Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
Dec. 25, 1993
A year later, she gave us a present with “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (a gift that keeps on giving, finally hitting the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 last week), but on Christmas Day 1993, Mariah Carey unwrapped something special for her (and us) to enjoy: her eighth Hot 100 No. 1, as “Hero” hit the top spot.
Dec. 26, 1970
George Harrison became the first Beatle to top the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo act, as “My Sweet Lord”/”Isn’t It a Pity” rose to No. 1.
Dec. 27, 1980
Almost three weeks after his death, “(Just Like) Starting Over” became John Lennon‘s biggest solo Billboard Hot 100 hit. The song would reign for five weeks, helping fans worldwide grieve the loss of one of the most influential voices of all-time.
Dec. 28, 1996
LeAnn Rimes roared to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with “One Way Ticket (Because I Can).”
Dec. 29, 2012
After winning American Idol (on May 23, 2012), Phillip Phillips found his “Home” at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Pop Songs airplay chart. The folky hit would also crown Adult Contemporary for 12 weeks beginning Feb. 2, 2013.
Dec. 30, 1967
The Beatles tallied their 15th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, of a record 20, with “Hello Goodbye.”