Top 10 Best Billboard Year-End #1 Hit Songs of All Time

This is based on a series of lists that i have been making in the last couple of days where i rank the Year-End #1 hit songs between the 1950s through the 2000s (user Martinglez already made a list for the 2010s), i will rank them by how important and relevant they are to this day and according to my personal taste

WARNING: Do not post random hit songs that didn't even hit #1 for a weekend to post here, just songs that genuinely ranked at #1 at the Billboard's year end list
The Top Ten
1 Hey Jude - The Beatles Hey Jude - The Beatles Cover Art

Year-End #1 Song of 1968: What else can I say about this song? Is the biggest song on the Beatles career and one of their most acclaimed and remembered songs, I'm not sure if I can say pridely that is their best song, but it's definitely one of my personal favorites, and the best song to ever hit #1 in a billboard year end list in my opinion

2 Call Me - Blondie Call Me - Blondie Cover Art

Year-End #1 Song of 1980: Blondie's biggest song and also one of their best one, everything about it is extremely good, from the energy of Debbie Harry, to the instrumentation to how pumped out and energetic it is, truly one of the greatest hits of all time

3 Every Breath You Take - The Police Every Breath You Take - The Police Cover Art

Year-End #1 Song of 1983: The biggest song from what many consider the greatest year in pop music's history (I plan to make a best and worst list on that year for the matter, be tuned for that one), and with a good reason, from the lead guitar to Sting's voice, everything is really great in this one, another amazing and timeless classic

4 Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson Cover Art

Year-End #1 Song of 2015: Probably a controversial pick for how recent it is, but a perfect example of how a pop song should be, energetic, catchy, cheerful, with an amazing production without sounding overproduced, a song that anyone could hear and not get tired from it

5 Rolling in the Deep - Adele Rolling in the Deep - Adele Cover Art

Year-End #1 Song of 2011: Another relatively recent #1 song but another that most people seem to come back and agree it's one of the greatest modern pop songs, Adele uses a lot of classic influence in this one but it hits so good it feels genuine, instead of being some cheap revival, definitely one of the best songs of the past decade

6 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel Cover Art

Year-End #1 Song of 1970: Another all time classic and my personal favorite song from Simon & Garfunkel, it might be slow but it doesn't get tedious or boring, making it one of the most beautiful songs to ever hit #1 on the charts

7 When Doves Cry - Prince & The Revolution When Doves Cry - Prince & The Revolution Cover Art

Year-End #1 Song of 1984: Personally, Prince has a few songs out there that I prefer over this one, but I completely understand why this one is his biggest song, catchy, energetic, it might be a product of it's time but it's definitely one that we are okay as a proof of how an era sounded in general

8 California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas Cover Art

Year-End #1 Song of 1966: It might not be as recognizable of a hit like Hey Jude is, but it's definitely another one that more people should give it a shot, deserves to be there alonge I Can't Get No, Good Vibrations and The Sound of Silence as one of the greatest classics from the 60s

9 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston Cover Art

Year-End #1 Song of 1993: By far the best from all the #1 hits of the 90s and Whitney's biggest songs, a lot of people have said her vocals are what make this track and they are definitely right

10 Yeah! - Usher Yeah! - Usher Cover Art

Year-End #1 Song of 2004: I honestly compare this one with Prince's When Doves Cry, it is a product of it's time, but is such a wonderful product of it's time, it's still great to heard it be played to this day, this song is pretty much a command for you to dance out in the club, and a really good one in that task

The Contenders
11 Somebody that I Used to Know - Gotye Somebody that I Used to Know - Gotye Cover Art

I might be a little biased but still I think most can agree this is one of the best year end number one hits. Also I would say it’s one of the most surprising it doesn’t really sound much like anything that was popular at the time.

12 Blinding Lights - The Weeknd Blinding Lights - The Weeknd Cover Art
13 One Man Band - Old Dominion One Man Band - Old Dominion Cover Art
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