Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
July 20, 1991
EMF reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Unbelievable.” What does the U.K. group’s moniker stand for? Epsom Mad Funkers, the name of a fan club of fellow British band New Order.
July 21, 1990
Black Box flew to No. 1 on Dance Club Play Songs with “Everybody Everybody.” In a 2008 episode of Family Guy, we were treated to a cutaway of Cleveland Brown singing the club classic. Why? He was touring with the group … according to Peter’s imagination.
July 22, 1995
Twenty years ago today, Foo Fighters began their assault on the Billboard 200, as the Dave Grohl-led rockers’ self-titled debut album entered the chart at No. 23. The set includes the ’90s classics “This Is a Call,” “I’ll Stick Around” and “Big Me.” The group has since scored seven top 10s, including the 2011 No. 1 Wasting Light.
July 23, 1988
After reaching the top five, but not No. 1, with each of his first three singles – “Don’t Mean Nothing,” “Should’ve Known Better” and “Endless Summer Nights” – Richard Marx crowned the Billboard Hot 100 at last with power ballad “Hold On to the Nights,” the fourth and final release from his self-titled debut album.
July 24, 1993
UB40 sends its reggae-spiced cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, from the Sharon Stone movie Sliver, would reign for seven weeks.
July 25, 1981
Air Supply crowned the Billboard Hot 100 with “The One That You Love.” Although it’s the Australian duo’s sole No. 1, the pair arrived with seven consecutive top five smashes in 1980-82.
July 26, 1975
Forty years ago today, Van McCoy‘s “The Hustle” rolled to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won the Grammy Award for best pop instrumental performance in 1976, despite the inclusion of a simple spoken command: “Do the hustle!”