Latin Grammys 2018
This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1995, Michael Jackson Made a Record Start
"You Are Not Alone" became the first song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Plus, remembering feats by Biggie, Donna Lewis & The Beatles.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
Aug. 29, 1987
"La Bamba," Los Lobos' title track to the biopic of late Latin/pop music legend Ritchie Valens, crowned the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of three weeks. The classic original had hit No. 22 in 1959.
Aug. 30, 1997
After Diddy (then Puff Daddy) and Faith Evans' ode to slain rapper the Notorious B.I.G., "I'll Be Missing You," led the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks, Biggie himself took over atop the list posthumously. His "Mo Money Mo Problems," featuring Diddy and Mase, began a two-week reign.
Aug. 31, 1996
On the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at No. 2 for nine weeks, below Los Del Rio's juggernaut "Macarena." On the Pop Songs airplay chart, however, Donna Lewis' "I Love You Always Forever" would not be denied. On this date 20 years ago, Lewis' breakthrough hit lifted 2-1 on Pop Songs, beginning an 11-week rule; it's tied with three other songs for the chart's second-longest domination, trailing only Ace of Base's 14-week run at No. 1 with "The Sign" in 1994.
Sept. 1, 1984
After 20 Billboard Hot 100 entries as half of Ike & Tina Turner in 1960-75, and her first solo hit ("Let's Stay Together") earlier in 1984, the legendary diva topped the Hot 100 at last with "What's Love Got to Do With It," which would lead the list for three weeks.
Sept. 2, 1995
Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" became the first song ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The ballad (the last of Jackson's 13 No. 1s) was written and produced by R. Kelly.
Sept. 3, 2005
Faith Hill notched her ninth, and most recent, No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as "Mississippi Girl" skipped to the summit.
Sept. 4, 1965
The Beatles earned their ninth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 (of their record 20) with "Help!"