This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1964, The Beatles Owned the Top Five

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The Beatles had the top five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 4, 1964

Fifty-one years ago, the Fab Four set a record by holding Nos. 1-5 on the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Voices That Care, Kenny Loggins & Kelly Clarkson.

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

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. It would go on to peak at No. 11. Peter Cetera, David Foster and Linda Thompson wrote the ballad, which was released to help strengthen the morale of U.S. troops involved in Operation Desert Storm. Cetera, Garth Brooks, (then-newcomer) Celine Dion, Little Richard and Will Smith are among the song's lead vocalists, while its 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 stars (Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan).

March 31, 1984
Kenny Loggins began a three-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Footloose," the title track from the classic Kevin Bacon blockbuster.

April 1, 1989
After scoring a string of uptempo hits like "Manic Monday," "Walk Like an Egyptian" and "Hazy Shade of Winter," the Bangles proved their way around a ballad, too, as "Eternal Flame" hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
 

April 2, 2005
Ten years ago, Kelly Clarkson began her longest reign atop the Pop Songs chart, as "Since U Been Gone" spent its first of seven weeks at No. 1.

April 3, 2004
Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker's party anthem "When the sun Goes Down" logged its first of five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
 

April 4, 1964
Beatles songs infused the Billboard Hot 100's entire top five, the only week that an act has monopolized the chart's top five positions. "Can't Buy Me Love" zoomed 27-1, followed by "Twist and Shout" (3-2), "She Loves You" (1-3), "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (2-4) and "Please Please Me" (4-5). "It truly gives perspective to how powerful the Beatles were as Beatlemania was in full force," says Joe Cortese, longtime Boston-based oldies radio programmer. "That chart reinforces just how top-of-mind the Beatles were this week in 1964."

April 5, 2008
Leona Lewis' debut smash "Bleeding Love" spent its first of four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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