Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
July 7, 1984
Prince‘s blockbuster movie, and soundtrack, “Purple Rain,” produced his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as “When Doves Cry” (with the Revolution) flew to the chart’s top perch. He’s since added four more No. 1s and 16 more top 10s.
July 8, 1995
All four of TLC‘s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s led for at least three weeks, but “Waterfalls” reigned the longest: for seven frames. The anti-infidelity anthem began its rule 19 years ago today.
July 9, 1988
Cheap Trick had long been known for its high-energy rock favorites like “I Want You to Want to Me.” It was tender ballad “The Flame,” however, that sent the Illinois quartet to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 at last on this date 26 years ago.
July 10, 1976
Don’t let the breezy melody of Starland Vocal Band‘s “Afternoon Delight” fool you: such lyrics as “the thought of rubbin’ you is getting so exciting” aren’t quite fit for the whole family. In fact, the song, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 38 years ago today, ranked at No. 20 on our countdown of the 50 Sexiest Songs of All Time.
July 11, 2009
The bad news for the Black Eyed Peas: five years ago today, their “Boom Boom Pow” ended a 12-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100. The good news? They replaced themselves at No. 1 with follow-up “I Gotta Feeling,” which went on to spend even more time on top: 14 weeks.
July 12, 2003
Clearly, it was her destiny to achieve solo stardom. Eleven years ago today, Beyonce earned her first of five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s apart from Destiny’s Child, as “Crazy in Love,” featuring her then-future-husband, Jay-Z, began an eight-week command. With Destiny’s Child, Beyonce tallied four No. 1s in 1999-2001. The trio, billed as Michelle Williams featuring Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, has topped the Hot Gospel Songs chart for two weeks running with new quasi-reunion single “Say Yes.”
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.