It has been a good year for Katy Perry. In June she released her fifth studio album, “Witness.” She also made history with three diamond-certified singles: “Firework,” “Dark Horse,” and “Roar.” And she has been tapped to host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Recently Billboard counted down her biggest hits based on their performance on the Hot 100 singles chart, so we asked our readers to tell us what her best number-one hit of all-time is. See the complete results below.
Perry has topped the Hot 100 chart with an impressive nine songs so far, and readers were divided when trying to choose between them, but ultimately “Teenage Dream” rose to the top. That was the second single from her 2010 album of the same. It led our poll with 21% of the vote in a narrow victory over her followup “Firework” with 19% of the vote.
Five of Katy Perry’s number-one hits came from that “Teenage Dream” album. Only one other album in history has had five number-one hits, Michael Jackson‘s “Bad,” and Perry is the only woman to accomplish the feat. She actually came close to breaking Jackson’s record: a sixth single from “Teenage Dream,” “The One That Got Away,” was another big hit, but it fell short of the top spot, peaking at number-three on the chart.
Tied for third place in our poll with 16% of the vote are a pair of singles from her fourth album “Prism”: “Roar” and “Dark Horse.” And ranked fifth with support from 8% of respondents was her breakthrough song “I Kissed a Girl,” which could have been a novelty hit but turned out to be the announcement of one of the most successful music artists of the last decade.