This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1990, Janet Jackson's 'Black Cat' Crept to No. 1

Eugene Adebari/REX USA
Janet Jackson performing "Rhythm Nation" in 1989.

Jackson prepped for Halloween with her aptly titled leader. Plus, remembering feats by Britney Spears, Whitney Houston & Ludacris.

Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.

Oct. 24, 2009
Britney Spears notched her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with the aptly titled "3." Her previous leader? Let's continue ...

Oct. 25, 2008
Britney Spears scored her second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 – and first in almost 10 years – as the scathing "Womanizer" danced to the summit.

Oct. 26, 1985
Whitney Houston ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, as "Saving All My Love for You" rose 2-1. The ballad became her first of 11 No. 1s, as well as her first of seven in a row, the longest leading streak in the chart's history.

Oct. 27, 1990
Well-timed around Halloween, Janet Jackson's "Black Cat" leapt to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Oct. 28, 2006
Ten years ago today: Ludacris shook his way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Money Maker," featuring Pharrell.

Oct. 29, 1994
Another song that fittingly hit No. 1 around Halloween: 20 years ago today, the Cranberries began a six-week reign on Alternative Songs with one of their signature hits, "Zombie."

Oct. 30, 1982
Australia's Men at Work marked a milestone in their American invasion, as their debut single, "Who Can It Be Now?" rose 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They'd follow with their next No. 1, "Down Under," in early 1983. In recent years, the band's frontman Colin Hay has toured solo regularly, calling playing shows "nourishment for the soul."


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