So far this year there has been nine number ones in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. However all of them were originally released in 2011 including Gotye's Somebody that I Used to Know which was released in July 2011 and even Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen was released in September of last year. While Kelly Clarkson's Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) was released on single in January in 2012 it is taken from her album Stronger which was released in October of last year. My point here is that while all of those songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart will define the sound of this year in music they are all songs from last year. To date this year there has been eight number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
Twenty five years ago in 1987 a total of 29 songs had made it to number one. The year had began with The Bangles whose single Walk Like An Egyptian which first made to number one on December 20th 1986 and continued into the first two weeks of 1987. By early July of 1987 there had been a total of 14 songs that made it to number one. The first five of the 29 were songs released in 1986 and the remainder were released in 1987.
Several music artists had two Billboard Hot 100 number ones that year.
- Madonna: Open Your Heart (Feb) & Who's That Girl (August)
- George Michael - I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me) (April) & Faith (December)
- U2 - With or Without You (May) & I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (August)
- Whitney - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (June) and Didn't We Almost Have It All (Sept)
- Michael Jackson (With Siedah Garrett) - I Just Can't Stop Loving You (Sept) & Bad (Oct)
- Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Head To Toe (June) & Lost In Emotion (October)
Several songs also featured on movie soundtracks including Madonna's Who's That Girl, La Bamba by Los Lobos and Starship's Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now (From Mannequin).
I always think the chart is more interesting where there is a wider selection of number one songs. It will be interesting to see how many more songs make it to number one this year in the US.
Here is a video of the 29 songs that made it to number one in 1987 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video was complied by IdolWatcher0