The pioneering group scored Billboard 200 honors yet to be matched.
On March 6, 1982, the Go-Go's topped the Billboard 200 with their new wave debut, Beauty and the Beat, making the act the first all-female rock band to notch a No. 1 album. Today, it's an achievement that has yet to be matched.
"Our manager, Ginger [Canzoneri], would tell us our number on the charts, and it was unbelievably exciting to listen to the number get higher and higher every week," guitarist/backing vocalist Jane Wiedlin told Billboard in 2011. "The week we went to No. 1, we were on tour opening for The Police, and they gave us champagne and congratulated us."
The album, released in July 1981, debuted at No. 186 a month later on the Billboard 200 dated Aug. 1, then took a leisurely seven-month climb to No. 1. While the album's first single, "Our Lips Are Sealed," reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, it was the group's second hit, "We Got the Beat," written by guitarist Charlotte Caffey, that blew the pop doors open for the quintet. (All 11 tracks on the album were written or co-written by the band's members.)