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This Week in Billboard Chart History: 50 Years Ago, the Supremes Reigned With ‘Baby Love’

This week in 1964, the Motown classic "Baby Love" took over atop the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Janet Jackson, Elton John and No Doubt.

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

Oct. 27, 1990
Well-timed around Halloween, Janet Jackson‘s “Black Cat” leapt to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Oct. 28, 2006
Ludacris shook his way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Money Maker,” featuring Pharrell.

Oct. 29, 1994
Another song that fittingly hit No. 1 around Halloween: 20 years ago today, the Cranberries began a six-week reign on Alternative Songs with one of their signature tracks, “Zombie.”

Oct. 30, 1982
Australia’s Men at Work marked a milestone in their American invasion, as their debut single, “Who Can It Be Now?,” rose 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They’d follow with their next No. 1, “Down Under,” in early 1983. In recent years, the band’s frontman Colin Hay has toured solo regularly. He calls playing shows “nourishment for the soul.”

Oct. 31, 1964
Fifty years ago today, the Supremes scored their second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, “Baby Love,” which began a four-week command. It became the second of five consecutive leaders that the legendary group tallied in less than a year’s span in 1964-65.

Nov. 1, 1975
Elton John took to the tropics for his fifth of nine career Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s: On this date in 1975, “Island Girl” cruised to the top.

Nov. 2, 2002
No Doubt notched its third, and most recent, Pop Songs No. 1 with “Underneath It All” (featuring Lady Saw), which would lead for three weeks. The Gwen Stefani-led band first ruled for 10 weeks in 1996-97 with “Don’t Speak” and returned to the top for a week earlier in 2002 with “Hey Baby.”