Special Report

Most Popular Song the Year You Were Born


To determine the most popular song each year since 1960, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed Billboard Hot 100 rankings going back to August 1960. The song chosen to represent each year is the single that spent the most weeks in the No. 1 rank and – in the case of ties – spent the most time in the No. 2 and No. 3 ranks.

“Copies of single sold” refers to Certified Units as reported by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). These figures reflect record label shipments in the United States, as opposed to retail sales. They represent singles only and not the albums a single may have appeared on. In certain cases – especially with regards to older releases – sales may be underreported due to labels’ failure to request updated certification from the RIAA.