April 23, 1988: Whitney Houston Scores Record Seventh Straight No. 1
April 23, 1988: Whitney Houston Scores Record Seventh Straight No. 1

On this date 24 years ago, the late vocal powerhouse rewrote Billboard Hot 100 history.

On the Billboard Hot 100 dated 24 years ago today - April 23, 1988 - Whitney Houston established the mark for the most consecutive No. 1 chart entries, as "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" rose 3-1.

Two and-a-half years earlier, Houston's streak had begun. Here is a recap of her record run:

Title, Date Reached No. 1 (weeks at No. 1)
"Saving All My Love for You," Oct. 26, 1985 (one)
"How Will I Know," Feb. 15, 1986 (two)
"Greatest Love of All," May 17, 1986 (three)
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," June 27, 1987 (two)
"Didn't We Almost Have It All," Sept. 26, 1987 (two)
"So Emotional," Jan. 9, 1988 (one)

"Where Do Broken Hearts Go," April 23, 1988

When "Hearts" hit the top of the Hot 100, Houston bested the Bee Gees' streak of six Hot 100-topping titles in 1977-79.

Houston fell short of the summit when "Love Will Save the Day," the follow-up to "Hearts" and the fifth single from her sophomore album, "Whitney," peaked at No. 9. Still, Houston would add 13 more top 10s, including four No. 1s, to her Hot 100 resume. With 11 career leaders, Houston is tied with Rihanna for the third-most No. 1s among women after Mariah Carey (18) and Madonna (12).

Following Houston's death on Feb. 11, fans have celebrated her music. "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" is 2012's second-best-selling album, with 728,000 copies sold this year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Next up in tribute to Houston: tomorrow (April 24) night's episode of Fox's "Glee," entitled "Dance With Somebody." The cast will offer new versions of the Houston classics "I Have Nothing," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "It's Not Right But It's Okay," "How Will I Know," "My Love Is Your Love," "Saving All My Love for You" and "So Emotional."

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