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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2002, Kelly Clarkson Enjoyed Her First No. 1 ‘Moment’

Plus, remembering feats by Bruno Mars, Garth Brooks & Janet Jackson.

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

Oct. 1, 1977
A long time ago (well, 41 years) in a galaxy far, far away (well, on the Billboard Hot 100), Meco out-battled all competitors and reached No. 1 with “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band.”

Oct. 2, 2010
After leading the Billboard Hot 100 as a featured artist on B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” earlier in the year, Bruno Mars notched his first No. 1 as a lead, as “Just the Way You Are” began a four-week reign.

Oct. 3, 1992
Billboard launched the Pop Songs radio airplay chart. Boyz II Men‘s ballad “End of the Road” led the inaugural list (ironically enough, given its title). In 2017, Billboard celebrated the chart’s 25th anniversary, with Rihanna reigning as the survey’s all-time top performer.

Oct. 4, 1986
Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart debuted, with Juan Gabriel‘s “Yo No Se Que Me Paso” the ranking’s first No. 1.

Oct. 5, 2002
Kelly Clarkson‘s “A Moment Like This” topped the Billboard Hot 100, marking the first leader on the chart by an American Idol contestant. She’s since added the No. 1s “My Life Would Suck Without You” in 2009 and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” in 2012.


Oct. 6, 1990
One of Garth Brooks‘ signature anthems, “Friends in Low Places,” rose as high as possible on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, spending its first of four weeks at No. 1.

Oct. 7, 1989
Janet Jackson‘s “Miss You Much” vaulted 5-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first of four No. 1s from her Rhythm Nation 1814 album.