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This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Billy Joel’s ‘Fire’ Burned at No. 1

In 1989, the Piano Man's encyclopedic anthem topped the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for TLC, George Michael and Beyonce.

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

Dec. 8, 1990
Best known for uptempo freestyle classics like “Spring Love” and “I Wanna Be the One,” Stevie B notched his lone Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with the ballad “Because I Love You (The Postman Song).” The cut would leave its stamp at the summit for four weeks.

Dec. 9, 1989
25 years ago today, Billy Joel provided a musical history lesson (literally, as the song made its way to classroom lesson plans) with “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” The rapid-fire lyrics helped the single became his third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1.

Dec. 10, 1994
TLC began its longest command of Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as “Creep” crept to No. 1 for its first of nine weeks on top. The act scored two other No. 1s: for two weeks in 1992 with “Baby-Baby-Baby” and five frames in 1999 with “No Scrubs.”

Dec. 11, 2010
Four years ago today, P!nk was the toast of the Billboard Hot 100, as her “Raise Your Glass” rose to No. 1.

Dec. 12, 1987
George Michael began a four-week command atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Faith.” The song went on to become Billboard‘s top hit of 1988.

Dec. 13, 2008
It’s been six years since Beyonce coined her phrase aimed at pushing guys’ cold feet toward the altar. On this date in 2008, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” spent its first of four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Dec. 14, 1968
Marvin Gaye‘s longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 hit, the iconic “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” tallied its first of seven weeks at No. 1.