Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
March 25, 1989
30 years ago: Mike + the Mechanics‘ plaintive ode to the passage of time, “The Living Years,” lifted to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
March 26, 1994
25 years ago: Richard Marx hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart with “Now and Forever.” The ballad ruled for 11 weeks, the longest reign among his four leaders on the list.
March 27, 1965
The Supremes rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the Motown classic “Stop! In the Name of Love.”
March 28, 1981
Blondie‘s “Rapture” reached the Billboard Hot 100’s summit. The song is widely considered the first No. 1 to feature rap, courtesy of frontwoman Debbie Harry.
March 29, 2003
Evanescence‘s debut hit “Bring Me to Life,” featuring Paul McCoy, reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs chart. Parent breakthrough album Fallen reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, while the band has since scored two No. 1s: 2006’s The Open Door and 2011’s self-titled set.
March 30, 1991
Gloria Estefan‘s inspirational “Coming Out of the Dark” became her third and most recent Billboard Hot 100 No. 1. The ballad followed Estefan suffering broken vertebrae after her tour bus crashed in 1990. As she was being transported for surgery, she later told Billboard, “My husband [Emilio] had been in one of the helicopters traveling from one hospital to the other. It was really dark and gray. He got this ray of light that hit him in the face, and he got the idea for ‘Coming Out of the Dark.’ “
March 31, 1984
35 years ago: Kenny Loggins began a three-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Footloose,” the title track from the classic Kevin Bacon blockbuster.