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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2011, Rihanna 'Found' Her Longest Run Atop the Hot 100

Rihanna "We Found Love" ft. Calvin Harris
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Rihanna "We Found Love" ft. Calvin Harris

Plus, remembering feats by Meat Loaf, Prince & Mariah Carey.

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

Nov. 6, 1993
Meat Loaf dug in for his first of five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."

Nov. 7, 2009
Owl City's debut hit "Fireflies" lit up the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks at No. 1.

Nov. 8, 1997
Sing along, Dawson's Creek fans: Paula Cole's theme to the series, "I Don't Want to Wait," began a six-week stay at No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart.

Nov. 9, 1991
Prince topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the last time, as "Cream" (with The N.P.G.) rose 3-1. The song became the icon's last of five No. 1s, following "When Doves Cry" (five weeks on top in 1984); "Let's Go Crazy" (two, 1984); "Kiss" (two, 1986; the latter two billed to Prince and the Revolution); and "Batdance" (one, 1989).

Nov. 10, 1990
Mariah Carey scored her second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with ballad "Love Takes Time." She'd debuted with her first leader, "Vision of Love," which reigned for four weeks in August 1990.

Nov. 11, 1989
John Waite topped the Billboard Hot 100 in yet another iteration: as lead singer of Bad English, with "When I See You Smile." Five years earlier, he'd led as a soloist with "Missing You." He'd first charted in the '70s with The Babys.

Nov. 12, 2011
Rihanna began her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, spent its first of 10 weeks at No. 1. She logged her second-longest command in 2016 with "Work," featuring Drake, which ruled for nine weeks.