This Week In Billboard Chart History: Evanescence's 'Bring Me To Life' Tops Alternative Songs

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This week in 2003, the band crowned the chart with its breakthrough smash. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, the Supremes and the all-star Voices That Care

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

March 24, 1990
"Black Velvet," Alannah Myles' tribute to the King, Elvis Presley, who founded a "new religion that'll bring you to your knees," began a two-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100. Christopher Ward was reportedly inspired to write the song (with David Tyson) after riding on a bus full of Presley fans on their way to Memphis for the icon's 10th-anniversary vigil at Graceland.

March 25, 1989
Twenty-five years ago today, Mike + the Mechanics' plaintive ode to the passage of time, "The Living Years," became the group's first and only Billboard Hot 100 No. 1.

March 26, 1988
Michael Jackson's reflective ballad (literally) "Man in the Mirror" topped the Billboard Hot 100. The classic became his 10th of 13 career No. 1s.

March 27, 1965
The Supremes rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 49 years ago today with the Motown classic "Stop! In the Name of Love."

March 28, 1987
After it had originally peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in fall 1986, Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" re-entered at No. 92. The song returned after parent album "Graceland" won album of the year honors at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards. The track (with its Chevy Chase-assisted video) would peak at No. 23 in May.

March 29, 2003
Evanescence's debut hit "Bring Me to Life" (featuring Paul McCoy) rose to No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. Parent breakthrough album "Fallen" reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, while the band has since scored two No. 1s: 2006's "The Open Door" and 2011's self-titled set.

March 30, 1991
The all-star Voices That Care ensemble soared into the Billboard Hot 100's top 40 (56-40) with their song of the same name. The ballad, recorded to help strengthen the morale of U.S. troops involved in Operation Desert Storm, would go on to peak at No. 11. Song co-writer Peter Cetera, Garth Brooks, (then-newcomer) Celine Dion, Little Richard and Will Smith are among the lead vocalists, while the choir includes a mix of musicians (Sheena Easton, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany), actors (Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, William Shatner), actresses (Alyssa Milano, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meryl Streep) and sports icons (Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan).


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