Special Report

The Most Popular Song Every Year Since 1970

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2015
> Most popular song: Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk!
> Hot 100 debut: Nov. 29, 2014
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 1
> Weeks on Hot 100: 56
> Runner-up song: Fetty Wap – Trap Queen

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2016
> Most popular song: The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya – Don’t Let Me Down
> Hot 100 debut: Feb. 27, 2016
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 3
> Weeks on Hot 100: 52
> Runner-up song: twenty one pilots – Stressed Out

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2017
> Most popular song: Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
> Hot 100 debut: Jan. 28, 2017
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 1
> Weeks on Hot 100: 58
> Runner-up song: Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like

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2018
> Most popular song: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
> Hot 100 debut: Nov. 11, 2017
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 2
> Weeks on Hot 100: 51
> Runner-up song: Ed Sheeran – Perfect

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2019
> Most popular song: Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse)
> Hot 100 debut: Nov. 3, 2018
> Peak Hot 100 position: No. 1
> Weeks on Hot 100: 53
> Runner-up song: Post Malone – Wow.