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This Week In Billboard Chart History: Christina Aguilera Tops Pop Songs With ‘Beautiful’ & More

Eleven years ago this week, Aguilera reigned with her signature ballad. Plus, a look back at major moves by Green Day, Usher and Garth Brooks.

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

Jan. 6, 1973
Forty-one years ago today, Carly Simon tops the Billboard Hot 100 with her signature No. 1, “You’re So Vain.”

Jan. 7, 1995
Green Day crowns the Alternative Songs chart for a third time with “When I Come Around.” The trio has added six more No. 1s since.

Jan. 8, 1944
Happy 70th birthday, Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart! The first incarnation of the tally, then known as “Most Played Juke Box Folk Records,” was topped by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters’ “Pistol Packin’ Mama.”

Jan. 9, 1988
Whitney Houston notches her sixth of a record seven consecutive Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as “So Emotional” rises 2-1.

Jan. 10, 1998
Usher spends his first week at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with “My Way.” To date, his five leaders on the list have reigned for a cumulative 25 weeks.

Jan. 11, 2003
Christina Aguilera begins a four-week reign on the Pop Songs chart with her empowerment anthem “Beautiful.”


Jan. 12, 1991
Garth Brooks takes over atop Hot Country Songs with his plaintive ballad “Unanswered Prayers.” All four singles from parent album “No Fences” topped the tally.