This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1993, Janet Jackson Made Her 'Way' to No. 1

Janet Jackson photographed on March 16, 1994.
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Janet Jackson photographed on March 16, 1994. 

"That's the Way Love Goes" soared to the top of the Hot 100. Plus, remembering feats by Madonna, R.E.M. & Adele.

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

May 15, 1993
After scoring seven Billboard Hot 100 top 10s from her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson picked up right where she left off, as "That's the Way Love Goes," the first single from janet., began an eight-week run at No. 1. janet. would generate six Hot 100 top 10s.

May 16, 1992
Twenty-five years ago: U2 scored its fifth of six Billboard Hot 100 top 10s, as "One" rose 12-10. The song became the second top 10 from the band's 1991 album Achtung Baby; "Mysterious Ways" had hit No. 9 in January 1992.

May 17, 2008
Madonna earned her seventh of eight No. 1s on the Billboard 200 with the chart-topping launch of Hard Candy. The set yielded the No. 3 Hot 100 hit "4 Minutes," featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.

May 18, 1991
Powered by the biggest hit of the group's career, "Losing My Religion," which rose to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, R.E.M. landed its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, Out of Time.

May 19, 1990
More Madonna: She'd been inspired by dancer/choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem "House Ball" community, who introduced "vogue"-ing to her at the New York club Sound Factory. On this date 27 years ago, her song "Vogue," with its iconic back-and-white video, struck a pose atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of three weeks.

May 20, 1989
The title cut from Paula Abdul's debut album Forever Your Girl spent its first of two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The set spun off four Hot 100 No. 1s in all.

May 21, 2011
Adele began the chart-topping reign that would net her the top song of 2011, as "Rolling in the Deep" spent its first of seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.


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