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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1994, Ace of Base Saw ‘The Sign’ at No. 1 on the Hot 100

Plus, remembering feats by Rick Astley, Carrie Underwood & Usher.

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

March 11, 2000
Lonestar became the first act to lead the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs charts simultaneously with different songs: “Amazed” crowned the Hot 100 for a second week and “Smile” rose to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs.

Plus, 30 years ago, on March 11, 1989: Debbie Gibson crowned the Billboard 200 as Electric Youth charged 3-1 for its first of five weeks on top. At the same time, lead single “Lost in Your Eyes” ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for its second of three weeks at No. 1, making Gibson the first teen female artist to top both tallies simultaneously.

March 12, 1988
We’re rick-rolling you … but we’re also giving you advance notice! Rick Astley topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his debut U.S. single, “Never Gonna Give You Up.”


And, 25 years ago, on 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, 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
Carrie Underwood topped Hot Country Songs with “All-American Girl,” her fifth of 14 career No. 1s to date.

The same week, 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 reign in 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.

Plus, a year ago, on March 17, 2018: G-Eazy and Halsey, the him and her in the song, topped the Pop Songs airplay chart with “Him & I.”