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A new year means new music. Who will emerge as 2019’s biggest hitmaker? That remains to be seen. And heard. In the meantime, let’s look back at the #1 songs of the past 40 years.

Every December, Billboard compiles a list of the year’s top hits based on their cumulative chart performance in the U.S. These are the songs that spent the most weeks on the Hot 100 in each given year from 1979 through 2018:

1979: “My Sharona” – The Knack

1980: “Call Me” – Blondie

1981: “Bette Davis Eyes” – Kim Carnes

1982: “Physical” – Olivia Newton-John

1983: “Every Breath You Take” – The Police

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1984: “When Doves Cry” – Prince

1985: “Careless Whisper” – Wham!

1986: “That’s What Friends Are For” – Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder

1987: “Walk Like An Egyptian” – The Bangles

1988: “Faith” – George Michael

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1989: “Look Away” – Chicago

1990: “Hold On” – Wilson Phillips

1991: “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – Bryan Adams

1992: “End Of The Road” – Boyz II Men

1993: “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston

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1994: “The Sign” – Ace of Base

1995: “Gangsta’s Paradise” – Coolio

1996: “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” – Los Del Rio

1997: “Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind 1997” – Elton John

1998: “Too Close” – Next

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1999: “Believe” – Cher

2000: “Breathe” – Faith Hill

2001: “Hanging By A Moment” – Lifehouse

2002: “How You Remind Me” – Nickelback

2003: “In Da Club” – 50 Cent

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2004: “Yeah!” – Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris

2005: “We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey

2006: “Bad Day” – Daniel Powter

2007: “Irreplaceable” – Beyonce

2008: “Low” – Flo Rida feat. T-Pain

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2009: “Boom Boom Pow” – Black Eyed Peas

2010: “TiK ToK” – Ke$ha

2011: “Rolling In The Deep” – Adele

2012: “Somebody That I Used To Know” – Gotye feat. Kimbra

2013: “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz

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2014: “Happy” – Pharrell Williams

2015: “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

2016: “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber

2017: “Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran

2018: “God’s Plan” – Drake

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