The Top 150 Adult Contemporary Hits

 

Adult Contemporary Hits Overview

Adult contemporary Hits

Adult contemporary Hits

The top 150 adult contemporary hits is a listing of the top 150 songs from 1961-2001 from the Adult Contemporary Charts by Billboard. These songs are mainly easy listening. The chart was first issued in July of 1961. This chart provided a level playing ground for song stylists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Al Martino and others to jockey for chart positions.

Soothing songs from a variety of genres appeared on the Easy Listening chart that was really known as Middle-Road, then Pop-Standard, and finally Adult Contemporary.

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The Ranking of the Songs

The songs were ranked by using the following criteria:

  • Highest Peak Position

    Top Adult Contemporary Hits Book By Joel Whitburn

    Top Adult Contemporary Hits Book By Joel Whitburn

  • Number of Weeks at Peak Position
  • Number of Weeks in the Top Ten
  • Number of Weeks in the Top Forty
  • Total Weeks Charted

During this period, there were a total of 690 songs that peaked at the number one position on the Adult Contemporary charts from 1961-2001.

We decided to expand the chart to include the top 150 positions.

The resource used to compile the chart was “Top Adult Contemporary 1961-2001” by Joel Whitburn.

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Chart Information Facts

Here are some very interesting facts about the top 150 songs to make the chart.

  • The artist with the most charted songs is Celine Dion with 6.
  • The year with the most charted songs is 1994 with 7.
  • The year with the most songs that peaked at #1 is 1975 with 41.
  • The year with the least #1 songs is 1996 with 4.
  • The song with the longevity title is “I Knew I Loved You” #3, by Savage Garden with 124 weeks on the chart.
  • In order to make the chart, a song had to peak at #1 for 4 weeks or more.
  • To make the top 10, a song had to peak at #1 for 12 weeks or more.
  • To make the top 40, a song had to peak at #1 for 7 weeks or more.
  • There were a total of five instrumental songs that made the chart with “Love Is Blue” by Paul Mauriat ranking the highest at #20. The others are: “Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet” #37, “Stranger On The Shore” #45, “Taste Of Honey” #95 and “Chariots Of Fire” #110.
  • The top 20 songs are dominated by the decade of the 90’s with 14 hits.
  • A song had to be number 1 to make the top 150 chart.
  • The artist with the most hits in the top ten is “Faith Hill” with 2.
  • The year with the most top ten hits is 1996 with 3.
  • The decade of the 80’s highest ranking song is #64Cherish” by Kool & The Gang.

The Top 150 Songs

The top 150 Adult Contemporary hits below will display the rank, title, artist, number weeks at #1 (), and the year the song hit number one. The (I) after the title is an instrumental song.

Rank     Title/Artist /Peak Weeks /Year    

  1. You’ll Be In My Heart / Phil Collins (19) 1999
  2. Because You Loved Me / Celine Dion (19) 1996
  3. I Knew I Loved You / Savage Garden (17) 1999
  4. Breathe / Faith Hill (17) 2000
  5. Un-Break My Heart / Toni Braxton (14) 1996
  6. This I Promise You / NSYNC (13) 2000
  7. Change The World / Eric Clapton (13) 1996
  8. One Sweet Day / Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men (13) 1995
  9. Angel / Sarah McLachian (12) 1998
  10. There You’ll Be / Faith Hill (12) 2001
  11. Kiss From A Rose / Seal (12) 1995
  12. The River Of Dreams / Billy Joel (12) 1993
  13. I’m Your Angel / R. Kelly & Celine Dion (12) 1998
  14. Said I Loved You…But I Lied / Michael Bolton (12) 1993
  15. Hero / Enrique Iglesias (12) 2001
  16. I Hope You Dance / Lee Ann Womack (11) 2000
  17. Truly Madly Deeply / Savage Garden (11) 1998
  18. How Do I Live / LeAnne Rimes (11) 1997
  19. Now And Forever / Richard Marx (11) 1994
  20. Love Is Blue (I) / Paul Mauriat (11) 1968
  21. I Want It That Way / Backstreet Boys (10) 1999
  22. Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Elton John (10) 1997
  23. My Heart Will Go On / Celine Dion (10) 1997
  24. Time Passages / Al Stewart (10) 1978
  25. This Guy’s In Love With You / Herb Alpert (10) 1968
  26. Big Bad John / Jimmy Dean (10) 1961
  27. King Of The Road / Roger Miller (10) 1965
  28. Take A Bow / Madonna (9) 1994
  29. Hello Dolly! / Louis Armstrong (9) 1964
  30. Somethin’ Stupid / Frank & Nancy Sinatra (9) 1967
  31. You’re Still The One / Shania Twin (8) 1998
  32. To Love You More / Celine Dion (8) 1998
  33. Wild Night / John Mellencamp/Me’ Shell Ndeocello (8) 1994
  34. Can You Feel The Love Tonight / Elton John (8) 1994
  35. All I Wanna Do / Sheryl Crow (8) 1994
  36. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You / Bryan Adams (8) 1991
  37. Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet (I) / Henry Mancini (8) 1969
  38. Everybody Loves Somebody / Dean Martin (8) 1964
  39. Blue Velvet / Bobby Vinton (8) 1963
  40. You Sang To Me / Marc Anthony (7) 2000
  41. Back Here / BBMark (7) 2000
  42. I’ll Never Break Your Heart / Backstreet Boys (7) 1998
  43. I Don’t Wanna Fight / Tina Turner (7) 1993
  44. I’ll Be There For You / The Rembrandts (7) 1995
  45. Stranger On The Shore (I) / Mr. Acker Bilk (7) 1962
  46. Lead Me On / Maxine Nightingale (7) 1979
  47. We’ll Sing In The Sunshine / Gale Garnett (7) 1964
  48. I’ve Gotta Be Me / Sammy Davis Jr. (7) 1968
  49. Nobody Does It Better / Carly Simon (7) 1977
  50. Crazy Love / Poco (7) 1979
  51. Strangers In The Night / Frank Sinatra (7) 1966
  52. We’ve Only Just Begun / Carpenters (7) 1970
  53. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head / B.J. Thomas (7) 1969
  54. Crying In The Chapel / Elvis Presley (7) 1965
  55. Butterfly Kisses / Bob Carlisle (7) 1997
  56. Song Sung Blue / Neil Diamond (7) 1972
  57. Only Time / Enya (6) 2001
  58. As I Lay Me Down / Sophie B. Hawkins (6) 1995
  59. Born Free / Roger Williams (6) 1966
  60. Love Theme From A Star Is Born (Evergreen) / Barbra Streisand (6) 1976
  61. A Whole New World / Peabo Byson & Regina Belle (6) 1992
  62. How Deep Is Your Love / Bee Gees (6) 1977
  63. The One / Elton John (6) 1992
  64. Cherish / Kool & The Gang (6) 1985
  65.  Wichita Lineman / Glen Campbell (6) 1968
  66. From A Distance / Bette Midler (6) 1990
  67. Right Here Waiting / Richard Marx (6) 1989
  68. If You Don’t Know Me By Now / Simply Red (6) 1989
  69. Hello / Lionel Richie (6) 1984
  70. You Are / Lionel Richie (6) 1983
  71. The Fool On The Hill / Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 (6) 1968
  72. Go Away Little Girl / Steve Lawrence (6) 1962
  73. Lost In Love / Air Supply (6) 1980
  74. Snowbird / Anne Murray (6) 1970
  75. (They Long To Be) Close To You / Carpenters (6) 1970
  76. I Don’t Need You / Kenny Rogers (6) 1981
  77. Yesterday’s Songs / Neil Diamond (6) 1981
  78. Read ‘M And Weep / Barry Manilow (6) 1983
  79. Alone Again (Naturally) / Gilbert O’ Sullivan (6) 1972
  80. We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again / England Dan & John Ford Coley (6) 1978
  81. Watching Scotty Grow / Bobby Goldsboro (6) 1970
  82. The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face / Roberta Flack (6) 1972
  83. Ringo / Lorne Greene (6) 1964
  84. Those Were The Days / Mary Hopkin (6) 1968
  85. Galveston / Glen Campbell (6) 1969
  86. Bridge Over Troubled Water / Simon & Garfunkel (6) 1970
  87. Can’t Help Falling In Love / Elvis Presley (6) 1962
  88. It’s All Coming Back To Me Now / Celion Dion (5) 1996
  89. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? / Bryan Adams (5) 1995
  90. Hold On My Heart / Genesis (5) 1992
  91. Have I Told You Lately /Rod Stewart (5) 1993
  92. To Love Somebody / Michael Bolton (5) 1992
  93. Don’t Know Much / Linda Ronstadt (5) 1989
  94. Another Day In Paradise / Phil Collins 5) 1989
  95. Taste Of Honey (I) / Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (5) 1965
  96. You’re Only Lonely / J. D. Souther (5) 1979
  97. Stuck On You / Lionel Richie (5) 1984
  98. The Rose / Bette Midler (5) 1980
  99. It’s Sad To Belong / England Dan & John Ford Coley (5) 1977
  100. I Will Always Love You / Whitney Houston (5) 1992
  101. Rush, Rush / Paula Abdul (5) 1991
  102. Do You Remember? / Phil Collins (5) 1990
  103. Two Hearts / Phil Collins (5) 1988
  104. Woman In Love / Barbra Streisand (5) 1980
  105. You Were On My Mind / We Five (5) 1965
  106. Say You, Say Me / Lionel Richie (5) 1985
  107. Magic / Olivia Newton-John (5) 1980
  108. Any Day Now / Ronnie Milsap (5) 1982
  109. All Alone Am I / Brenda Lee (5) 1962
  110. Chariots Of Fire – Titles (I) – Vangells (5) 1981
  111. You Gotta Love Someone / Elton John (5) 1990
  112. Greatest Love Of All / Whitney Houston (5) 1986
  113. Glory Of Love / Peter Cetera (5) 1986
  114. Without You / Nilsson (5) 1971
  115. Ramblin’ Rose / Nat “King” Cole (5) 1962
  116. Michael / The Highwaymen (5) 1961
  117. There! I’ve Said It Again / Bobby Vinton (5) 1963
  118. I Can’t Stop Loving You / Ray Charles (5) 1962
  119. Blowin’ In The Wind / Peter, Paul & Mary (5) 1963
  120. Sukiyaki / Kyu Sakamoto (5) 1963
  121. Walk Right In / The Rooftop Singers (5) 1963
  122. Careless Whisper / Wahm! (5) 1984
  123. This Old Heart Of Mine (1989 Version) / Rod Stewart (w/Ronald Isley) (5) 1990
  124. Here We Are / Gloria Estefan (5) 1990
  125. Ebony And Ivory / Paul McCartney w/ Stevie Wonder (5) 1982
  126. Broken Hearted Me / Anne Murray (5) 1979
  127. The World We Knew / Frank Sinatra (5) 1967
  128. (What A) Wonderful World / Simon, Garfunkel & James Taylor (5) 1978
  129. It’s Too Late / Carole King (5) 1971
  130. All I Ever Need Is You / Sonny & Cher (5) 1971
  131. The Ballad Of The Green Berets / SSgt. Barry Sadler (5) 1966
  132. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down / Joan Baez (5) 1971
  133. In The House Of The Stone And Light / Martin Page (4)1995
  134.  Thankyou / Dido (4) 2001
  135. Sometimes Love Is Just Ain’t Enough / Patty Smyth w/ Don Henley (5) 1992
  136. Taking You Home / Don Henley (4) 2000
  137. When A Man Loves A Woman / Michael Bolton (4) 1991
  138. The Power Of Love / Celine Dion (4) 1994
  139. All The Man I Need / Whitney Houston (4) 1991
  140. Love Is A Wonderful Thing / Michael Bolton (4) 1991
  141. I’ll Remember / Madonna (4) 1994
  142. Love Will Lead You Back / Taylor Dayne (4) 1990
  143. My Cup Runneth Over / Ed Ames (4) 1966
  144. My Heart Belongs To Me / Barbra Streisand (4) 1977
  145. The Wheel Of Hurt / Margaret Whiting (4) 1966
  146. Never Gonna Let You Go / Sergio Mendes (4) 1983
  147. Just The Way You Are / Billy Joel (4) 1977
  148. Southern Nights / Glen Campbell (4) 1977
  149. Islands In The Stream / Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (4) 1983
  150. Muskrat Love / Captain & Tennille (4) 1976

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