Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs

I was doing some research today and thought it would be fun to review the Billboard All-Time Hot 100 top songs of Billboard’s 50th Anniversary.

The songs in the “50th Anniversary” charts had to appear on the Hot 100 in order to be counted. This may create some confusion (for example: many great country artists and songs are not on the “50th Anniversary” chart because, while very popular on the country charts they didn’t cross over to the Hot 100). Also, keep in mind the Hot 100 started in August 1958 so any prior songs are not listed, including some popular Elvis Presley songs.

The “50th Anniversary” chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100. The artist chart utilizes the same methodology, with weighted points applied to all titles charted by each artist during that 50-year span. They are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at number one earning the greatest value and weeks at number one hundred earning the least.

Hot 100’s 50th Anniversary award relative points for every week that a title spent on the chart, regardless of rank. For the Hot 100’s 50th Anniversary, Billboard’s charts department ensured a more balanced representation of hits from all 50 years, by analyzing the length of chart runs in earlier decades, as well as the average weeks that titles spent in the top 10 and at number one. Weights for earlier spans were then formulated, to compensate for the shorter chart runs that titles experienced before the 1991 conversion to precise and objective sales and radio data from Nielsen Music.

Billboard All-Time Hot 100 top songs

  1. The Twist” – Chubby Checker
  2. Smooth” – Santana featuring Rob Thomas
  3. Mack the Knife” – Bobby Darin
  4. How Do I Live” – LeAnn Rimes
  5. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” – Los del Río
  6. Physical” – Olivia Newton-John
  7. You Light Up My Life” – Debby Boone
  8. Hey Jude” – The Beatles
  9. We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey
  10. Un-Break My Heart” – Toni Braxton
  11. Yeah!” – Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris
  12. Bette Davis Eyes” – Kim Carnes
  13. Endless Love” – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  14. Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” – Rod Stewart
  15. Foolish Games” / “You Were Meant for Me” – Jewel
  16. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You” – Bryan Adams
  17. I’ll Make Love to You” – Boyz II Men
  18. Theme from A Summer Place” – Percy Faith & His Orchestra
  19. Le Freak” – Chic
  20. How Deep Is Your Love” – The Bee Gees
  21. Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
  22. I Just Want to Be Your Everything” – Andy Gibb
  23. Low” – Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
  24. Too Close” – Next
  25. Every Breath You Take” – The Police
  26. Flashdance… What a Feeling” – Irene Cara
  27. Tossin’ and Turnin’” – Bobby Lewis
  28. The Battle of New Orleans” – Johnny Horton
  29. One Sweet Day” – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
  30. Truly Madly Deeply” – Savage Garden
  31. Silly Love Songs” – Paul McCartney & Wings
  32. Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
  33. Night Fever” – The Bee Gees
  34. Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen
  35. Say Say Say” – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
  36. How You Remind Me” – Nickelback
  37. Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” – Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando
  38. It’s All in the Game” – Tommy Edwards
  39. I Want to Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles
  40. Shadow Dancing” – Andy Gibb
  41. Candle in the Wind 1997” / “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” – Elton John
  42. No One” – Alicia Keys
  43. End of the Road” – Boyz II Men
  44. Call Me” – Blondie
  45. Let Me Love You” – Mario
  46. Stayin’ Alive” – The Bee Gees
  47. Lady” – Kenny Rogers
  48. I’m a Believer” – The Monkees
  49. Gold Digger” – Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
  50. Apologize” – Timbaland featuring OneRepublic
  51. The Sign” – Ace Of Base
  52. Centerfold” – The J. Geils Band
  53. (Just Like) Starting Over” – John Lennon
  54. The Boy Is Mine” – Brandy & Monica
  55. Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” – Stevie B
  56. I Love Rock N’ Roll” – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  57. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” – The 5th Dimension
  58. Whoomp! (There It Is)” – Tag Team
  59. Ebony and Ivory” – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
  60. Rush, Rush” – Paula Abdul
  61. That’s What Friends Are For” – Dionne WarwickElton JohnGladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
  62. Upside Down” – Diana Ross
  63. Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies
  64. Dilemma” – Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
  65. I Heard It Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye
  66. You’re Still the One” – Shania Twain
  67. Hot Stuff” – Donna Summer
  68. I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston
  69. Gangsta’s Paradise” – Coolio featuring L.V.
  70. Abracadabra” – Steve Miller Band
  71. Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson
  72. You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon
  73. Play That Funky Music” – Wild Cherry
  74. Say You, Say Me” – Lionel Richie
  75. My Sharona” – The Knack
  76. All Night Long (All Night)” – Lionel Richie
  77. Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinéad O’Connor
  78. I Swear” – All-4-One
  79. Family Affair” – Mary J. Blige
  80. Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Foreigner
  81. Are You Lonesome Tonight” – Elvis Presley
  82. Killing Me Softly with His Song” – Roberta Flack
  83. Hurts So Good” – John Mellencamp
  84. I’ll Be Missing You” – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112
  85. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” – B.J. Thomas
  86. Another Day in Paradise” – Phil Collins
  87. Best of My Love” – The Emotions
  88. You Make Me Wanna…” – Usher
  89. Big Girls Don’t Cry” – Fergie
  90. The Way We Were” – Barbra Streisand
  91. Another Night” – The Real McCoy
  92. It’s Now or Never” – Elvis Presley
  93. Do That to Me One More Time” – Captain & Tennille
  94. A Fifth of Beethoven” – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band
  95. Like a Virgin” – Madonna
  96. Maria Maria” (Album Version) – Santana featuring The Product G&B
  97. I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  98. I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Ray Charles
  99. U Got It Bad” – Usher
  100. Joy to the World” – Three Dog Night

Elvis Presley Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs with Rhode Island DJ

I am very surprised by all of the top ten, except maybe “Hey Jude” by The Beatles. It is not that I think they are not good or popular songs, I just did not conceptualize them as the ones that have had the most success on Billboard’s Hot 100 Charts of all time.

At the other end, I would have thought Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” would have been near the top of the list. The exclusion of songs like “Stairway To Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, as described below, stand out as clear missing by popularity over time.

The Beatles Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs  with Rhode Island DJ

Prior to December 1998, songs did not appear on the Billboard Hot 100 until a retail single became available (which, incidentally, is why hits like Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven” and No Doubt‘s “Don’t Speak” never appeared on the Hot 100). In earlier years, retail singles came to market fairly early in a song’s life-usually shortly after, or even before, a song came to radio.

But, during the 1990s, when labels would strategize number-one chart bows by significant hits, the retail release of some priority singles were withheld until radio audience reached maximum levels. Although some of these songs spent significant numbers of weeks at number one or in the top ten, the delay of the sales component ultimately shortened the spans these songs would spend on the chart. With the new methodology rewarding points for a song’s entire chart run, rather than confining points to weeks spent in the top ten, the shorter chart lives recorded by the songs that debuted at number one impact their all-time standings.

Motown Records Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs  with Rhode Island DJ

Which songs are you most surprised about high, low or omitted on the Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs?

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & Boston DJ

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DJ Music Library Hits 40,000 Songs!

I am so excited! My DJ Music Library reached 40,000 last week with the latest downloads from Prime Cuts Music. For those who don’t know, Prime Cuts Music is subscriber service for DJ Music.

DJ Music from Prime Cuts Music

“PrimeCuts subscriptions include over 50 new songs a week, covering 25 genres of music, such as Top 40, Country, Adult Contemporary, Alternative, Dance, Latin and much more.PrimeCuts includes every song & every genre of music we release to radio & DJs in the US–it truly is the most comprehensive music service for DJs!

All subscribers automatically have access to download their releases from the PrimeCuts website. Subscribers can also choose to receive discs (either audio CDs or MP3 CDs) in addition to their downloads. The PrimeCuts downloads system couldn’t be easier to use. Most subscribers use our popular 1-click option to download the entire week of releases. Once it is downloaded, they can either choose to keep all tracks and put them on their DJ computer, or they can pick & choose which songs they keep. Depending on your internet speeds, you can be fully updated with your weekly music update in as little as 5 minutes! Imagine that--just 5 minutes a week to stay current with all the new releases!”

Best DJ Music from Prime Cuts Music for professional DJs

It iso much fun adding new, legal DJ music every week directly from Prime Cuts Music. Having a DJ Music library of over 40,000 songs has taken quite a while and feels great to be at this milestone, but more to add every week from Prime Cuts Music and for individual Brides, Grooms and Party Planners for Weddings, Parties and Events. I am currently working on a playlist for an upcoming 50th Birthday Party for a Latina, a Professor at Rutgers State University and an Interfaith Minister. She is a great woman as a bonus! She wants a nice mix of Latin Music- Salsa, Bachata and Meringue and English Music from The Big Bands to Michael Buble with The Eurythmics and Duran Duran, and some current tunes like Macklemore “Thrift Shop” and and Britney Spears “Scream and Shout”. Should be a really fun Party!

40,000 songs in my DJ Music Library!

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & Boston DJ


DJ Spring 2012 Top 40 Mix

I have had several customers ask me lately for copies they can listen to or keep of my professional DJ Mixes, so I produced the DJ Spring 2012 Top 40 Mix. I am going to start creating Music Players for many mixes of different genre available for listening. I posted the DJ Spring 2012 Top 40 Mix first due to the need for access to what is popular now for clients wanting to hear that my professional DJ music library is current, which it always is.

DJ Spring 2012 Top 40 Mix

      Spring 2012 Top 40 Mix - DJ Mystical Michael

If you would like a CD copy, I invite you to contact me and I will mail you one for free!

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Hey DJ: Only Play Good Music

“Hey DJ, Only Play Good Music!”

I hear this statement all the time. It is actually kind of funny really. My response changes depending on mood, situation, individual and circumstances.  The truth is that there is no such thing as ‘good music’ or ‘bad music’. Music quality generally is a subjective determination. While one person thinks Kenny Chesney is the best, the next may hate Country Music and think he sounds awful. The next guy may be a total fan of The Ramones but someone who thinks Punk Rock is just loud noise will surely not think The Ramones are ‘good music’ would they? The young woman who adores Michael Buble will not necessarily find agreement from listeners of R&B, Rap or Hip Hop would they? Certainly, very few Classical or Baroque Music collectors will run out to buy the new Ke$ha record the day it hits the stores. How many Jazz Musicians do you think find Usher or Rihanna ‘good musicians’? I think you get the point. I won’t bore you any further with continuing this list of potential music genre contradictions. It does not matter what genre or style we are talking about; Disco, Soul, Reggae, Reggaeton, Pop, Oldies, Motown, Classic Rock, House, Trance, Trip Hop, Merengue, Bachata, Soca, Bollywood, African, K-Pop, J-Pop or anything else. Somebody loves it and somebody hates it.


So, what is good music?


Simple. Good music is music that you like. It rarely has anything to do with quality, technical ability or how well the songs are written. Most of the time it is what you like and nothing more or less. This is not a bad thing or a good thing, just what is. I realize some people may get offended by this but I believe it is true.  Here is an example of an experience I had about a decade ago.

Me and some guys were sitting around talking one day. A guy I had just met shared that he was a guitarist and music was his life. I immediately sat-up wanting to join the conversation, since obviously I love music and it too is a significant part of my life.

“What kind of guitarist are you and what genre do you play” I asked.

“I am a Blues guitarist and I play Blues and Rock Music.”

“Cool. Who are your influences?”

“Eric Clapton is why I became a guitarist at age fifteen and why I still play today.”

“Wow. I too like Eric Clapton. But what specifically inspired you about him that got you to pick-up the guitar?”

“I think he is the best guitarist that ever lived. That is why I started playing guitar.”

“The greatest guitarist that ever lived? That is a bold statement.” I paused before proceeding, “Were you able to play Eric Clapton when you were in high school?’

“Yes, it didn’t take me too long, since I have listened to him from childhood.”

“Did any of your friends play Clapton in high school as well?”

“Yeah, we were all musicians and loved Clapton. We all played his stuff to a T.”

“If all of you could play his stuff to a T in high school, how can he be the greatest guitarist that ever lived?”

“What do you mean?”

“If he was the greatest guitarist that ever lived, no one would be able to play his stuff and certainly not a bunch of high school students. Right?”

“I never thought about it that way.” He thought for a second, “Humm. I guess that makes sense.”


Our conversation went on for a while longer with others joining in and adding their two cents. Again, I think you get the point. I think this is a perfect illustration of musical tastes are predominantly subjective and that is fine. The problem arises when people tell other people their musical taste is “good” or “bad” since so few of us are trained enough in music to know the difference between the ultra-talented and those who can hold a note and play basic chords. Again, this is totally fine. There is nothing wrong with having your own taste in music or any form of artistic expression for that matter. We all need to respect each others musical taste just like every thing else. There is plenty of music I love that is just fun, with little musical skill or talent. Fun music has its place and is an art form of its own and needed. There is also lots of dance music I enjoy just to dance to that I would never listen to at home or in the car. Does that make it ‘bad music’?

What Is Good Music?

I invite you to hesitate for a moment before you yell at the professional DJ at a Wedding, Party or Event, “Hey DJ, play some good music for a change”. It is possible he is playing ‘good music’, just not what you think is ‘good music’. In fact, it may even be that eighty percent of the people at the Wedding or Party love the music he or she are playing already. In addition, it is also possible that they too do not like the music they are playing and just doing an excellent job as a professional DJ of meeting the needs of the Bride, Groom or Party Planner that hired them. Generally speaking, only DJs under the age of twenty-five or twenty-seven play music they like exclusively. Most good, professional adult DJs play music that they are hired to play, not what they want to hear. I listen to the music I like on the way to the Wedding, Party or Event, on my way home or when I get home. Your money is not for me to hear my music  at your event, but your music at your event. This is one of the primary differences between a good professional DJ, and an amateur DJ who is doing it just for fun, popularity, sex or to be cool.

Do you agree that musical taste is mostly subjective? Is there something that qualifies as ‘good music’ regardless of the listener’s personal taste?

Beautiful Fun Women Dancing to Good Music with Rhode Island Wedding DJ

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ

Building A Stronger, More Diverse Rhode Island DJ Music Library

As a professional DJ in the New Jersey & New York area, we cannot be effective without an immense library of diverse DJ music; I mean we are talking diverse. One of the reasons I enjoy living in this area of the country so much is the diversity of people (and food). In New Jersey & New York us professional DJs come in all shapes, sizes, colors and tastes.


It is fun getting to know my new Brides and Grooms to help them select the right DJ music for their wedding.  It is very common, if not the norm, for me to be working with couples of different races, cultures and religions. The religious differences can sometimes present larger concerns than the colors and cultures. Many families become sensitive when thinking they are being asked to let go of certain religious traditions and rituals that they have experienced and are accustomed to. It takes some gentleness and respect to help them navigate through their differences to find a way to make sure traditions are honored without losing their value.  We have a significant Catholic and Jewish population in the New Jersey & New York area and we continue to produce weddings that mix the two and try to incorporate each partner’s religious needs. Sensitivity and patience seem to be the key.


Less challenging are weddings with New Jersey & New York Brides and Grooms from different races or cultures. It is more about mixing DJ music than changing time-honored religious traditions. Many non-religious traditions that honor a cultural are often fun, so there is less tension when incorporating these into wedding plans.  We are a diverse population here in New Jersey & New York and a Wedding DJ needs to allow you to inform us of your specific traditions and traditional DJ music to make sure we create an exceptional wedding for you. I have been fortunate to work many different styles of weddings with many different traditions; this does not mean I know every tradition from every culture. It helps that I was counselor and community organizer working with low-income and marginalized groups for more than fifteen years but I still need you to teach me what your family practices.


Earlier this week I was speaking to a Groom I may be working with this summer. His future mother-in-law is an Italian woman whom does not speak English fluently, according to him. She is concerned that there will not be enough Italian DJ music at the wedding. This is not a problem, I got it covered but will need to know what Italian DJ music she wants. Italian music is not just one genre just like American DJ music is not just one genre.


He asked me if I speak Italian. I laughed because the only Italian I ever understood was when my mother and grandmother were talking about me in Italian when I was a kid. I told him this and he laughed ands said this is the same as his fiancé. He then asked me if I have ever done a Venetian Hour at a wedding. I hesitated for second with a slight recollection but not a clear memory. I asked him to describe it to me and he explained how it is near the end of the wedding with many pastries, special cakes and coffees. I smiled and nodded my head although we were on the phone.


“Yes, I have been the Wedding DJ at this tradition before. They are great and people are very happy when filling their bellies with these incredible sweets and coffees.”


“Michael, do you know what kind of DJ music to play for this?”


I laughed again, “Italian music of course! Mostly traditional stuff with some Frank Sinatra and Jerry Vale sprinkled into keep it accessible to those who are not Italian.

“Great! This is helpful. Thank you”

“Of course, we will still want you to talk with your mother-in-law to make sure we get her favorites just to be sure.”

We continued our conversation about other details both feeling we cleared a hurdle together.  He knew he could get back with his mother-in-law and feel comfortable telling her she will be in good hands now. This is why I love being a New Jersey & New York Wedding DJ and Entertainer. There is nowhere else we get this kind of request and can actually say I have experience with this before. I look forward to their wedding and all of your weddings that make me step-up and creatively integrate cultures, traditions and music to create a great wedding for all of your friends and family. It’s your wedding, your music.


This winter I have been working diligently on increasing my DJ music library to make sure I have the best and most diverse library for your wedding or party. It is my responsibility to make sure I am ready for your event before we talk, so I can help guide you through your concerns and questions. It is my part in our process together that starts before I meet you. Back to collecting DJ music as a New Jersey & New York Wedding DJ.

Beautiful Couple Dancing to Wedding DJ Music with DJ Mystical Michael

If you have any recommendations, let me know and see if you can find one I don’t have.

DJ Mystical Michael – Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ

Hey DJ: Just Play Good Music!

One of the things that is a constant in the professional DJ and music business is the notion of ‘good music’.  When I am working with a new client to book their event, it is very common when asking them what kind of music do you want at your wedding or whatever the event is to get an answer similar to this, “Please play only good music!”.


First note is that I would not or any other professional DJ on purpose play ‘bad music’!


Second and more important is that the term ‘good music’ typically translates as; ‘music that I like’. Of course, there is no such thing as good or bad music really. It is just a matter of taste and for most people, the difference between a talented composer and someone who writes music while walking down the street is not distinguishable.


Example:  If you are about to perform a professional DJ gig with a crowd of young, rural high school students, their definition of what ‘good music’ is would probably be much different than that of a Professor of Music History at Princeton University. It is not that one of them is right and the other is wrong, it is just that ‘good music’ is subjective and not really an accurate means of defining what you like.


It is safe to say that since he has passed on, Michael Jackson has been raised to a level of recognition that few have enjoyed globally. Does this mean his music is ‘good’? Would the reverse also be true then? If an ultra-talented cellist who performs only for private audiences and has chosen not to record anything to be released nationally or globally, and not know by many expert true offocionados a creator of ‘bad music’?


When booking a professional DJ for your event, especially a wedding DJ, be very specific in what genres and exact songs you want to have played and when. It is your event and you should be the one who has chosen the main direction of the musical selections.


It is helpful to request music for your event like this; “We want Soul and R&B music from the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s, we do not like Modern R&B or Soul. We love Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Michael Jackson of course.” This is fairly clear without needing to spell out exactly which artists/songs you would be requesting.


This is not as helpful; “We like R&B and Soul.” This leaves a lot of room for misunderstanding, interpretation and possible confusion.


Be clear and concise in what you want at YOUR EVENT! Form there, an experienced professional DJ can follow along and creatively mix in what you requested, what your guests request at the event and what is working in real-time.


Remember: It is YOUR event and YOU get to choose the music. We just weave together the songs with the crowd and make it flow and create a unique and quality event for you.


DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ