Chart Flashback: What Was Happening on the Charts the Last Time the Astros & Dodgers Were in the World Series?
Game 1 of the 2017 World Series featuring the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers begins tonight (Oct. 24) promptly at 8:09 p.m. Eastern live from Los Angeles on FOX. From season to season, the World Series carries the most significance of any series in the Major League Baseball season but this season specifically, this World Series, carries with it some interesting facts.
For instance, this will be the first World Series in 47 years featuring two teams who won at least 100 games in the regular season, via Yahoo! Sports baseball writer Jeff Passan.
The way we at Billboard felt was best to capture the uniqueness of this match-up ahead of Game 1 was through chart history. The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared in a World Series was 1988, with that Game 1 played on Oct. 15 against the Oakland Athletics -- famously won by L.A. on a walk-off homer by injured regular-season MVP Kirk Gibson, with the Dodgers eventually taking the series 4-1. As for Houston, the Astros last played a World Series in 2005, against the Chicago White Sox, with Game 1 happening on Oct. 22. (The White Sox swept the series.)
Here are some fun facts from the Billboard charts for the weeks of Oct. 15, 1988, and Oct. 22, 2005.
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Oct. 15, 1988
-- At the time the first pitch was thrown between the Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics on that day in 1988, the No. 1 song in the country on the Billboard Hot 100 was "Red Red Wine" by UB40.
-- "Red Red Wine," UB40's first of two No. 1s on the Hot 100 (along with 1993's "Can't Help Falling in Love"), was dethroned just a week later (when the Dodgers won the World Series) by "Groovy Kind Of Love" by Phil Collins.
-- The No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart was Bon Jovi's New Jersey, which spent four weeks total at the top spot.
-- Four songs whose titles started with "Don't" were in the top 10 on the Hot 100, including three in a row: "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin (No. 6), "Don't You Know What the Night Can Do?" by Stevie Winwood (No. 7) and "Don't Be Cruel" by Bobby Brown (No. 8). ("Don't Be Cruel" by Cheap Trick also appeared at No. 4 -- meaning yes, there were two separate and totally independent "Don't Be Cruel"s in the top 10 at the same time.)
-- Over a decade into their critically acclaimed career, post-punk greats Siouxsie and the Banshees finally made their Hot 100 debut at No. 92 with "Peek-A-Boo." (It eventually peaked at No. 53.)
-- "Jealous Guy," the classic John Lennon ballad, also charted on the Hot 100 for the first time, at No. 84 -- about eight years after Lennon's death. The song, which ultimately peaked at No. 80, saw a resurgence thanks to its use in the '88 documentary Imagine: John Lennon.
-- Whitney Houston had two songs on the Hot 100 -- "One Moment In Time" at No. 18 and "Love Will Save The Day" at No. 100.
Houston Astros -- Oct. 22, 2005
-- Kanye West's classic "Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx was at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The song remained at No. 1 until Chris Brown's debut single "Run It!" took over at No. 1 on the chart dated Nov. 26. "Gold Digger" was West's first No. 1 as a lead artist, after being featured on Twista's Hot 100-topping "Slow Jamz" the year before.
-- The No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 was Nickelback's All the Right Reasons, which is the band's only No. 1 to date. (West's Late Registration, which includes "Gold Digger," sat at No. 6.)
-- Australian alt-rock stars INXS -- who appeared on the aforementioned Nov. 15, 1988 chart at No. 14 with their Kick power ballad "Never Tear Us Apart" -- debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 37, with "Pretty Vegas." The single was the first single put out by the band with new singer J.D. Fortune, who they found through their Rockstar: INXS reality show, following the death of original lead singer Michael Hutchence in 1997. Fortune fronted the band from 2005-11.
-- Kelly Clarkson had three songs in the top 50 of the Hot 100, all from 2004's multi-Platinum-certified Breakaway album: "Because Of You" (No. 9), "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (No. 20) and "Since U Been Gone" (No. 41). (Flashing forward to modern day, Clarkson has a song on the current Hot 100, too, dated Nov. 4 -- with "Love So Soft" at No. 59, a new peak.
-- Another crossover artist from 2005 to now is Rihanna. On Oct. 22, 2005, she was on the Hot 100 with debut single "Pon de Replay" at No. 24, and follow-up "If It's Lovin' That You Want" at No. 96 in its debut week. This week, Rihanna is at No. 31 featured alongside Bryson Tiller on DJ Khaled's "Wild Thoughts."