History & Now, Music

These hits debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

words by: Kai Acevedo
Feb 2, 2021

TikTok has done it again! The social networking platform has catapulted another song to the top of the charts. After trending on TikTok and receiving a record number of Spotify streams, 17-year-old actress and singer Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Once a rare feat, debuting in the top spot has become more and more frequent over the last few years. There were 12 songs released in 2020 alone that spent their first week on Billboard’s singles chart in the No. 1 position. Here’s a look at the R&B and hip-hop hits that have debuted on top of the Billboard Hot 100.


“You Are Not Alone”

Artist: Michael Jackson
Debut Date: September 2, 1995



Artist: Mariah Carey
Debut Date: September 30, 1995


“Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”

Artist: Whitney Houston
Debut Date: November 25, 1995


“One Sweet Day”

Artist: Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
Debut Date: December 2, 1995


“I’ll Be Missing You”

Artist: Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112
Debut Date: June 14, 1997



Artist: Mariah Carey
Debut Date: September 13, 1997


“Doo Wop (That Thing)”

Artist: Lauryn Hill
Debut Date: November 14, 1998


“I Believe”

Artist: Fantasia
Debut Date: July 10, 2004


“Not Afraid”

Artist: Eminem
Debut Date: May 22, 2010


“What Do You Mean?”

Artist: Justin Bieber
Debut Date: Sept. 19, 2015


“Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

Artist: Justin Timberlake
Debut Date: May 28, 2016


“I’m The One”

Artist: DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne
Debut Date: May 20, 2017


“God’s Plan”

Artist: Drake
Debut Date: February 3, 2018


“Nice for What”

Artist: Drake
Debut Date: April 21, 2018


“This Is America”

Artist: Childish Gambino
Debut Date: May 19, 2018


“Highest In The Room”

Artist: Travis Scott
Debut Date: Oct. 19, 2019


“Toosie Slide”

Artist: Drake
Debut Date: April 18, 2020


“The Scotts”

Artist: Travis Scott & Kid Cudi
Debut Date: May 9, 2020



Artist: 6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj
Debut Date: June 27, 2020



Artist: Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion
Debut Date: Aug. 22, 2020



Artist: Travis Scott featuring Young Thug and MIA
Debut Date: Oct. 10, 2020


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