This site lists all the songs that were major hits 1900-2007. If you are trying to find, for example, hits that are connected to a particular word then the index here is the best place to look. This index links to every place where a name is used anywhere on the site, there are also seperate lists of the years, artists and song titles that have their own individual pages.
To locate any word first select the link below that represents the initial letter, then select the sub-pages whose range covers the word you want.
Suppose, for example, you want to identify songs, albums and artists connected with "Stripes". Looking under the "S" entry above leads to a page that lists entries with the word "Stripes":
Alternately suppose you are looking for songs by Amy Winehouse, as a recent visitor was. Well lets look up her surname, selecting "w" in the list above leads to a page that lists the word ranges that start with "w" we pick "Wildw - Wit'c", since "Winehouse" is in that range. Looking in the list we find an entry:
What if it was not a major hit?
If the track you are searching for was not a major hit then this is not the right location to be looking (this is a charts site after all). When we are looking for the exact name of an artist, song or album we usually use the search facilities on the following sites:
What if I know the lyrics
Searching for a song when you know the lyrics is really easy. Just select a distinct phrase from the text you have and enter it into Google. You will usually get a large number of lyric sites (which often have way too many adverts). These will tell you the name of the artist and track that you can research on the sites listed above.
If your first phrase doesn't work then pick another. Remember also that the right site could be on the second or third page of Google results.
What song was number 1 on...
If you want to discover which song was number one on a particular date (usually a date of birth) this is not the best place to look. The first thing you must do is decide where, the number one song in the US is almost always different from the number one in Europe or Japan. Then you must decide which source to use, in the US for example the Billboard number one is usually different from the CashBox magazine one. The Wikipedia page en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Number-on e_singles has lots of links to lists of number one records in different locations and for different time periods.
Finally you should accept that there are some locations and periods for which there really isn't enough data to pick a number one record for a particular date, for example the UK before 1950 or anywhere (including the US) before 1940.