This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2008, Katy Perry 'Kissed a Girl,' and Hit No. 1

Katy Perry performs at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, 2009 in Los Angeles.
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Katy Perry performs at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, 2009 in Los Angeles.

Perry earned her first of nine Hot 100 No. 1s. Plus, remembering feats by Phil Collins, Prince & TLC.

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

July 3, 1982
An '80s classic crowned the Billboard Hot 100, for the first of three weeks: The Human League's "Don’t' You Want Me."

July 4, 1970
The date that chart-watchers began keeping our feet on the ground and reaching for stars, thanks to Casey Kasem, as revered Billboard Hot 100 radio countdown American Top 40 debuted. The first song played? Ironically, "The End of the Road," by Marvin Gaye.

July 5, 2008
It went to No. 1 … and we liked it. Katy Perry scored her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with "I Kissed a Girl."

July 6, 1985
Phil Collins scored his second of seven solo Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s with "Sussudio." The meaning of the word? "I set up this drum-machine pad, I got some chords and I started to sing into the microphone, and this word came out," Collins said in 1997. "I went back and tried to find another word and couldn't find one. Then I thought, 'OK, let's give it a meaning, what is it?' The lyrics are based on this schoolboy crush on this girl at school. So, 'Sussudio' became a name for this person. My older daughter's got a horse called Sussudio. I'm sure there are children all over the world with the name Sussudio, so I apologize for that."

July 7, 1984
Prince's blockbuster movie, and soundtrack, Purple Rain, produced his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "When Doves Cry" flew to the chart's top perch. This week, the album from the late legend returns to the Billboard 200 at No. 4, thanks to its new re-issue.

July 8, 1995
All four of TLC's Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s led for at least three weeks, but "Waterfalls" reigned the longest: for seven frames. The smash began its rule 22 years ago today.

July 9, 1988
Cheap Trick had long been known for its high-energy rock favorites like "I Want You to Want to Me." It was power ballad "The Flame," however, that sent the Illinois quartet to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 at last on this date 29 years ago.


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