This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Gloria Estefan's 'Dark' Lit Up the Hot 100

Gloria Estefan performs on July 18, 1991.
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Gloria Estefan performs on July 18, 1991.

A recovering Estefan reigned. Plus, remembering feats by Blondie, Kenny Loggins & Kelly Clarkson.

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

March 27, 1965
The Supremes rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the Motown classic "Stop! In the Name of Love."

March 28, 1981
Widely considered the first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 to feature early rap, Blondie's "Rapture" ascended to the chart's summit.

March 29, 2003
Evanescence's debut hit "Bring Me to Life" (featuring Paul McCoy) reached No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. Parent breakthrough album Fallen hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200, while the band has since scored two No. 1 LPs: 2006's The Open Door and 2011's self-titled set.

March 30, 1991
Gloria Estefan's inspirational "Coming Out of the Dark" became her third and most recent Billboard Hot 100 No. 1. The ballad followed Estefan's suffering a broken veterbra after her tour bus crashed in 1990. As she was being transported for surgery, she later recalled to Billboard, "My husband [Emilio] had been in one of the helicopters traveling from one hospital to the other. It was really dark and gray. He got this ray of light that hit him in the face, and he got the idea for 'Coming out of the Dark.' "

March 31, 1984
Kenny Loggins began a three-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Footloose," the title track from the classic Kevin Bacon blockbuster.

April 1, 1989
After scoring a string of uptempo hits like "Manic Monday," "Walk Like an Egyptian" and "Hazy Shade of Winter," the Bangles proved their way around a ballad, too, as "Eternal Flame" hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

April 2, 2005
Original American Idol queen Kelly Clarkson began her longest reign at No. 1 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, as "Since U Been Gone" spent its first of seven weeks at No. 1.


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