This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1966, The Beach Boys' 'Good Vibrations' Ruled the Hot 100

The Beach Boys in 1966

The Beach Boys photographed in London in 1966. 

The iconic song reigned 50 years ago this week. Plus, remembering feats by Belinda Carlisle, Michael Jackson & Billy Joel.

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

Dec. 5, 1987
After tallying five top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits with the Go-Go's and the No. 3 solo smash "Mad About You," Belinda Carlisle ascended to No. 1 at last with "Heaven Is a Place on Earth." I'm very proud of the success I've had, both with the band and as a solo artist," Carlisle says. It's pretty surreal for a Valley Girl to go from working as a secretary to hitting the top of the Billboard charts within a three-year period, so it definitely meant a lot to me at the time. It still makes me smile to think about it now."

Dec. 6, 1969
Long before it became a derisive stadium chant aimed at losing visiting teams, Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" crowned the Billboard Hot 100.

Dec. 7, 1991
Twenty-five years ago today, Michael Jackson scored his 12th of 13 career solo Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as "Black or White," with its timeless message, reached the top in just its third week on the chart.

Dec. 8, 1990
Best known for uptempo freestyle classics like "Spring Love" and "I Wanna Be the One," Stevie B notched his lone Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with the ballad "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)." The cut would leave its stamp at the summit for four weeks.

Dec. 9, 1989
Billy Joel provided a musical history lesson (literally, as the song made its way to classroom lesson plans) with "We Didn't Start the Fire." The rapid-fire lyrics helped the single became his third (and most recent) Billboard Hot 100 No. 1.

Dec. 10, 1966
Fifty years ago today, The Beach Boys earned one of the most acclaimed Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s in the rock era's history, "Good Vibrations." The song became the group's third of four leaders; nearly 22 years later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers returned to the top with 1988's "Kokomo."

Dec. 11, 2010
P!nk was the toast of the Billboard Hot 100, as her "Raise Your Glass" rose to No. 1.


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