This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1987, Michael Jackson Returned to the Top of the Hot 100

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Plus, remembering feats by Adele, Katy Perry & Color Me Badd.

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

Sept. 17, 2011
Adele's "Someone Like You" became the first piano-and-vocals only No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100's history.

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

Sept. 19, 1987
Michael Jackson's Bad generated its first of five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s: lead single "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," 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" made its way to No. 1 on 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."

Sept. 23, 1989
Over a year before being exposed for not singing its hits, Milli Vanilli scored its second of three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s: ballad "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You." 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.


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