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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
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First submittedJanuary 2, 2013
Last updatedDecember 7, 2018
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Year
Song
Musical Act
2018
God's Plan
Drake
2017
Shape of You
Ed Sheeran
2016
Love Yourself
Justin Bieber
2015
Uptown Funk
Mark Ronson
2014
Happy
Pharrell Williams
2013
Thrift Shop
Macklemore and
Ryan Lewis
2012
Somebody That I Used
to Know
Gotye
2011
Rolling in the Deep
Adele
2010
Tik Tok
Ke$ha
2009
Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas
2008
Low
Flo Rida
2007
Irreplaceable
Beyoncé
2006
Bad Day
Daniel Powter
2005
We Belong Together
Mariah Carey
2004
Yeah!
Usher
2003
In da Club
50 Cent
2002
How You Remind Me
Nickelback
2001
Hanging by a Moment
Lifehouse
2000
Breathe
Faith Hill
1999
Believe
Cher
1998
Too Close
Next
1997
Candle in the Wind
Elton John
1996
Macarena
Los del Rio
1995
Gangsta's Paradise
Coolio
1994
The Sign
Ace of Base
1993
I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston
1992
End of the Road
Boyz II Men
1991
(Everything I Do)
I Do It for You
Bryan Adams
Year
Song
Musical Act
1990
Hold On
Wilson Phillips
1989
Look Away
Chicago
1988
Faith
George Michael
1987
Walk Like an Egyptian
The Bangles
1986
That's What Friends Are For
Dionne Warwick
1985
Careless Whisper
George Michael
1984
When Doves Cry
Prince
1983
Every Breath You Take
The Police
1982
Physical
Olivia Newton-John
1981
Bette Davis Eyes
Kim Carnes
1980
Call Me
Blondie
1979
My Sharona
The Knack
1978
Shadow Dancing
Andy Gibb
1977
Tonight's the Night
(Gonna Be Alright)
Rod Stewart
1976
Silly Love Songs
Wings
1975
Love Will Keep Us Together
Captain & Tennille
1974
The Way We Were
Barbra Streisand
1973
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round
the Ole Oak Tree
Tony Orlando and
Dawn
1972
The First Time Ever I
Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack
1971
Joy to the World
Three Dog Night
1970
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon & Garfunkel
1969
Aquarius
Fifth Dimension
1968
Hey Jude
The Beatles
1967
To Sir With Love
Lulu
1966
The Ballad of the Green Berets
Sgt. Barry Sadler
1965
Wooly Bully
Sam the Sham and
the Pharaoh
1964
I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles
1963
Surfin' U.S.A.
Beach Boys
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level 21
Jan 7, 2013
surely 2012 should be psy?!?!
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level 72
Feb 17, 2016
billboard charts...not youtube
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level 55
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 76
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 58
May 16, 2019
because the beatles are old and adele is now
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level 72
Feb 18, 2015
Please also accept Kimbra for the Gotye song.
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level 73
Apr 6, 2015
You don't include featured artists. You wouldn't include Little John with Yeah!
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level 72
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 65
Dec 10, 2018
You have a similar problem with Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. I typed Mars immediately, then pulled a D'oh! Strictly speaking Ronson and Gotye should be the correct answers.
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level 58
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 31
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 73
Apr 6, 2015
although Wham is still accepted. Probably should take that off.
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level 70
May 17, 2018
I own the song on iTunes and it says that it was done by Wham! on their Make It Big album.
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level 31
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 75
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 39
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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level ∞
Feb 18, 2015
Thanks. I fixed it.
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level 60
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 66
Jun 9, 2016
just goes to show, the best sellers are not the best songs.
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level 70
Dec 8, 2018
The Grammy's will never, never learn that.
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level 41
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 75
Feb 21, 2015
Now I'll have that song in my head all day.
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level 72
Feb 24, 2015
On behalf of Kalamazoo, you're welcome
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level 73
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 79
Feb 15, 2017
Michael Jackson doesn't get one, but Justin Bieber does. Go figure.
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level 79
Feb 15, 2017
Actually, even worse, the top two-charting singles of 2016 were both by Bieber.
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level 30
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 76
Jan 3, 2017
Shouldn't it be "Chart-topping Songs by Year"?
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level 77
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 56
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 63
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 55
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 78
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 39
Mar 28, 2017
No Taylor Swift or Katy Perry? Also, I love Tik Tok.
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level 56
May 2, 2017
i see the music snobs are in full force today
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level 76
Jan 1, 2018
Huh, I tried "Isaac Watts" and "Handel" for Joy to the World.
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level 76
Jan 6, 2018
please correct the 1965 entry to Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs as the #1 song of 1965. first time a number 2 song was song of the year. check this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_Hot_100_number-one_singles_of_1965 I actually own all of these songs since I love to collect music by lists.
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level ∞
Jan 7, 2018
Weird. Wikipedia must have changed. The quiz has been fixed.
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level 52
Aug 18, 2018
Can't take Bruno Mars for Uptown Funk?
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level 47
Dec 8, 2018
i got 23, nearly 24 i put sam sham and the pharaohs, so i got that one nearly right
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level 42
Feb 2, 2019
Even though I got 3 more than the average, after 1985 I know very little. That is when I stopped listening to current music. If you went back further than 1963, into the 50's, I would have had even a higher score. More questions concerning music should include the 50's. Our generation is still very much alive.
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level 78
Feb 8, 2019
Wham should be the answer. It is a quiz based off an American list so it should be the way it appeared on the American Label, "Wham! featuring George Michael". If you want George Micheal to be an acceptable answer so be it. Go search for Careless Whisper record photos. The ones with Columbia on the label (North America was the only place that Columbia released it) it is Wham. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71eTw9bGA5L._SX522_.jpg
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level 42
Mar 2, 2019
I kept putting “Paul McCartney. “Wings” never occurred to me until the very end.
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level 72
Apr 6, 2019
got most of the pre 80s...got everything from 81-97...missed most from this century