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Pazz & Jop: Top 10 Singles by Year, 1979–2017

Pazz & Jop: Top 10 Singles by Year, 1979–2017


1. Ian Dury & the Blockheads: “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”/”Causes to Be Cheerful, Pt. three”

2. M: “Pop Musik”

three. Donna Summer time: “Hot Stuff”

four. (Tie) Sister Sledge: “We Are Family”/”He’s the Biggest Dancer”
The Pretenders: “Stop Your Sobbing”/”The Wait”

6. (Tie) Fleetwood Mac: “Tusk”
The Knack: “My Sharona”

eight. Blondie: “Dreaming”

9. (Tie) The Brains: “Money Changes Everything”
The Flying Lizards: “Money”


1. Kurtis Blow: “The Breaks”

2. Pleasure Division: “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

three. Blondie: “Call Me”

four. (Tie) The Conflict: “Train in Vain”/”London Calling”
Pretenders: “Brass in Pocket”

6. Stevie Marvel: “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”

7. John Lennon: “(Just Like) Starting Over”/Yoko Ono: “Kiss Kiss Kiss”

eight. The Vapors: “Turning Japanese”

9. Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown”

10 (Tie) Diana Ross: “Upside Down”
Bruce Springsteen: “Hungry Heart”


1. (Tie) Laurie Anderson: “O Superman”/”Stroll the Canine”
Rolling Stones: “Start Me Up”

three. Grandmaster Flash: “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel”

four. (Tie) Kim Carnes: “Bette Davis Eyes”
Yoko Ono: “Walking on Thin Ice”

6. Tom Tom Membership: “Genius of Love”

7. (Tie) Pete Shelley: “Homosapien”
Gentle Cell: “Tainted Love”/”The place Did Our Love Go?”

9. Funky 4 Plus One: “That’s the Joint”

10. Prince: “Controversy”


1. Grandmaster Flash & the Livid 5: “The Message”

2. Marvin Gaye: “Sexual Healing”

three. The Conflict: “Rock the Casbah”

four. Prince: “1999”/”How Come You Don’t Name Me Anymore?”

5. Smooth Cell: “Tainted Love”/”The place Did Our Love Go?”

6. Musical Youth: “Pass the Dutchie”

7. Pretenders: “Back On the Chain Gang”/”My Metropolis Was Gone”

eight. Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Pressure: “Planet Rock”

9. (Tie) ABC: “The Look Of Love”
Aretha Franklin: “Jump To It”
The Human League: “Don’t You Want Me”


1. Michael Jackson: “Billie Jean”

2. The Police: “Every Breath You Take”

three. The Pretenders: “Back on the Chain Gang”/”My Metropolis Was Gone”

four. (Tie) Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Pressure: “Looking for the Perfect Beat”
Prince: “Little Red Corvette”

6. Eddy Grant: “Electric Avenue”

7. Michael Jackson: “Beat It”

eight. Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel: “White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)”

9. Run-D.M.C.: “It’s Like That”/”Sucker M.C.s”

10. Speaking Heads: “Burning Down the House”


1. Prince: “When Doves Cry”/”17 Days”

2. Bruce Springsteen: “Dancing in the Dark”/”Pink Cadillac”

three. Tina Turner: “What’s Love Got to Do With It”

four. Hüsker Dü: “Eight Miles High”

5. Van Halen: “Jump”

6. Prince: “Let’s Go Crazy”/”Erotic Metropolis”

7. (Tie) Afrika Bambaataa & the Godfather of Soul James Brown: “Unity”
Run-D.M.C.: “Rock Box”

9. Chaka Khan: “I Feel for You”

10. (Tie) Cyndi Lauper: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
Cyndi Lauper: “Time After Time”


1. Artists United Towards Apartheid: “Sun City”

2. Aretha Franklin: “Freeway of Love”

three. John Fogerty: “The Old Man Down the Road”/”Massive Practice (From Memphis)”

four. Hüsker Dü: “Makes No Sense at All”/”Love Is All Round”

5. Ramones: “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg”

6. Don Henley: “The Boys of Summer”/”A Month of Sundays”

7. Eurythmics: “Would I Lie to You?”

eight. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam With Full Drive: “I Wonder If I Take You Home”

9. Doug E. Recent & the Get Recent Crew: “The Show”/”La-Di-Da-Di”

10. Kate Bush: “Running Up That Hill”


1. Run-D.M.C.: “Walk This Way”

2. Cameo: “Word Up”

three. Prince & the Revolution: “Kiss”/”Love or Cash”

four. Peter Gabriel: “Sledgehammer”

5 (tie). Billy Bragg: “Levi Stubbs’ Tears”
R.E.M.: “Fall on Me”
Timbuk three: “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”

eight. Steve Winwood: “Higher Love”

9 (tie). Public Picture Ltd.: “Rise”
Speaking Heads: “Wild Wild Life”


1. Prince: “Sign O’ the Times”

2. Suzanne Vega: “Luka”

three. Los Lobos: “La Bamba”

four. Prince: “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man”/”Scorching Factor”

5. M/A/R/R/S: “Pump Up the Volume”

6 (tie). Grateful Lifeless: “Touch of Grey”
Bruce Springsteen: “Brilliant Disguise”/”Fortunate Man”
R.E.M.: “The One I Love”

9. Prince: “U Got the Look”/”Housequake”

10 (tie). Bruce Springsteen: “Tunnel of Love”
X: “Fourth of July”/”Positively Fourth Road”


1. Tracy Chapman: “Fast Car”

2. Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock: “It Takes Two”

three. Weapons N’ Roses: “Sweet Child o’ Mine”

four. Prince: “Alphabet St.”

5. Midnight Oil: “Beds Are Burning”/”The Lifeless Coronary heart”

6 (tie). Public Enemy: “Don’t Believe the Hype”/”Prophets of Rage”
Touring Wilburys: “Handle With Care”

eight. Bobby Brown: “My Prerogative”

9 (tie). Eric B. & Rakim: “Follow the Leader”
D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Recent Prince: “Parents Just Don’t Understand”
The Primitives: “Crash”


1. Public Enemy: “Fight the Power”

2. Neneh Cherry: “Buffalo Stance”

three. Soul II Soul: “Carry on Movin’ ”

four. Wonderful Younger Cannibals: “She Drives Me Crazy”

5. Tone-Loc: “Wild Thing”

6. Younger M.C.: “Bust a Move”

7. Madonna: “Like a Prayer”

eight. The B-52s: “Love Shack”

9. Tom Petty: “Free Fallin’ ”

10. Rolling Stones: “Mixed Emotions”


1. Deee-Lite: “Groove Is in the Heart”/”What Is Love”

2. Sinéad O’Connor: “Nothing Compares 2 U”

three. Digital Underground: “The Humpty Dance”

four. Madonna: “Vogue”

5 (tie). Religion No Extra: “Epic”
Lisa Stansfield: “All Around the World”

7. Black Field: “Everybody Everybody”

eight. Madonna: “Justify My Love”

9. Soho: “Hippychick”

10. Public Enemy: “Welcome to the Terrordome”


1. Nirvana: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

2. R.E.M.: “Losing My Religion”

three. Naughty by Nature: “O.P.P.”

four. Geto Boys: “Mind Playing Tricks on Me”

5. Metallica: “Enter Sandman”

6 (tie). P.M. Daybreak: “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss”
Crystal Waters: “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”

eight (tie). Public Enemy: “Can’t Truss It”
Seal: “Crazy”

10. EMF: “Unbelievable”


1. Arrested Improvement: “Tennessee”

2. Home of Ache: “Jump Around”

three. Kris Kross: “Jump”

four. En Vogue: “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”

5 (tie). Arrested Improvement: “People Everyday”
Cypress Hill: “How I Could Just Kill a Man”/”The Phuncky Really feel One”

7. Sir Combine-a-Lot: “Baby Got Back”

eight. U2: “One”

9. The KLF: “Justified and Ancient”

10. Sophie B. Hawkins: “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover”


1. The Breeders: “Cannonball”

2 (tie). Digable Planets: “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”
Nirvana: “Heart-Shaped Box”

four. Dr. Dre: “Nuthin’ however ‘

G’ Thang”

5. Salt-n-Pepa: “Shoop”

6 (tie). Radiohead: “Creep”
Soul Asylum: “Runaway Train”

eight. The Juliana Hatfield three: “My Sister”

9. Urge Overkill: “Sister Havana”

10 (tie). Ice Dice: “It Was a Good Day”/”Examine Yo Self”
Tony Toni Toné: “If I Had No Loot”


1. Beck: “Loser”

2. Veruca Salt: “Seether”

three. Coolio: “Fantastic Voyage”

four. Warren G: “Regulate”

5. Beastie Boys: “Sabotage”

6. R.E.M.: “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”

7. Pavement: “Cut Your Hair”

eight (tie). Gap: “Doll Parts”
Liz Phair: “Supernova”

10. Offspring: “Come Out and Play”


1. Coolio: “Gangsta’s Paradise”

2. Edwyn Collins: “A Girl Like You”
Alanis Morissette: “You Oughta Know”

four. Elastica: “Connection”

5. TLC: “Waterfalls”

6. Joan Osborne: “One of Us”

7. PJ Harvey: “Down by the Water”

eight. TLC: “Creep”

9 (tie). Dionne Farris: “I Know”
Shaggy: “Boombastic”


1. Quad Metropolis DJs: “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)”

2 (tie). Beck: “Where It’s At”
Smashing Pumpkins: “1979”

four (tie). Oasis: “Wonderwall”
Pulp: “Common People”

6. Busta Rhymes: “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check”

7. The Chemical Brothers: “Setting Sun”

eight (tie). Beck: “Devils Haircut”
Blackstreet: “No Diggity”
Primitive Radio Gods: “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand”


1. Hanson: “MMMBop”

2. Chumbawamba: “Tubthumping”

three. The Verve: “Bitter Sweet Symphony”

four. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott: “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”

5. Blur: “Song 2”

6. Cornershop: “Brimful of Asha”

7. The Chemical Brothers: “Block Rockin’ Beats”

eight (tie). Erykah Badu: “On and On”
Smash Mouth: “Walkin’ on the Sun”

10. The Infamous B.I.G. (that includes Puff Daddy and Mase): “Mo Money Mo Problems”


1. Fatboy Slim: “The Rockafeller Skank”

2. Lauryn Hill: “Doo Wop (That Thing)”

three. Beastie Boys: “Intergalactic”

four. Madonna: “Ray of Light”

5. Aaliyah: “Are You That Somebody”

6. OutKast: “Rosa Parks”

7. Gap: “Celebrity Skin”

eight. Fastball: “The Way”

9. Jay-Z: “Hard Knock Life”

10. Natalie Imbruglia: “Torn”


1. TLC: “No Scrubs”

2. Eminem: “My Name Is”

three. Len: “Steal My Sunshine”

four. Madonna: “Beautiful Stranger”

5. Backstreet Boys: “I Want It That Way”

6. Cher: “Believe”

7. Smash Mouth: “All Star”

eight (tie). Ricky Martin: “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
The Roots: “You Got Me”

10. Santana that includes Rob Thomas: “Smooth”


1. OutKast: “Ms. Jackson”

2. Eminem that includes Dido: “Stan”

three. OutKast: “B.O.B.”

four. U2: “Beautiful Day”

5. Madonna: “Music”

6. Nelly: “(Hot S**t) Country Grammar”

7. Eminem: “The Real Slim Shady”

eight. Mystikal: “Shake Ya Ass”

9. Future’s Youngster: “Say My Name”

10. Aaliyah: “Try Again”


1. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott: “Get Ur Freak On”

2. Gorillaz: “Clint Eastwood”

three. Jay-Z: “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”

four. Alicia Keys: “Fallin’ ”

5 (tie). Coldplay: “Yellow”
Pink: “Get the Party Started”

7. Eve feat. Gwen Stefani: “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”

eight. Mary J. Blige: “Family Affair”

9. Weezer: “Hash Pipe”

10 (tie). Ryan Adams: “New York, New York”
Daft Punk: “One More Time”


1. Missy Elliott: “Work It”

2. Eminem: “Lose Yourself”

three. Nelly: “Hot in Herre”

four. The Hives: “Hate to Say I Told You So”

5. Eminem: “Without Me”

6. The White Stripes: “Fell In Love With a


7. Kylie Minogue: “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”

eight. Nirvana: “You Know You’re Right”

9. Rapture: “House of Jealous Lovers”

10. Tweet: “Oops (Oh My)”


1. OutKast: “Hey Ya!”

2. Beyonce that includes Jay-Z: “Crazy in Love”

three. The White Stripes: “Seven Nation Army”

four. Kelis: “Milkshake”

5. 50 Cent: “In Da Club”

6. Johnny Money: “Hurt”

7. Fountains of Wayne: “Stacy’s Mom”

eight. R. Kelly: “Ignition (Remix)”

9. Junior Senior: “Move Your Feet”

10. Panjabi MC that includes Jay-Z: “Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)”


1. Kanye West that includes Jamie Foxx: “Gold Digger”

2. Amerie: “1 Thing”

three. Kelly Clarkson: “Since U Been Gone”

four. Gorillaz/De La Soul: “Feel Good Inc.”

5 (tie).Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley: “Welcome to Jamrock”
Gwen Stefani: “Hollaback Girl”

7 (tie). Franz Ferdinand: “Do You Want To”
Madonna: “Hung Up”

9. The White Stripes: “My Doorbell”

10. Three 6 Mafia that includes Younger Buck & Eightball & MJG: “Stay Fly”


1. Franz Ferdinand: “Take Me Out”

2. Jay-Z: “99 Problems”

three. Usher that includes Lil Jon and Ludacris: “Yeah!”

four. Modest Mouse: “Float On”

5. Britney Spears: “Toxic”

6. Kanye West: “Jesus Walks”

7. Snoop Dogg that includes Pharell: “Drop It Like It’s Hot”

eight. M.I.A.: “Galang”

9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Maps”

10. U2: “Vertigo”


1. Gnarls Barkley: “Crazy”

2. T.I.: “What You Know”

three. Christina Aguilera: “Ain’t No Other Man”

four. Justin Timberlake that includes T.I.: “My Love”

5. The Raconteurs: “Steady, As She Goes”

6. Nelly Furtado that includes Timbaland: “Promiscuous”

7. Justin Timberlake: “Sexyback”

eight. Dixie Chicks: “Not Ready to Make Nice”

9 (tie). Lupe Fiasco: “Kick, Push”
Arctic Monkeys: “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”


1. Amy Winehouse: “Rehab”

2. Rihanna that includes Jay-Z: “Umbrella”

three. LCD Soundsystem: “All My Friends”

four. Feist: “1234”

5. Justice: “D.A.N.C.E.”

6. M.I.A.: “Paper Planes”

7. Kanye West: “Stronger”

eight. UGK that includes Outkast: “International Players Anthem”

9. Peter Bjorn & John: “Young Folks”

10. Battles: “Atlas”


1. MIA: “Paper Planes”

2. Estelle that includes Kanye West: “American Boy”

three. Beyoncé: “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”

four. MGMT: “Time to Pretend”

5. Lil Wayne: “A Milli”

6. Santogold: “LES Artistes”

7. Hercules & Love Affair: “Blind”

eight. Coldplay: “Viva la Vida”

9. Kanye West: “Love Lockdown”

10. Fleet Foxes: “White Winter Hymnal”


1. Jay-Z (that includes Alicia Keys): “Empire State of Mind”

2. Phoenix: “1901”

three. Animal Collective: “My Girls”

four. Grizzly Bear: “Two Weeks”

5. Soiled Projectors: “Stillness Is the Move”

6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Zero”

7. Woman Gaga: “Bad Romance”

eight. Women: “Lust for Life”

9. Phoenix: “Lisztomania”

10. Taylor Swift: “You Belong With Me *”


1. Cee Lo Inexperienced: “Fuck You!”

2. Janelle Monáe (that includes Huge Boi): “Tightrope”

three. Robyn: “Dancing on My Own”

four. Kanye West (that includes Pusha T): “Runaway”

5. Kanye West (that includes Dwele): “Power”

6. Kanye West (that includes Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver): “Monster”

7. Massive Boi (that includes Cutty): “Shutterbugg”

eight. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: “Round and Round”

9. The Nationwide: “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

10. Sleigh Bells: “Rill Rill”


1. Adele: “Rolling in the Deep”

2. Beyoncé: “Countdown”

three. Nicki Minaj: “Super Bass”

four. M83: “Midnight City”

5. Jay-Z and Kanye West: “Niggas in Paris”

6. Azealia Banks: “212”

7 (tie). Britney Spears: “Till the World Ends”
Lana Del Rey: “Video Games”

9. Adele: “Someone Like You”

10 (tie). Tyler, the Creator: “Yonkers”
Foster the Individuals: “Pumped Up Kicks”


1. Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe”

2. Miguel: “Adorn”

three. Usher: “Climax”

four. Frank Ocean: “Thinkin’ ’Bout You”

5. Japandroids: “The House That Heaven Built”

6. Taylor Swift: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

7. Solange: “Losing You”

eight. Gotye (that includes Kimbra.): “Somebody That I Used to Know”

9. Kanye West (that includes Massive Sean, Pusha T, and a couple of Chainz): “Mercy”

10. Frank Ocean: “Pyramids”


1. Daft Punk (that includes Pharrell Williams): “Get Lucky”

2. Lorde: “Royals”

three. Haim: “The Wire”

four (tie). Kanye West: “New Slaves”
Robin Thicke (that includes T.I. and Pharrell): “Blurred Lines”

6. Drake (that includes Majid Jordan): “Hold On — We’re Going Home”

7. Kanye West: “Black Skinhead”

eight. Icona Pop (that includes Charli XCX): “I Love It”

9. Miley Cyrus: “We Can’t Stop”

10. Kanye West: “Bound 2”


1. Future Islands: “Seasons (Waiting on You)”

2. FKA Twigs: “Two Weeks”

three. Taylor Swift: “Blank Space”

four (tie). Taylor Swift: “Shake It Off”
Kendrick Lamar: “I”

6. ILoveMakonnen (that includes Drake): “Tuesday”

7. Sia: “Chandelier”

eight. Charli XCX: “Boom Clap”

9 (tie). Beyoncé (that includes Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie): “****Flawless”
DJ Snake (that includes Lil Jon): “Turn Down for What”


1. Drake: “Hotline Bling”

2. Kendrick Lamar: “King Kunta”

three. The Weeknd: “Can’t Feel My Face”

four. Kendrick Lamar: “Alright”

5. Courtney Barnett: “Pedestrian at Best”

6. Missy Elliott (that includes Pharrell Williams): “WTF (Where They From)”

7. Fetty Wap: “Trap Queen”

eight. Mark Ronson (that includes Bruno Mars): “Uptown Funk”

9. Adele: “Hello”

10. Jamie xx (that includes Younger Thug & Popcaan): “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”


1. Beyoncé: “Formation”

2. Kanye West: “Ultralight Beam”

three. Solange: “Cranes in the Sky”

four. Rae Sremmurd (that includes Gucci Mane): “Black Beatles”

5 (tie). A Tribe Referred to as Quest: “We the People”
Mitski: “Your Best American Girl”

7. Leonard Cohen: “You Want It Darker”

eight. David Bowie: “Lazarus”

9 (tie). David Bowie: “Blackstar”
Rihanna (that includes Drake): “Work”


1. Cardi B: “Bodak Yellow”

2. Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE”

three. Carly Rae Jepsen: “Cut to the Feeling”

four. Lorde: “Green Light”

5. Kendrick Lamar: “DNA”

6. Lil Uzi Vert: “XO TOUR Llif3”

7. St. Vincent: “New York”

eight. Charli XCX: “Boys”

9 (tie). Future: “Masks Off”
Selena Gomez: “Bad Liar”