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This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Janet Jackson Tops Hot 100

This week in 1989, Jackson's "Miss You Much" kicked off the "Rhythm Nation 1814" era. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, the Beatles and Mariah Carey.

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

Oct. 6, 1990
One of Garth Brooks‘ signature anthems, “Friends in Low Places,” moseys to No. 1 for its first of four weeks atop Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart.

Oct. 7, 1989
Janet Jackson‘s “Miss You Much” leaps 5-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first of four No. 1s from her Rhythm Nation 1814 album. The set would log its first of four weeks atop the Billboard 200 three weeks later.

Oct. 8, 2011
Three years ago today, Rihanna debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris. Five weeks later, the song reached No. 1, remaining on top for 10 total weeks, marking Rihanna’s longest Hot 100 reign.


Oct. 9, 1965
The Beatles notch their 10th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 (of their record 20) with “Yesterday.” Incredibly, they collected the first half of their No. 1 sum in 1964-65 before adding their next 10 toppers in 1966-70.

Oct. 10, 2009
The Black Eyed Peas‘ “I Gotta Feeling” completes its 14-week Hot 100 rule, which directly follows the group’s 12-week run at No. 1 with “Boom Boom Pow.” The act’s 26 consecutive weeks – half a year – at No. 1 mark the most uninterrupted weeks any act has spent atop the Hot 100.

Oct. 11, 1997
Elton John‘s tribute to the late Princess Diana, “Candle in the Wind 1997,” began a 14-week command on the Billboard Hot 100.

Oct. 12, 1991
Mariah Carey notched her record-setting fifth consecutive career-opening Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with “Emotions.” She bested the Jackson 5, who arrived with four straight leaders in 1970.