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Richard Marx’s Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

Marx has been a chart force since arriving with his first of seven career-opening top five Hot 100 hits in 1987. In more recent years, he's topped tallies as a writer for *NSYNC, Keith Urban & more.

Singer-songwriter, and longtime Billboard chart conqueror, Richard Marx made headlines Dec. 20 for apparently intervening after an unruly passenger disrupted a Korean Air flight and had to be restrained.

“[Marx’s wife, TV host and model] Daisy [Fuentes] and I are home safe and sound,” he wrote on Twitter following the incident. “No big ‘hero’ move at all. Just did what I would hope anyone would do in same situation. Tnx 4 concern.”

In honor of Marx’s actions, let’s look at his likewise impressive history on Billboard‘s charts. Here is a recap of his 10 biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits:

Richard Marx’s Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

Rank, Title, Hot 100 Peak Pos., Peak Date
1, “Right Here Waiting,” No. 1 (three weeks), Aug. 12, 1989
2, “Hold On to the Nights,” No. 1 (one week), July 23, 1988
3, “Endless Summer Nights,” No. 2, March 26, 1988
4, “Satisfied,” No. 1 (one week), June 24, 1989
5, “Should’ve Known Better,” No. 3, Dec. 12, 1987
6, “Don’t Mean Nothing,” No. 3, Aug. 29, 1987
7, “Now and Forever,” No. 7, March 19, 1994
8, “Angelia,” No. 4, Dec. 2, 1989
9, “Hazard,” No. 9, April 25, 1992
10, “Children of the Night,” No. 13, June 23, 1990

Richard Marx’s Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, through the Dec. 31, 2016, ranking. 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, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.


In addition to Marx’s domination on the Hot 100, where he reached the top five with his first seven entries as an artist in 1987-89, he topped the Billboard 200 in 1989 with his second album, Repeat Offender, which spun off his biggest single, piano ballad “Right Here Waiting.” In 2014, he earned his fifth top 40 album, and first in 20 years, with the No. 39-peaking Beautiful Goodbye. (He wrote the set’s title cut with Fuentes, who stars in the song’s video and whom he married on Dec. 23, 2015.)

Marx has also become a go-to writer for other acts. In 2000, *NSYNC rose to No. 5 with the Marx-penned “This I Promise You.” In 2003, his co-write with Luther Vandross, “Dance With My Father,” hit No. 38 (marking Vandross’ last Hot 100 hit before the legend’s 2005 passing). The latter song earned Marx and Vandross song of the year honors at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004 (while Vandross won three other awards that night, including best male R&B vocal performance).

Marx has additionally co-written a pair of Hot Country Songs No. 1s with Keith Urban, who recorded them: “Better Life,” which reigned for six weeks in 2005, and “Long Hot Summer” (one week, 2011).

Marx first made his chart mark two years before the release of his self-titled debut album, as Kenny Rogers‘ “Crazy,” which Marx co-wrote with the country icon, led the list in March 1985.