This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1982, 'Who' Was No. 1? Men at Work
"Who Can It Be Now?" topped the Hot 100. Plus, remembering feats by Shania Twain, Mary J. Blige & The Beach Boys.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
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. Their next single, "Down Under," would also hit No. 1 in early 1983. In recent years, the band's frontman Colin Hay has toured solo regularly, and, in March, his latest release, Fierce Mercy, hit the Americana/Folk Albums chart.
Oct. 31, 1998
Shania Twain's ode to (or, perhaps, demand for) me-time, "Honey, I'm Home," became her seventh, and most recent, No. 1 on Hot Country Songs. On the Oct. 12 Billboard 200, Now, Twain's first studio album in 15 years debuted atop the tally.
Nov. 1, 1975
Elton John took to the tropics for his fifth of nine career Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, "Island Girl."
Nov. 2, 2002
No Doubt notched its third, and most recent, Pop Songs No. 1 with "Underneath It All," which would lead for three weeks. The Gwen Stefani-led band first ruled for 10 weeks in 1996-97 with "Don't Speak" and returned to the top for a week earlier in 2002 with "Hey Baby." "Underneath" and "Don't" rank at Nos. 96 and 7, respectively, on Billboard's top 100 recap of the first 25 years of the Pop Songs chart.
Nov. 3, 2001
Nine years after her first appearance, Mary J. Blige celebrated her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Family Affair" began a six-week command.
Nov. 4, 1989
After leading earlier in the year with debut hit "The Look," Roxette returned to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Listen to Your Heart." What was historically significant about the song? It was the first No. 1 available only as a cassette single, not on a 45-RPM vinyl single.
Nov. 5, 1988
After having not led the Billboard Hot 100 since 1966 with "Good Vibrations," The Beach Boys returned to No. 1 with "Kokomo," from the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise hit Cocktail. Wrote Paul Grein in the Chart Beat column in Billboard magazine that week, "If six months ago you'd bet that, in 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers would win the World Series and the Beach Boys would land a No. 1 single, you'd be able to buy two first-class tickets to Kokomo."