This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2011, Taylor Swift Topped Hot Country Songs With 'Sparks Fly'

Taylor Swift performs in 2009
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Taylor Swift performs on Aug. 27, 2009 in New York City. 

Swift reigned with the fourth single from "Speak Now." Plus, remembering feats by Nirvana, Mary J. Blige & Whitney Houston.

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

Nov. 21, 1970
One of the all-time campy classics, the Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You" started a three-week rule on the Billboard Hot 100.

Nov. 22, 1986
30 years ago: Human League's "Human" became the group's second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1. Four years earlier, the act had danced to the top with "Don't You Want Me."

Nov. 23, 1991
A milestone in the grunge era: Nirvana topped Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Nov. 24, 2001
On this date 15 years ago, Mary J. Blige landed her first No. 1 on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, "Family Affair."

Nov. 25, 1995
The late, great Whitney Houston scored her 11th and last Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)."

Nov. 26, 2011
Five years ago, Taylor Swift took over atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Sparks Fly," from Speak Now. She's currently enjoying her first Hot Country Songs top 10 as a writer since 2013 thanks to Little Big Town's "Better Man."

Nov. 27, 1993
Alabama roared to the top of Hot Country Songs with "Reckless," its 32nd No. 1 on the ranking. In 2011, it expanded its record for the most leaders among groups, as Brad Paisley's tribute track "Old Alabama," featuring Alabama, became the group's 33rd No. 1.


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