This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2002, Kelly Clarkson Took 'Idol' to No. 1
Thirteen years ago, 'American Idol' yielded its first Hot 100 leader with 'A Moment Like This.' Plus, remembering chart feats by Janet Jackson, Rihanna & the Beatles.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
Oct. 5, 2002
Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" tops the Billboard Hot 100, marking the first leader on the chart by an American Idol contestant. She's since added the No. 1s "My Life Would Suck Without You" in 2009 and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" in 2012 and looks likely to return among other star alumni for the series' upcoming final season.
Oct. 6, 1990
One of Garth Brooks' signature anthems, "Friends in Low Places," rises to No. 1 for its first of four weeks atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
Oct. 7, 1989
Janet Jackson's "Miss You Much" leaps 5-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first of four No. 1s from her Rhythm Nation 1814 album.
Oct. 8, 2011
Four years ago today, Rihanna debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris. Five weeks later, the song reached No. 1, remaining on top for 10 total weeks, marking Rihanna's longest Hot 100 reign.
Oct. 9, 1965
Fifty years' worth of yesterdays ago: The Beatles notch their 10th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 (of their record 20) with "Yesterday." Incredibly, they collected the first half of their No. 1 sum in 1964 and 1965 before adding their next 10 in 1966-70.
Oct. 10, 2009
The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" completes its 14-week Hot 100 rule, which directly follows the group's 12-week run at No. 1 with "Boom Boom Pow." The Peas' 26 consecutive weeks – half a year – at No. 1 mark the most uninterrupted weeks any act has spent atop the Hot 100.
Oct. 11, 1997
Elton John's tribute to the late Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind 1997," backed with B-side "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," began a 14-week command on the Billboard Hot 100.