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Katy Perry’s 20 Biggest Hits

The most chart-dominating hits from the RS cover star

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Katy Perry's role as one of our generation's biggest hitmakers is indisputable. She's spent as much time at Number One as Janet Jackson, she's one chart-topper away from Stevie Wonder's numbers, only Michael Jackson can release a single album with as many summit-climbing hits as Teenage Dream, she's the only artist in history to spend an entire calendar year in the Top 10. In honor of her third Rolling Stone cover, here's a rundown of the 20 biggest hits that got her there.

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1. “I Kissed a Girl”

Released: April 28, 2008
Chart Peak: Number One (Seven weeks)

Perry has strewn contradictory autobiographical half-truths about which girl she did or didn't kiss on her first (and biggest) hit with a faux candor that's downright Dylanesque. Maybe a high school bestie really was her experimental game, maybe she was just fantasizing out loud about tasting ScarJo's cherry chapstick, maybe she made the whole thing up – songwriters do that sometimes, you know.

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