Meanwhile, such current hitmakers as Drake, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift shine on the all-time rankings. Billboard's latest review of the Hot 100 follows 2008's inaugural flashback (marking the chart's first 50 years) and retrospectives in 2013 and 2015. Each time, "The Twist" has ranked as the top Hot 100 title and The Beatles have led the artists ranking.
First, the math: The rankings of the all-time top Hot 100 songs and artists are based on actual performance on the weekly Hot 100, from its Aug. 4, 1958, launch through the July 21, 2018-dated 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. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods. Artists are ranked based on the combined point totals, as outlined above, of all their Hot 100 chart entries.
ALL-TIME No. 1 HOT 100 SONG: "THE TWIST"
"I think what rock and roll didn't have was a dance," Chubby Checker told Billboard in 2016. "The young people were doing the dances of the 1930s and '40s. Then, Chubby Checker came along with 'The Twist.' For the first time, you [could] watch your girlfriend, fully dressed, exploiting her sexuality right in front of you."
Checker's transformative smash remains the No. 1 all-time Hot 100 hit, thanks in large part to its dual run atop the weekly chart in September 1960 (for one week) and January 1962 (for two frames). "The Twist" is the only song to have ruled the Hot 100 in separate release cycles, as it returned to the top after adults caught on to the song and its namesake dance that younger audiences had first popularized.
"That style of dancing wasn't there before," Checker, now 76, mused. "You're watching her, she's watching you...it was so explosive, it's never left the dance floor."