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Cher Tops Billboard Charts in Seventh Decade with ‘DJ Play a Christmas Song’

Cher Tops Billboard Charts in Seventh Decade with ‘DJ Play a Christmas Song’

Cher is still making great music and she has some cred to back that up as she’s back on the Billboard charts. And for the forever young singer, this marks the seventh consecutive decade she’s earned a new No. 1 on a Billboard songs chart.

It’s for Cher’s latest hit, DJ Play a Christmas Song, jingles 3-1 on the Dec. 2-dated Dance/Electronic Song Sales survey. This track happens to be from the pop diva’s first holiday album, Christmas.

Now, Cher joins the Rolling Stones as top musical acts. They have at least one new No. 1 on a Billboard songs chart in each of the seven decades. That goes from the 1960s through the 2020s.

Cher scored her first No. 1 as half of Sonny & Cher. That’s when I Got You Babe topped the Billboard Hot 100 dated Aug. 14, 1965.

In the 1970s, she logged a trio of Hot 100 No. 1s of her own. They include Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves in 1971, HalfBreed in 1973, and Dark Lady in 1974. She also claimed another No. 1 with Sonny, All I Ever Need Is You, on the Adult Contemporary airplay chart in 1971.

Cher Scores Big Hits In 1980s

In the 1980s, Cher landed a pair of No. 1s on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1989 with After All, with Peter Cetera, and If I Could Turn Back Time. In the next decade, Cher returned to No. 1 on the Hot 100 with Believe in 1999. The song also crowned the Dance Club Songs tally. She notched two more No. 1s on the Dance Club Songs list that decade: Strong Enough and All or Nothing.” (Cher additionally topped other Billboard rankings that decade, such as the now-defunct Hot Singles Sales and Dance Singles Sales charts.)

In the 2000s, Cher achieved three more No. 1s on the Dance Club Songs chart with Song for the Lonely (it also topped the Dance Singles Sales list), and A Different Kind of Love Song in 2002, and When the Money’s Gone in 2003. The following decade, she racked up further No. 1s on Dance Club Songs with You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me in 2011 and Woman’s World in 2013.

Singer Is Amped Up About Christmas Album

But Cher is excited about Christmas. It was released before Halloween. While that might be against traditional album opening plans, Cher told NPR’s Scott Simon to not fret so much.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with anything,” Cher said of her Christmas album’s early release date. “You’ve got a song, you love it [and] you do it. That’s how you do it. That’s how I do it.”

Cher told Simon that when you listen to Christmas, there should be no confusion: This is her unconventional take on a Christmas album.

The Rolling Stones, meanwhile, began their streak of No. 1 songs in seven straight decades just a month before Cher. That’s when (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated July 10, 1965. They most recently led a songs survey with Living in a Ghost Town, which ruled the Rock Digital Song Sales chart dated May 9, 2020.