This Week In Billboard Chart History: In 1976, The Bee Gees Celebrate With 'Dancing'
This week in 38 years ago, the trio led the first Dance Club Songs chart. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Katy Perry, the Notorious B.I.G. and Debbie Gibson
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
Aug. 25, 2001
The appeal of the King of Pop knows no boundaries: Alien Ant Farm's amped-up cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" (originally a No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 pop hit in 1989) began a four-week rule over Alternative Songs.
Aug. 26, 1995
Batman Forever spurred Seal's sole Billboard Hot 100 No. 1: "Kiss From a Rose" led the list 19 years ago today.
Aug. 27, 2011
Katy Perry scores a fifth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," from her album Teenage Dream. The set joins Michael Jackson's Bad (1987-88) as the only albums to generate five Hot 100 No. 1s each. (Read on for more Perry trivia ...)
Aug. 28, 1976
Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart begins as a national weekly survey, capped initially by the Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing." Certainly an appropriate title to lead the first list.
Aug. 29, 1987
Suzanne Vega's subject matter of child abuse, disguised behind an infectious melody and warm folk-rock production, gave her a somewhat unlikely hit. Her "Luka" spent its third week in the Billboard Hot 100's top five, ranking at No. 4.
Aug. 30, 1997
After Diddy (then Puff Daddy) and Faith Evans' ode to slain rapper the Notorious B.I.G., "I'll Be Missing You," led the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks, Biggie himself took over atop the list posthumously. His "Mo Money Mo Problems," featuring Diddy and Mase, began a two-week reign.
Aug. 31, 1987
Happy birthday, Debbie Gibson! As she turned 17 on this date in 1987, she celebrated with her first top five Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Only in My Dreams." (In 2011, Gibson appeared as Katy Perry's '80s-fashionable mother in the former's (aka, Kathy Beth Terry's) video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).")