Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
Nov. 16, 1996
Ginuwine trotted to the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Pony.” A week later, the cheeky song reached its Billboard Hot 100 peak of No. 6.
Nov. 17, 1990
Madonna‘s future No. 1 – whose salacious video was banned by MTV; it was subsequently released on VHS (that means video, for you younger readers …) – “Justify My Love” debuted at No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two other eventual leaders also entered the chart: C+C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (No. 74) and Janet Jackson’s “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” (No. 89).
Nov. 18, 2000
On this date 15 years ago, Destiny’s Child began its longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as “Independent Women Part I” spent its first of 11 weeks at No. 1. The trio had previously led for a week in 1999 with “Bills, Bills, Bills” and for three weeks earlier in 2000 with “Say My Name.” The act would tally a fourth No. 1, “Bootylicious” (two weeks) in 2001.
Nov. 19, 1994
After 16 hits, all of which reached the top 20, beginning in 1989, Mary Chapin Carpenter topped Hot Country Songs at last with “Shut Up and Kiss Me.” The sassy single introduced Stones in the Road, also Carpenter’s first No. 1 set on Top Country Albums.
Nov. 20, 1993
A sultry song that helped make her a leading pop and R&B star of the ’90s, Toni Braxton‘s “Breathe Again” began a two-week command of the Adult R&B Songs radio airplay chart.
Nov. 21, 1970
One of the all-time campy classics, the Partridge Family’s “I Think I Love You” started a three-week rule on the Billboard Hot 100.
Nov. 22, 1986
Paul Simon returned to the Billboard 200’s top 10 for the first time since 1976, as Graceland rose 11-7 (on its way to a No. 3 peak). The renowned set would produce the top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit “You Can Call Me Al” and win the album of the year Grammy Award in 1988.