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This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Garth Brooks Completed ‘Dance’ to No. 1

In 1990, his classic ballad topped Hot Country Songs. Plus, remembering chart feats by Duran Duran, Don Henley & Miley Cyrus.

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

July 13, 1985
A year after scoring its first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with “The Reflex,” Duran Duran ruled again, as “A View to a Kill,” the title theme to the 14th James Bond film, rose 2-1, 30 years ago today. Duran Duran releases its new album, Paper Gods, Sept. 18 in the U.S.

July 14, 1990
“Holding you I, held everything. For a moment, wasn’t I the king?” Garth Brooks sings in “The Dance,” a true modern country classic. The touching ballad began a four-week command on Hot Country Songs 25 years ago today.


July 15, 1989
Don Henley‘s third solo album, The End of the Innocence, debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 97. Two months later, it peaks at No. 8; it’s eventually certified 6-times Platinum by the RIAA. In 2000, when Henley released follow-up Inside Job, he reflected on the classic Innocence in a Billboard cover story. “I still love the song ‘New York Minute,’ and ‘The Last Worthless Evening’ is just straight-ahead pop, but it’s good. And, of course, [the title cut, a No. 8 Billboard Hot 100 hit co-written with and -produced by Bruce Hornsby] is very fixed in time. I think it has enough universality that it could still apply today, but it was about the Reagan era.” Henley also relayed the reach of the No. 21-peaking “The Heart of the Matter”: “I have a collection of the most amazing letters about that song from all over the world that I treasure. I’m gonna keep them forever.”

July 16, 1988
As Cheap Trick’s “The Flame” spent its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, other action abounded, including three new top 10s: Steve Winwood’s “Roll With It” (12-6), Breathe’s “Hands to Heaven” (14-8) and Eric Carmen’s “Make Me Lose Control” (16-9). The highest new debut? Huey Lewis & the News‘ eventual No. 3 smash (and their 12th and last top 10 to-date), “Perfect World.”

July 17, 1961
A Billboard history lesson: On this date 54 years ago, Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart originates. Brook Benton’s lighthearted “The Boll Weevil Song” is the survey’s first No. 1. (The most recent new leader, Taylor Swift’s “Style,” became the 789th AC No. 1.)

July 18, 2009
Miley Cyrus‘ “The Climb” completed its climb to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart. The song marked her first AC hit after she’d made her mark with younger fans familiar with her Disney acting roles.

July 19, 1980
Billy Joel‘s 13th Billboard Hot 100 hit was a lucky one: “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” became his first No. 1 on this date 35 years ago. He’d reign again with “Tell Her About It” in 1983 and his musical history lesson “We Didn’t Start the Fire” in 1989.