This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Prince Crowned the Hot 100 for the Last Time With 'Cream'

Prince performs in the Netherlands
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Prince performs in Den Bosch, Netherlands on March 24, 1995.

The legend earned his fifth and final No. 1. Plus, remembering feats by Mariah Carey, Rihanna & Rod Stewart.

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

Nov. 7, 2009
Owl City's debut hit "Fireflies" lit up the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks at No. 1.

Nov. 8, 1997
Sing along, Dawson's Creek fans: Paula Cole's theme to the series, "I Don't Want to Wait," began a six-week stay at No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs.

Nov. 9, 1991
Twenty-five years ago, Prince topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the last time, as "Cream" (with The N.P.G.) rose 3-1. The song became the icon's last of five No. 1s, following "When Doves Cry" (five weeks on top in 1984), "Let's Go Crazy" (two, 1984), "Kiss" (two, 1986; the latter two billed to Prince and the Revolution) and "Batdance" (one, 1989).

Nov. 10, 1990
Mariah Carey scored her second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with ballad "Love Takes Time." She'd debuted with her first leader, "Vision of Love," which reigned for four weeks in August 1990.

Nov. 11, 1989
John Waite topped the Billboard Hot 100 in yet another iteration: as lead singer of Bad English, with "When I See You Smile." Five years earlier, he'd led as a soloist with "Missing You." He'd first charted in the '70s with The Babys.

Nov. 12, 2011
Five years ago, Rihanna began her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, spent its first of 10 weeks at No. 1. She logged her second-longest command, among 14 No. 1s, earlier this year when "Work," featuring Drake, led for nine weeks.

Nov. 13, 1976
Forty years ago, Rod Stewart ruled the Billboard Hot 100 with his love song "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)." The track would lead the list for eight weeks, marking his longest run at No. 1, of four career toppers.


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