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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1995, Whitney Houston's 'Exhale' Topped the Hot 100

Whitney Houston performs in 1993
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Whitney Houston performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on July 20, 1993. 

The song became the late legend's last No. 1. Plus, remembering feats by Olivia Newton-John, Nirvana & Taylor Swift.

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

Nov. 20, 2010
Nelly notched his fifth, and most recent, Pop Songs No. 1, "Just a Dream." His first four leaders: "Hot in Herre" (2002); "Dilemma," featuring Kelly Rowland (2002); "Shake Ya Tailfeather," with P. Diddy and Murphy Lee (2003); and "Over and Over," featuring Tim McGraw (2004).

Nov. 21, 1981
Olivia Newton-John worked her way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Physical." The classic would lead for 10 weeks, joining Debby Boone's 1977 No. 1 "You Light Up My Life" as the only songs to that point to reign for double-digit weeks. (No song would lead longer until Boyz II Men's "End of the Road," for 13 weeks, in 1992.)

Nov. 22, 1986
Human League's "Human" became the group's second Billboard Hot 100's No. 1. Four years earlier, the act had danced to the top with "Don't You Want Me."

Nov. 23, 1991
A milestone in the grunge era: Nirvana topped Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Nov. 24, 1973
After scoring a record 20 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s as a member of The Beatles, Ringo Starr drummed up his first solo leader, "Photograph." He added a second No. 1 with follow-up "You're Sixteen" in 1974.

Nov. 25, 1995
Whitney Houston scored her 11th, and last, Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)."

Nov. 26, 2011
Taylor Swift took over atop the Hot Country Songs chart with "Sparks Fly," her fifth of seven No. 1s on the survey. The now-pop titan has released her first country single since 2013, "New Year's Day," from her new album, Reputation.