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Billboard Reveals The Top 500 Best Pop Songs, Whitney Houston Topping The List

Billboard reveals the top 500 best pop songs ever. In honor of Billboard's Hot 100's 65th anniversary, the list includes the staff's top picks. We've seen memorable hits from famous and not-so-famous acts make their mark on pop culture over the years. However, which is the best pop song ever?

Author:Camilo Wood
Reviewer:Dexter Cooke
Oct 23, 2023
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Billboard reveals the top 500 best pop songsever. In honor of Billboard's Hot 100's 65th anniversary, the list includes the staff's top picks.
With its Hot 100 Chart, Billboard Magazine has been keeping an eye on what's hot in music since it began in 1958. We've seen memorable hits from famous and not-so-famous acts make their mark on pop culture over the years. However, which is the best pop song ever?

Billboard Reveals The Top 500 Best Pop Songs

Whitney Houston on I Wanna Dance with Somebody
Whitney Houston on I Wanna Dance with Somebody
Billboard is having a good time making a list of the 500 best pop songs of all time based on its own standards. By "pop," they mean "popular" and, most importantly, that the song has been on the Billboard Hot 100. The list includes songs from all kinds of musical styles; just look at the top 10 spots. Billboard said of the list:
We were looking for the songs that most fit our idea of pop music - catchy, tight, rousing, emotional, immaculately crafted, instantly memorable.- Billboard
There are artists on the list from "Lesley Gore to Carly Rae Jepsen, from Sam Cooke to SZA, from The Kinks to The Chainsmokers, from Chubby Checker to Rae Sremmurd,"who have been on Billboard's Hot 100 since the chart's start in 1958.
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston is at the top of the list. "Dancing Queen" by ABBA is in second place, and "My Girl" by the Temptations is in third. 'I Want It That Way' by Backstreet Boys and 'Since U Been Gone' by Kelly Clarkson round out the top 5. There are some big hits in the top 10, like "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen at number 8 "Like a Prayer" by Madonna at number 6, and "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson at number 9.
There are a lot of classic songs in the top 100, like "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey (97), "Mr. Brightside" by the Killers (90), and "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child (85). There are also a lot of megahits that have recently defined an era, like "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (84) or "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd (79). Hits like "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse (73) and "Wonderwall" by Oasis (48) are already very well known at this point in Time. 'Drivers License,' by Olivia Rodrigo, from 2021, is one of the newest. It comes in at number 72.
"Macarena" by Los Del Río is at number 500 on the list. Other songs on the list, like "Mi Gente" by J Balvin (459), are more current. Other songs on the list are classics from the past, like "Say a Little Prayer" by Dionne Warwick at number 430. It also has the nerve to include Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness," but the Cedric Gervais version, at number 418. Then you can listen to "Hey Jude" by the Beatles (288) and "Boom Clap" by Charli XCX (226). Billboard doesn't hate Céline Dion like Rolling Stone does; her song "My Heart Will Go On" comes in at number 279.

Final Words

Billboard just put together a list of the 500 best pop songs ever to appear on their chart. Billboard says that "pop songs" are the "most catchy, tight, hooky, and instantly memorable songs that have taken over our lives for the past six and a half decades." That means the list will have music from a lot of different styles, like rock, hip-hop, R&B, country, and more.
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Camilo Wood

Camilo Wood

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Camilo Wood has over two decades of experience as a writer and journalist, specializing in finance and economics. With a degree in Economics and a background in financial research and analysis, Camilo brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his writing. Throughout his career, Camilo has contributed to numerous publications, covering a wide range of topics such as global economic trends, investment strategies, and market analysis. His articles are recognized for their insightful analysis and clear explanations, making complex financial concepts accessible to readers. Camilo's experience includes working in roles related to financial reporting, analysis, and commentary, allowing him to provide readers with accurate and trustworthy information. His dedication to journalistic integrity and commitment to delivering high-quality content make him a trusted voice in the fields of finance and journalism.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

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Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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