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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1988, Debbie Gibson Made History Atop the Hot 100 With ‘Foolish Beat’

Plus, remembering feats by Whitney Houston, Coldplay & Nelly.

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

June 25, 1988
30 years ago: Debbie Gibson became the youngest female soloist to have written, produced and sung a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 entirely on her own, as “Foolish Beat” skipped to the top spot (a record that she still holds). How’d she follow that achievement? The next day, the then-17-year-old graduated high school.

June 26, 1999
Red Hot Chili Peppers began their longest domination on the Alternative Songs chart, as “Scar Tissue,” the fourth of their record 13 No. 1s, logged its first of 16 weeks on top.

June 27, 1987
Whitney Houston‘s second album, Whitney, launched atop the Billboard 200, becoming the first set by a woman to soar onto the chart at No. 1. It would go on to reign for 11 total weeks. But why stop there: The same week, Whitney‘s lead single, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” became the LP’s first of four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s. The album followed Houston’s self-titled first set, which led the Billboard 200 for 14 weeks in 1986.

As Chart Beat column founder Paul Grein noted in a story on page 1 of the June 27, 1987, Billboard issue, Houston became “the first artist to hit No. 1 [on the Billboard 200] with his or her first two albums since The Monkees scored with their first four releases in 1966-67.”

June 28, 2008
10 years ago: Even though it’s called the Billboard Hot 100, that doesn’t mean a band named Coldplay can’t be No. 1, as the group’s “Viva La Vida” reached the summit.

June 29, 2002
Nelly began a whopping 14-week command of the Billboard Hot 100, as “Hot in Herre” reached No. 1. After the song completed a seven-week reign, he replaced himself at the top for seven more weeks with “Dilemma,” featuring Kelly Rowland.

June 30, 1990
New Kids on the Block-mania rolled on, as “Step By Step” began a three-week rule atop the Billboard Hot 100. The goal of the instructional song? You remember: how “to get to you, girl.”

July 1, 2000
After leading the Pop Songs chart for 10 weeks with “Bye Bye Bye,” *NSYNC returned to the top with fellow boy band classic “It’s Gonna Be Me.”