Chart-topping hits from when 10 popular technologies were born

The #1 song when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone? Why, "Irreplaceable," of course.

Hanging vinyl records

For many of us, music helps to mark the passage of our lives by becoming associated with major milestones and crucial events. It can also help mark the significant points in the lives of well-known technologies. For example, do you know what song was dominating the radio airwaves or iTunes when Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone or Google search was launched or MS-DOS was first released? Thanks to, you can now see what song was number one on the day you were born, or on any other given day, such as the day when Linus Torvalds announced the creation Linux. Use the arrows above to see what songs topped the charts when XX well-known technologies came to be.

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Steve Jobs holding the original iPhone
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#1 song when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone (January 9, 2007): Irreplaceable by Beyoncé

#1 song when Verizon announced it would start selling the iPhone (January 11, 2011): Grenade by Bruno Mars

#1 song when Apple announced the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus (September 9, 2014): Shake It Off by Taylor Swift


A computer screen showing MS-DOS being installed

#1 song when Microsoft bought QDOS (AKA 86-DOS), which became the basis for MS-DOS (July 27, 1981): The One That You Love by Air Supply

#1 song when MS-DOS version 1.0 was released (August 12, 1981): Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield

#1 song when MS-DOS 8.0 (AKA Windows Me), the final version, was released (September 14, 2000): Doesn't Really Matter by Janet Jackson

Linux written on the ground in black tape

#1 song when Linus Torvalds first announced the Linux kernel to the world (August 25, 1991): (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams

#1 song when Linux 1.0.0 was released (March 14, 1994): The Sign by Ace of Base

#1 song when Torvalds famously flipped the bird to Nvidia for being a difficult partner (June 14, 2012): Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye

The Facebook logo surrounded by flowers
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#1 song when Mark Zuckerberg launched (Februray 4, 2004): Hey Ya! by OutKast

#1 song when Facebook last revised its Privacy Policy (October 29, 2009): 3 by Britney Spears

#1 song when Facebook went public (May 18, 2012): Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye

The original World Wide Web logo, consisting of three Ws
World Wide Web

#1 song when Tim Berners-Lee first proposed a “mesh” of hyperlinked information (April 30, 1989): Lost in Your Eyes by Debbie Gibson

#1 song when Berners-Lee launched the world’s first web site (August 6, 1991): (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams

#1 song when CERN announced that World Wide Web protocols would be free (April 30, 1993): Informer by Snow

A cake with the words Happy 15th birthday Google! written in icing
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Google search

#1 song when was registered (September 15. 1997): Honey by Mariah Carey

#1 song when the first Google Doodle was published (August 30, 1998): The Boy Is Mine by Brandy & Monica

#1 song when Google Instant was introduced (September 8, 2010): Love the Way You Lie by Eminem

An IBM 5150 personal computer
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IBM 5150 Personal Computer

#1 song when the IBM 5150 PC was first released: (August 12, 1981): Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield

#1 song when IBM announced the 5153 color display monitor for the IBM 5150 (February 4, 1983): Down Under by Men at Work

#1 song when IBM announced it would discontinue production of the 5150 (April 2, 1987): Lean on Me by Club Nouveau

A group of people dressed as Tetris pieces
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#1 song when Tetris was first released by Russian programmer  Alexey Pajitnov (June 6, 1984): Let's Hear It for the Boy by Deniece Williams

#1 song when Tetris reached 100 million paid mobiles downloads, the first game to reach that mark (January 21, 2010): Tik Tok by Kesha

#1 song when MIT hackers played Tetris on the side of a 21-story building on campus (April 20, 2012): We Are Young by Fun

The Twitter logo

#1 song when Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the world’s first tweet (March 21, 2006): So Sick by Ne-Yo

#1 song when a hashtag was first used in a tweet (August 23, 2007): Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston

#1 song when President Obama sent the most retweeted tweet ever (November 6, 2012): One More Night by Maroon 5

A BASIC instruction manual
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#1 song when the first BASIC program was run (May 1, 1964): Can't Buy Me Love by The Beatles

#1 song when Microsoft was founded to create a BASIC interpreter for the Altair 8800 computer (April 4, 1975): Lady Marmalade by Patti LaBelle

#1 song when Bill Gates first introduced Visual Basic (May 20, 1991): I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) by Hi-Five