Subscriber Account active since. In the history of modern music rankings, only a handful of songs have ever debuted at No. The Hot is widely considered the definitive all-genre singles chart in the US. Although it was officially launched in , Billboard began using modern airplay and sales data in — allowing for more time-sensitive calculations and accurate rankings. Moreover, Billboard began incorporating digital sales data in and YouTube data in The chart methodology is updated at least once a year , to reflect rapidly evolving listening trends. Although more than 1, songs have reached the coveted No. Only 41 songs in history have achieved the rare feat. Keep scrolling for the complete list, in chronological order.
2. "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey
This is a comprehensive listing that highlights significant achievements and milestones based upon Billboard magazine 's singles charts, most notably the Billboard Hot This list spans the period from the issue dated January 1, to present. The Billboard Hot began with the issue dated August 4, , and is currently the standard popular music chart in the United States. These charts, which ranged from 20 to slots, were phased out at different times between and Though technically not part of the Hot chart history, select data from these charts are included for computational purposes, and to avoid unenlightening or misleading characterizations. In , for the 50th anniversary of the Hot , Billboard magazine compiled a ranking of the best-performing songs on the chart over the 50 years, along with the best-performing artists. Also shown are the artists placing the most songs on the overall "all-time" top song list.
Billboard said Swift's new album, Folklore , which was released July 24 after being announced by the singer only a day earlier, debuted at the top of the Billboard albums chart in the same week that song "Cardigan" debuted at the No. Billboard said Swift is the first woman, and third artist overall, to debut two songs in the top five of the Hot at the same time. The full Billboard and Hot charts, dated Aug.
BTS delighted fans earlier this week when they announced their plans to release a new English-language single on Aug. Over the last few years, BTS has become a fixture on the Hot , which ranks songs based on a combination of sales, streams and radio airplay in the United States. BTS has an incredible track record with physical and digital sales, and their new single is all but guaranteed to follow in the footsteps of previous hits. The BTS ARMY has already mobilized on social media to buy the new single en masse, raising tens of thousands of dollars via donation funds to help fans purchase the track. It also boasts their biggest Western pop star feature to date and lyrics that oscillate between Korean and English.