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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1996, Mariah Carey's 'Always Be My Baby' Ascended to No. 1 on the Hot 100

Mariah Carey, 1996
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Mariah Carey performs live on stage at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands on June 17, 1996.

Plus, remembering feats by Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson & Bell Biv DeVoe.

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

April 30, 1983
A week after Dexy's Midnight Runners ended Michael Jackson's seven-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Billie Jean," the King of Pop returned to the throne with "Beat It," which would lead for three weeks.

May 1, 2010
B.o.B and Bruno Mars each earned their first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as the rapper and featured singer, respectively, rose 2-1 with "Nothin' On You." The collab marked the first Hot 100 entry for each artist.

May 2, 1987
British band Cutting Crew topped the Billboard Hot 100 on its first try with "(I Just) Died in Your Arms," which flew 5-1.

May 3, 2003
A key indicator that American Idol finalists could graduate to post-show sales success: Kelly Clarkson debuted atop the Billboard 200 with her first album, Thankful. She's added seven more top five sets since.

May 4, 1996
How did Mariah Carey follow up the longest-leading hit in Billboard Hot 100 history? With another No. 1! After "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, held the top spot for 16 weeks in 1995-96 (a record tied in 2017 by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber), "Always Be My Baby" ascended to the summit for a two-week command. The song became her 11th of 18 No. 1s, the most among soloists.

May 5, 1990
Before there was "Finesse" by Bruno Mars and Cardi B, new jack swing ruled the charts in its original heyday, as one of the sound's forefathers, trio Bell Biv DeVoe, led Hot R&B Hip-Hop Songs with its debut hit, "Poison."

May 6, 2006
Who said they couldn't cross over to a new home? After notching four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 beginning in 1986, Bon Jovi topped Hot Country Songs in its first visit to the genre chart with "Who Says You Can't Go Home," the band's duet with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.