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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2001, Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil’ Kim & Mya Led With ‘Lady Marmalade’

Plus, remembering feats by Irene Cara, The Beatles & Justin Timberlake.

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

May 27, 1995
Hootie & the Blowfish‘s breakthrough album Cracked Rear View, featuring the monster hits “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry,” “Only Wanna Be With You” and “Time,” spent its first of eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

May 28, 1983
Irene Cara‘s ’80s classic “Flashdance… What a Feeling” began a six-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

May 29, 2004
15 years ago: Gretchen Wilson climbed to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, for the first of five weeks on top, with the Southern pride anthem “Redneck Woman.”


May 30, 1964
55 years ago: A flashback to the Fab Four’s pure-pop days: The Beatles scored their fourth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with the bouncy, fun “Love Me Do.”

May 31, 1980
Lipps, Inc. mixed music with real estate advice to great effect, as the disco act began a four-week residence atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Funkytown.”

June 1, 2013
Justin Timberlake‘s popularity was reflected atop the Pop Songs airplay chart, as “Mirrors” moved to No. 1.

June 2, 2001
“Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil’ Kim and Mya (plus Missy Elliott, who co-produced the track, with Rockwilder and Ron Fair, and raps on it) spent its first of five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, from the soundtrack to the Baz Luhrmann-directed musical film Moulin Rouge!, also won the Grammy Award for best pop collaboration with vocals, while its burlesque-style music video (with a cameo by Elliott) won video of the year at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.