This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1987, Bon Jovi Celebrated Valentine's Day at No. 1 With 'Livin' on a Prayer'

Bon Jovi photographed in 1987.
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Bon Jovi photographed in 1987. 

Plus, remembering feats by Whitney Houston, Wham! & Kelly Clarkson.

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

Feb. 12, 1972
One of the all-time slow jams, Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" grooved to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Feb. 13, 1999
Whitney Houston notched her eighth and final No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Heartbreak Hotel," featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price, began a seven-week domination.

Feb. 14, 1987
Bon Jovi enjoyed a rockin' Valentine's Day, as "Livin' on a Prayer" … rose … to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Feb. 15, 1986
More Whitney Houston: she scored the second of her 11 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s with "How Will I Know."

Feb. 16, 1985
After arriving with the uptempo Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," Wham! ruled again with ballad "Careless Whisper."

Feb. 17, 1996
The Beatles topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart ... as part of a title, anyway: "Bigger Than the Beatles," by Joe Diffie, became the chart's fab new No. 1.

Feb. 18, 2012
Kelly Clarkson collected her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" began a three-week reign (her longest).


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