This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2006, Beyonce Began Her Longest Hot 100 Reign
Nine years ago, 'Irreplaceable' started its 10-week command. Plus, remembering chart feats by Madonna, Celine Dion & the Supremes.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
Dec. 14, 1968
Marvin Gaye's longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 hit, the iconic "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," tallied its first of seven weeks at No. 1.
Dec. 15, 1984
Madonna notched the second of her record 46 No. 1s on Dance Club Songs with "Like a Virgin."
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 16 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 51 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 29 years ago today and went on to become the top song of 1987.