Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
Nov. 5, 1988
After having not led the Billboard Hot 100 since 1966, with “Good Vibrations,” The Beach Boys returned to No. 1 with “Kokomo,” from the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise hit Cocktail.
Nov. 6, 1993
In true Pearl Jam fashion, the band’s second studio album, Vs., arrived as a revolt against its predecessor, Ten, which has sold 10.4 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Music. In addition to declining to produce any videos to promote Vs., the band opted for a less-polished, more aggressive sound, pairing with producer Brendan O’Brien rather than Ten producer Rick Parashar. But the appetite for new Pearl Jam music remained voracious, and Vs. debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 6.1 million.
Nov. 7, 1998
Dixie Chicks‘ “Wide Open Spaces” rose 3-1 on Hot Country Songs for its first of its four weeks atop the chart, the longest-reign of the group’s six No. 1s.
Nov. 8, 1997
Sing along, Dawson’s Creek fans: Paula Cole‘s theme to the series, “I Don’t Want to Wait,” began a six-week stay at No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart.
Nov. 9, 1991
Prince topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the last time, as “Cream” (with The N.P.G.) rose 3-1. The song became the icon’s last of five No. 1s, following “When Doves Cry” (five weeks on top in 1984), “Let’s Go Crazy” (two, 1984), “Kiss” (two, 1986; the latter two billed to Prince and the Revolution) and “Batdance” (one, 1989).
Nov. 10, 1990
Mariah Carey scored her second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with ballad “Love Takes Time.” She’d debuted with her first leader, “Vision of Love,” which reigned for four weeks in August 1990. Her 18 total No. 1s are the most among soloists and second only to The Beatles’ 20. Carey releases Caution, her first LP since 2014, Nov. 16.
Nov. 11, 1989
John Waite topped the Billboard Hot 100 in yet another iteration: as lead singer of Bad English, with “When I See You Smile.” Five years earlier, he’d led as a soloist with “Missing You.” He’d first charted in the ’70s with The Babys.