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Apr 11th, 2012 at 01:23 GMT
There isn't a place in the world where Remember the Time was a number one hit and Black or White wasn't. Ben and Dirty Diana were also number ones, and In the Closet and Another Part of Me never reached number one... The Girl is Mine was only a number one in Spain.
May 22nd, 2012 at 11:04 GMT
"Say Say Say" is technically a song from Paul McCartney and MJ is the featuring guest. I don't know if that should count as a No.1
May 22nd, 2012 at 20:54 GMT
^ I think "Say Say Say" was credited to "Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson," so I think it's fair to count it.
May 23rd, 2012 at 05:46 GMT
Say Say Say was on Paul McCartney's "Pipes of Peace" album, and Michael Jackson is featured on the track. The song never appeared on any MJ album, so it should certainly not count.
May 23rd, 2012 at 06:45 GMT
"Say Say Say" counts. Billboard magazine recognizes it as one of his 13 #1's.
May 23rd, 2012 at 13:12 GMT
I tend to count AND credits, but not WITH or FEATURING credits, because AND credits are commutative while WITH and FEATURING are not. As such, Say Say Say would count as a Jackson #1.
Jun 8th, 2012 at 08:20 GMT
Earth song did get to number one in the UK, unless this is in the US then i have no idea. If this is UK i'm sure 3 of those didn't get to number one here, unless this was after his death which shouldn't count.
Jun 8th, 2012 at 08:23 GMT
Just found out it's US number ones, no wonder i only got 9/13 right :(
Jun 25th, 2012 at 16:37 GMT
Game published: Jul 14th, 2012 at 16:03 GMT
Jul 14th, 2012 at 16:11 GMT
whew, its amazing how many of his hits DIDN'T reach #1! meanwhile, artists like rihanna can pop out just about anything and itll be #1 instantly. RIP king of pop
Jul 14th, 2012 at 16:31 GMT
Jul 14th, 2012 at 16:40 GMT
@dje: ah, the days when the charts were about good songs and not which record companies could afford the best PR and marketing campaigns, when records were actually given chance to pick up steady sales through airplay, and ALL artists got an equal chance to have hits, not just who the radio stations deemed 'young' enough
Jul 14th, 2012 at 16:48 GMT
Great quiz but it's very hard to get them all down since, like dje said, there are so many great songs. I was surprised that neither Smooth Criminal nor Thriller were in the list!
Jul 14th, 2012 at 19:05 GMT
@Vegan: Regarding "Thriller," the main problem there was the timing. When the John Landis-directed video was released, the song could've likely made it to #1 but there was small problem--it wasn't released as a commercial single. Billboard's policy (not changed until 1998) required a commercial single be available in order for a song to be eligible to chart. Jackson's record label didn't release "Thriller" as a commercial single until January of 1984 while radio stations had played the song as an album track months earlier. IOW, by the time people could buy a copy of the physical single (which actually lacked the Vincent Price "rap" largely due to compensation rights for the single's release), radio stations were largely burned out on playing the song--the late fall 1983 airplay is sometimes blamed for causing the somewhat lackluster chart performance of "PYT." Somewhat interestingly, "Thriller"s performance as a single mirrored John Lennon's "Imagine"; the latter song had also been "played to death" at radio before the song was commercially released (both songs debuted in the Top 20 on Billboard's Hot 100, then jumped to the Top 10 in their second weeks, peaking within their next two weeks, and spending only 9 weeks in the Top 40).
Somewhat interestingly, the same Billboard policy which hurt "Thriller"s chance at hitting #1 also caused Michael's "You Are Not Alone" to become the first US single to ever "debut" at #1 on the Hot 100. The song had already made it to the Top 10 on Billboard's "Airplay" chart after a couple of months of airplay but the label had held back releasing a commercial single (there's speculation it was because of the relatively lackluster radio reception to the earlier release of "Scream"--while that song debuted, and peaked, at #5, it did so almost entirely based on sales). In mid-August, the label relented and released the single which sold *very* well in its first week, and did so for a couple weeks, although it was never the biggest-selling single of any week. But, the way
Jul 14th, 2012 at 19:24 GMT
@dje: You pick on Rihanna, but, at the moment, Katy Perry's the one that's doing the "pop out just about anything and it'll be #1 instantly." You should read some of the comments at Billboard when there's a Katy Perry song mentioned. She's got fans who actually accuse Billboard of "rigging" the charts to keep her from breaking records (for instance, Billboard decided that the "Deluxe" version of her current album "Teenage Dream" had enough new material to qualify as a "new" album for her last two singles, "Part of Me" and "Wide Awake"--you wouldn't believe the outrage from Perry's fans). Just since 2008, Perry's had 16 songs chart on the Hot 100 (14 solo or as lead artist and 2 as a featured artist) with 11 reaching the Top 10 and 9 (at present) going to #1. That's a mere 4 years.
By comparison, since 2003, Rihanna's had 36 songs chart on the Hot 100 (28 as solo or lead artist, 8 as featured artist) with only 22 of those reaching the Top 10 (18 as solo or lead, 4 as featured) and only 11 making it to #1 (9 as solo or lead, 2 as featured). That's in the span of 9 years.
Jul 14th, 2012 at 19:28 GMT
@Kyle_Richards (in the archived comments): Check your charts. "Remember the Time" DID hit #1 on Billboard's R&B chart (for 2 weeks). And "The Girl Is Mine" was also a #1 R&B hit for 3 weeks in 1983 (in fact, it's the song that knocked Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" from #1 on the R&B chart).
Jul 14th, 2012 at 22:42 GMT
@BamaRainbow: Is there a Cliffs Notes version of those comments somewhere? Thanks in advance.
Jul 15th, 2012 at 01:06 GMT
@BamaRainbow: I'm glad you mentioned the "Re-Releasing" of albums with new material... because I 100% agree that it should count as a new album. Back in the day, nobody would re-release an album with a few more songs just to capitalize on the already-existing popularity. This re-release crap that all of todays stars do (Timberlake, Usher, Perry, Rihanna, Beyonce) is crap
Jul 16th, 2012 at 07:22 GMT
@bamarainbow, Katy Perry has only had 7 number 1s, not 9.
Jul 16th, 2012 at 07:26 GMT
Also it is the other way round. Katy Perry's 5 number 1s from teenage dream is an utter fraud as the version of ET that is on the album only reached number 55 or something, but the kanye west version, which is different hit number 1. Once one of her songs looks like its not going to hit number 1, she releases a remix (somethings 2 new remixs) which sound nothing like the original song AND she halves the price of her singles. Complete and utter cheating. Michael did not resort to such tactics. Also, she only sold 2 million copies of teenage dream. Michael sold 8 million in US alone, despite 6 top tens and a number 11 (another part of me) from the same album. As for Rihanna, dont get me started. Is anyone seriously going to try and suggest she is equivalent to WHITNEY, who also has 11 number ones? CMON!
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 21:57 GMT
I didn't realise it was US No. 1's Earth Song was No.1 - in the uk
Feb 4th, 2013 at 12:14 GMT
Good luck in the exams Becci - make sure you get the question right before attempting the answer ;)
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