The First Songs to Ever Top the Billboard Chart

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5. Bobby Darin, “Mack the Knife”
> Entered Hot 100: August 24, 1959
> Peak position on Hot 100: #1 (for 9 weeks)
> Total weeks on Hot 100: 26

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4. Neil Sedaka, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”
> Entered Hot 100: June 30, 1962
> Peak position on Hot 100: #1 (for 2 weeks)
> Total weeks on Hot 100: 28

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3. Ben E. King, “Stand By Me”
> Entered Hot 100: May 8, 1961
> Peak position on Hot 100: #4 (for 2 weeks)
> Total weeks on Hot 100: 35

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2. Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, “Monster Mash”
> Entered Hot 100: September 8, 1962
> Peak position on Hot 100: #1 (for 2 weeks)
> Total weeks on Hot 100: 38

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1. Chubby Checker, “The Twist”
> Entered Hot 100: August 1, 1960
> Peak position on Hot 100: #1 (for 3 weeks)
> Total weeks on Hot 100: 39

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