20 years ago, her breakthrough smash was No. 1 on top 40 radio. Plus, remembering feats by Miley Cyrus, Alanis Morissette & Richard Marx.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
July 17, 1961
Happy 56th birthday, Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart! The ranking originated with Brook Benton's lighthearted "The Boll Weevil Song" as its first No. 1. (Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" is the current leader.)
July 18, 2009
Speaking of the AC chart … on this date eight years ago, Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" completed its climb to No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary tally. The song marked her first hit on the chart after she'd made her mark with younger fans familiar with her Disney acting roles.