Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. When it comes to music, there's no objective right or wrong, good or bad — but that never stops passionate music fans from sharing and defending their favorites. From pop hooks to album covers to beats, we're rounding up some of the greatest of all time in music on Billboard.
1. Michael Jackson
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This is a comprehensive listing that highlights significant achievements and milestones based upon Billboard magazine 's singles charts, most notably the Billboard Hot This list spans the period from the issue dated January 1, to present. The Billboard Hot began with the issue dated August 4, , and is currently the standard popular music chart in the United States. These charts, which ranged from 20 to slots, were phased out at different times between and Though technically not part of the Hot chart history, select data from these charts are included for computational purposes, and to avoid unenlightening or misleading characterizations. In , for the 50th anniversary of the Hot , Billboard magazine compiled a ranking of the best-performing songs on the chart over the 50 years, along with the best-performing artists. Also shown are the artists placing the most songs on the overall "all-time" top song list. Source: . Source:  .
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Subscriber Account active since. In the history of modern music rankings, only a handful of songs have ever debuted at No. The Hot is widely considered the definitive all-genre singles chart in the US. Although it was officially launched in , Billboard began using modern airplay and sales data in — allowing for more time-sensitive calculations and accurate rankings. Moreover, Billboard began incorporating digital sales data in and YouTube data in The chart methodology is updated at least once a year , to reflect rapidly evolving listening trends. Although more than 1, songs have reached the coveted No. The achievement may be growing more common.