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his is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1950 according to retail sales

1 The Weavers "Goodnight Irene" - Gordon Jenkins & The Weavers Listen now

2 Nat "King" Cole "Mona Lisa" - Nat King Cole Listen now

3 Anton Karas "Third Man Theme" - Anton Karas Listen now

4 Gary & Bing Crosby "Sam's Song" - Gary & Bing Crosby Listen now

5 Gary & Bing Crosby "Simple Melody" - Gary & Bing Crosby Listen now

6 Teresa Brewer "Music, Music, Music" - Teresa Brewer Listen now

7 Guy Lombardo "Third Man Theme" - Guy Lombardo Listen now

8 Red Foley "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" - Red Foley Listen now

9 Sammy Kaye "Harbor Lights" - Sammy Kaye Listen now

10 Sammy Kay & Don Cornell "It Isn't Fair" - Sammy Kaye & Don Cornell Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1951 according to retail sales

1 Nat "King" Cole "Too Young" - Nat King Cole Listen now

2 Tony Bennett "Because of You" - Tony Bennett Listen now

3 Les Paul & Mary Ford "How High the Moon" - Les Paul & Mary Ford Listen now

4 Rosemary Clooney "Come on-a My House" - Rosemary Clooney Listen now

5 Mario Lanza "Be My Love" - Mario Lanza Listen now

6 The Weavers "On Top of Old Smoky" - The Weavers Listen now

7 Tony Bennett "Cold, Cold Heart" - Tony Bennett Listen now

8 Perry Como "If" - Perry Como Listen now

9 Mario Lanza "The Loveliest Night of the Year" - Mario Lanza Listen now

10 Patti Page "Tennessee Waltz" - Patti Page Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1952 according to retail sales

1 Leroy Anderson "Blue Tango" - Leroy Anderson Listen now

2 Kay Starr "Wheel of Fortune" - Kay Starr Listen now

3 Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads "Cry" - Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads Listen now

4 Jo Stafford "You Belong to Me" - Jo Stafford Listen now

5 Vera Lynn "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" - Vera Lynn Listen now

6 Rosemary Clooney "Half as Much" - Rosemary Clooney Listen now

7 Eddie Fisher "Wish You Were Here" - Eddie Fisher Listen now

8 Patti Page "I Went to Your Wedding" - Patti Page Listen now

9 Al Martino "Here in My Heart" - Al Martino Listen now

10 Percy Faith "Delicado" - Percy Faith Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1953 according to retail sales

1 Percy Faith "The Song from Moulin Rouge" - Percy Faith Listen now

2 Les Paul & Mary Ford "Vaya con Dios" - Les Paul & Mary Ford Listen now

3 Patti Page "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" - Patti Page Listen now

4 Eddie Fisher "I'm Walking Behind You" - Eddie Fisher Listen now

5 Ames Brothers "You, You, You" - Ames Brothers Listen now

6 Teresa Brewer "Till I Waltz Again with You" - Teresa Brewer Listen now

7 Les Baxter "April in Portugal" - Les Baxter Listen now

8 Perry Como "No Other Love" - Perry Como Listen now

9 Perry Como "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" - Perry Como Listen now

10 Frankie Laine "I Believe" - Frankie Laine Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1954 according to retail sales

1 Kitty Kallen "Little Things Mean a Lot" - Kitty Kallen Listen now

2 Perry Como "Wanted" - Perry Como Listen now

3 Rosemary Clooney "Hey There" - Rosemary Clooney Listen now

4 The Crew-Cuts "Sh-Boom" - The Crew-Cuts Listen now

5 Jo Stafford "Make Love to Me" - Jo Stafford Listen now

6 Eddie Fisher "Oh! My Pa-Pa" - Eddie Fisher Listen now

7 Four Knights "(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely" - The Four Knights Listen now

8 Four Aces "Three Coins in the Fountain" - The Four Aces Listen now

9 Doris Day "Secret Love" - Doris Day Listen now

10 Archie Bleyer "Hernando's Hideaway" - Archie Bleyer Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1955 according to retail sales

1 Perez Prado "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" - Perez Prado Listen now

2 Bill Haley "Rock Around the Clock" - Bill Haley & His Comets Listen now

3 Mitch Miller "The Yellow Rose of Texas" - Mitch Miller Listen now

4 Roger Williams "Autumn Leaves" - Roger Williams Listen now

5 Les Baxter "Unchained Melody" - Les Baxter Listen now

6 Bill Hayes "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" - Bill Hayes Listen now

7 Four Aces "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" - The Four Aces Listen now

8 McGuire Sisters "Sincerely" - The McGuire Sisters Listen now

9 Pat Boone "Ain't That a Shame" - Pat Boone Listen now

10 Georgia Gibbs "The Wallflower (Dance with Me, Henry)" - Georgia Gibbs Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1956 according to retail sales

1 Elvis Presley "Heartbreak Hotel" - Elvis Presley Listen now

2 Elvis Presley "Don't Be Cruel" - Elvis Presley Listen now

3 Nelson Riddle "Lisbon Antigua" - Nelson Riddle Listen now

4 The Platters "My Prayer" - The Platters Listen now

5 Gogi Grant "The Wayward Wind" - Gogi Grant Listen now

6 Les Baxter "The Poor People of Paris" - Les Baxter Listen now

7 Doris Day "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" - Doris Day Listen now

8 Elvis Presley "Hound Dog" - Elvis Presley Listen now

9 Dean Martin "Memories Are Made of This" - Dean Martin Listen now

10 Kay Starr "(The) Rock and Roll Waltz" - Kay Starr Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1957 according to retail sales

1 Elvis Presley "All Shook Up" - Elvis Presley Listen now

2 Pat Boone "Love Letters in the Sand" - Pat Boone Listen now

3 The Diamonds "Little Darlin'" - The Diamonds Listen now

4 Tab Hunter "Young Love" - Tab Hunter Listen now

5 Jimmy Dorsey "So Rare" - Jimmy Dorsey Listen now

6 Pat Boone "Don't Forbid Me" - Pat Boone Listen now

7 Guy Mitchell "Singing the Blues" - Guy Mitchell Listen now

8 Sonny James "Young Love" - Sonny James Listen now

9 Elvis Presley "Too Much" - Elvis Presley Listen now

10 Perry Como "Round and Round" - Perry Como Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1958 according to retail sales

1 Domenico Modugno "Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu)" - Domenico Modugno Listen now

2 Everly Brothers "All I Have to Do Is Dream" / "Claudette" - The Everly Brothers Listen now

3 Elvis Presley "Don't" / "I Beg of You" - Elvis Presley Listen now

4 David Seville "Witch Doctor" - David Seville Listen now

5 Perez Prado "Patricia" - Perez Prado Listen now

6 Billy Vaughn "Sail Along, Silv'ry Moon" / "Raunchy" - Billy Vaughn Listen now

7 Perry Como "Catch a Falling Star" / "Magic Moments" - Perry Como Listen now

8 The Champs "Tequila" - The Champs Listen now

9 Tommy Edwards "It's All in the Game" - Tommy Edwards Listen now

10 Dean Martin "Return to Me" - Dean Martin Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1959 according to retail sales

1 Johnny Horton "The Battle of New Orleans" - Johnny Horton Listen now

2 Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife" - Bobby Darin Listen now

3 Lloyd Price "Personality" - Lloyd Price Listen now

4 Frankie Avalon "Venus" - Frankie Avalon Listen now

5 Paul Anka "Lonely Boy" - Paul Anka Listen now

6 Bobby Darin "Dream Lover" - Bobby Darin Listen now

7 "The Three Bells" - The Browns "The Three Bells" - The Browns Listen now

8 The Fleetwoods "Come Softly to Me" - The Fleetwoods Listen now

9 Wilbert Harrison "Kansas City" - Wilbert Harrison Listen now

10 The Fleetwoods "Mr. Blue" - The Fleetwoods Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1960 according to retail sales

1 Percy Faith "Theme from A Summer Place" - Percy Faith Listen now

2 Jim Reeves "He'll Have to Go" - Jim Reeves Listen now

3 Everly Brothers "Cathy's Clown" - The Everly Brothers Listen now

4 Johnny Preston "Running Bear" - Johnny Preston Listen now

5 Mark Dinning "Teen Angel" - Mark Dinning Listen now

6 Brenda Lee "I'm Sorry" - Brenda Lee Listen now

7 Elvis Presley "It's Now or Never" - Elvis Presley Listen now

8 Jimmy Jones "Handy Man" - Jimmy Jones Listen now

9 Elvis Presley "Stuck on You" - Elvis Presley Listen now

10 Chubby Checker "The Twist" - Chubby Checker Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1961 according to retail sales

1 Bobby Lewis "Tossin' and Turnin'" - Bobby Lewis Listen now

2 Patsy Cline "I Fall to Pieces" - Patsy Cline Listen now

3 The Highwaymen "Michael" - The Highwaymen Listen now

4 Roy Orbison "Crying" - Roy Orbison Listen now

5 Del Shannon "Runaway" - Del Shannon Listen now

6 The Jive Five "My True Story" - The Jive Five Listen now

7 Chubby Checker "Pony Time" - Chubby Checker Listen now

8 The String-A-Longs "Wheels" - The String-A-Longs Listen now

9 Dee Clark "Raindrops" - Dee Clark Listen now

10 Joe Dowell "Wooden Heart" - Joe Dowell Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1962 according to retail sales

1 Acker Bilk "Stranger on the Shore" - Acker Bilk Listen now

2 Ray Charles "I Can't Stop Loving You" - Ray Charles Listen now

3 Dee Dee Sharp "Mashed Potato Time" - Dee Dee Sharp Listen now

4 Bobby Vinton "Roses Are Red (My Love)" - Bobby Vinton Listen now

5 David Rose "The Stripper" - David Rose Listen now

6 Shelley Fabares "Johnny Angel" - Shelley Fabares Listen now

7 Little Eva "The Loco-Motion" - Little Eva Listen now

8 The Sensations "Let Me In" - The Sensations Listen now

9 Chubby Checker "The Twist" - Chubby Checker Listen now

10 The Shirelles "Soldier Boy" - The Shirelles Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1963 according to retail sales

1 Fireballs "Sugar Shack" - Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs Listen now

2 Beach Boys "Surfin' U.S.A." - The Beach Boys Listen now

3 Skeeter Davis "The End of the World" - Skeeter Davis Listen now

4 The Cascades "Rhythm of the Rain" - The Cascades Listen now

5 The Chiffons "He's So Fine" - The Chiffons Listen now

6 Bobby Vinton "Blue Velvet" - Bobby Vinton Listen now

7 Paul and Paula "Hey Paula" - Paul and Paula Listen now

8 Stevie Wonder "Fingertips" - Stevie Wonder Listen now

9 The Village Stompers "Washington Square" - The Village Stompers Listen now

10 The Impressions "It's All Right" - The Impressions Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1964 according to retail sales

1 The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" - The Beatles Listen now

2 The Beatles "She Loves You" - The Beatles Listen now

3 Louis Armstrong "Hello, Dolly!" - Louis Armstrong Listen now

4 Roy Orbison "Oh, Pretty Woman" - Roy Orbison Listen now

5 Beach Boys "I Get Around" - The Beach Boys Listen now

6 Dean Martin "Everybody Loves Somebody" - Dean Martin Listen now

7 Mary Wells "My Guy" - Mary Wells Listen now

8 Gale Garnett "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" - Gale Garnett Listen now

9 J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers "Last Kiss" - J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers Listen now

10 The Supremes "Where Did Our Love Go" - The Supremes Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1965 according to retail sales

1 Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs "Wooly Bully" - Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Listen now

2 Four Tops "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" - Four Tops Listen now

3 The Rolling Stones "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" - The Rolling Stones Listen now

4 We Five "You Were on My Mind" - We Five Listen now

5 The Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - The Righteous Brothers Listen now

6 Petula Clark "Downtown" - Petula Clark Listen now

7 The Beatles "Help!" - The Beatles Listen now

8 Herman's Hermits "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" - Herman's Hermits Listen now

9 Elvis Presley "Crying in the Chapel" - Elvis Presley Listen now

10 The Temptations "My Girl" - The Temptations Listen now



This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1966 according to retail sales

1 Sgt. Barry Sadler "Ballad of the Green Berets" - Sgt. Barry Sadler Listen now

2 The Association "Cherish" - The Association Listen now

3 The Righteous Brothers "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" - The Righteous Brothers Listen now

4 Four Tops "Reach Out I'll Be There" - Four Tops Listen now

5 ? and the Mysterians "96 Tears" - ? and the Mysterians Listen now

6 The Monkees "Last Train to Clarksville" - The Monkees Listen now

7 Mamas & the Papas "Monday, Monday" - The Mamas & the Papas Listen now

8 The Supremes "You Can't Hurry Love" - The Supremes Listen now

9 Johnny Rivers "Poor Side of Town" - Johnny Rivers Listen now

10 Mamas & the Papas "California Dreamin'" - The Mamas & the Papas Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1967 according to retail sales

1 Lulu "To Sir With Love" - Lulu Listen now

2 The Box Tops "The Letter" - The Box Tops Listen now

3 Bobby Gentry "Ode to Billie Joe" - Bobbie Gentry Listen now

4 The Association "Windy" - The Association Listen now

5 The Monkees "I'm a Believer" - The Monkees Listen now

6 The Doors "Light My Fire" - The Doors Listen now

7 Frank & Nancy Sinatra "Somethin' Stupid" - Frank & Nancy Sinatra Listen now

8 The Turtles "Happy Together" - The Turtles Listen now

9 The Young Rascals "Groovin'" - The Young Rascals Listen now

10 Frankie Valli "Can't Take My Eyes off You" - Frankie Valli Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1968 according to retail sales

1 The Beatles "Hey Jude" - The Beatles Listen now

2 Paul Mauriat "Love is Blue" - Paul Mauriat Listen now

3 Bobby Goldsboro "Honey - Bobby Goldsboro Listen now

4 Otis Redding "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" - Otis Redding Listen now

5 The Young Rascals "People Got to Be Free" - The Rascals Listen now

6 Cream "Sunshine of Your Love" - Cream Listen now

7 Herb Alpert "This Guy's in Love With You" - Herb Alpert Listen now

8 Hugo Montenegro "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" - Hugo Montenegro Listen now

9 Simon & Garfunkel "Mrs. Robinson" - Simon & Garfunkel Listen now

10 Archie Bell & the Drells "Tighten Up" - Archie Bell & the Drells Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1969 according to retail sales

1 The Archies "Sugar, Sugar" - The Archies Listen now

2 The 5th Dimension "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" - The 5th Dimension Listen now

3 The Temptations "I Can't Get Next to You" - The Temptations Listen now

4 The Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Women" - The Rolling Stones Listen now

5 Sly and the Family Stone "Everyday People" - Sly and the Family Stone Listen now

6 Tommy Roe "Dizzy" - Tommy Roe Listen now

7 Sly and the Family Stone "Hot Fun in the Summertime" - Sly and the Family Stone Listen now

8 Tom Jones "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" - Tom Jones Listen now

9 The Foundations "Build Me Up Buttercup" - The Foundations Listen now

10 Tommy James and the Shondells "Crimson and Clover" - Tommy James and the Shondells Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1970 according to retail sales

1 Simon & Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon & Garfunkel Listen now

2 Carpenters "(They Long to Be) Close to You" - The Carpenters Listen now

3 The Guess Who "American Woman" - The Guess Who Listen now

4 B.J. Thomas "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" - B.J. Thomas Listen now

5 Edwin Starr "War" - Edwin Starr Listen now

6 Diana Ross "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Diana Ross Listen now

7 The Jackson 5 "I'll Be There" - The Jackson 5 Listen now

8 Rare Earth "Get Ready" - Rare Earth Listen now

9 The Beatles "Let It Be" - The Beatles Listen now

10 Freda Payne "Band of Gold" - Freda Payne Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1971 according to retail sales

1 Three Dog Night "Joy to the World" - Three Dog Night Listen now

2 Rod Stewart "Maggie May"/"Reason to Believe" - Rod Stewart Listen now

3 Carole King "It's Too Late"/"I Feel the Earth Move" - Carole King Listen now

4 The Osmonds "One Bad Apple" - The Osmonds Listen now

5 Bee Gees "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" - Bee Gees Listen now

6 Paul Revere & the Raiders "Indian Reservation" - Paul Revere & the Raiders Listen now

7 Donny Osmond "Go Away Little Girl" - Donny Osmond Listen now

8 John Denver "Take Me Home, Country Roads" - John Denver Listen now

9 The Temptations "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" - The Temptations Listen now

10 Tony Orlando and Dawn "Knock Three Times" - Tony Orlando and Dawn Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1972 according to retail sales

1 Roberta Flack "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - Roberta Flack Listen now

2 Gilbert O'Sullivan "Alone Again (Naturally)" - Gilbert O'Sullivan Listen now

3 Don McLean "American Pie" - Don McLean Listen now

4 Harry Nilsson "Without You" - Harry Nilsson Listen now

5 Sammy Davis Jr. "The Candy Man" - Sammy Davis Jr. Listen now

6 Joe Tex "I Gotcha" - Joe Tex Listen now

7 Bill Withers "Lean on Me" - Bill Withers Listen now

8 Mac Davis "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" - Mac Davis Listen now

9 Melanie "Brand New Key" - Melanie Listen now

10 Wayne Newton "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" - Wayne Newton Listen now



This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1973 according to retail sales

1 Tony Orlando and Dawn "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" - Tony Orlando and Dawn Listen now

2 Jim Croce "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" - Jim Croce Listen now

3 Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly with His Song" - Roberta Flack Listen now

4 Marvin Gaye "Let's Get It On" - Marvin Gaye Listen now

5 Paul McCartney & Wings "My Love" - Paul McCartney & Wings Listen now

6 Kris Kristofferson "Why Me" - Kris Kristofferson Listen now

7 Elton John "Crocodile Rock" - Elton John Listen now

8 Billy Preston "Will It Go Round in Circles" - Billy Preston Listen now

9 Carly Simon "You're So Vain" - Carly Simon Listen now

10 Diana Ross "Touch Me in the Morning" - Diana Ross Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1974 according to retail sales

1 Barbra Streisand "The Way We Were" - Barbra Streisand Listen now

2 Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun" - Terry Jacks Listen now

3 Love Unlimited Orchestra "Love's Theme" - Love Unlimited Orchestra Listen now

4 Redbone "Come and Get Your Love" - Redbone Listen now

5 The Jackson 5 "Dancing Machine" - The Jackson 5 Listen now

6 Grand Funk Railroad "The Loco-Motion" - Grand Funk Railroad Listen now

7 MFSB "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" - MFSB Listen now

8 Ray Stevens "The Streak" - Ray Stevens Listen now

9 Elton John "Bennie and the Jets" - Elton John Listen now

10 Mac Davis "One Hell of a Woman" - Mac Davis Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1975 according to retail sales

1 Captain & Tennille "Love Will Keep Us Together" - Captain & Tennille Listen now

2 Glen Campbell "Rhinestone Cowboy" - Glen Campbell Listen now

3 Elton John "Philadelphia Freedom" - Elton John Listen now

4 Freddy Fender "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" - Freddy Fender Listen now

5 Frankie Valli "My Eyes Adored You" - Frankie Valli Listen now

6 Earth, Wind & Fire "Shining Star" - Earth, Wind & Fire Listen now

7 David Bowie "Fame" - David Bowie Listen now

8 Neil Sedaka "Laughter in the Rain" - Neil Sedaka Listen now

9 Eagles "One of These Nights" - Eagles Listen now

10 John Denver "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" - John Denver Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1976 according to retail sales

1 Paul McCartney & Wings "Silly Love Songs" - Wings Listen now

2 Elton John & Kiki Dee "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" - Elton John & Kiki Dee Listen now

3 Johnnie Taylor "Disco Lady" - Johnnie Taylor Listen now

4 The Four Seasons "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" - The Four Seasons Listen now

5 Wild Cherry "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry Listen now

6 The Manhattans "Kiss and Say Goodbye" - The Manhattans Listen now

7 The Miracles "Love Machine" - The Miracles Listen now

8 Paul Simon "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" - Paul Simon Listen now

9 Gary Wright "Love Is Alive" - Gary Wright Listen now

10 Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band "A Fifth of Beethoven" - Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1977 according to retail sales

1 Rod Stewart "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" - Rod Stewart Listen now

2 Andy Gibb "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" - Andy Gibb Listen now

3 The Emotions "Best of My Love" - The Emotions Listen now

4 Barbra Streisand "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" - Barbra Streisand Listen now

5 Hot "Angel in Your Arms" - Hot Listen now

6 kenny_nolan "I Like Dreamin'" - Kenny Nolan Listen now

7 Thelma Houston "Don't Leave Me This Way" - Thelma Houston Listen now

8 Rita Coolidge "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" - Rita Coolidge Listen now

9 Alan O'Day "Undercover Angel" - Alan O'Day Listen now

10 Mary MacGregor "Torn Between Two Lovers" - Mary MacGregor Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1978 according to retail sales

1 Andy Gibb "Shadow Dancing" - Andy Gibb Listen now

2 Bee Gees "Night Fever" - Bee Gees Listen now

3 Debby Boone "You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone Listen now

4 Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive" - Bee Gees Listen now

5 Exile "Kiss You All Over" - Exile Listen now

6 Bee Gees "How Deep Is Your Love" - Bee Gees Listen now

7 Player "Baby Come Back" - Player Listen now

8 Andy Gibb "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" - Andy Gibb Listen now

9 A Taste of Honey "Boogie Oogie Oogie" - A Taste of Honey Listen now

10 Commodores "Three Times a Lady" - Commodores Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1979 according to retail sales

1 The Knack "My Sharona" - The Knack Listen now

2 Donna Summer "Bad Girls" - Donna Summer Listen now

3 Chic "Le Freak" - Chic Listen now

4 Rod Stewart "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" - Rod Stewart Listen now

5 Peaches & Herb "Reunited" - Peaches & Herb Listen now

6 Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor Listen now

7 Donna Summer "Hot Stuff" - Donna Summer Listen now

8 Village People "Y.M.C.A." - Village People Listen now

9 Anita Ward "Ring My Bell" - Anita Ward Listen now

10 Robert John "Sad Eyes" - Robert John Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1980 according to retail sales

1 Blondie "Call Me" - Blondie Listen now

2 Pink Floyd "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" - Pink Floyd Listen now

3 Olivia Newton-John "Magic" - Olivia Newton-John Listen now

4 Michael Jackson "Rock with You" - Michael Jackson Listen now

5 Captain & Tennille "Do That to Me One More Time" - Captain & Tennille Listen now

6 Queen "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" - Queen Listen now

7 Paul McCartney "Coming Up" - Paul McCartney Listen now

8 Lips Inc. "Funkytown" - Lipps Inc Listen now

9 Billy Joel "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" - Billy Joel Listen now

10 Bette Midler "The Rose" - Bette Midler Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1981 according to retail sales

1 Kim Carnes "Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes Listen now

2 Diana Ross & Lionel Richie "Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie Listen now

3 Kenny Rogers "Lady" - Kenny Rogers Listen now

4 John Lennon "(Just Like) Starting Over" - John Lennon Listen now

5 Rick Springfield "Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield Listen now

6 Kool & the Gang "Celebration" - Kool & the Gang Listen now

7 Hall & Oates "Kiss on My List" - Hall & Oates Listen now

8 Eddie Rabbitt "I Love a Rainy Night" - Eddie Rabbitt Listen now

9 Dolly Parton "9 To 5" - Dolly Parton Listen now

10 REO Speedwagon "Keep on Loving You" - REO Speedwagon Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1982 according to retail sales

1 Olivia Newton-John "Physical" - Olivia Newton-John Listen now

2 Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor Listen now

3 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts "I Love Rock 'n Roll" - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Listen now

4 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder "Ebony and Ivory" - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder Listen now

5 The J. Geils Band "Centerfold" - The J. Geils Band Listen now

6 The Human League "Don't You Want Me" - The Human League Listen now

7 John Cougar "Jack & Diane" - John Cougar Listen now

8 John Cougar "Hurts So Good" - John Cougar Listen now

9 Steve Miller Band "Abracadabra" - Steve Miller Band Listen now

10 Chicago "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" - Chicago Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1983 according to retail sales

1 The Police "Every Breath You Take" - The Police Listen now

2 Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson Listen now

3 Irene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling" - Irene Cara Listen now

4 Men at Work "Down Under" - Men at Work Listen now

5 Michael Jackson "Beat It" - Michael Jackson Listen now

6 Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" - Bonnie Tyler Listen now

7 Hall & Oates "Maneater" - Hall & Oates Listen now

8 Patti Austin and James Ingram "Baby, Come to Me" - Patti Austin and James Ingram Listen now

9 Michael Sembello "Maniac" - Michael Sembello Listen now

10 Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" - Eurythmics Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1984 according to retail sales

1 Prince "When Doves Cry" - Prince Listen now

2 Tina Turner "What's Love Got to Do with It" - Tina Turner Listen now

3 Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson "Say Say Say" - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson Listen now

4 Kenny Loggins "Footloose" - Kenny Loggins Listen now

5 Phil Collins "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" - Phil Collins Listen now

6 Van Halen "Jump" - Van Halen Listen now

7 Lionel Richie "Hello" - Lionel Richie Listen now

8 Yes "Owner of a Lonely Heart" - Yes Listen now

9 Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker Jr. Listen now

10 Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" - Culture Club Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1985 according to retail sales

1 Wham! "Careless Whisper" - Wham! Listen now

2 Madonna "Like a Virgin" - Madonna Listen now

3 Wham! "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" - Wham! Listen now

4 Foreigner "I Want to Know What Love Is" - Foreigner Listen now

5 Chaka Khan "I Feel for You" - Chaka Khan Listen now

6 Hall & Oates "Out of Touch" - Hall & Oates Listen now

7 Tears for Fears "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" - Tears for Fears Listen now

8 Dire Straits "Money for Nothing"- Dire Straits Listen now

9 Madonna "Crazy for You" - Madonna Listen now

10 a_ha "Take On Me" - a-ha Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1986 according to retail sales

1 Dionne and Friends "That's What Friends Are For" - Dionne and Friends (Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder) Listen now

2 Lionel Richie "Say You, Say Me" - Lionel Richie Listen now

3 Klymaxx "I Miss You" - Klymaxx Listen now

4 On My Own - Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald "On My Own" - Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald Listen now

5 Mr. Mister "Broken Wings" - Mr. Mister Listen now

6 Whitney Houston "How Will I Know" - Whitney Houston Listen now

7 Eddie Murphy "Party All the Time" - Eddie Murphy Listen now

8 Survivor "Burning Heart" - Survivor Listen now

9 Mr. Mister "Kyrie" - Mr. Mister Listen now

10 Robert Palmer "Addicted to Love" - Robert Palmer Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1987 according to retail sales

1 The Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian" - The Bangles Listen now

2 Heart "Alone" - Heart Listen now

3 Gregory Abbott "Shake You Down" - Gregory Abbott Listen now

4 Whitney Houston "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" - Whitney Houston Listen now

5 Starship "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - Starship Listen now

6 Robbie Nevil "C'est La Vie" - Robbie Nevil Listen now

7 Whitesnake "Here I Go Again" - Whitesnake Listen now

8 Bruce Hornsby and the Range "The Way It Is" - Bruce Hornsby and the Range Listen now

9 Bob Seger "Shakedown" - Bob Seger Listen now

10 Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer" - Bon Jovi Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1988 according to retail sales

1 George Michael "Faith" - George Michael Listen now

2 INXS "Need You Tonight" - INXS Listen now

3 George Harrison "Got My Mind Set on You" - George Harrison Listen now

4 Rick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up" - Rick Astley Listen now

5 Guns N' Roses "Sweet Child o' Mine" - Guns N' Roses Listen now

6 Whitney Houston "So Emotional" - Whitney Houston Listen now

7 Belinda Carlisle "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" - Belinda Carlisle Listen now

8 Tiffany "Could've Been" - Tiffany Listen now

9 Breathe "Hands to Heaven" - Breathe Listen now

10 Steve Winwood "Roll with It" - Steve Winwood Listen now


This is a list of Billboard magazine's top popular songs of 1989 according to retail sales

1 Chicago "Look Away" - Chicago Listen now

2 Bobby Brown "My Prerogative" - Bobby Brown Listen now

3 Poison "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" - Poison Listen now

4 Paula Abdul "Straight Up" - Paula Abdul Listen now

5 Janet Jackson "Miss You Much" - Janet Jackson Listen now

6 Paul Abdul "Cold Hearted" - Paula Abdul Listen now

7 Bette Midler "Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler Listen now

8 Milli Vanilli "Girl You Know It's True" - Milli Vanilli Listen now

9 Will to Power "Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley" - Will to Power Listen now

10 Anita Baker "Giving You the Best That I Got" - Anita Baker Listen now


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