Lady Gaga scored the one thousandth Number One single on the Billboard chart, since its inception in 1958.
In recognition of the milestone among chart watchers, Billboard has posted a chronological listing of all one thousand chart-topping songs.
The first, Ricky Nelson’s ‘Poor Little Fool,’ which beat all comers on that first Hot 100 chart, dated August 4th, 1958. It took a year for an Elvis Presley record to find its way to the top spot, when ‘A Big Hunk O’ Love,’ reached that position. The Beatles logged more weeks at higher positions than any other artist.
Many, many musicians reached the number one spot, of course, until B.J. Thomas landed the first hit of the 1970s with ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,’ the ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ theme, which spent a month at Number One.
Then it was knocked out by a record sung by the prepubescent, preternaturally soulful, eleven-year-old Michael singing ‘I Want You Back,’ with the Jackson 5. He would return to the Number One spot on the Hot 100 with his family or solo, fifteen more times.