This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1987, Huey Lewis & The News Took 'Jacob's Ladder' to No. 1 on the Hot 100

Huey Lewis & The News
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Huey Lewis & The News

Plus, remembering feats by Ace of Base, Usher and Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men.

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

March 12, 1994
After peaking at No. 2 with its debut hit "All That She Wants," Sweden's Ace of Base spent its first of six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with its '90s pop classic, "The Sign."

March 13, 1976
The 4 Seasons topped the Billboard Hot 100 with "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)." In 1994 (in October, not December), a remixed version of the song rose to No. 14.

March 14, 1987
Huey Lewis & The News logged their third No. 1 (of three) on the Billboard Hot 100, "Jacob's Ladder." The song was written by Lewis' good friend Bruce Hornsby and Bruce's brother John (with Bruce Hornsby and the Range releasing their own version in 1988). Lewis & The News had previously led with "The Power of Love" in 1985 and "Stuck With You" in 1986.

March 15, 2008
10 years ago: Usher earned his eighth of nine Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s to date with "Love in This Club," featuring Young Jeezy.

March 16, 1996
A record week for Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men: Their "One Sweet Day" spent its 16th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, wrapping the longest reign by any song in the chart's history. The mark would remain unmatched until Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, also logged a 16-week command through the chart dated Sept. 9, 2017.

March 17, 1990
Randy Travis picked up in the '90s right where he left off in the '80s: at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as the pop-flavored "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" hit the top, becoming his 11th of 16 career No. 1s.

March 18, 1967
The Beatles scored their first of three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s in 1967, as "Penny Lane" strolled to the top. "All You Need Is Love" and "Hello Goodbye" would also reign before the end of the year, with all songs contributing to the Fab Four's record 20 career Hot 100 toppers.


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