Here is the definitive (almost) list, in chronological order, of every number one R&B/Hip-Hop song for each week from October 1942 to the present according to the U.S. Billboard Charts. That's 70 years of music!
A couple of notes: Where songs were not available in the Spotify library, we inserted an alternate version of the song (with varying degrees of success). There were also a few songs that just weren't covered at all...but we will update as songs become available. Also, we have included songs only once (even if they have appeared at the top of the charts for multiple weeks or if they moved in and out of the top position).
From November 30, 1963 to January 23, 1965 there was no Billboard R&B singles charts. For those years, we have inserted the #1 song from Cash Box magazine's stats in their place.
You can play in order or you can sort by artist to see which artists had the most hits. We will update this list on a periodic basis.