Billboard Magazine reports:
On Aug. 4, 1958, Billboard launched the Hot 100, forever changing pop music — or at least how it’s measured. Sixty years later, the chart remains the gold-standard ranking of America’s top songs each week. And while what goes into a hit has changed (bye bye, jukebox play; hello, streaming!), attaining a spot on the list — or better yet, a coveted No. 1 — is still the benchmark to which artists aspire, from Ricky Nelson on the first to Drake on the latest. Which brings us to this hottest-of-the-hot list: the 600 most massive smashes over the chart’s six decades.
Some of the songs at the top of the list are surprising.