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This Week in Billboard Chart History: Five Years Ago, Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Marked a Milestone at No. 1

In 2011, the song became the Hot 100's 1,000th leader. Plus, remembering chart feats by the Spice Girls, Queen & George Michael.

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

Feb. 22, 1997

The Spice Girls dashed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut pop culture smash “Wannabe.” While they’re likely best known for the bubbly track, they followed with six more consecutive top 20 hits over the next two years.

Feb. 23, 1980

Queen scored both of its Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s in 1980: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” reached the summit on this date, while “Another One Bites the Dust” followed in October.

Feb. 24, 1973

Roberta Flack crowned the Billboard Hot 100 with “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” The Fugees’ cover reigned over R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for five weeks in 1996.


Feb. 25, 1989

Singer/actor Dwight Yoakam notched his second of two No. 1s on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart with “I Sang Dixie.” He’d first led with prior single “Streets of Bakersfield” (with Buck Owens). Among films in which Yoakam has scored roles: Sling Blade, Panic Room and Wedding Crashers.

Feb. 26, 2011

Making a fitting grand entrance at No. 1, Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” became the Billboard Hot 100’s landmark 1,000th No. 1. The song arrived as the title cut to her second full-length studio album, which she had touted ahead of its release as the “greatest album of this decade.” The set yielded four Hot 100 top 10s (and two other top 40 hits) and has sold 2.4 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Music.

Feb. 27, 1988

George Michael began presiding over the Billboard Hot 100 with his gospel-tinged “Father Figure,” the second of four No. 1s he tallied from his debut solo album Faith.

Feb. 28, 1998

Amid buzz for the blockbuster Titanic, Celine Dion‘s love ballad from the movie “My Heart Will Go On” roared onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 for the first of its two weeks on top.