This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1988, Def Leppard Leapt to No. 1 on the Hot 100 With 'Love Bites'

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Def Leppard prior to their home town concert in Sheffield, England on Oct. 9, 1987. 

Plus, remembering feats by Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey & Christina Aguilera.

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

Oct. 8, 1988
Def Leppard leapt to its first (and so far lone) No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Love Bites." The band peaked successively higher with each of the first five singles from Hysteria, as, prior to "Love Bites," "Women" reached No. 80, followed by "Animal" (No. 19), the title cut (No. 10) and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (No. 2). Hysteria would yield two more hits with its sixth and seventh singles: "Armageddon It," which reached No. 3, and "Rocket," which flew to No. 11.

Oct. 9, 1965
The Beatles notched their 10th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, of their record 20, with "Yesterday." Incredibly, they collected the first half of their No. 1 sum in 1964-65, before adding their next 10 in 1966-70.

Oct. 10, 1992
Double chart power from the members of Scandal and the Eagles, respectively: Patty Smyth's "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough," sporting additional vocals by Don Henley, began a three-week command on the Pop Songs chart.

Oct. 11, 1986
Janet Jackson achieved her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, "When I Think of You." Ms. Jackson has since upped her count to 10 total toppers (through "All for You" in 2001).

Oct. 12, 1991
Mariah Carey notched her record-setting fifth consecutive career-opening Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with "Emotions." She passed the Jackson 5, who arrived with four straight toppers in 1970. Carey tallied her first four No. 1s – of 18 to date, the most among soloists – from her self-titled debut album: "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time," "Someday" and "I Don't Wanna Cry."

Oct. 13, 2000
Christina Aguilera collected a third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 from her self-titled debut album, as "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" reigned. "Genie in a Bottle" and "What a Girl Wants" had previously led.

Oct. 14, 1989
Motley Crue rocked its only Billboard 200 No. 1, as Dr. Feel good jumped 5-1. The set yielded the band's two biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits (and only top 10s): the No. 6-peaking title cut and the No. 8 ballad "Without You."

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