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1956
1.
04/1956
15





5
R&B


[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #142]
[Federal 12258]
written by James Brown  & Johnny Terry
1958
2.
11/1958
38

48
US


✫1
R&B


[Federal 12337]
written by James Brown 
1959
3.
04/1959
5





20
R&B


[Federal 12348]
written by James Brown 
1960
4.
02/1960
69

15
US


15
R&B


[Federal 12369]
written by James Brown 
Think
5.
05/1960

Think by James Brown 

from Think!   
37

33
US


7
R&B


[Federal 12370]
written by Lowman Pauling
6.
05/1960
12

86
US


14
R&B


B side to Think
[Federal 12370]
written by James Brown  & Johnny Terry
7.
08/1960
14

79
US


20
R&B


[Federal 12378]
written by James Brown 
8.
11/1960
11

68
US






[King 5423]
written by Billy Ward
9.
11/1960
3

105
US






as James Brown and The Famous Flames
[R]
[Federal 12258]
written by James Brown  & Johnny Terry
1961
10.
02/1961
3

109
US






as James Brown presents his Band
[instrumental]
[King 5438]
written by Clifford Scott & Billy Butler
Bewildered
11.
02/1961
31

40
US


8
R&B


[King 5442]
written by Teddy Powell & Leonard Whitcup
I Don't Mind
12.
05/1961
30

47
US


4
R&B


[King 5466]
written by James Brown 
13.
08/1961
31

49
US


2
R&B


[King 5524]
written by Joe Tex & James Brown 
14.
09/1961
6





17
R&B


[King 5547]
written by James Brown 
Lost Someone
15.
12/1961
35

48
US


2
R&B


1962
16.
04/1962
44

35
US


5
R&B


[King 5614]
written by Oscar Washington, Lewis Simpkins (as Lewis P. Simpkins) & Jimmy Forrest
17.
07/1962
17

61
US


16
R&B


[King 5657]
written by James Brown 
Mashed Potatoes U.S.A.
18.
09/1962
11

82
US


21
R&B


[King 5672]
written by James Brown 
19.
12/1962
12

93
US


18
R&B


[King 5701]
written by Sonny Thompson & Ray Starr
1963
20.
02/1963
4

99
US






[King 5710]
written by Johnny Otis
21.
03/1963
4





24
R&B


[King 5710]
written by Jesse Stone
22.
04/1963
65

18
US


6
R&B


#1 hit for Perry Como in 1946
[King 5739]
written by Russ Columbo, Clarence Gaskill & Leo Robin
23.
07/1963
17

55
US


25
R&B


[King 5767]
written by Jack Strachey & Eric Maschwitz
24.
10/1963
9

77
US






[King 5803]
written by Cowboy Copas & Lois Mann
1964
25.
01/1964
60

23
US


4
R&B


[live]
[King 5842]
written by James Brown 
Please, Please, Please
26.
02/1964
5

95
US






[R]
[King 5853]
written by James Brown  & Johnny Terry
27.
04/1964
4

107
US


48
R&B


as James Brown and The Famous Flames
[King 5876]
written by Dorcas Cochran & Lionel Newman
28.
04/1964
2

125
US






as James Brown and The Famous Flames
[King 5853]
written by James Brown 
Caldonia
29.
05/1964
7

95
US


39
R&B


[Smash 1898]
written by Fleecie Moore
30.
06/1964
2

134
US






as James Brown and The Famous Flames;
B side to Again
written by James Brown 
The Things That I Used to Do
31.
06/1964
9

99
US


21
R&B


[Smash 1908]
written by Guitar Slim (as Eddie Jones)
32.
06/1964
2

132
US






as James Brown and The Famous Flames
[King 5899]
written by Remus Harris, Russ Morgan & Irving Melsher
Out of Sight
33.
08/1964
54

24
US


5
R&B


[Smash 1919]
written by James Brown (as Ted Wright) 
34.
09/1964
4

107
US


45
R&B


as James Brown and his Orchestra
[Smash 1919]
written by James Brown (as Ted Wright) 
35.
12/1964
5

92
US






[King 5968]
written by Billy Ward & Rose Marks
1965
36.
04/1965
3

114
US






as James Brown at the organ ans his Orchestra
[instrumental]
[Smash 1975]
written by Nat Jones
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)
37.
07/1965
137

8
US


✫1
R&B
25
UK
[artist #4 hit]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #72]
[King 5999]
written by James Brown 
I Got You (I Feel Good)
38.
11/1965
181

3
US


✫1
R&B
29
UK
[artist #2 hit]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #78]
[King 6015]
written by James Brown 
39.
11/1965
16

63
US


34
R&B


[R]
[instrumental]
[Smash 2008]
written by James Brown 
1966
Lost Someone
40.
02/1966
5

94
US






[R]
[King 6020]
written by James Brown , Bobby Byrd & Lloyd Eugene Stallworth
41.
02/1966
9

73
US


38
R&B


[R]
[live]
[King 6020]
written by James Brown 
42.
03/1966
28

42
US


6
R&B


[King 6025]
written by James Brown  & Nat Jones
It's a Man's Man's Man's World
43.
04/1966
141

8
US


✫1
R&B
13
UK
[artist #3 hit]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #123]
[King 6035]
written by James Brown  & Betty Jean Newsome
44.
05/1966
2

102
US






[instrumental]
[Smash 2028]
written by James Brown  & Nat Jones
45.
07/1966
23

53
US


11
R&B


[King 6048]
written by James Brown  & Nat Jones
46.
10/1966
28

50
US


4
R&B


[King 6056]
written by Burt Jones
1967
47.
01/1967
44

29
US


7
R&B


[King 6071]
written by James Brown  & Nat Jones
Kansas City
48.
03/1967
18

55
US


21
R&B


[King 6086]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
49.
04/1967
4

100
US






featuring Vicki Anderson
written by Lowman Pauling
50.
05/1967
30

46
US


5
R&B


[King 6100]
written by Bud Hobgood & James Brown 
Cold Sweat (Part 1)
51.
07/1967
121

7
US


✫1
R&B


[King 6110]
written by James Brown  & Pee Wee Ellis (as Alfred Ellis)
52.
10/1967
27

40
US


11
R&B


[King 6122]
written by Bud Hobgood, James Brown  & Pee Wee Ellis
53.
12/1967
51

28
US


4
R&B


[King 6144]
written by James Brown 
1968
54.
01/1968
42

36
US


3
R&B


[King 6144]
written by James Brown  & Bud Hobgood
I Got the Feelin'
55.
03/1968
128

6
US


✫1
R&B


[King 6155]
written by James Brown 
56.
05/1968
22

52
US


13
R&B


[spoken]
[King 6112]
written by James Brown  & Hayward E. Moore
57.
05/1968
76

14
US


2
R&B


[King 6166]
written by James Brown , Bobby Byrd & Pee Wee Ellis (as Alfred Ellis)
58.
06/1968
2

104
US






as James Brown and The Famous Flames
written by James Brown  & Bud Hobgood
59.
07/1968
20

55
US


15
R&B


[King 6141]
written by James Brown 
Say It Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud (Part 1)
60.
09/1968
132

10
US


✫1
R&B


[artist #5 hit]
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #305]
[King 6187]
written by James Brown  & Pee Wee Ellis (as Alfred Ellis)
61.
11/1968
35

31
US


9
R&B


[King 6198]
written by James Brown 
62.
12/1968
7

86
US






[Christmas]
[King 6204]
written by James Brown  & Nat Jones
1969
Give It Up or Turn It a Loose
63.
01/1969
79

15
US


✫1
R&B


[King 6213]
written by Charles Bobbit
64.
04/1969
61

20
US


3
R&B


[King 6224]
written by James Brown 
65.
04/1969
5

117
US


33
R&B


[instrumental]
[King 6222]
written by James Brown  & Pee Wee Ellis (as Alfred Ellis)
66.
05/1969
41

30
US


11
R&B


[instrumental]
[King 6240]
written by James Brown 
Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me) (Part 1)
67.
06/1969
93

11
US


✫1
R&B


[King 6245]
written by James Brown  & Pee Wee Ellis (as Alfred Ellis)
68.
08/1969
23

41
US


16
R&B


[instrumental]
[King 6250]
written by James Brown 
69.
09/1969
32

37
US


8
R&B


[King 6258]
written by James Brown 
70.
10/1969
61

21
US


2
R&B


[King 6255]
written by James Brown 
71.
11/1969
62

24
US


3
R&B


[instrumental]
[King 6280]
written by James Brown 
72.
12/1969
34

40
US


6
R&B


[King 6275]
written by James Brown 
1970
73.
02/1970
49

32
US


3
R&B


[King 6292]
written by James Brown 
Funky Drummer (Part 1)
74.
03/1970
19

51
US


20
R&B


[King 6290]
written by James Brown 
75.
05/1970
46

32
US


2
R&B


[King 6310]
written by James Brown 
76.
07/1970
93

15
US


2
R&B
32
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #326]
[King 6318]
written by James Brown , Bobby Byrd & Ron Lenhoff
77.
10/1970
87

13
US


✫1
R&B


[King 6329]
written by James Brown 
78.
12/1970
10

105
US




47
UK
[King 6339]
written by Nat Jones & A. Williams Jones
1971
79.
01/1971
48

34
US


4
R&B


[King 6347]
written by James Brown , Bobby Byrd & Ron Lenhoff
80.
02/1971
56

29
US


3
R&B


[King 6368]
written by James Brown 
81.
03/1971
6

90
US






82.
05/1971
23

50
US


15
R&B


[King 6363]
written by James Brown  & Bobby Byrd
83.
06/1971
40

35
US


6
R&B


[spoken]
[People 2500]
written by James Brown 
Hot Pants (Pt. 1) (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants)
84.
07/1971
98

15
US


✫1
R&B
51
UK
[People 2501]
written by James Brown  & Fred Wesley
Make It Funky (Part 1)
85.
08/1971
71

22
US


✫1
R&B


[Polydor 14088]
written by James Brown  & Charles Bobbit
86.
10/1971
12

68
US






87.
11/1971
40

35
US


7
R&B


[Polydor 14100]
written by James Brown  & Charles Bobbit
1972
88.
02/1972
58

27
US


✫1
R&B


[Polydor 14109]
written by James Brown  & Bobby Byrd
89.
03/1972
34

40
US


6
R&B


[spoken]
[Polydor 14116]
written by James Brown , Charles Bobbit, Dave Matthews & Manny Rosen
90.
05/1972
33

43
US


4
R&B


[Polydor 14125]
written by James Brown 
91.
06/1972
29

44
US


7
R&B


[instrumental]
[Polydor 14129]
written by Bill Doggett, Henry Glover, Billy Butler, Shep Shepherd & Clifford Scott
Get on the Good Foot (Part 1)
92.
08/1972
81

18
US


✫1
R&B


[Polydor 14139]
written by James Brown , Fred Wesley & Joe Mims
93.
11/1972
34

44
US


3
R&B


[Polydor 14153]
written by James Brown 
1973
94.
01/1973
58

27
US


4
R&B
51
UK
[Polydor 14162]
written by James Brown 
95.
03/1973
23

50
US


13
R&B


[Polydor 14168]
written by Bodie Chandler & Barry De Vorzon
96.
05/1973
25

77
US


15
R&B
51
UK
[R]
[Polydor 14177]
written by Lowman Pauling
97.
06/1973
19

80
US


37
R&B
51
UK
[R]
[Polydor 14185]
written by Lowman Pauling
98.
08/1973
29

50
US


6
R&B


[Polydor 14194]
written by James Brown 
99.
11/1973
39

58
US


4
R&B
52
UK
[Polydor 14210]
written by James Brown 
1974
The Payback (Part 1)
100.
03/1974
65

26
US


✫1
R&B


[Polydor 14223]
written by James Brown , John Starks & Fred Wesley
101.
06/1974

My Thang by James Brown 

from Hell   Hell
55

29
US


✫1
R&B


[Polydor 14244]
written by James Brown 
102.
08/1974
50

31
US


✫1
R&B


[Polydor 14255]
written by Charles Bobbit, James Brown , John Starks & Fred Wesley
Funky President (People It's Bad) / Cold Blooded
103.
11/1974
38

44
US


4
R&B
52
UK
b side Cold Blooded charted from 7 december 1974 in US charts
[Polydot 14258]
written by James Brown 
1975
104.
02/1975

Reality by James Brown 

from Reality   
13

80
US


19
R&B


[Polydor 14268]
written by James Brown , Fred Wesley & Gertrude Wesley
Sex Machine (Part 1)
105.
04/1975
18

61
US


16
R&B


[R]
[Polydor 14270]
written by James Brown , Bobby Byrd & Ron Lenhoff
106.
07/1975
8





11
R&B


[Polydor 14281]
written by James Brown 
107.
10/1975
4





28
R&B


[Polydor 14295]
written by James Brown 
108.
11/1975
3





31
R&B


[Polydor 14301]
written by James Brown 
1976
109.
03/1976
1





70
R&B


[Polydor 14304]
written by Deek Watson (as Ivory "Deek" Watson) & Pat Best (as William "Pat" Best)
Get Up Offa That Thing
110.
06/1976
58

45
US
19
dance
4
R&B
22
UK
[Polydor 14326]
written by Deanna Brown, Deidra Brown & Yamma Brown
111.
10/1976
2





47
R&B


[Polydor 14354]
written by Deidra Brown, Deanna Brown & Yamma Brown
112.
12/1976
25

88
US


13
R&B
36
UK
[Polydor 14360]
written by Deanna Brown, Deidra Brown & Yamma Brown
1977
113.
04/1977
3





35
R&B


[Polydot 14388]
written by Charles Sherrell
114.
07/1977
6





20
R&B


[Polydor 14409]
written by Deanna Brown & Yamma Brown (as Yammer Brown)
115.
12/1977
2





45
R&B


[Polydor 14438]
written by James Brown  & Deanna Brown
1978
116.
04/1978
2





38
R&B


[Polydor 14465]
written by Deidra Brown (as Deidre Brown) & James Brown 
117.
06/1978
4





26
R&B


[Polydor 14487]
written by James Brown  & Charles Sherrell
118.
12/1978
2





52
R&B


[Polydor 14522]
written by Deidra Brown (as Deidre Brown) & James Brown 
1979
119.
05/1979
8



65
dance
15
R&B


120.
09/1979
1





63
R&B


[Polydor 2005]
written by Brad Shapiro & Randy McCormick
1980
121.
01/1980

Regrets by James Brown 

from People   
1





63
R&B


[Polydor 2054]
written by Barbara Wyrick
122.
11/1980
14



65
dance
46
R&B
39
UK
[TK 1039]
written by Susaye Brown, James Brown  & Henry Stallings
1981
123.
04/1981
1





80
R&B


[TK 1042]
written by Bobby Byrd & James Brown 
1983
124.
05/1983
8





73
R&B
45
UK
charted as Bring It On... Bring It On / The Night Time Is the Right Time (To Be with the One That You Love) in US R&B charts
[Augusta Sound 94023]
written by James Brown  & Joe Brown
1985
125.
04/1985
6







50
UK
126.
06/1985
7







47
UK
Living in America
127.
12/1985
211

4
US
3
dance
10
R&B
5
UK
[artist #1 hit]
[Scotti Brothers 05682 ]
written by Dan Hartman & Charlie Midnight
1986
Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine)
128.
03/1986
7







46
UK
129.
05/1986
3







78
UK
130.
10/1986

Gravity by James Brown 

from Gravity   
18

93
US
13
dance
26
R&B
65
UK
produced by Dan Hartman
[Scotti Brothers 06275 ]
written by Dan Hartman & Charlie Midnight
131.
12/1986
10





10
R&B
90
UK
[Scotti Brothers 06568 ]
written by Dan Hartman & Charlie Midnight
1988
132.
2



35
dance




written by Full Force & James Brown 
133.
01/1988
7







45
UK
written by Hank Ballard & James Brown 
The Payback Mix (Part One)
134.
04/1988
34







12
UK
135.
05/1988
35



29
dance
2
R&B
31
UK
featuring Full Force
[Scotti Brothers 07783]
written by Full Force & James Brown 
136.
07/1988

Static by James Brown 

from I'm Real   I'm Real
23



5
dance
5
R&B


[Scotti Brothers 07975]
written by Full Force
1991
137.
07/1991
2





48
R&B


[Scotti Brothers 75288]
written by James Brown 
138.
11/1991
4







69
UK
1993
139.
03/1993
18



7
dance
76
R&B
59
UK
[Scotti Brothers 75352]
written by Robert Clivill├ęs, David Cole, Duran Ramos, Sheldon Scott, James Jackson & Busta Rhymes (as Trevor Smith)
1998
140.
12/1998
1





75
R&B


[R&B chart position is for R&B airplay charts]
[Christmas]
[Epic album cut]
written by James Brown , Alfred James Ellis & Hank Ballard
1999
141.
04/1999
10







40
UK
written by James Brown  & Derrick Monk
2000
142.
01/2000
1







156
UK
[R]
written by James Brown  & Derrick Monk
143.
04/2000
5







63
UK
[R]
written by James Brown  & Derrick Monk
2002
144.
02/2002
1







192
UK
[R]
written by James Brown 
2003
145.
05/2003
1







145
UK
[R]
written by James Brown 
2010
146.
09/2010
1







108
UK

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