This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1997, Spice Girls' Wannabe' Hit No. 1 on the Hot 100

Spice Girls
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Spice Girls photographed in 1997.

Plus, remembering feats by Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey & Ja Rule.

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

Feb. 18, 2012
Kelly Clarkson collected her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" began a three-week reign (her longest).

Feb. 19, 2000
Mariah Carey scored her 15th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 (of 18 to date) with the gospel-tinged "Thank God I Found You," featuring Joe and 98 Degrees.

Feb. 20, 1988
After charting three uptempo freestyle top 10s, Expose celebrated its sole Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with ballad "Seasons Change." The girl group would impressively send its first seven singles to the chart's top 10.  

Feb. 21, 2015
Sam Hunt began clocking an 11-week run at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Take Your Time."

Feb. 22, 1997
Spice Girls dashed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut pop culture smash "Wannabe." While they're likely best known for the bubbly track, they followed with six more consecutive top 20 hits over the next two years.

Feb. 23, 2002
Ja Rule notched his second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 – and featured artist Ashanti earned her first, in her first visit to the chart – as "Always on Time" clocked its first of two weeks on top.

Feb. 24, 1973
Roberta Flack crowned the Billboard Hot 100 with "Killing Me Softly With His Song." The Fugees' cover ruled R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for five weeks in 1996.


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