Ed Sheeran earns Top 10 rank in Billboard Hot 100's All-Time Top 100 Songs list
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Ed Sheeran achieved another impressive accolade when his record-breaking single “Shape of You” earned a Top 10 ranking on Billboard’s Hot 100 All-Time Top 100 Songs list. Billboard released the ranking on Aug. 2 in honor of the Hot 100’s upcoming 60th anniversary on Aug. 4. “Shape of You” came in at No. 9, just below “Macarena” by Los Del Rio (1996) at No. 8 and above Olivia Newton-John’s similarly sultry 1981 hit “Physical” at No. 10.

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The Billboard Hot 100 launched its first chart in 1958 and the anniversary ranking celebrates the biggest hits across the past six decades. It’s pretty impressive “Shape of You” clinched such a high ranking, given that it was just released last year, and the song marks his first Hot 100 chart-topper and held the spot for 12 weeks in 2017 and stayed in the Top 10 for a massive 33 weeks.

The No. 1 song on the list is “The Twist” by Chubby Checker which hails from 1960 and is the only track to top the coveted chart in two separate release cycles. It ruled for one week in 1960 and regained and held its No. 1 ranking for two weeks two years later in 1962.

“Shape of You” also notably out-ranks The Beatles iconic anthem “Hey Jude,” which fell outside the Top 10, coming in at No. 12. Furthermore, Sheeran snagged two places on the list, with his record-breaking ballad “Perfect” coming in at No. 91. Both tracks are from Sheeran’s Grammy-winning third studio album ÷ (Divide).

The British native singer-songwriter is one of the multiple artists who grabbed more than one place the ranking. Other artists include Paul McCartney, who made the list five times as a member of The Beatles with “Hey Jude” at No. 12 and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” at No. 48 (1964), his “Say Say Say” duet with Michael Jackson at No. 44 (1983), his “Ebony and Ivory” duet with Stevie Wonder at No. 76 (1982), and as a member of Wings with “Silly Love Songs” at No. 40 (1976).

The Bee Gees grabbed also three spots with “How Deep is Your Love” at No. 25 (1977), “Night Fever” at No. 42 (1978) and “Stayin’ Alive” at No. 59 (1978). The Aussie trio’s younger brother Andy Gibb notably snagged two places on his own with hits in both of those same years, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” at No. 29 (1977) and “Shadow Dancing” at No. 49 (1978). Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bruno Mars, and Pharrell Williams also appear more than once on the list.

Ed Sheeran is remarkably the only artist on this ranking with two songs from 2017. The only other song appearing from last year is Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber’s smash hit “Despacito,” which came in at No. 33. Sheeran is currently touring to support Divide and just released a trailer for an upcoming documentary tracing his songwriting process for the album called “Songwriter.”

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