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Real McCoy Tops Billboard List of the All-Time Top Pop Songs

by VVN Music

Billboard has published their top 100 pop hits of all time which is led by the German eurodance act Real McCoy.

This list is based on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, which only started on October 3, 1992, leaving out thousands of pop songs from earlier years.  Based on radio airplay on pop radio stations, the chart started at a time when the definition of "pop" music was changing.  Before then, pop was the realm of crooners and more easy listening artists as compared to those that fell into the rock spectrum.  Now, much of dance and light and even moderate rock is considered pop.

The number 1 spot on the chart that spans the last twenty five years is the band Real McCoy with the song "Another Night". While the song only went to number 3 on the Hot 100 in 1993, it took the top of the Pop Songs for six weeks and was in the top ten for 28 weeks.

"Night" is followed by Santana and Rob Thomas' smash "Smooth", "Hanging By a Moment" by Lifehouse, "Apologize" by Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic and "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback.

The top twenty (veteran artists in bold):
  1. Another Night - Real McCoy
  2. Smooth - Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
  3. Hanging By a Moment - Lifehouse
  4. Apologize - Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic
  5. How You Remind Me - Nickelback
  6. Here Without You - 3 Doors Down
  7. Don't Speak - No Doubt
  8. Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
  9. Closer - The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
  10. I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis
  11. One More Night - Maroon 5
  12. Wake Me Up! - Avicii
  13. TiK ToK - Kesha
  14. Slide - Goo Goo Dolls
  15. Name - Goo Goo Dolls
  16. Counting Stars - OneRepublic
  17. We Found Love - Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris
  18. Two Princes - Spin Doctors
  19. Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
  20. Uptown Funk! - Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
Note that the Goo Goo Dolls took three of the top fifteen positions but that, amazingly, did not give them a spot on Billboard's top 50 Pop Artists list, based on the Pop Songs chart. 

Rihanna is the number 1 artist based on thirty top ten songs in the last 12 years. Only two veteran artists make the top ten, Justin Timberlake at 5 and Mariah Carey at 9.
  1. Rihanna
  2. P!nk
  3. Maroon 5
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Justin Timberlake
  6. Britney Spears
  7. Taylor Swift
  8. Kelly Clarkson
  9. Mariah Carey
  10. Bruno Mars
You can see the full Top 100 Songs and Top 50 Artists at Billboard.