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This Week In Billboard Chart History: Hootie & The Blowfish Enjoy ‘View’ From The Top

This week in 1995, the Darius Rucker-fronted band ruled the Billboard 200. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Irene Cara, Gretchen Wilson and the Beatles.

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

May 26, 1984
Give it up for Deniece Williams! And, let’s hear it for the boy, too. Her smash reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 30 years ago today.

May 27, 1995
Nowadays, Darius Rucker is racking up No. 1 country hits like “Wagon Wheel.” Nineteen years ago, he was also tops with Hootie & the Blowfish. On this date in 1995, the act’s breakthrough album “Cracked Rear View,” featuring the monster hits “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry,” “Only Wanna Be With You” and “Time,” spent its first of eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

May 28, 1983
Irene Cara‘s ’80s classic “Flashdance… What a Feeling” began a six-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

May 29, 2004
Ten years ago today, Gretchen Wilson climbed to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, for the first of five weeks on top, with the Southern pride anthem “Redneck Woman.”

May 30, 1964
A flashback 50 years to the Fab Four’s pure-pop days: the Beatles scored their fourth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with the bouncy, fun “Love Me Do.”

May 31, 1980
Lipps, Inc. mixed music with real estate advice to great effect. On this date 34 years ago, the disco act began a four-week residence atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Funkytown.”

June 1, 2013
A year ago today, Demi Lovato spent a week on the Billboard Hot 100 with then-“Demi” album cut “Really Don’t Care,” featuring Cher Lloyd. Now, the song is the newly-released fourth single from the set, following “Heart Attack,” which reached No. 10, “Made in the USA” and “Neon Lights.”