This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1987, Michael Jackson's 'Bad' Generated Its First of Five No. 1 Hits

Michael Jackson, 1987
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Michael Jackson performs circa 1987.

Plus, in 2010, Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" yielded its second of five Hot 100 No. 1s. That set & Jackson's "Bad" are the only albums to produce five Hot 100 leaders.

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

Sept. 18, 2010
Katy Perry takes the title cut of her album Teenage Dream to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It's one of five No. 1 singles from the set, the only LP by a woman ever to yield a quintet of leaders. The only other album to generate five Hot 100 No. 1s: Michael Jackson's Bad in 1987-88. Speaking of …

Sept. 19, 1987
… as noted above, Katy Perry's Teenage Dream is the only album by a woman to produce five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s. The only other such set by any artist? Michael Jackson's Bad, which, 30 years ago today, generated its first topper, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," by the King of Pop with Siedah Garrett.

Sept. 20, 1969
A cartoon tune topped the Billboard Hot 100: The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar." Of course, there was real talent behind the scenes: Andy Kim co-wrote the song. He'd go on to top the Hot 100 in 1974 with "Rock Me Gently."

Sept. 21, 1991
After the oh-so-direct "I Wanna Sex You Up" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1991, Color Me Badd reigned with the more traditionally romantic "I Adore Mi Amor."

Sept. 22, 1984
John Waite's "Missing You" topped the Billboard Hot 100. Waite, who first broke through in the '70s as part of the band The Babys, would lead the Hot 100 again in 1989 as part of another group: singing lead on Bad English's "When I See You Smile."

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Sept. 23, 1989
More than a year before being exposed for not singing its hits, Milli Vanilli scored its second of three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as ballad "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" reached the summit. The duo first reigned with "Baby Don't Forget My Number" and followed "Miss" with its third and final leader, "Blame It on the Rain." Also on Sept. 23, 1989, parent album Girl You Know It's True crowned the Billboard 200 at last in its 27th week, for its first of seven weeks at No. 1.

Sept. 24, 1988
Bobby McFerrin topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the a cappella pop culture smash "Don't Worry, Be Happy." (Feel more relaxed after listening?)


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