When it comes to body parts mentioned in the titles of number one hits on the “Billboard Hot 100” chart, the heart is the most vital organ. Let’s have a look from head to toe.
“Sister Golden Hair” by America. The soft-rock Anglo-American trio broke big in America in 1972 with the number one song “A Horse With No Name.” Their only other number one hit was “Sister Golden Hair” in 1975.
“Empire State Of Mind” by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys. These two superstars teamed up to give props to America’s largest city.
“Georgia On My Mind” by Ray Charles. This song was written back in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell. The best known version of the song is by Ray Charles, an original member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A native of Georgia, Charles recorded his cover version of “Georgia On My Mind” in 1960, and it became the official state song of Georgia in 1979.
“Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison. Almost a quarter century after “I Want To Hold Your Hand” hit number one, Harrison, former lead guitarist of the Beatles, returned for the final time to the top of the chart with “Got My Mind Set On You,” a cover version of an early 1960s R&B track by James Ray.
“I Almost Lost My Mind” by Pat Boone.
“Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley. Elvis staged a big comeback in the late 1960s with a successful TV special and with “Suspicious Minds,” his 17th and final number one song.
“Hard Headed Woman” by Elvis Presley. When this song reached number one in 1958, Elvis was doing basic training in Fort Hood, Texas, the first stage of his two-year hitch in the U.S. Army. The song was written as a 12-bar blues effort by African American Claude DeMetrius and was part of the soundtrack for “King Creole,” one of Presley’s early motion pictures.
“Head To Toe” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.
“Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” by B.J. Thomas. Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote this hit for the soundtrack to the film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” B.J. Thomas took the song to number one for four weeks in early 1970.
“Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes. When it comes to having a gravelly or raspy voice, Carnes was the female equivalent of Rod Stewart. But it didn’t stop either one of them from having big hits. Carnes took “Bette Davis Eyes” to number one for nine weeks in 1981. The song won Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
“Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor.
“Lost In Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson. As a teenager in the late 1980s, Debbie had several hits, including “Lost In Your Eyes,” a number one song for three weeks in 1989.
“My Eyes Adored You” by Frankie Valli. Having four number one singles as the lead singer for the Four Seasons, Valli topped the charts for the first time as a solo artist in 1975 with “My Eyes Adored You.”
“Private Eyes” by Daryl Hall and John Oates. This duo had the labels blue-eyed soul and rock-‘n-soul pinned on them. Whatever it was called, it led to a very fertile period in the early 1980s. From 1981, “Private Eyes” was one of their six number one hits.
“Sad Eyes” by Robert John.
“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” by the Platters. The lush music of the Platters largely transcended race, and that allowed them to reach number one four times despite African-American music of the 1950s often being classified as “race music” and limited to black radio stations. Written in 1933, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” was the Platters final number one hit in early 1959.
“Poker Face” by Lady Gaga.
“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack. This song had been around for three years before Clint Eastwood rescued it by featuring it as background music to a romantic scene he was filming as a director. The song then took off and went to number one for six weeks. It won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year and is still one of the most beautiful recordings ever, a real masterpiece.
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by John Denver.
“Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child. Beyonce’ and her mates had the best of both worlds, presenting themselves as innocent, sweet, God-fearing girls while also sometimes singing provocative and raunchy lyrics.
“Rump Shaker” by Wreckx-N-Effect.
“Shake Ya Tailfeather” by Nelly, Murphy Lee, Diddy.
“(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” by K.C. & the Sunshine Band. This integrated band helped define the disco sound of the 1970s, and “Shake Your Booty” was one of their five number one songs.
Hand and fingers
“Fingertips – Pt 2” by Stevie Wonder. Blind since birth, he was just 13 years old and known as Little Stevie Wonder when he had his first big hit, “Fingertips – Pt 2,” a number one song for three weeks in 1963.
“He’s Got The Whole World (In His Hands)” by Laurie London.
“I Want To Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles. This was the song that launched Beatlemania, the first of a record 20 number one hits by the Fab Four.
“Back In My Arms Again” by the Supremes. In 1964-65, the Supremes had five consecutive number one hits, and “Back In My Arms Again” was the final one in that incredible hot streak. They went on to top the chart 12 times, and lead singer Diana Ross had six additional chart toppers as a solo artist.
“(I Just) Died In Your Arms” by Cutting Crew.
“Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz and Ludacris.
“Cold Hearted” by Paula Abdul. A choreographer turned recording artist, Abdul had six number one songs between 1988-91. Her outstanding dancing in her videos helped sell her music.
“Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You” by Connie Francis. She knew all about the affairs of the heart, having two songs in this category, and another top 10 hit with “Breakin’ In A Brand New Broken Heart.”
“Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee.
“Heartaches By The Number” by Guy Mitchell.
“Heartache Tonight” by the Eagles. There was always a lot of creative tension with the brilliant, talented members of the Eagles. This was the last of their five number one hits before they broke up.
“Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley. This was the first of “The King of Rock and Roll’s” 17 number one hits.
“Heartbreaker” by Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z. When this song reached number one in 1999, it established Carey as the only artist to ever have a number one song in every year of an entire decade.
“Heart Of Glass” by Blondie. With Debbie Harry singing lead, Blondie was known as a punk rock and new wave band. Yet of their four number one hits, two were disco, one was reggae and the other was a forerunner to rap. “Heart Of Glass,” one of the disco number ones, topped the chart in 1979.
“Heart Of Gold” by Neil Young. He is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist and as a member of Buffalo Springfield. Conceivably he could have been elected a third time as the fourth member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. In the winter of 1972, “Heart Of Gold” became his only number one song.
“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” by the Bee Gees. As this song proves, the Bee Gees had a career before their disco days. In 1971, “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” became the first of their nine number one songs.
“I Don’t Have The Heart” by James Ingram.
“Listen To Your Heart” by Roxette.
“My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own” by Connie Francis. Her second number one song in this category.
“Open Your Heart” by Madonna. Everything the “material girl” touched in the mid-to-late 1980s turned to gold. From 1987, “Open Your Heart” was one of her 12 number one songs.
“Owner Of A Lonely Heart” by Yes. Great rock song.
“Total Eclipse Of The Heart” by Bonnie Tyler.
“Un-break My Heart” by Toni Braxton. For a time in the mid-1990s, Braxton was as big a music star as anyone. “Un-break My Heart” spent 11 weeks at number one in 1996-97.
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston. Signing with Clive Davis and Arista Records was a great move for the young, gifted Houston. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” was one of her 11 number one hits.
“Wooden Heart” by Joe Dowell.
“Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira with Wyclef Jean. She should know.
“On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men. This quartet has not been as appreciated in their native Philadelphia as they should be. The R&B vocal group scored five number one songs in the 1990s, with three of them remaining on top for 13, 14 and 16 weeks.
“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins. He got to record the title track from the soundtrack “Footloose,” and he took the song to number one for three weeks in 1984.
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“Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits,” Fred Bronson, Billboard Books, 1995
“The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition,” Joel Whitburn, Billboard Books, 2010
“The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, 5th Edition,” Fred Bronson, Billboard Books, 2003