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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1997, 'Wannabe' Spiced Up the Hot 100 at No. 1
The Spice Girls reigned with their debut smash 18 years ago. Plus, remembering chart feats by Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey and Expose.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
Feb. 16, 1985
After arriving with the uptempo Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," Wham! ruled again with ballad "Careless Whisper," 30 years ago today.
Feb. 17, 1996
The Beatles topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart ... as part of a title, anyway: "Bigger Than the Beatles," by Joe Diffie, became the chart's fab new No. 1. (The song's chorus also namechecks the Rolling Stones and Eagles.)
Feb. 18, 2012
Three years ago today, Kelly Clarkson collected her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" began a three-week reign (her longest).
Feb. 19, 2000
Mariah Carey scored her 15th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 (of 18 to date) with "Thank God I Found You," featuring Joe and 98 Degrees.
Feb. 20, 1988
After charting three uptempo freestyle top 10s, Expose celebrated its sole Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with ballad "Seasons Change." The girl group would impressively send its first seven singles to the chart's top 10.
Feb. 21, 1981
Country icon Dolly Parton topped the Billboard Hot 100 with "9 to 5," the theme to the workplace comedy film in which she starred. (Chart geeks, take note: the song never ranked at No. 9 nor 5 throughout its 26-week Hot 100 run.)
Feb. 22, 1997
The Spice Girls dashed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut pop culture smash "Wannabe." While they're likely best known for the bubbly track, they followed with six more consecutive top 20 hits over the next two years.