To mark the 55th anniversary of the Billboard charts, they counted down the biggest tracks ever. Crossing all genres the top 5 are an ecletic mix while surprising, and possibly beating other songs that are more recognizable, but both recent releases and relics of the past made the list.
Beating songs like The Beatles' "Hey Jude," "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John, and Bayside Boys Mix of "Macarena" by Los Del Rio, LMFAO made number five on the list with a song that was number one for six weeks in a row in 2011, "Party Rock Anthem." LMFAO's drummer at the time, Jordan Nuanez, was the goups first live drummer, having initially only performed with a DJ.
LeAnn Rimes is number four with "How Do I Live," and while it was written for the movie "Con Air," the producers preferred Trisha Yearwood for the soundtrack. Both versions were released and Rimes' single remained on the Hot 100 for 69 weeks and peaked at number two in 1997. The drummer that appeared on the recording was Greg Morrow.Greg has also worked with Dixie Chicks, Van Zant, .38 Special, Hank Williams III, Amy Grant, Travis Tritt, and others.
Third on the list and number one for nine weeks in 1959 is Bobby Darin with "Mack the Knife." A late addition to Die Dreigroschenoper, or The Threepenny Opera, it premiered in Berlin in 1928. Drummer Don Lamond appeared with Bobby Darin on Darin's original release. Lamond, who recorded with Benny Goodman, Sonny Stitt, Jack Teagarden, Quincy Jones and others but was most often recording drums with Charlie Parker.
Santana is the longest wait in history for a number one. "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas was number one on the Billboard chart 30 years after the group debuted on the Hot 100 with their release "Jingo." "Smooth" was number one for twelve weeks in 1999 and features drummer Rodney Holmes, who is described as the nicest guy you'll ever meet. Homes is an extremely versatile drummer crossing all genres of music, working within each as if it alone was his specialty. He is not only a drummer but a composer and bandleader. You can see him performing with "Rodney Holmes' Lithium Tree," "Project Percolator," or "Randy Brecker Group."
Making the number one spot on the top 100 songs of all time is Chubby Checker's "Twist," reaching number one in 1960 and again in 1962. There was one change in the arrangement that producer Dave Appell cited as a large contribution to the song's success. Drummer Ellis Tollin is credited with making the seemingly small change, accenting the 2 and 4 beats on the hi-hats instead of 1 and 3, changing the feel of the song.
The drummers who played with the groups in the top 5 are as diverse in experience as the groups appearing in the top 100. Explore the Billboard biggest Hot 100 hits ever and see if your favorite song made the list!
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