This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2006, Rihanna Ruled the Hot 100 for the First Time With 'SOS'

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Rihanna poses for a portrait before a party to celebrate the release of her new album "A Girl Like Me" on April 22, 2006 in her hometown of St. Michael, Barbados.

The song became her first of 14 No. 1s to date. Plus, remembering feats by Keith Urban, Roxette & Lionel Richie.

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

May 8, 2004
Keith Urban's wistful "You'll Think of Me" became the fourth of his 16 Hot Country Songs No. 1s. It remains his only single to have crossed over to the Pop Songs airplay chart, rising to No. 38 more than a year-and-a-half later. (Urban's latest hit, "The Fighter," featuring Carrie Underwood, is currently bubbling under Pop Songs.)

May 9, 1970
The Guess Who began a three-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with "American Woman," backed with B-side "(No Sugar Tonight)." Lenny Kravitz's cover of "American Woman" hit the top 10 on both the Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts in 1999.

May 10, 1986
They didn't work in a pet shop – and thankfully so, since they make pretty good musicians. England's Pet Shop Boys danced to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut smash, "West End Girls." In 2016, the pair was named the top duo or group (and the No. 5 overall artist) in the Dance Club Songs chart's 40-year history.

May 11, 1991
Sweden's most famous musical duo, Roxette, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Joyride." The album from the pair (which is still together) also produced the No. 2-peaking "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" and the top 40 hits "Spending My Time" and "Church of Your Heart."

May 12, 1984
Before there was Adele's … Lionel Richie's "Hello" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks.

May 13, 2006
Rihanna reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with "SOS." Amazingly, she's added 13 more No. 1s since then, tallying the second-most leaders (14 total) among women all-time. Among all acts, only The Beatles (20) and Mariah Carey (18) have more.

May 14, 1988
Gloria Estefan made her first trip to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as love song "Anything for You" (with Miami Sound Machine) reigned. She'd lead again with "Don't Wanna Lose You" in 1989 and "Coming Out of the Dark" in 1991.


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