This Week In Billboard Chart History: New Kids On The Block 'Step' To No. 1
This week in 1990, the boy band completed its five-step program to the summit. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and Phil Collins
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
June 30, 1990
New Kids on the Block-mania rolled on, as "Step By Step" began a three-week rule atop the Billboard Hot 100. The ultimate goal of the five-step instructional song? "... To get to you, gi-rl."
July 1, 1989
Perhaps surprisingly, Milli Vanilli didn't reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with its first smash, "Girl You Know It's True," which peaked at No. 2. On this date 25 years ago, however, the duo scored its first of three leaders with "Baby Don't Forget My Number."
July 2, 1988
Michael Jackson made Billboard Hot 100 history, as "Dirty Diana" reached No. 1, becoming the fifth leader on the list from his album "Bad." The set remains the only album by a male artist to produce five Hot 100 No. 1s. Since, only Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" (2010-11) has also yielded five toppers.
July 3, 2010
Miranda Lambert completed a four-week residence atop Hot Country Songs with her first No. 1, "The House That Built Me." The following February, the touching ballad earned her a Grammy Award for best female country vocal performance.
July 4, 1970
The date that chart-watchers began keeping our feet on the ground and reaching for the stars, thanks to the late, great Casey Kasem, as revered Billboard Hot 100 radio countdown "American Top 40" debuted. The first song played? The Ironically titled "The End of the Road," by Marvin Gaye. And, the show's first No. 1? Three Dog Night's "Mama Told Me Not to Come."
July 5, 2008
It went to No. 1 … and we liked it. Katy Perry scored her first Billboard Hot 100 leader with "I Kissed a Girl." "Perry comes off as Joan Jett meets Tracey Ullman, with vocal timbre akin to P!nk: tough, with a wink and a snarl," then-Billboard Singles Reviews editor Chuck Taylor wrote of the track in the May 24, 2008, Billboard issue. "There's always a place at the table for artists whose pure intent is to entertain. There['s] real meat on these bones."
July 6, 1985
Phil Collins came up with the title "Sussudio" as an improvised nonsensical lyric … and never found a replacement that he thought sounded better. No, matter, people still got the dance-driven hit (which Collins has said is about a schoolboy's crush): it topped the Billboard Hot 100 29 years ago today.