This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1987, Bon Jovi Winged to No. 1 With a 'Prayer'

Bon Jovi photographed in 1987.
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Bon Jovi photographed in 1987. 

Thirty years ago, the band celebrated Valentine's Day atop the Hot 100. Plus, remembering feats by Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson & Mariah Carey.

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

Feb. 13, 1999
Whitney Houston notched her eighth and final No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Heartbreak Hotel," featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price, began a seven-week domination.

Feb. 14, 1987
Thirty years ago, Bon Jovi enjoyed a rockin' Valentine's Day, as "Livin' on a Prayer" rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Feb. 15, 1986
More Whitney Houston: she scored the second of her 11 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s with "How Will I Know."

Feb. 16, 1985
After arriving with the uptempo Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," Wham! ruled again with ballad "Careless Whisper."

Feb. 17, 1996
The Beatles topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart ... as part of a title, anyway: "Bigger Than the Beatles," by Joe Diffie, became the tally's fab new No. 1.

Feb. 18, 2012
Five years ago today, Kelly Clarkson collected her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" began a three-week reign (her longest).

Feb. 19, 2000
Mariah Carey scored her 15th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 (of 18 to date, the most among soloists) with the gospel-tinged "Thank God I Found You," featuring Joe and 98 Degrees.


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