This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Mariah Carey's 'I Don't Wanna Cry' Crowned the Hot 100

Mariah Carey
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Mariah Carey photographed while performing circa 1990s. 

The ballad became the fourth No. 1 from her debut album. Plus, remembering feats by Usher, The Beatles and Hootie & the Blowfish.

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

May 22, 2004
The bad news: Usher fell from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 after 12 weeks with "Yeah," featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris. The good news: he replaced himself at the summit with follow-up "Burn," which would reign for eight weeks.

May 23, 1998
Mariah Carey scored her lucky 13th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with "My All." She's since upped her total to 18 leaders, the most among all solo artists in the chart's history. (Read on for more Mariah …)

May 24, 1969
The Beatles earned the 17th of their record 20 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s with "Get Back," with Billy Preston (the only one of The Beatles' leaders to sport another credited artist).

May 25, 1991
Carey notched her fourth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 in as many tries from her debut self-titled album, as "I Don't Wanna Cry" reached the top spot. It followed "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time" and "Someday" to the summit. As Paul Grein wrote in Chart Beat that week (via reader David Harris), Carey became the first act to top the Hot 100 with her first four entries on the chart since the Jackson 5 in 1970. Carey would lead the list with her next single, 1991's "Emotions," and (following two more top fives) reigned again in 1992 with her cover of the Jackson 5's 1970 No. 1 "I'll Be There."

May 26, 1984
Give it up for Deniece Williams! And, "Let's Hear It for the Boy," too, as, on this date 33 years ago, her smash reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

May 27, 1995
Hootie & the Blowfish's breakthrough album Cracked Rear View, featuring the monster hits "Hold My Hand," "Let Her Cry," "Only Wanna Be With You" and "Time," spent its first of eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

May 28, 1983
Irene Cara's '80s classic "Flashdance… What a Feeling" began a six-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


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