This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1988, Michael Jackson Was the 'Man' at No. 1
"Man in the Mirror" became the King of Pop's 10th Hot 100 topper. Plus, remembering chart feats by Diddy, Celine Dion & the Supremes.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
March 21, 1987
Thanks to Club Nouveau, "Lean on Me" joined an exclusive club. The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second time, after first leading for three weeks in 1972 as recorded by Bill Withers. It's one of nine compositions to top the Hot 100 by two different artists.
March 22, 1997
Diddy, then billed as Puff Daddy, tallied his first of five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s to date, as "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down," featuring Mase, began a six-week rule. The song incorporates Matthew Wilder's 1984 top five hit "Break My Stride."
March 23, 1996
Twenty years ago, Celine Dion's ballad "Because You Loved Me" settled in for a six-week stay atop the Billboard Hot 100. It became one of nine No. 1s for writer extraordinaire Diane Warren, who's also penned leaders for Chicago, Toni Braxton and Aerosmith, among others.
March 24, 1990
"Black Velvet," Alannah Myles' tribute to Elvis Presley, who spurred a "new religion that'll bring you to your knees," began a two-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100. Christopher Ward was reportedly inspired to write the song (with David Tyson) after riding on a bus full of Elvis fans on their way to Memphis for the icon's 10th-anniversary vigil at Graceland.
March 25, 1989
Mike + the Mechanics' plaintive ode to the passage of time, "The Living Years," became the group's first and only Billboard Hot 100 No. 1.
March 26, 1988
Michael Jackson's reflective ballad (literally) "Man in the Mirror" topped the Billboard Hot 100. The song became his 10th of 13 career No. 1s. It was co-written by Glen Ballard, who later co-wrote the music for all the tracks on Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill.
March 27, 1965
The Supremes rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the Motown classic "Stop! In the Name of Love."