: Dec. 1, 2007
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4. “How You Remind Me” – Nickelback
Peak Position: No. 1 (four weeks)
Peak Date: Dec. 22, 2001
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3. “Low” – Flo Rida featuring T. Pain
Peak Position: No. 1 (10 weeks)
Peak Date: Jan. 5, 2008
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2. “Yeah!” – Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
Peak Position: No. 1 (12 weeks)
Peak Date: Feb. 28, 2004
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1. “We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey
Peak Position: No. 1 (14 weeks)
Peak Date: June 4, 2005
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Barack Obama (2009-2017):

5. “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye featuring Kimbra
​Peak Position: No. 1 (eight weeks)
Peak Date: April 28, 2012
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4. “We Found Love” – Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
Peak Position: No. 1 (10 weeks)
Peak Date: Nov. 12, 2011
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3. “Uptown Funk!” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Peak Position: No. 1 (14 weeks)
Peak Date: Jan. 17, 2015
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2. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas
Peak Position: No. 1 (14 weeks)
Peak Date: July 11, 2009
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1. “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
​Peak Position: No. 1 (six weeks)
Peak Date: July 16, 2011
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The list of biggest Hot 100 hits during each U.S. presidential administration is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, from the start and end dates of each president's time in office. 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. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.