The First Songs to Ever Top the Billboard Chart

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20. Frankie Avalon, “Venus”
> Entered Hot 100: February 9, 1959
> Peak position on Hot 100: #1 (for 5 weeks)
> Total weeks on Hot 100: 28

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19. The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley”
> Entered Hot 100: September 29, 1958
> Peak position on Hot 100: #1 (for 1 week)
> Total weeks on Hot 100: 21

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18. Ferrante & Teicher, “Exodus”
> Entered Hot 100: November 14, 1960
> Peak position on Hot 100: #2 (for 1 week)
> Total weeks on Hot 100: 21

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17. Percy Faith and His Orchestra, “The Theme From “A Summer Place””
> Entered Hot 100: January 11, 1960
> Peak position on Hot 100: #1 (for 9 weeks)
> Total weeks on Hot 100: 21

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16. Ritchie Valens, “Donna”
> Entered Hot 100: November 24, 1958
> Peak position on Hot 100: #2 (for 2 weeks)
> Total weeks on Hot 100: 23

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