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The Weeknd Dethrones Chubby Checker

'Blinding Lights' is new No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 song of all time
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2021 3:09 AM CST
Billboard Hot 100 Gets New No. 1 Song of All Time
The Weeknd performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl 55 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.   (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

(Newser) – After years as the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 song of all time, Chubby Checker's "The Twist" has been dethroned. The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" is now in the top spot, after Billboard updated its Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs recap. "The Twist," which is now in the No. 2 spot, had been No. 1 when Billboard first came out with the recap in 2008, and remained on top when the list was updated in 2013 and 2018. The rest of the top 10 on the GOAT list:

  1. “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas
  2. “Mack the Knife,” Bobby Darin
  3. “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
  4. “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes
  5. “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
  6. “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas
  7. “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio
  8. “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran

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Billboard also updated its Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists retrospective, and the Beatles remained in the No. 1 spot, which they've been in every time the list has been calculated. The rest of the top 10:

  1. Madonna
  2. Elton John
  3. Elvis Presley
  4. Mariah Carey
  5. Stevie Wonder
  6. Janet Jackson
  7. Michael Jackson
  8. Whitney Houston
  9. Rihanna
For more on the latest results, see Billboard. (Read more the Weeknd stories.)

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