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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1988, Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Appetite for Destruction’ Hit No. 1 at Last

Plus, remembering feats by Madonna, Stevie Wonder & Richard Marx.

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

Aug. 6, 1988
Spurred by the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses rocked to the top of the Billboard 200 in its 50th week with its classic breakthrough, Appetite for Destruction.

Aug. 7, 2004
Ashlee Simpson‘s Autobiography bowed atop the Billboard 200. Take that, sis: Jessica Simpson has peaked at a high of “only” No. 2 on the chart, with In This Skin, also in 2004. Ashlee returned to the top with I Am Me in 2005.

Aug. 8, 1992
Madonna‘s “This Used to Be My Playground,” from the Olympics-themed 1992 album Barcelona Gold, finished first on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was initially released as a stand-alone single from the soundtrack to the film A League of Their Own, starring, among others, Madonna, Tom Hanks and Rosie O’Donnell.


Aug. 9, 2003
Alan Jackson‘s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” began an eight-week reign on Hot Country Songs, the longest of his 26 career No. 1s. His singing and drinking buddy on the track? Jimmy Buffett. (And, a special toast to Buffett, who worked as Billboard‘s Nashville correspondent in the late 1960s/’early ’70s.)

Aug. 10, 1963
Stevie Wonder‘s iconic debut single, “Fingertips – Pt 2,” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of three weeks. The song made him the youngest soloist ever to lead the Hot 100 and became his first of 10 No. 1s, the second-most among solo males (after Michael Jackson’s 13).

Aug. 11, 1984
Ray Parker, Jr.‘s “Ghostbusters” made No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 its haunt for the first of three weeks.

Aug. 12, 1989
Richard Marx‘s “Right Here Waiting” began a three-week command of the Billboard Hot 100. The ballad became his third No. 1, after “Hold On to the Nights” in July 1988 and “Satisfied” in June 1989.