This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, M.C. Hammer Nailed a No. 1
In 1990, 'U Can't Touch This' topped Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, remembering chart feats by Debbie Gibson, Carole King & Drake.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
June 22, 2013
Two years ago today, the 2013 song of the summer began its 12-week atop the Billboard Hot 100, as Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, reached the summit.
June 23, 1990
M.C. Hammer's signature party tune, "U Can't Touch This," tops Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. (Donning parachute pants as you watch now is optional.)
June 24, 2000
Fifteen years ago, Enrique Iglesias scored his second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Be With You" bounded to the summit. His "Bailamos" had led in 1999.
June 25, 1988
Debbie Gibson became the youngest person to have written, produced and sung a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 entirely on her own, as "Foolish Beat" skipped to the top spot. How'd she follow that achievement? The very next day, the then-17-year-old graduated high school.
June 26, 1971
Carole King began a five-week command on the Adult Contemporary chart with "It's Too Late." Iconic parent album Tapestry spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the longest reign for a non-soundtrack studio album by a woman until Adele's 21 came along and logged 24 weeks on top.
June 27, 2009
Six years ago today, Drake dominated Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs on his first try, as "Best I Ever Had" spent its first of seven weeks at No. 1. Drake has scored 12 leaders total on the chart since his arrival, the most among all acts in that short span. Lil Wayne ranks second with 6 No. 1s in that time.
June 28, 2008
Even though it's called the Billboard Hot 100, that doesn't mean a band named Coldplay can't be No. 1. The group's "Viva La Vida" reached the summit seven years ago today.