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This Week in Billboard Chart History: Phil Collins Ended the '80s at No. 1

Phil Collins performs at The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2010
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Phil Collins performs at The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2010 supported by Novae at the Royal Albert Hall on November 17, 2010 in London, England. 

Collins' 'Another Day in Paradise' became the last new leader of the '80s. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and two solo Beatles.

Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history

Dec. 22, 2007
Taylor Swift notches her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Our Song" begins a six-week command.

Dec. 23, 1989
Phil Collins starts his longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as his social commentary ballad "Another Day in Paradise" spends its first of four weeks at No. 1. It would be the final topper (of 231 total) of the decade.

Dec. 24, 1988
Poison softened its sound to great effect: ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (which Miley Cyrus covered in 2010) hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Dec. 25, 1993
A year later, she gave us a present with "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (a gift that keeps on giving), but on Christmas Day 1993, Mariah Carey unwrapped something special for her (and us) to enjoy: her eighth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Hero" hit the top spot.

Dec. 26, 1970
Forty-four years ago today, George Harrison became the first Beatle to top the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo act, as "My Sweet Lord"/"Isn't It a Pity" rose to No. 1.

Dec. 27, 1980
Almost three weeks after his death, "(Just Like) Starting Over" became John Lennon's biggest solo Hot 100 hit. The song would reign for five weeks, helping fans worldwide grieve the loss of one of the most influential artists of all-time.

Dec. 28, 1996
Then-14-year-old LeAnn Rimes roared to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)."