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This Week in Billboard Chart History: Huey Lewis’ ‘Power’ Played at No. 1

In 1985, the "Back to the Future" theme topped the Hit 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Seal, Katy Perry, the Bee Gees & Suzanne Vega.

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

Aug. 24, 1985
Let’s go Back to the Future: Huey Lewis & the News topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Power of Love,” their theme from the Michael J. Fox time-travel blockbuster.

Aug. 25, 2001
The appeal of the King of Pop knows no boundaries: Alien Ant Farm‘s amped-up cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” (originally a No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 pop hit in 1989) began a four-week rule on Alternative Songs.

Aug. 26, 1995
Batman Forever spurred Seal‘s sole Billboard Hot 100 No. 1: “Kiss From a Rose” led the list 20 years ago today.


Aug. 27, 2011
Katy Perry scores an historic fifth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” from her album Teenage Dream. The set joins Michael Jackson’s Bad (1987-88) as the only sets to generate five Hot 100 No. 1s each. Perry’s album also just passed 3 million in U.S. sales to date.

Aug. 28, 1976
Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart begins as a national weekly survey, capped initially by the Bee Gees‘ “You Should Be Dancing.” Certainly an appropriate title to lead the first list.

Aug. 29, 1987
Suzanne Vega‘s subject matter of child abuse, disguised behind an infectious melody and warm, folk-rock production, gave her a somewhat unlikely hit. Her “Luka” spent its third week in the Billboard Hot 100’s top five, ranking at No. 4.

Aug. 30, 1997
After Diddy (then Puff Daddy) and Faith Evans’ ode to slain rapper the Notorious B.I.G., “I’ll Be Missing You,” led the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks, Biggie himself took over atop the list posthumously. His “Mo Money Mo Problems,” featuring Diddy and Mase, began a two-week reign.