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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1967, The Beatles’ Summer of ‘Love’ Anthem Led the Hot 100

Fifty years ago, "All You Need Is Love" ascended to No. 1.

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

Aug. 14, 1965
With one of the rock era’s sing-along favorites (just find a duet partner …), Sonny & Cher reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Got You Babe.”

Aug. 15, 1992
Boyz II Men made their first of five trips to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, all in the ’90s, as “End of the Road” began a whopping 13-week command. At the time, the reign was the longest in the Hot 100’s history; Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” would pass it with a 14-week command beginning later in 1992.


Aug. 16, 1986
Madonna got herself a present on her 28th birthday: her fourth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as “Papa Don’t Preach” rose 2-1. She has since upped her total to 12 career Hot 100 leaders.

Aug. 17, 2002
The bad news for Nelly: his “Hot in Herre” fell from No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after seven weeks. The good news for Nelly: his follow-up “Dilemma,” featuring Kelly Rowland, took over for the first of 10 weeks at No. 1.

Aug. 18, 1979
After leading the Billboard Hot 100 with “Le Freak” for six weeks beginning in December 1978, Chic danced to its second No. 1: “Good Times.”

Aug. 19, 1967
Fifty years ago: The Summer of Love’s quintessential theme song, The Beatles‘ “All You Need Is Love,” topped the Billboard Hot 100.

Aug. 20, 2011
Lady Antebellum‘s sweet ballad “Just a Kiss” became the trio’s fifth of six No. 1s on the Hot Country Songs chart.