16 Songs that Debuted at #1 on Billboard


Billboard’s Silvio Pietroluongo, N.Y. wrote this on May 12, 2010 11:00 EDT
“Eminem will join a very elite club tomorrow when the new Billboard Hot 100 singles chart is unveiled.

The hip-hop king’s new single, “Not Afraid,” will be just the 16th to debut at No. 1 on the nearly 52-year old chart”

Here’s the complete list of the 16 songs, 3 of which are from Mariah Carey and 3 from American Idol winners, 1 from a runner-up, 2 are from movie soundtracks

1. Michael Jackson
“You Are Not Alone”
Chart Debut Date: September 2, 1995

2. Mariah Carey
Chart Debut Date: September 30, 1995

3. Whitney Houston
“Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”
Chart Debut Date: November 25, 1995

4. Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
“One Sweet Day”
Chart Debut Date: December2, 1995

5. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat. 112
“I’ll Be Missing You”
Chart Debut Date: June 14, 1997

6. Mariah Carey
Chart Debut Date: September 13, 1997

7. Elton John
“Candle in the Wind 1997/ The Way You Look Tonight”
Chart Debut Date: October 11, 1997

8. Celine Dion
“My Heart Will Go On”
Chart Debut Date: February 28, 1998

9. Aerosmith
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
Chart Debut Date: September 5, 1998

10. Lauryn Hill
“Doo Wop (That Thing)”
Chart Debut Date: November 14, 1998

11. Clay Aiken
“This Is the Night”
Chart Debut Date: June 28, 2003

12. Fantasia
“I Believe”
Chart Debut Date: July 10, 2004

13. Carrie Underwood
“Inside Your Heaven”
Chart Debut Date: July 2, 2005

14. Taylor Hicks
“Do I Make You Proud”
Chart Debut Date: July 1, 2006

15. Britney Spears
Chart Debut Date: October 24, 2009

16. Eminem
“Not Afraid”
Chart Debut Date: May 22, 2010


11 Responses to “16 Songs that Debuted at #1 on Billboard”

  1. mr. perk Says:

    wow Fantasia’s I Believe is part of the list.. too bad no Kelly Clarkson song made it.. : )

  2. rjpebs Says:

    I thought Heartbreaker (MC) debuted at number 1. Oh well. 🙂

  3. Elen.P Says:

    Awww I miss the old Whitney, where she can still deliver a good performance

  4. homer singson Says:

    I just noticed… after debuting at #1, whitney (exhale) was dethroned by mariah/boyz II men (one sweet day) a week later. wawa naman si whitney. 😛

    I also didn’t know that four AI alumni debuted at #1 in the hot 100 charts. Great post! Keepipup!

  5. poljeffrey Says:

    Yeah! Marshall Mathers is back! 🙂

  6. If I had a dollar for each time I came here… Superb read.

  7. Gucci Shoes Says:

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