This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1993, Janet Jackson’s ‘Goes’ Went to No. 1 on the Hot 100
Plus, remembering feats by Gloria Estefan, Madonna & R.E.M.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
May 14, 1988
30 years ago: Gloria Estefan made her first trip to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as love song “Anything for You” (with Miami Sound Machine) reigned. She’d lead again with “Don’t Wanna Lose You” in 1989 and “Coming Out of the Dark” in 1991.
May 15, 1993
25 years ago: After scoring seven Billboard Hot 100 top 10s from her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson picked up right where she left off, as “That’s the Way Love Goes,” the first single from janet., began an eight-week run at No. 1. janet. would generate six Hot 100 top 10s, and “Goes” became her sixth of 10 No. 1s.
May 16, 1998
20 years ago: Natalie Imbruglia‘s “Torn” spent its first of 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart.
May 17, 2008
10 years ago: Madonna earned her seventh of eight No. 1s on the Billboard 200 with the chart-topping launch of Hard Candy. The set yielded the No. 3 Hot 100 hit “4 Minutes,” featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.
May 18, 1991
Powered by the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 hit of the group’s career, “Losing My Religion,” which rose to No. 4, R.E.M. landed its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, Out of Time.
May 19, 1990
More Madonna: She’d been inspired by dancer/choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem “House Ball” community, who introduced “vogue”-ing to her at the New York club Sound Factory. On this date in 1990, her song “Vogue,” with its iconic back-and-white video, struck a pose atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of three weeks.
May 20, 1989
The title cut from Paula Abdul‘s debut album Forever Your Girl spent its first of two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The set spun off four Hot 100 No. 1s in all.