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This Week in Billboard Chart History: Five Years Ago, P!nk Raised Her ‘Glass’ to No. 1

In 2010, she scored her third of four Hot 100 leaders. Plus, remembering chart feats by Billy Joel, George Michael & Beyonce.

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

Dec. 7, 1991

Michael Jackson scores his 12th of 13 career Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as “Black or White” reaches the top in just its third week on the chart.

Dec. 8, 1990

Best known for uptempo freestyle classics like “Spring Love” and “I Wanna Be the One,” Stevie B notched his lone Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with the ballad “Because I Love You (The Postman Song).” The cut would leave its stamp at the summit for four weeks.

Dec. 9, 1989

Billy Joel provided a musical history lesson (literally, as the song made its way to classroom lesson plans) with “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” The rapid-fire lyrics helped the single became his third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1.

Dec. 10, 1994


TLC began its longest command of Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as “Creep” crept to No. 1 for its first of nine weeks on top. The act scored two other No. 1 stays: for two weeks in 1992 with “Baby-Baby-Baby” and five frames in 1999 with “No Scrubs.”

Dec. 11, 2010

Five years ago today, P!nk was the toast of the Billboard Hot 100, as her “Raise Your Glass” rose to No. 1.

Dec. 12, 1987

George Michael began a four-week command atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Faith.” The song went on to become Billboard‘s top hit of all of 1988.

Dec. 13, 2008

It’s been seven years since Beyonce coined her phrase aimed at pushing guys’ cold feet toward the altar. On this date in 2008, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” spent its first of four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.