80s Number One Hits

Recently I harvested all the number one singles of the 1980s from this comprehensive Billboard charts database.

Naturally, I whipped up some handy perl code (not shown here) to analyze the records and get the following results.

First of all, there are 522 weeks, 155 artists, and 232 songs.

The top number of number one hits by artist is:

The top number of weeks spent at number one, by artist is:

Finally, here are the top weeks spent at number one, by song:

That’s right: “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John was the biggest single of the 80s; staying at number one for 10 straight weeks, early in the decade.

But it was definitely Michael Jackson’s decade for sheer volume of hits (9) and weeks on the charts (28).