Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
Aug. 11, 1984
Back then, he used a landline. All that dialing … not ideal when facing a ghostly emergency. In any case, Ray Parker, Jr.‘s “Ghostbusters” made No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 its haunt for three weeks beginning 30 years ago today.
Aug. 12, 1989
Twenty-five years ago today, Richard Marx‘s “Right Here Waiting” began a three-week command of the Billboard Hot 100. Last month, Marx celebrated his highest Billboard 200 rank in 20 years, when his new album, Beautiful Goodbye, debuted at No. 39.
Aug. 13, 1977
Beyond the Bee Gees’ late ’70s chart success, brother Andy Gibb achieved his own stardom. Thirty-seven years ago today, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” spent its third of four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.
Aug. 14, 1965
With one of the rock era’s sing-along favorites (just find a duet partner …), Sonny & Cher reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Got You Babe.”
Aug. 15, 1992
Boyz II Men made their first of five trips to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, all in the ’90s, as “End of the Road” began a whopping 13-week command. The smooth vocal group’s 11th studio album, Collide, arrives Sept. 30.
Aug. 16, 2003
On Madonna‘s birthday, Billboard premiered the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. Rihanna leads with 11 No. 1s on the list, followed by Madonna and David Guetta (seven each). The first No. 1? Beyonce‘s “Crazy in Love,” featuring Jay Z.
Aug. 17, 2002
The bad news for Nelly: his “Hot in Herre” fell from No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after seven weeks. The good news for Nelly: his follow-up “Dilemma,” featuring Kelly Rowland, took over for the first of 10 weeks at No. 1.