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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1969, Neil Diamond Enjoyed ‘Sweet’ Success

Forty-six years ago, "Sweet Caroline" became a top 10 smash. Plus, remembering chart feats by 'N Sync, Eminem & the Buggles.

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

July 27, 2013
Two years ago today, Jay Z debuts atop the Billboard 200 with Magna Carta… Holy Grail, marking his 13th No. 1 – the most among solo acts and second-most overall after the Beatles (19). The same week, the set’s lead single, “Holy Grail,” with Justin Timberlake, blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 8. It would peak at No. 4.

July 28, 2007
Plain White T’s strummed their way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their sing-along ballad “Hey There Delilah.”


July 29, 2000
Before there were One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer, there were boy bands like Backstreet Boys and … ‘N Sync. Fifteen years ago today, the latter act – Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass – began a two-week stay at the Billboard Hot 100 summit with “It’s Gonna Be Me.” On Aug. 25, 2013, the quintet regrouped for a one-off performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

July 30, 1988
After making his name in the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, Steve Winwood had forged a successful solo run on the Billboard Hot 100 beginning in 1981 with the No. 7-peaking “While You See a Chance.” After reigning for a week in 1986 with “Higher Love,” he returned to No. 1 on this date in 1988, as the Motown-flavored “Roll With It” began a four-week command.

July 31, 2010
Five years ago today, Eminem‘s “Love the Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna, ascends to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it reigns for seven weeks.

Aug. 1, 1981
The day that MTV premiered, airing as its first video the thankfully-not-prophetic “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles. The song had been only a modest Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1979, reaching No. 40.

Aug. 2, 1969
These days it sounds so good! so good! so good! When played during the seventh-inning stretch during Red Sox games at Boston’s Fenway Park. On this date 46 years ago, Neil Diamond‘s “Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)” reached the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10, climbing 13-7 on its way to a No. 4 peak.