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This Week in Billboard Chart History: 20 Years Ago, Hootie & The Blowfish Had a ‘View’ From the Top

In 1995, the band's breakthrough album hit No. 1. Plus, remembering chart feats by Irene Cara, the Beatles and Lipps, Inc.

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

May 25, 1991
The Billboard 200 adopts Nielsen Music point-of-sale data, allowing, for the first time in the rock era, a chart ranking album sales not by retailer reports but electronically-scanned unit sales. No. 1 that week? Adult contemporary icon Michael Bolton‘s Time, Love and Tenderness.

May 26, 1984
Give it up for Deniece Williams! And, let’s hear it for the boy, too. Her smash reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 31 years ago today.


May 27, 1995
Nowadays, Darius Rucker is racking up country hits like “Wagon Wheel,” “Radio” and “Homegrown Honey.” Twenty years ago, he was also tops with Hootie & the Blowfish. On this date in 1995, the act’s breakthrough album Cracked Rear View, featuring the monster hits “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry,” “Only Wanna Be With You” and “Time,” spent its first of eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

May 28, 1983
Irene Cara‘s ’80s classic “Flashdance… What a Feeling” began a six-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

May 29, 2004
Gretchen Wilson climbed to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, for the first of five weeks on top, with the Southern pride anthem “Redneck Woman.”

May 30, 1964
A flashback 51 years to the Fab Four’s pure-pop days: the Beatles scored their fourth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with the bouncy, fun “Love Me Do.”

May 31, 1980
Lipps, Inc. mixed music with real estate advice to great effect. On this date 35 years ago, the disco act began a four-week residence atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Funkytown.”