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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1999, Ricky Martin Was ‘Livin’ ‘ Large Atop the Hot 100

Plus, remembering feats by Bon Jovi, Pet Shop Boys & Roxette.

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

May 6, 2006
After notching four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 beginning in 1986, Bon Jovi topped Hot Country Songs in its first visit to the genre chart with “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” the band’s duet with Jennifer Nettles.  

May 7, 1977  
The Eagles‘ “Hotel California” checked into the Billboard Hot 100’s top spot, becoming the band’s fourth of five total leaders. According to its singer and co-writer, Don Henley, despite the countless rumors about the song’s meaning, it’s simply about a “journey from innocence to experience, that’s all.”   

May 8, 1999
20 years go: We were goin’ crazy for Ricky Martin‘s “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” as the song began a five-week domination of the Billboard Hot 100.   

May 9, 1970
The Guess Who began a three-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with “American Woman,” backed with B-side “(No Sugar Tonight).” Lenny Kravitz later covered “American Woman,” taking his version to the top 10 on both Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts in 1999.

May 10, 1986
They didn’t work in a pet shop – and thankfully so, since they make pretty good musicians. England’s Pet Shop Boys danced to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut smash, “West End Girls.”

May 11, 1991
Sweden’s most famous musical duo, Roxette, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Joyride.” The album from the pair also produced the No. 2-peaking “Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave).”

May 12, 1984
Before there was Adele’s … Lionel Richie‘s “Hello” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks.