Dec. 16, 2006
Beyonce begins her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as "Irreplaceable" spends its first of 10 weeks at No. 1. She bested her nine-week command with "Baby Boy" in 2003. With 36 total weeks on top, only six acts have higher totals: Mariah Carey leads with 79 weeks at No. 1, followed by the Beatles (59), Rihanna (51), Boyz II Men (50), Usher (47) and Michael Jackson (37).
Dec. 17, 2011
The Black Keys locked up the top spot on Alternative Songs for the first of 11 weeks, as "Lonely Boy" leapt 3-1.
Dec. 18, 1999
After a decade of releasing largely ballads, Celine Dion teamed with Max Martin, then known for his success writing uptempo hits for teen pop acts like Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync and Britney Spears. The resulting song, "That's the Way It Is," topped Adult Contemporary 15 years ago today.
Dec. 19, 1964
1964 was the Supremes' breakout year, as the Motown legends landed their first three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s: "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love" and, on this date 50 years ago, "Come See About Me."
Dec. 20, 1986
The line about cops in donut shops didn't win them any support in police circles, but the Bangles won over audiences with "Walk Like an Egyptian." The song began its four-week Billboard Hot 100 rule 28 years ago today and went on to become the top song of 1987.
Dec. 21, 2002
On this date in 2002, Missy Elliott wrapped (rapped?) a five-week reign on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Work It."