Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 Debuts, a Guide
3. Whitney Houston
"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"
Chart Debut Date: November 25, 1995

Plus, Richard Marx stops by to discuss a song of his that might've been a huge hit ... if only it had been released as a single.

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A BETTER 'UNDER'-STANDING

Hi Gary,

I am a chart freak - and have been following Billboard since the Hot 100's inception in 1958, when "Poor Little Fool" landed to No. 1. Long time ago ...

My question is about Madonna' s releases in the U.S. I understand that Billboard publishes not only the Hot 100 chart but also the Hot 100's Bubbling Under chart, which ranks the top 25 songs that have yet to reach the Hot 100.

Is it possible to know the Bubbling Under ranks of any of Madonna's songs that never made it to the Hot 100?

Thank you!

Yours truly,

Robert-Michel Lavoie

Hi Robert-Michel,

Thanks for the e-mail. Happy to answer a question from such a loyal Billboard fan!

Because so many of Madonna's singles became such big hits, only three of her songs reached the Bubbling Under chart but never graduated to the Hot 100. (Additionally, the chart, which had launched the week of June 1, 1959, was discontinued as of Aug. 24, 1985, and did not return until Dec. 5, 1992).

Still, three Madonna songs were Bubbling Under-only entries.

Before she made her Hot 100 debut with "Holiday" the week of Oct. 29, 1983, "Everybody" spent eight weeks on Bubbling Under, reaching No. 7.

Madonna didn't reappear on the tally until releasing the third and fourth singles from "Confessions on a Dance Floor." After "Hung Up" rose to No. 7 on the Hot 100 and follow-up "Sorry" peaked at No. 58, "Get Together" reached No. 6 on Bubbling Under and "Jump" bounced as high as No. 5.


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