This is in the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a Star Word™. Use the following examples to find the rule:

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Star }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\ \def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words }^™\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.02.04}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{AMERICA}&\text{CANADA}\\ \hline \text{JOE}&\text{JIM}\\ \hline \text{OLIVIA}&\text{EMILY}\\ \hline \text{NEXT}&\text{LAST}\\ \hline \text{EXILE}&\text{BANISHMENT}\\ \hline \text{BREAD}&\text{TOAST}\\ \hline \text{EXPOSE}&\text{REVEAL}\\ \hline \text{FUN}&\text{PLEASURE}\\ \hline \text{MAGIC}&\text{FANTASY}\\ \hline \text{ESSEX}&\text{SUSSEX}\\ \hline \text{PLAYER}&\text{OPPONENT}\\ \hline \text{SILK}&\text{COTTON}\\ \hline \end{array}$$

CSV version:


These aren't the only Star Words™, there are others that exist.

  • $\begingroup$ Are these the only examples of Star Words™, or do many others exist? $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Feb 2 '18 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ There are others that exist... $\endgroup$ – Kit-Ginevra Feb 2 '18 at 17:33
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    $\begingroup$ Just to let you know, the image says Intermittent Words instead of Star Words. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Feb 2 '18 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ What about "Star wars"? $\endgroup$ – Untitpoi Feb 2 '18 at 17:47
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    $\begingroup$ @Kit-Ginevra, if that "magic number" is a hint, then it's better to put it by editing the post as not everyone aware that you gave a hint on comment section :) $\endgroup$ – athin Mar 4 '18 at 22:50

Each Star Word is

The name of a band or singer who had a number one hit in the US Billboard Hot 100

Specific examples

America - "A Horse With No Name" - March 25, 1972
Joe (featuring Mystikal) - "Stutter" - February 24, 2001
50 Cent featuring Olivia - "Candy Shop" - March 5, 2005
Next - "Too Close" - April 25, 1998
Exile - "Kiss You All Over" - September 30, 1978
Bread - "Make It with You" - August 22, 1970
Exposé - "Seasons Change" - February 20, 1988
Fun (featuring Janelle Monáe) - "We Are Young" - March 17, 2012
Magic! - "Rude" - July 26, 2014
The Essex - "Easier Said Than Done" - July 6, 1963
Player - "Baby Come Back" - January 14, 1978
Silk - "Freak Me" - May 1, 1993


We are not including bands or artists which are known by more than just the single word - this is why I think Jim Croce is discounted, he is not known as Jim.

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    $\begingroup$ awww, I was thinking along the lines of hollywood stars, but couldn't find a connection to everything $\endgroup$ – Jack Pettinger Mar 9 '18 at 15:57

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