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“You Are Not Alone” by Michael Jackson (USA, 1958–2009) was the first single to debut at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, on the chart dated 2 September 1995.
“You Are Not Alone” was the first of four Hot 100 tracks to debut at No.1 in 1995. Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” followed suit on 30 September, before Whitney Houston (“Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”, on 25 November) and Mariah Carey again, this time with Boyz II Men (“One Sweet Day”, on 2 December), both started at the top.
As of 16 November 2019, 35 tracks had debuted at No.1 on the Hot 100. Travis Scott’s “Highest in the Room” was the most recent No.1 debut, on 19 October 2019.
“You Are Not Alone” was taken from the album HIStory: Past, Present and Future – Book I. The track was written by R Kelly.
“Alone” replaced Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” at No.1 and delayed rapper Coolio’s rise to the top with “Gangsta’s Paradise”, which knocked Jackson off the No.1 spot the following week.