This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Paula Abdul Led the Hot 100 Again
In 1990, 'Opposites Attract' became Abdul's fourth No. 1. Plus, remembering chart feats by Katy Perry, Whitney Houston and Bon Jovi.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
Feb. 9, 2008
The Juno soundtrack reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The set from the quirky Ellen Page/Michael Cera film spent nearly a year (48 total weeks) on the tally.
Feb. 10, 1990
Twenty-five years ago today, Paula Abdul and her cartoon pals the Wild Pair began a two-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Opposites Attract," the fourth No. 1 from her debut album Forever Your Girl. Almost exactly a year earlier (Feb. 11, 1989), "Straight Up" had become the set's first leader.
Feb. 11, 2012
Katy Perry made history that will be tough to top: "The One That Got Away" became the record-extending sixth No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart from her album Teenage Dream. The set had previously made its mark by tying Michael Jackson's Bad (1987-88) as the only releases to generate five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s apiece.
Feb. 12, 2005
Ten years ago, Rascal Flatts began their longest command of Hot Country Songs, as "Bless the Broken Road" traveled to No. 1 for its first of five weeks on top.
Feb. 13, 1999
Whitney Houston notched her eighth and final No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Heartbreak Hotel," featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price, began a seven-week domination.
Feb. 14, 1987
Bon Jovi enjoyed a rockin' Valentine's Day 28 years ago, as "Livin' on a Prayer" rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Feb. 15, 1969
Funk pioneers Sly & the Family Stone scored their first of three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s with "Everyday People." They'd later lead with "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin" (1970) and "Family Affair" (1971).