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Top-Charting Songs by Year

These songs were Billboard's top-charting songs for an entire year. Name the musical acts who recorded them.
  • Quiz idea: Evan Slack
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jan 02, 2017
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Year
Song
Musical Act
2016
Love Yourself
2015
Uptown Funk
2014
Happy
2013
Thrift Shop
2012
Somebody That I Used
to Know
2011
Rolling in the Deep
2010
Tik Tok
2009
Boom Boom Pow
2008
Low
2007
Irreplaceable
2006
Bad Day
2005
We Belong Together
2004
Yeah!
2003
In da Club
2002
How You Remind Me
2001
Hanging by a Moment
2000
Breathe
1999
Believe
1998
Too Close
1997
Candle in the Wind
1996
Macarena
1995
Gangsta's Paradise
1994
The Sign
1993
I Will Always Love You
1992
End of the Road
1991
(Everything I Do)
I Do It for You
1990
Hold On
Year
Song
Musical Act
1989
Look Away
1988
Faith
1987
Walk Like an Egyptian
1986
That's What Friends Are For
1985
Careless Whisper
1984
When Doves Cry
1983
Every Breath You Take
1982
Physical
1981
Bette Davis Eyes
1980
Call Me
1979
My Sharona
1978
Shadow Dancing
1977
Tonight's the Night
(Gonna Be Alright)
1976
Silly Love Songs
1975
Love Will Keep Us Together
1974
The Way We Were
1973
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round
the Ole Oak Tree
1972
The First Time Ever I
Saw Your Face
1971
Joy to the World
1970
Bridge Over Troubled Water
1969
Aquarius
1968
Hey Jude
1967
To Sir With Love
1966
The Ballad of the Green Berets
1965
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
1964
I Want To Hold Your Hand
1963
Surfin' U.S.A.
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level 41
Jan 5, 2013
I got every one between 1970 and 1995. You know, when music was good.
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level 43
Jan 5, 2013
Agreed. I got all between 63 and 95 except Barry Sadler--all I remembered was Barry. Never even heard of Gotye.
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level 63
Nov 21, 2014
Got all between '67 & '88...most of that was actually music!!
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level 69
Feb 15, 2017
Yep, I was crushin' it, right up until 1989. The rest was one big dumpster fire after that. My guessing, that is, not the songs. (although a fairly strong case could be made for that :-))
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level 54
Feb 18, 2015
A lot of the songs on this list from that era are terrible. Get over yourself. There is still a lot of good music out. It's just not on the radio. Thanks for disco, by the way.
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level 38
Oct 19, 2015
I got all of them for the years I've been alive ('79) except Chicago. I was singing the song in my head but couldn't remember who it was. I only got a handful of the older ones.
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level 65
Feb 15, 2017
I got all from 70 to 90 and they all sucked. Popular music almost never means good music, whatever the year
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level 38
Aug 12, 2017
Nailed the '80s and did pretty well on the '70s and '60s. But anything after mid '90s is pretty forgettable - there's a reason I turned off my radio in 1995. ;)
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level 21
Jan 7, 2013
surely 2012 should be psy?!?!
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level 68
Feb 17, 2016
billboard charts...not youtube
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level 50
Feb 16, 2017
Psy made it to number 2 on the Billboard charts, though! That's the highest a Korean song has ever made it. But "Somebody That I Used to Know" is still the better song anyway.
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level 73
Apr 10, 2014
More people got Adele than the Beatles? That's heavy... I mean... I feel like I'm drowning over here... ~\o/~
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level 36
Nov 17, 2014
Cool quiz. By the Way, 2013 is "Blurred Lines" if you want to update and add that.
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level 71
Feb 19, 2015
It's actually not, by the way.
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level 68
Feb 18, 2015
Please also accept Kimbra for the Gotye song.
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level 72
Apr 6, 2015
You don't include featured artists. You wouldn't include Little John with Yeah!
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level 68
Feb 15, 2017
Ha! Here in New Zealand, Kimbra (from Hamilton, just down the road) got equal billing with Gotye from Belgium.
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level 51
Feb 18, 2015
careless whisper was not wham, it was michael solo....in the uk anyway , see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Michael_discography
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level 34
Feb 18, 2015
thought the same thing... always known it as a Georgey solo track. it should probably be accepted at least.
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level 72
Apr 6, 2015
although Wham is still accepted. Probably should take that off.
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level 34
Feb 18, 2015
I'm part of that very select group of 19 year olds that somehow knows who Sgt. Barry Sadler was... for shame.
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level 72
Feb 18, 2015
I'm impressed with you. I listened to it on the radio when it came out so I would have been shamed not to have gotten it. Am mad at self for not remembering Lulu. I knew she had only one name but just couldn't remember it.
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level 41
Feb 18, 2015
Careless Whisper was definitely George Michael in the UK. For some reason it was credited to Wham! In the US and a couple of other countries. Michael should be allowed - he sang it solo.
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Feb 18, 2015
Thanks. I fixed it.
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level 54
Feb 18, 2015
Man. A lot of these songs really do not hold up. A few classics, but most of these are real clunkers.
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level 63
Jun 9, 2016
just goes to show, the best sellers are not the best songs.
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level 44
Feb 19, 2015
Frickety frackety! One Mariah away from a perfect score. Frankly, it's pretty surprising that she only has one spot on this chart. So many monster hits.
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level 41
Feb 15, 2017
Right? Surprised One Sweet Day didn't make the cut--it spent more time at #1 than ANY OTHER SONG in two decades.
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level 39
Feb 19, 2015
kept trying 'julio' for coolio - I think it was because it was opposite Simon and Garfunkel and my subconscious was thinking 'me and Julio down by the school yard'
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level 72
Feb 21, 2015
Now I'll have that song in my head all day.
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level 70
Feb 24, 2015
On behalf of Kalamazoo, you're welcome
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level 5
Jul 31, 2015
It's Dionne & Friends not just Dionne Warwick
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level 60
Dec 16, 2015
2015 is out. This year is Uptown Funk.
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level 72
Feb 9, 2016
So Michael Jackson never had a top charting hit? Wow
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level ∞
Jan 2, 2017
That is surprising. Especially considering that Thriller was the top album of the year for 1982 and 1983.
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level 71
Feb 15, 2017
Michael Jackson doesn't get one, but Justin Bieber does. Go figure.
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level 71
Feb 15, 2017
Actually, even worse, the top two-charting singles of 2016 were both by Bieber.
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level 31
Feb 17, 2017
Michael Jackson had a lot of chart topping hits. They just didn't turn out to be song of the year, for some reason.
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level 68
Jan 3, 2017
Shouldn't it be "Chart-topping Songs by Year"?
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level 71
Jan 29, 2017
If you liked this quiz, check out my similar one: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/154362/most-popular-song-by-year-1940-2016 It has slightly different answers though.
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level 46
Feb 15, 2017
got 28. easier to remember the old ones
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level 67
Feb 15, 2017
2002 was a dark year.
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level 64
Feb 15, 2017
I got the entire left-hand column easy peasy, then I hit the 80s and it was like **record scratch**
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level 35
Feb 15, 2017
Could you accept Bruno Mars for Uptown Funk?
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level 50
Feb 16, 2017
Every time someone mentions Ace of Base, I think back to my child, back when I was still pretending I wasn't gay.
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level 67
Feb 16, 2017
Crazy that Michael Jackson nor the Bee Gees never had one and even crazier that only one artist did it twice. All hail Paul who is three times greater than any not named John, George or Ringo. He's just 50% better than them :)
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level 60
Apr 14, 2017
Yet for some reason Andy Gibb is on there.
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level 41
Mar 28, 2017
No Taylor Swift or Katy Perry? Also, I love Tik Tok.
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level 60
Apr 14, 2017
A good thing you stopped at '63. Apparently these go back all the way to 1946, but they get fairly strange.
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level 44
May 2, 2017
i see the music snobs are in full force today
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