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I'm confused here. Unless you're maintaining that "Love Me Do" was the first Beatles single released in the USA (wrong) and it went to #1 on the charts (ridiculous), I don't see what you're referring to.

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Oh. I think I see the error in the statement I was agreeing with: "I Want To Hold Your Hand" was the Fabs' first #1 in the US, but it wasn't their first single released in the US.
I should've caught that, as I bought all their US singles as they were being released.
Brings to mind how the Beatles sang Please Mr. Postman, which (a) doesn’t, in itself, count for this thread; but which (b) was the #1 debut single for the Marvelettes.
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Cyndi Lauper hit #1 with "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," her first single.
This brings up a question of what "first single" actually means. Cyndi Lauper's first band, Blue Angel, released five singles, none of which charted. Should they impact her batting average? Eric Clapton has been in a lot of one-off bands; should the successes of Cream, Derek and the Dominoes, et al be considered when quantifying Clapton's legacy as a solo artist, and why not? Is "Back in the New York Groove" a KISS single or an Ace Frehley one?
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At that, Bradley Cooper’s first single reached #1. Sure, it was a duet with Lady Gaga, which is why they won the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance...
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Just to keep this going for one more day: Wilson Phillips got themselves a #1 debut single by dint of singing about, y’know, holding on for one more day.
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One-off charity supergroup USA For Africa hit #1 with their only single We Are The World. And the inspiration, Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? hit #1 in the UK (peaked at #13 in the US).
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One-off charity supergroup USA For Africa hit #1 with their only single We Are The World. And the inspiration, Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? hit #1 in the UK (peaked at #13 in the US).
The Canadian equivalent, "Tears Are Not Enough," also hit #1. Were Neil Young, Geddy Lee and Anne Murray in it, along with Bryan Adams? You bet!

All those songs were terrible.
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The Canadian equivalent, "Tears Are Not Enough," also hit #1. Were Neil Young, Geddy Lee and Anne Murray in it, along with Bryan Adams? You bet!

All those songs were terrible.
See also: “All For Love”, the #1 from Bryan-Adams-and-Rod-Stewart-and-Sting.

No, I’m not saying that one was for charity.
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See also: “All For Love”, the #1 from Bryan-Adams-and-Rod-Stewart-and-Sting.

No, I’m not saying that one was for charity.
But, like the others, it was terrible.
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That was my point, yes. (And not so-bad-it’s-good, like the #1 debut single that introduced the world to Right Said Fred when I’m Too Sexy made the rounds.)
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It's been alluded to but not directly touched upon, so I'd like to add that considering a single's international presence brings another element of comparison into this thread. What got me thinking about it was the mention of the Spice Girls, whose first hit reached number 1 around the world (according to Wikipedia). Compare that to, say, Lisa Loeb, whose first single reached number 1 in the U.S. and Canada but nowhere else, according to Wikipedia. Even Mariah Carey didn't hit number one worldwide like the Spice Girls did.

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Rick Astley’s overplayed debut single, Never Gonna Give You Up, apparently hit #1 in both the US and the UK, and also in Australia and Belgium and Canada and Denmark and Finland and Germany and the Netherlands and New Zealand and Norway and South Africa and Spain and Sweden and I may have missed some.
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One-off charity supergroup USA For Africa hit #1 with their only single We Are The World. And the inspiration, Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? hit #1 in the UK (peaked at #13 in the US).
If we're counting one-off novelty acts, then we've definitely got to make mention of Stars on 45' "Medley: Intro 'Venus' / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I'll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You're Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45", which made #1 in the US and a slew of other countries.

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There are also probably a bunch of examples from singers who were part of a group but then went solo. Zayn Malik's first solo single after leaving One Direction hit #1. One Direction's first single went #1 in the UK, but interestingly they never had a #1 in the US despite being the biggest group in the world at the time (the best they could do in the US were a few #2's).
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There are also probably a bunch of examples from singers who were part of a group but then went solo. Zayn Malik's first solo single after leaving One Direction hit #1. One Direction's first single went #1 in the UK, but interestingly they never had a #1 in the US despite being the biggest group in the world at the time (the best they could do in the US were a few #2's).
For the opposite of a sure thing, the #1 that was DISCO DUCK. “According to Dees, it took one day to write the song, but three months to convince anyone to perform it.”
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See also: “All For Love”, the #1 from Bryan-Adams-and-Rod-Stewart-and-Sting.

No, I’m not saying that one was for charity.
There ought to be charities to benefit victims of that song.
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Rick Astley’s overplayed debut single, Never Gonna Give You Up, apparently hit #1 in both the US and the UK, and also in Australia and Belgium and Canada and Denmark and Finland and Germany and the Netherlands and New Zealand and Norway and South Africa and Spain and Sweden and I may have missed some.
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They put out a single by me and Lisa Carter as Rick and Lisa, which didn’t do anything. Then they got a Fairlight synthesiser-sampler delivered. I helped them get it out of the box. I remember Mike inputting the chords to Never Gonna Give You Up. I made the tea while their programmer, Ian Curnow, did the basic track. Mike sang the melody literally into my ear and I went in and sang it. He was a tough producer but he needed to be. I was a kid who’d sung in pubs and clubs.

We shot the video in an old church near London’s Westway. All the clothes in the video are my own. There were no stylists – I shoved some stuff in a bag. I really liked the song. I remember thinking: “I’d dance to that if it came on in a disco in Warrington.” I thought it sounded like a hit and suddenly it was. One day I was making the tea. The next I was at No 1.
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Heh. For the reverse, how about the #1 debut that was Winchester Cathedral?

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Stephens was a big fan of tunes from the British music hall era (or what Americans would call "vaudeville"), so he wrote "Winchester Cathedral" in that vein, complete with a Rudy Vallée soundalike[2] (John Carter) singing through his hands to imitate a megaphone sound.[3] Although the song was recorded entirely by session musicians, when it became an international hit, an actual band had to be assembled, with Fontana trying unsuccessfully to recruit the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.[4]
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Mention was made, in passing, of how George Harrison hit #1 with what’s arguably his debut single when MY SWEET LORD topped various charts around the world; figure I’ll now add, for one reason or another, that HE’S SO FINE had already hit #1 as the debut single for the Chiffons back in ‘63.
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Another girl group apparently worth a quick mention: the Chordettes, back when they were asking Mister Sandman to please bring them a dream.
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And, later: the Dixie Cups, singing about goin’ to the Chapel of Love.
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“Afternoon Delight” was Starland Vocal Band’s #1 debut single.
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Peter and Gordon hit #1 with the McCartney-penned World Without Love.
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“Unbelievable” was a #1 debut for EMF (with an assist from Andrew Dice Clay).
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Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch hit #1 with “Good Vibrations”, and then he became an Oscar-caliber dramatic actor, and if you were to add something about Wahlburgers then this sentence would seem like something out of Mad Libs.
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Rick Dees was the roommate of John Tesh for a little while. Tesh went to Entertainment tonight TV show and later his own music career.
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Rick Dees was the roommate of John Tesh for a little while. Tesh went to Entertainment tonight TV show and later his own music career.
Speaking of living arrangements: “Hey Paula” was a debut #1 single for the duo of, uh, Paul and Paula. "Paul" was the song's writer, Ray Hildebrand, a student at Texas' Howard Payne University, a Baptist institution in the city of Brownwood. "Paula" was Jill Jackson, the niece of the owner of the boarding house where Ray lived.
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Since today’s a holiday built around jokey stuff, I’ll make quick mention of the #1 single that was “Monster Mash”, from Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers.
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I love that in the early days of rock 'n' roll any teenager could write an insanely catchy song and have it discovered and turned into a national hit. It kept happening over and over.

My favorite went only to #2. The Surfaris were a bunch of high schoolers who were recording a possible single for a tiny record company. They needed a b-side, so they made one up on the spot and recorded it in one take. That was the sublime "Wipe Out," my candidate for the most perfect rock instrumental. Not a single note out of place or extra, but with every one counting.

And like most of the others who had that moment of supreme inspiration, they never did nothing no more.
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I love that in the early days of rock 'n' roll any teenager could write an insanely catchy song and have it discovered and turned into a national hit. It kept happening over and over.
Hey, even decades later, teens could still write a catchy #1 debut with MMMBop.
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And, in the same vein: Jermaine Dupri was still a teen when the song he wrote became a #1 debut for younger teens in the ‘90s, with Kris Kross and “Jump”.
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Hey, even decades later, teens could still write a catchy #1 debut with MMMBop.
Lorde was a teenager when she wrote "Royals." Billie Eilish hit #1 with "Bad Guy," though in fairness I think her brother writes the songs a lot more than she does. So it can still happen.
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As far as I can tell, Ciara wrote “Goodies” — and promptly had it hit #1, in the US and the UK, as her debut single — when she was just eighteen.
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Pretty recently, Desiigner was a teen who hit #1 with his debut single Panda.
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A Taste Of Honey had a #1 debut single with ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’.
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Strawberry Alarm Clock, with ‘Incense and Peppermints’.
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