This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1983, Michael Jackson Began His Longest Hot 100 Reign With 'Billie Jean'
The King of Pop scored his longest-leading of 13 Hot 100 No. 1s, the most among solo men. Plus, remembering chart feats by Baauer, Adele & Debbie Gibson.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
Feb. 29, 1992
One of the most acclaimed albums of '90s pop/alternative, Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend, enters the Billboard 200 at No. 190. It goes on to peak at a modest No. 100, but generated the No. 4-peaking title cut on Alternative Songs (as well as the singles "Divine Intervention" and "I've Been Waiting") and has sold 612,000 to date, according to Nielsen Music.
March 1, 2003
After leading with the uptempo No. 1s "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi," Avril Lavigne proved her way with a ballad, too: "I'm With You" spent its fourth and final week atop the Pop Songs chart.
March 2, 2013
Three years ago today, Baauer blasted in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with EDM/trap track "Harlem Shake. He had produced the song in his bedroom studio on Feb. 5, 2013, not expecting the onslaught of fan-made viral videos that would follow. "It's literally unbelievable," Baauer said upon the song's coronation. "It's amazing to have this track recognized by the world."
March 3, 2012
Adele's aptly-titled 21 collects a 21st week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, passing Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard to become the longest-leading album by a female artist. 21 went on to total 24 weeks on top.
March 4, 1989
Debbie Gibson soared to her second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as ballad "Lost in Your Eyes" lifted 2-1. "Obviously, dance songs can stand the test of time, but nothing penetrates and spans all age groups, all ethnicities or all genders like a ballad," Gibson told Billboard in 2014 upon the 25th anniversary of the release of parent album Electric Youth. "One of my favorite things, to this day, is that many people come up to me and tell me that they learned how to play the piano from that song and from that sheet music, which is such an honor to me."
March 5, 1983
Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," from Thriller, began its seven-week command of the Billboard Hot 100, marking his longest reign of 13 No. 1s. (He also made four trips to the summit with the Jackson 5.) His 13 leaders remain the most among solo males in the chart's history.
March 6, 1965
An all-time pop/R&B classic reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100: the Temptations' "My Girl."