Three years ago this week, 'Born This Way' debuted as a landmark leader. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Celine Dion and Baauer
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
Feb. 24, 1973
Roberta Flack crowned the Billboard Hot 100 with "Killing Me Softly With His Song." The Fugees' cover reigned over R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for five weeks in 1996.
Feb. 25, 1995
What's Madonna's longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1? Perhaps surprisingly, it's not any of her signature '80s songs like "Like a Virgin" or "Material Girl" (the latter of which peaked at No. 2). Nope, it's ballad "Take a Bow," which began its seven-week command 19 years ago today.
Feb. 26, 2011
Making a fitting grand entrance at No. 1, Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" became the Billboard Hot 100's landmark 1,000th No. 1. The same historic week, the "Glee" cast passed Elvis Presley for the most Hot 100 chart hits. To date, the Fox TV troupe has charted a record 207 entries.
Feb. 27, 1988
George Michael began presiding over the Billboard Hot 100 with his gospel-tinged "Father Figure," the second of four No. 1s he tallied from his debut solo album "Faith."
Feb. 28, 1998
Amid buzz for the film "Titanic," Celine Dion's love ballad from the movie, "My Heart Will Go On," roared onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 for the first of its two weeks on top.
March 1, 2003
After leading with the uptempo No. 1s "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi," Avril Lavigne proved her way with a ballad, too: "I'm With You" spent its fourth and final week atop the Pop Songs chart 11 years ago today.
March 2, 2013
A year ago today, Baauer blasted in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with EDM/trap track "Harlem Shake. He had produced the song in his bedroom studio on Feb. 5, not expecting the onslaught of fan-made viral videos that would follow. "It's literally unbelievable," Baauer said upon the song's coronation. "It's amazing to have this track recognized by the world."