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This Week In Billboard Chart History: Britney Spears Scores Her First No. 1

Fifteen years ago this week, Spears topped the Hot 100 for the first time. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Stevie Wonder, Alan Jackson and the Beatles.

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

Jan. 27, 1973
Powered by its iconic clavinet riff, Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” dances to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Jan. 28, 1995
Alan Jackson takes a country-lifestyle anthem to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart, as “Gone Country” kicks 4-1. It’s one of his 26 career toppers on the ranking.

Jan. 29, 2000
Australian pop duo Savage Garden began a four-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Knew I Loved You.” The ballad also topped Adult Contemporary for a whopping 17 weeks.

Jan. 30, 1999
Fifteen years ago today: Almost two months after 17th birthday, Britney Spears notched her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as her introductory smash, “…Baby One More Time,” reached the pinnacle.

Jan. 31, 1981
Blondie’s “The Tide Is High” was as high on the Billboard Hot 100 as possible, rising to No. 1.


Feb. 1, 1964
One of the most historic dates in Billboard Hot 100 history: The Beatles score their first No. 1, as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” rises 3-1 in just its third chart week, as Beatlemania sweeps the U.S. It’s the first of the Fab Four’s record 20 Hot 100 toppers.

Feb. 2, 2008
Six years ago today, the combination of an R&B studio wizard and a pop/rock group resulted in a No. 1 hit, as Timbaland’s “Apologize,” featuring OneRepublic, began a six-week rule on Adult Pop Songs.