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Ask Billboard: A Dozen Hits, Eight Decades Atop This Week’s Hot 100

The top 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week contains songs first recorded in the 1940s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, 2010s and '20s.

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Hi Gary,

In looking at the top 12 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, there are representations of holiday songs first recorded in the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2010s. Only the first decade of this millennium is missing from the mix. Plus, the present decade is represented by a most modern “Mood.”

Looking at (and listening to) those songs, it’s the most wonderful time of many years, with some of the biggest holiday hits handed down over generations.

Happy new year!

Pablo Nelson
Oakland, California


Same to you, Pablo! A sincere thanks to you and all readers who continue to submit such fun and insightful questions and comments to “Ask Billboard,” year after year.

Let’s break down the Hot 100’s top 12 songs this week, by the decade in which artists first recorded each respective song.

1990s, No. 1, Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
1950s, No. 2, Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
1950s, No. 3, Bobby Helms, “Jingle Bell Rock”
1960s, No. 4, Burl Ives, “A Holly Jolly Christmas”
1960s, No. 5, Andy Williams, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
1970s, No. 6, José Feliciano, “Feliz Navidad”
2020s, No. 7, 24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior, “Mood”
1950s, No. 8, Dean Martin, “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”
1980s, No. 9, Wham!, “Last Christmas”
1950s, No. 10, Chuck Berry, “Run Rudolph Run”
1940s, No. 11, Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)”
2010s, No. 12, Kelly Clarkson, “Underneath the Tree”

Where are you, 2000s? No songs from the decade appear on the Hot 100 this week. On the Holiday 100 chart, we have to scroll down to No. 75 for the first such hit, Faith Hill’s “Where Are You Christmas?” The ballad (co-written by Mariah Carey, James Horner and Will Jennings) was originally released in 2000.

Two other songs from the 2000s make the latest Holiday 100, both by Josh Groban: 2002’s “O Holy Night,” at No. 85, and 2004’s “Believe,” at No. 99.


Dear Gary,

By the end of the year, both BTS and Ariana Grande joined an exclusive chart club: Artists that have topped the Hot 100 with at least three songs in the same calendar year.

With 2020-dated charts now a wrap, here is the list of all the acts with at least three No. 1 Hot 100 singles in individual years (counting songs that ascended to No. 1 for the first time in each year noted).

Elvis Presley, 1960
“Stuck on You”
“It’s Now or Never”
“Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

The Beatles, 1964
“I Want to Hold Your Hand”
“She Loves You”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”
“Love Me Do”
“A Hard Day’s Night”
“I Feel Fine”

The Supremes, 1964
“Where Did Our Love Go”
“Baby Love”
“Come See About Me”

The Beatles, 1965
“Eight Days a Week”
“Ticket to Ride”


The Supremes, 1965
“Stop! In the Name of Love”
“Back in My Arms Again”
“I Hear a Symphony”

The Beatles, 1967
“Penny Lane”
“All You Need Is Love”
“Hello Goodbye”

Jackson 5, 1970
“I Want You Back”
“The Love You Save”/”I Found That Girl”
“I’ll Be There”

Bee Gees, 1979
“Too Much Heaven”
“Love You Inside Out”

Donna Summer, 1979
“Hot Stuff”
“Bad Girls”
“No More Tears (Enough Is Enough),” with Barbra Streisand

Michael Jackson, 1983
“Billie Jean”
“Beat It”
“Say Say Say,” with Paul McCartney

Phil Collins, 1985
“One More Night”
“Separate Lives,” with Marilyn Martin

Michael Jackson, 1988
“The Way You Make Me Feel”
“Man in the Mirror”
“Dirty Diana”

George Michael, 1988
“Father Figure”
“One More Try”

Paula Abdul, 1989
“Straight Up”
“Forever Your Girl”
“Cold Hearted”

Milli Vanilli, 1989
“Baby Don’t Forget My Number”
“Girl I’m Gonna Miss You”
“Blame It on the Rain”

Mariah Carey, 1991
“I Don’t Wanna Cry”

Usher, 2004
“Yeah!,” feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris
“Confessions Part II”
“My Boo,” with Alicia Keys

Rihanna, 2008
“Take a Bow”
“Live Your Life,” T.I. feat. Rihanna

Katy Perry, 2010
“California Gurls,” feat. Snoop Dogg
“Teenage Dream”

Rihanna, 2010
“Rude Boy”
“Love the Way You Lie,” Eminem feat. Rihanna
“What’s My Name?,” feat. Drake
“Only Girl (In the World)”

Drake, 2018
“God’s Plan”
“Nice for What”
“In My Feelings”


BTS, 2020
“Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat),” with Jawsh 685 & Jason Derulo
“Life Goes On”

Ariana Grande, 2020
“Stuck With U,” with Justin Bieber
“Rain on Me,” with Lady Gaga

Thank you,

Jesper Tan
Subang Jaya, Malaysia

Thanks Jesper!

As for BTS, the first charts dated in 2021 bring another honor for one of its members: On the Jan. 2, 2021-dated Pop Songs airplay chart, MAX’s “Blueberry Eyes,” featuring the group’s SUGA, debuts at No. 40. The launch marks the first solo entry on the survey by a BTS member.