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This Week in Billboard Chart History: Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ Begins 12-Week Hot 100 Reign

This week in 2002, the rap god began his longest chart rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Roxette and the Beach Boys.

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

Nov. 3, 2001
Nine years after her first appearance, Mary J. Blige celebrates her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as “Family Affair” begins a six-week command.

Nov. 4, 1989
After leading earlier in the year with debut hit “The Look,” Roxette returned to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Listen to Your Heart.” What was historically significant about the song? It was the first No. 1 available only as a cassette single, not on a 45-RPM vinyl single.

Nov. 5, 1988
After having not led the Billboard Hot 100 since 1966 with “Good Vibrations,” the Beach Boys returned to No. 1 with “Kokomo,” from the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise hit Cocktail.


Nov. 6, 1993
We still don’t really know what “that” is, do we? Not that it ever mattered: on this date 21 years ago, Meat Loaf dug in for his first of five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”

Nov. 7, 2009
Five years ago today, Owl City‘s debut hit “Fireflies” lights up the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks at No. 1.

Nov. 8, 1969
A busy week on the Billboard Hot 100 dated 45 years ago today: the 5th Dimension hit No. 1 with “Wedding Bell Blues”; Peter, Paul & Mary‘s John Denver-penned “Leaving on a Jet Plane” flew into the top 40 (57-39) and Diana Ross & the Supremes‘ farewell single “Someday We’ll Be Together” debuted at No. 50.

Nov. 9, 2002
Eminem begins his longest stay atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “Lose Yourself” logs its first of 12 weeks at the summit.