Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
June 8, 2002
The Eminem Show premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album spun off the Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 smash “Without Me.”
June 9, 1990
Twenty-five years ago, Wilson Phillips topped the Billboard Hot 100 on their first try with “Hold On.” The song would go on to become the No. 1 song of all of 1990.
June 10, 1989
Country’s vaunted rookie class of 1989 yielded arrivals from such stars as Garth Brooks, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Travis Tritt (plus, technically, formerly country-focused Taylor Swift, who was born that Dec. 2 …) Also new in 1989: Clint Black, who topped Hot Country Songs with his first single, “Better Man,” 26 years ago today. Since his arrival, Black has tallied a lucky 13 No. 1s.
June 11, 2011
Four years ago today, Little Monsters rejoiced, as Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way bowed at No.1 on the Billboard 200. The set has sold 2.3 million copies, according to Nielsen Music.
June 12, 1999
Latin pop was mainstream 16 years ago. After Ricky Martin spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” Jennifer Lopez dethroned him, as “If You Had My Love” began its own five-week command.
June 13, 1970
The Beatles top the Billboard Hot 100 for the last time, with “The Long and Winding Road,” 45 years ago today. It’s the Fab Four’s still-record 20th Hot 100 No. 1.
June 14, 1997
Then-monikered Puff Daddy‘s tribute to slain rap star the Notorious B.I.G., “I’ll Be Missing You,” began an 11-week rule on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was made even more poignant by Biggie’s widow, Faith Evans, singing its chorus. Vocal act 112 added harmonies to the reworking of the Police’s eight-week 1983 No. 1, “Every Breath You Take.”