This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2006, Rihanna Scored Her First Hot 100 No. 1 With 'SOS'

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Rihanna poses for a photo before a party to celebrate the release of her new album "A Girl Like Me" on April 22, 2006 in her hometown of St. Michael, Barbados.

Plus, remembering feats by Eagles, Ricky Martin & Roxette.

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

May 7, 1977
The Eagles' "Hotel California" checked into the Billboard Hot 100's top spot, becoming the band's fourth of five total leaders. According to its singer and co-writer, Don Henley, despite the countless rumors about the song's meaning, it's simply about a "journey from innocence to experience, that's all."

May 8, 1999
We were goin' crazy for Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca," as the song began a five-week domination of the Billboard Hot 100.

May 9, 1970
The Guess Who began a three-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with "American Woman," backed with B-side "(No Sugar Tonight)." Lenny Kravitz later covered "American Woman," taking his version to the top 10 on both Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts in 1999.

May 10, 1986
They didn't work in a pet shop – and thankfully so, since they make pretty good musicians. England's Pet Shop Boys danced to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut smash, "West End Girls." The pair continues to pad its legacy, in 2016 having scored its first No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, Super, in more than 13 years, while it’s the set's first single, "The Pop Kids, became its 11th career No. 1 on Dance Club Songs.

May 11, 1991
Sweden's most famous musical duo, Roxette, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Joyride." The album from the pair also produced the No. 2-peaking "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" and the top 40 hits "Spending My Time" and "Church of Your Heart."

May 12, 1984
Before there was Adele's … Lionel Richie's "Hello" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks.

May 13, 2006
Rihanna reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with "SOS." Amazingly, she's added 13 more No. 1s since then, tallying the third-most total leaders (14) in the chart's 59-year history. Among all acts, only the Beatles (20) and Mariah Carey (18) have more.

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