Songs of the Decade Chart

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This page lists the biggest hit of each decade in the 134 source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described in the site generation page.

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For years before the 1950s the source data is quite sparse, so the results should be treated with some caution. For years before the 1920s there so little source data that the results are only valid for the USA.

# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Eminem Lose Yourself 2002 UK 1 - Dec 2002 (27 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Oct 2002 (23 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 1 - Dec 2002 (28 weeks), Holland 1 - Dec 2002 (17 weeks), Sweden 1 - Jan 2003 (10 weeks), Finland 1 for 3 weeks - Jan 2003, Switzerland 1 - Dec 2002 (28 weeks), Norway 1 - Dec 2002 (17 weeks), Germany 1 - Jan 2003 (4 months), Eire 1 for 5 weeks - Dec 2002, New Zealand 1 for 4 weeks - Jan 2003, Australia 1 for 12 weeks - Dec 2002, Europe 1 for 8 weeks - Jan 2003, Spain 1 for 1 week - Mar 2003, Oscar in 2002 (film 'Eight Mile'), Scrobulate 1 of rap, Austria 2 - Jan 2003 (6 weeks), nuTsie 2 of 2000s, Grammy in 2003 (Nominated), Golden Globe in 2002 (film '8 Mile') (Nominated), MTV Video of the year 2003 (Nominated), Italy 3 of 2003, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 2004), France Gold (certified by SNEP in Aug 2003), US Radio 6 of 2002 (peak 1 18 weeks), Australia 7 of 2003, Japan (Osaku) 12 of 2003 (peak 1 30 weeks), Switzerland 12 of 2003, ARC 13 of 2002 (peak 1 19 weeks), POP 23 of 2002, US BB 28 of 2003, Germany 42 of the 2000s (peak 2 14 weeks), AFI 93, Rolling Stone 166, Acclaimed 425 (2002), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Dec 2002), RYM 11 of 2002, Chart2000.com song 23 of 2003
2 Sinead O'Connor Nothing Compares 2 U 1990 UK 1 - Jan 1990 (16 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Mar 1990 (21 weeks), ARC 1 of 1990 (peak 1 15 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 1 - Mar 1990 (18 weeks), Holland 1 - Jan 1990 (16 weeks), Sweden 1 - Feb 1990 (12 weeks), Finland 1 for 1 week - Mar 1990, Austria 1 - Mar 1990 (5 weeks), Switzerland 1 - Feb 1990 (29 weeks), Norway 1 - Feb 1990 (16 weeks), Poland 1 - Mar 1990 (51 weeks), Belgium 1 - Feb 1990 (16 weeks), Italy 1 for 1 week - Mar 1990, Germany 1 - Feb 1990 (5 months), Eire 1 for 6 weeks - Jan 1990, Canada RPM 1 for 5 weeks - May 1990, New Zealand 1 for 5 weeks - Apr 1990, Australia 1 for 8 weeks - Feb 1990, Europe 1 for 5 weeks - Feb 1990, Germany 1 for 11 weeks - Mar 1990, Spain 1 for 1 week - Apr 1990, MTV Video of the year 1990, KROQ 1 of 1990, Grammy in 1990 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1990), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Mar 1990), US BB 3 of 1990, US Radio 3 of 1990 (peak 1 11 weeks), Australia 3 of 1990, US CashBox 4 of 1990, Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1990), Brazil 5 of 1990, Switzerland 6 of 1990, Italy 8 of 1990, Europe 8 of the 1990s (1990), nuTsie 11 of 1990s, Germany 19 of the 1990s (peak 1 19 weeks), Japan (Osaku) 30 of 1990 (peak 5 17 weeks), Vinyl Surrender 48 (1990), Poland 59 of all time, Billboard 50th song 77, 55th Billboard 100 87 (1990), Belgium 90 of all time, Billboard100 92, DMDB 92 (1990), Acclaimed 113 (1990), OzNet 138, Rolling Stone 162, WXPN 661, UKMIX 800, RYM 9 of 1990
3 Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall (part 2) 1980 UK 1 - Dec 1979 (12 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Jan 1980 (25 weeks), Record World 1 - 1980, Canada 1 - Jan 1980 (18 weeks), Sweden (alt) 1 - Feb 1980 (22 weeks), France (SNEP) 1 - Jan 1980 (4 months), France 1 - Feb 1980 (6 weeks), Austria 1 - Feb 1980 (6 weeks), Switzerland 1 - Jan 1980 (17 weeks), Switzerland 1 of 1980, Norway 1 - Jan 1980 (22 weeks), Germany 1 - Jan 1980 (6 months), Eire 1 for 4 weeks - Dec 1979, Canada RPM 1 for 6 weeks - Mar 1980, New Zealand 1 for 5 weeks - Feb 1980, Springbok 1 - Feb 1980 (11 weeks), Europe 1 for 11 weeks - Feb 1980, France 1 for 4 weeks - Feb 1980, Germany 1 for 4 weeks - Feb 1980, Poland 1 of all time, US BB 2 of 1980, Brazil 2 of 1980, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Sep 2001), UK Platinum (certified by BPI in Jan 1980), US CashBox 3 of 1980, Holland 3 - Dec 1979 (11 weeks), Belgium 3 - Dec 1979 (11 weeks), WABC NY 4 of 1980, Australia 4 of 1980, Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1993), D.Marsh 4 of 1980, KROQ 6 of 1980, POP 7 of 1980, ARC 8 of 1980 (peak 1 16 weeks), US Radio 8 of 1980 (peak 1 15 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 8 of the 1970s (peak 1, 35 weeks, 841k sales estimated, 1979), South Africa 8 of 1980, Germany 9 of the 1980s (peak 1 22 weeks), Europe 11 of the 1970s (1979), Italy 12 of 1980, Japan (Tokyo) 19 - Nov 1988 (6 weeks), TheQ 28, nuTsie 28 of 1970s, Virgin 39, Belgium 50 of all time, Scrobulate 51 of live, DMDB 79 (1979), RIAA 296, Rolling Stone 375, Acclaimed 392 (1979), OzNet 594, UKMIX 686, RYM 18 of 1979, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
4 Bee Gees Stayin' Alive 1978 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1977 (26 weeks), Record World 1 - 1978, Canada 1 - Jan 1978 (19 weeks), Holland 1 - Feb 1978 (16 weeks), France 1 - Feb 1978 (1 week), Italy 1 of 1978, Italy 1 for 7 weeks - May 1978, Canada RPM 1 for 4 weeks - Feb 1978, New Zealand 1 for 2 weeks - Mar 1978, RIANZ 1 - Feb 1978 (28 weeks), Australia 1 for 7 weeks - Apr 1978, Springbok 1 - Apr 1978 (16 weeks), Europe 1 for 3 weeks - Apr 1978, France 1 for 2 weeks - Sep 1978, D.Marsh 1 of 1978, US CashBox 2 of 1978, WABC NY 2 of 1978, US Radio 2 of 1978 (peak 1 16 weeks), France (SNEP) 2 - May 1978 (4 months), Austria 2 - Apr 1978 (6 weeks), Switzerland 2 - Mar 1978 (20 weeks), Belgium 2 - Feb 1978 (14 weeks), Germany 2 - Mar 1978 (6 months), Scrobulate 2 of disco, Grammy in 1978 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1978), Sweden (alt) 3 - Mar 1978 (26 weeks), UK 4 - Feb 1978 (18 weeks), US BB 4 of 1978, Norway 4 - Mar 1978 (22 weeks), Australia 4 of 1978, South Africa 4 of 1978, Switzerland 5 of 1978, POP 8 of 1978, AFI 9, OzNet 9, Brazil 14 of 1978, nuTsie 15 of 1970s, France (InfoDisc) 23 of the 1970s (peak 2, 25 weeks, 831k sales estimated, 1978), Europe 36 of the 1970s (1978), Billboard 50th song 46, DMDB 47 (1977), 55th Billboard 100 54 (1978), Billboard100 56, 80 in 2FM list, RIAA 94, Acclaimed 98 (1977), Germany 100 of the 1970s (peak 2 22 weeks), Rolling Stone 189, UK Silver (certified by BPI in Mar 1978), RYM 34 of 1977, Party 13 of 2007, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
5 The Beatles Hey Jude 1968 UK 1 - Sep 1968 (28 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Sep 1968 (19 weeks), US BB 1 of 1968, US CashBox 1 of 1968, Record World 1 - 1968, WABC NY 1 of 1968, US Radio 1 of 1968 (peak 1 16 weeks), KQV 1 of 1968, Keener 1 - Aug 1968 (11 weeks), Canada 1 - Aug 1968 (11 weeks), Holland 1 - Sep 1968 (21 weeks), Brazil 1 of 1968, Switzerland 1 - Sep 1968 (19 weeks), Norway 1 - Sep 1968 (14 weeks), Flanders 1 - Sep 1968 (3 months), Australia 1 of 1968, Germany 1 - Jan 1969 (5 months), Eire 1 for 3 weeks - Sep 1968, Canada RPM 1 for 3 weeks - Sep 1968, New Zealand 1 for 5 weeks - Oct 1968, NZ Listner 1 - Sep 1968 (10 weeks), Australia 1 for 13 weeks - Oct 1968, Australia Goset 1 - Oct 1968 (28 weeks), France 1 for 4 weeks - Nov 1968, Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Oct 1968, Europe 1 of the 1960s (1968), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1968), Top Song of 1968 of the Billboard 50th list, US 4 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1999), Denmark 2 of 1968, DDD 2 of 1968, OzNet 2, Grammy in 1968 (Nominated), France (SNEP) 3 - Sep 1968 (3 months), Virgin 3, DMDB 4 (1968), nuTsie 5 of 1960s, Switzerland 8 of 1968, Rolling Stone 8, Billboard 50th song 8, WXPN 9, D.Marsh 9 of 1968, Billboard100 10, 55th Billboard 100 10 (1968), TheQ 20, US invalid BB 23 of 1968, POP 23 of 1968, Vinyl Surrender 23 (1968), Italy 30 of 1968, Scrobulate 32 of classic rock, Acclaimed 32 (1968), Germany 52 of the 1960s (peak 1 19 weeks), Belgium 55 of all time, Poland 84 of all time, UKMIX 151, RYM 1 of 1968, WFUV 31, Global 7 (10 M sold) - 1968, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
6 Bill Haley & his Comets Rock Around the Clock 1955 UK 1 - Jan 1955 (36 weeks), US Billboard 1 - May 1955 (24 weeks), US CashBox 1 - Jul 1954 (31 weeks), Your Hit Parade 1 of 1955, Record Mirror 1 for 8 weeks - Nov 1955, Australia 1 for 6 weeks - Aug 1955, Germany 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1956, UK sales 1 of the 1950s (1,390 k in 1955), US invalid BB 1 of 1955, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982 (1954), DDD 1 of 1954, POP 1 of 1955, DZE 1 of 1955, ASCAP song of 1953, US BB 2 of 1955, Flanders 2 - Nov 1955 (14 months), DMDB 2 (1954), Italy 3 of 1957, UKMIX 3, nuTsie 3 of 1950s, Brazil 4 of 1956, Europe 5 of the 1950s (1955), D.Marsh 7 of 1955, Scrobulate 8 of rock & roll, RIAA 12, Germany 17 - Jun 1968 (2 months), Holland 27 - Jun 1968 (5 weeks), Belgium 30 - Jun 1974 (1 week), 41 in 2FM list, Acclaimed 49 (1954), AFI 50, Rolling Stone 158, RYM 2 of 1954, Guardian Pop 5, Global 4 (20 M sold) - 1954, Party 180 of 1999, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
7 Bing Crosby White Christmas 1942 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1946 (6 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Oct 1942 (47 weeks), US 1 for 11 weeks - Oct 1942, UK Sheet Music 1 for 2 weeks - Nov 1942, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Sep 1942 (8 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 months - Jun 1943, US invalid BB 1 of 1942, Oscar in 1942 (film 'Holiday Inn'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974 (1942), DDD 1 of 1942, POP 1 of 1942, DMDB 1 (1942), nuTsie 1 of 1940s, DZE 1 of 1942, Music Imprint 1 of 1940s, Library of Congress artifact added 2002 (1942), Europe 2 of the 1940s (1942), RIAA 2, Scrobulate 2 of christmas, UK 5 - Dec 1977 (20 weeks), AFI 5, Norway 6 - Dec 1959 (2 weeks), Brazil 54 of 1943, Switzerland 56 - Dec 2007 (2 weeks), US Radio 165 of 1961 (peak 20 1 week), Acclaimed 306 (1942), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Feb 1978), Visconti song of 1947, RYM 1 of 1942, Global 1 (50 M sold) - 1942, BBC Rich Song 2 (songwriter royalties $39.6M)
8 Judy Garland Over the Rainbow 1939 UK Sheet Music 1 for 4 weeks - Apr 1940, UK 40s Sheet Music 1 - Mar 1940 (9 weeks), US invalid BB 1 of 1939, Oscar in 1939 (film 'The Wizard of Oz'), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1981 (1939), AFI 1, POP 1 of 1939, RIAA 1, Music Imprint 1 of 1930s, ASCAP song of 1938, Library of Congress artifact added 2016 (1939), DMDB 3 (1939), nuTsie 3 of 1930s, US Billboard 5 - 1939 (12 weeks), Europe 5 of the 1930s (1939), Your Hit Parade 19 of 1939, Scrobulate 71 of vocal, WXPN 269, Acclaimed 497 (1939), Visconti song of 1939, RYM 1 of 1939
9 Al Jolson Swanee 1920 US Billboard 1 - May 1920 (18 weeks), US invalid BB 1 of 1920, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1920), POP 1 of 1920, nuTsie 1 of 1920s, Library of Congress artifact added 2004 (1920), Brazil 5 of 1921, Music Imprint 8 of 1910s, Europe 22 of the 1930s (1920), RIAA 124, Acclaimed 912 (1919), aceterrier.com 100 of the 1920s (1920), RYM 5 of 1920
10 Sophie Tucker Some of These Days 1911 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1995 (1911), Library of Congress artifact added 2004 (1911), US Billboard 2 - Jul 1911 (9 weeks), Music Imprint 3 of 1910s, aceterrier.com 4 of 1900-19 (1911), nuTsie 40 of 1920s, Brazil 93 of 1928, Acclaimed 1559 (1911), Song of 1930
11 Sousa's Band Stars & Stripes Forever 1901 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1901 (8 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1900), Library of Congress artifact added 2002 (1900), Music Imprint 3 of 1900s, RIAA 20, Brazil 23 of 1903

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11 Dec 2011

Was there already Billboard in the 1900's?

See the explination of the Billboard charts on the source charts page

The short form is that someone has used the magazine to retrospectively calculate one.