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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1999, Britney Spears Scored Her First Hot 100 Number 'One'

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Plus, remembering feats by The Beatles, Elton John & Bee Gees.

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

Jan. 29, 2000
Australian pop duo Savage Garden began a four-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with "I Knew I Loved You." The ballad also topped Adult Contemporary for a whopping 17 weeks.

Jan. 30, 1999
Almost two months after her 17th birthday, Britney Spears notched her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as her introductory smash, "...Baby One More Time," reached the pinnacle. At the same time, her album of the same name soared in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for its first of six weeks on top. As reported last week, only two artists have since scored their first weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 simultaneously: Beyoncé and Camila Cabello.

Meanwhile, Spears' debut single, which led for two weeks, marked the first of Max Martin's 22 Hot 100 No. 1s as a writer.

Jan. 31, 1981
Blondie's "The Tide Is High" was as high as possible on the Billboard Hot 100, rising to No. 1.

Feb. 1, 1964
One of the most historic dates in Billboard Hot 100 history: The Beatles scored their first No. 1, as "I Want to Hold Your Hand" jumped 3-1 in just its third chart week, as Beatlemania swept the U.S. It became the first of the Fab Four's record 20 Hot 100 toppers.

Feb. 2, 2008
10 years ago: The combination of an R&B/hip-hop studio wizard and a pop/rock group resulted in a No. 1 hit, as Timbaland's "Apologize," featuring OneRepublic, began a six-week rule on Adult Pop Songs.

Feb. 3, 1973
45 years ago: Elton John scored his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Crocodile Rock," his ode to classic pop and early rock & roll, spent its first of three weeks in charge. He's added eight more leaders since.

Feb. 4, 1978
40 years ago: Cue John Travolta's dance moves, as the Bee Gees took over atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Stayin' Alive."