This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1986, the Bangles Walked to No. 1 on the Hot 100

The Bangles, 1986
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Michael Steele, Debbi Peterson, Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson of The Bangles on 8/19/86 in Chicago, Il. 

The group reigned 30 years ago this week. Plus, remembering feats by Eminem & Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey.

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

Dec. 19, 1964
1964 was the Supremes' breakout year, as the Motown legends landed their first three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s: "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love" and, on this date, "Come See About Me."

Dec. 20, 1986
The line about cops in donut shops didn't win them any support in police circles, but the Bangles won over audiences with "Walk Like an Egyptian." The song began its four-week Billboard Hot 100 rule 30 years ago today and went on to become the top song of 1987.

Dec. 21, 2013
Eminem and featured artist Rihanna scared up a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "The Monster" logged its first of four weeks on top. The collab became Rihanna's 13th No. 1 (of 14 to date) and Eminem's fifth (and most recent).

Dec. 22, 2007
Then-18-year-old Taylor Swift notched her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Our Song" began a six-week command. Before her segue to pop full-time on 1989, she tallied seven No. 1s on Hot Country Songs.

Dec. 23, 1989
Phil Collins started his longest Billboard Hot 100 run at No. 1, as his social commentary ballad "Another Day in Paradise" spent its first of four weeks at the summit. The song, also driven by its mesmerizing keyboard hook, also became the last of 231 No. 1s in the '80s.

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

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.


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