Songs You Thought Hit Number One But Didn’t

Topping Billboard’s Hot 100 isn’t as easy as Taylor Swift makes it look.

Cyndi Lauper in the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” video (Photo: YouTube)

“Stand by Me” by Ben E. King

“A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke

“California Dreamin’” by The Mama’s And The Papa’s

“Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney and Wings

“Fernando” ABBA

Elton John’s ’70s slow songs

“Just the Way You Are” and “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel

“In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

“Thriller” Michael Jackson

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