This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1988, Def Leppard Leapt to No. 1 With 'Love Bites'

Def Leppard prior to their home town concert in Sheffield, England on Oct. 9, 1987.
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Def Leppard prior to their home town concert in Sheffield, England on Oct. 9, 1987. 

The band landed a Hot 100 leader with the fifth single from "Hysteria." Plus, remembering feats by Kelly Clarkson, Janet Jackson & The Beatles.

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

Oct. 3, 1992
Twenty-four years ago today, Billboard launched the Pop Songs radio airplay chart. Boyz II Men's ballad "End of the Road" led the inaugural list (ironically enough, given its title).

Oct. 4, 1975
Olivia Newton-John scored her first of five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as "I Honestly Love You" reached the top spot.

Oct. 5, 2002
Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" topped the Billboard Hot 100, marking the first leader on the chart by an American Idol contestant. She's since added the No. 1s "My Life Would Suck Without You" in 2009 and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" in 2012.

Oct. 6, 1990
One of Garth Brooks' signature anthems, "Friends in Low Places," rose as high as possible on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, spending its first of four weeks at No. 1.

Oct. 7, 1989
Janet Jackson's "Miss You Much" vaulted 5-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first of four No. 1s from her Rhythm Nation 1814 album.

Oct. 8, 1988
Def Leppard leapt to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Love Bites." The band peaked successively higher with each of the first five singles from its now-diamond-certified album Hysteria, as prior to "Love Bites," "Women" reached No. 80, followed by "Animal" (No. 19), the title cut (No. 10) and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (No. 2). (Hysteria would yield two more hits with its sixth and seventh singles: "Armageddon It," a No. 3 hit, and "Rocket," which flew to No. 11.)

Oct. 9, 1965
The Beatles notched their 10th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 (of their record 20) with "Yesterday." Incredibly, they collected the first half of their No. 1 sum in 1964-65 before adding their next 10 in 1966-70.


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