European Hot 100 Singles

The European Hot 100 Singles was compiled by Billboard and Music & Media magazine from March 1984 until December 2010. The chart was based on national singles sales charts in 16 European countries: Austria, Belgium (separately for Flanders and Wallonia), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

By the issue dated/week ending November 13, 2010, the European Hot 100 had accumulated 400 number one hits. The final chart was published on December 11, 2010, following the news of Billboard closing their London office and letting their UK-based staff go.[1] The final number one single on the chart was "Only Girl (in the World)" by Rihanna. Currently, Nielsen SoundScan International-based Euro Digital Songs and Euro Digital Tracks are the only pan-European music charts that Billboard is publishing.


Europarade Top 40

The first attempt at a Europe-wide chart was the Europarade, which was started in early 1976 by the Dutch TROS radio network. The chart initially consisted of only six countries: the Netherlands, UK, France, Germany, Belgium and Spain. In 1979 Italy and Denmark were added and during 1980, Austria and Switzerland were included. Ireland was added as the eleventh country in October 1983. The compilers collected the top 15 records from each country and then awarded corresponding points, depending which positions between 1 and 15 each record stood at. The "Europarade" was published in Music Week and the Dutch magazine Hitkrant.

Euro Hot 100

In March 1984, Music & Media magazine in Amsterdam started their own singles chart, "The Eurochart Hot 100", which they published as a Euro Tip sheet for the first two years. The chart was based on national singles sales charts in sixteen European countries: Austria, Belgium (separately for Flanders and Wallonia), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This chart was accumulated by taking the chart positions in each country combined with the national sales percentage of records in that particular country.

In 1986–87, the official Eurochart also became a music TV show on Music Box with Dutch presenter Erik de Zwart. A syndicated radio show, 'The Coca-Cola Eurochart Hot 100' was also introduced on UK commercial radio and was definitely being broadcast as of January to April 1991 however, its precise start and end dates are not known. Hosted by Pat Sharp, it was broadcast on a number of stations including Radio Trent, BRMB, Viking FM and GWR FM. The Eurochart quickly gained momentum, as it started to include more countries. In January 1986, Music & Media who published the chart became a Billboard publication. Since November 1986, the Music & Media's Eurochart Top 100 was used as basis when Billboard itself started publishing the European Hot 100 Singles chart.

Chart achievements

Artists achievements

Most number-one singles

Self-replacement at number-one

"True Blue" replaced "Papa Don't Preach" (October 1986)
"Bad" replaced "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (October 1987)
"Say You'll Be There" replaced "Wannabe" (November 1996)
"Meet Me Halfway" replaced "I Gotta Feeling" (December 2009)
"Only Girl (In the World)" replaced "Love the Way You Lie" (November 2010)

Simultaneously occupying the top of the singles and albums charts

Madonna is the artist which has scored the most simultaneous number-ones with seven singles and six albums, followed by Michael Jackson with five singles and three albums and Lady Gaga with three singles and one album.

More than 2 number-ones
"Papa Don't Preach" and True Blue (August 1986)
"True Blue" and True Blue (October 1986)
"Like a Prayer" and Like a Prayer (April 1989)
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and Evita OST (February 1997)
"Music" and Music (October 2000)
"Hung Up" and Confessions on a Dance Floor (November 2005)
"4 Minutes" and Hard Candy (May 2008)
"Bad" and Bad (October 1987)
"Dirty Diana" and Bad (July 1988)
"Black or White" and Dangerous (December 1991)
"Scream" and HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (June 1995)
"You Are Not Alone" and HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (September 1995)
"Poker Face" and The Fame (May 2009)
"Bad Romance" and The Fame (January 2010)
"Telephone" and The Fame (April 2010)
2 number-one singles and albums
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" and Whitney (August 1987)
"I Will Always Love You" and The Bodyguard OST (January 1993)
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" and Waking Up the Neighbours (November 1991)
"All for Love" and So Far So Good (January 1994)
"Always" and Cross Road (November 1994)
"It's My Life" and Crush (June 2000)
"Oops!... I Did It Again" and Oops!... I Did It Again (June 2000)
"Womanizer" and Circus (December 2008)
"Somethin' Stupid" and Swing When You're Winning (January 2002)
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" and Greatest Hits (November 2004)
"All Good Things (Come to an End)" and Loose (January 2007)
"Give It to Me" and Loose (April 2007)
1 number-one single and album
"With or Without You" and The Joshua Tree (May 1987)
"Faith" and Faith (December 1987)
"Another Day in Paradise" and ...But Seriously (January 1990)
"No Limit" and No Limits (May 1993)
"What's Up?" and Bigger, Better, Faster, More! (October 1993)
"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" and Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (November 1993)

"Love is All Around" and End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits (September 1994)
"Back for Good" and Nobody Else (May 1995)
"Killing Me Softly" and The Score (July 1996)
"Candle in the Wind 1997" and The Big Picture (October 1997)
"Believe" and Believe (February 1999)
"I Want It That Way" and Millennium (June 1999)
"Maria Maria" and Supernatural (May 2000)
"Stan" and No Angel (February 2001)
"Angel" and Hot Shot (August 2001)
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" and Fever (October 2001)
"Whenever, Wherever" and Laundry Service (March 2002)
"Without Me" and The Eminem Show (June 2002)
"Crazy in Love" and Dangerously in Love (July 2003)
"Bring Me to Life" and Fallen (August 2003)
"Get Right" and Rebirth (March 2005)
"SexyBack" and FutureSex/LoveSounds (September 2006)
"I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" and Ta-Dah (October 2006)
"1973" and All the Lost Souls (October 2007)
"Mercy" and Rockferry (April 2008)
"Sexy Bitch" and One Love (September 2009)
"Only Girl (In the World)" and Loud (December 2010)

Songs achievements

Entered at number-one

Most weeks at number-one

  • 18 weeks
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams (1991)
  • 17 weeks
"My Heart Will Go On" by Céline Dion (1998)
"The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" by Las Ketchup (2002)
  • 16 weeks
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue (2001)
"Poker Face" by Lady Gaga (2009), non-consecutive
  • 15 weeks
"Lambada" by Kaoma (1989)
"Rhythm Is a Dancer" by Snap! (1992), non-consecutive
"Without Me" by Eminem (2002)
"Left Outside Alone" by Anastacia (2004)
"Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira (featuring Wyclef Jean) (2006), non-consecutive
"Apologize" by Timbaland (featuring OneRepublic) (2007), non-consecutive

  • 14 weeks
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder (1984)
"Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio (featuring L.V.) (1995), non-consecutive
"Believe" by Cher (1999)
  • 13 weeks
"Rivers of Babylon"/"Brown Girl in the Ring" by Boney M. (1978)
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston (1993)
"No Limit" by 2 Unlimited (1993)
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet (1994)
"Children" by Robert Miles (1996)
"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira (2002)
"Shut Up" by The Black Eyed Peas (2003)

Non-English language number-ones

These songs are partly in English, but also partly another language.


  1. "Billboard closing London office". CMU. Retrieved 15 February 2011.

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