Saturday, June 20, 2020

June 19 - The 20 Greatest Final Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of All-Time

The staff of Rolling Stone picked ‘The 20 Greatest Final Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of All-Time’. The Hot 100 toppers that stand as the final statement in the chart history books from some of our most successful artists ever. Of course, to even have a "final No. 1," you need to have a number of them to begin with, and it has to have been a while since your last one. They settled at a minimum of four total No. 1s, and at least ten years since the most recent one, to be eligible for this list -- though we recognize that we definitely still might not have heard the last from some of these artists in the hot 100's top tier just yet.

Elvis Presley’s 1969 recording of ‘Suspicious Minds’ “is listed at No.1.

The magazine notes: “How fitting that the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s last No. 1 is one of his very best -- you wouldn’t want The King to go out on a dud. Presley recorded this song in Memphis in January 1969, when he was coming off his legendary comeback TV special (which aired the previous month). Elvis was back on top, and it shows in his performance. “Suspicious Minds” is notable for a very long fade -- which initially turns out to be a fake ending, guessing correctly that listeners hadn't gotten enough of the outro just yet. Elvis locks into a killer groove and stays with it for a good two minutes A very good two minutes.”

The Top 3:

5. Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind" (2009)
4. The Temptations, "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (1972)
3. Cher, "Believe" (1999)
2. The Jackson 5, "I'll Be There" (1970)
1. Elvis Presley, "Suspicious Minds" (1969)

(Source: Rolling Stone)