The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States' standard for the sales performance, either physical or digital, of every noteworthy single released in the country. Topping the charts is no easy feat since it covers all genres and is monitored every week.
However, some songs, perhaps due to memorable lyrics or catchy tunes, manage to reach the top spot not just once, but twice - and under different artists. Here are the nine songs to ever achieve this noteworthy milestone.
1. Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes (1961) and The Carpenters (1975)
"Please Mr. Postman" served as the breakthrough single of the girl group The Marvelettes, going down in history as among Motown Records' most successful acts. It would stay at the top for a staggering 23-week period.
The Beatles also performed the song in 1963 but did the song as a part of their live acts since 1962. "Please Mr. Postman" again found itself at the top with The Carpenters' version reminiscent of the 50's rock & roll tunes.
2. The Loco-Motion - Little Eva (1962) and Grand Funk (1974)
With a little more bump, this dance tune would've been the only song in history to land the top of the Hot 100 three times. Pop songstress Little Eva first performed it after Dee Dee Sharp rejected this Carole King and Gerry Goffin composition.
In 1974, the Grand Funk Railroad would be a testament to the endurance of this dance anthem as it reached the top spot again, staying for two weeks. Pop icon Kylie Minogue would also perform the song as her debut single in 1987, releasing it first in her native Australia before releasing it in the US in the following year. It debuted at No. 80 before shooting to the third spot for two weeks.
3. Go Away Little Girl - Steve Lawrence (1963) and Donny Osmond (1971)
This early pop song was also written by the pair behind Loco-Motion, first recorded by Bobby Vee in March 1962. However, it was Steve Lawrence's recording the following year that clinched the top spot of the Hot 100 in January 1963 for two weeks.
The Happenings would also cover the song in 1966 and peaked at number 12 before the teen idol, and pop star Donny Osmond brought "Go Away Little Girl" back to the number 1 spot in 1971, and stayed for three weeks this time.
4. You Keep Me Hangin' On - The Supremes (1966) and Kim Wilde (1987)
Late in 1966, The Supremes released "You Keep Me Hangin' On" to reach the top of the Hot 100 for two weeks. Composed by the legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland trio, several other artists would cover it with varying successes - Vanilla Fudge covered it in 1967 and broke through the top ten, and Reba McEntire's 1996 version landed second on the Hot Dance Club chart.
In 1986, British pop artist Kim Wilde made her version of the song and landed in the same top spot as The Supremes did some two decades ago. She reworked the Motown style of the original into an electronic, upbeat incarnation.
5. When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge (1966) and Michael Bolton (1991)
Most people today probably know the song "When A Man Loves A Woman" as a Michael Bolton hit, and yes, he did in 1991, topping both the Hot 100 as well as Billboard's Adult Contemporary Singles chart. It was also the last chart-topper of the Hot 100 before the chart shifted to Soundscan, a broader method of tracking music sales instead of physical sales and airplay reports.