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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1983, Michael Jackson Thrilled Again With ‘Beat It’

The King of Pop reigned quickly after previously leading with "Billie Jean." Plus, remembering feats by Kris Kross, Blondie & Sean Paul.

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

April 24, 1961
Going to back to the early roots of rock, Del Shannon‘s classic “Runaway” began a four-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100, fueled in part by its memorable Musitron instrumental bridge. Elvis Presley, the Beatles and the Beach Boys are among the acts that have covered the song, as has supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, which included Beatle George Harrison and Tom Petty … who himself name-checks “Runaway” in his 1989 hit “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”

April 25, 1992
Rap duo Kris Kross kicked off its eight-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Jump.”

April 26, 2014
Three years ago today: Jason Derulo topped the Pop Songs chart with “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz.

April 27, 1963
Little Peggy March began a three-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 with “To Know Him Is to Love Him.” She was 15 years and one month old when the song reached the summit, making her the youngest female to ever notch a Hot 100 No. 1. “I am surprised that the record still stands,” March has marveled to Billboard. “A lot of singers in the ’60s were teenagers; I was just the youngest. I imagine that one day my record will be broken, and I will hand over the crown. I would love to be a part of the celebration when and if it happens.”

April 28, 1979
Blondie‘s debut Billboard Hot 100 entry “Heart of Glass” became it first No. 1. The group would later lead with “Call Me,” “The Tide Is High” and “Rapture.”

April 29, 2006
Rising “Temperature”: Sean Paul scored his third of four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s. He’d return to the top more than 10 years later, as featured on Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” last year.

April 30, 1983
A week after Dexy’s Midnight Runners ended Michael Jackson‘s seven-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Billie Jean,” the King of Pop returned to the throne with next Thriller single “Beat It,” which would lead for three weeks.

This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1983, Michael Jackson Began His Longest Hot 100 Reign With ‘Billie Jean’

The King of Pop scored his longest-leading of 13 Hot 100 No. 1s, the most among solo men. Plus, remembering chart feats by Baauer, Adele & Debbie Gibson.

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

Feb. 29, 1992

One of the most acclaimed albums of '90s pop/alternative, Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend, enters the Billboard 200 at No. 190. It goes on to peak at a modest No. 100, but generated the No. 4-peaking title cut on Alternative Songs (as well as the singles "Divine Intervention" and "I've Been Waiting") and has sold 612,000 to date, according to Nielsen Music.

March 1, 2003

After leading with the uptempo No. 1s "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi," Avril Lavigne proved her way with a ballad, too: "I'm With You" spent its fourth and final week atop the Pop Songs chart.

March 2, 2013

Three years ago today, Baauer blasted in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with EDM/trap track "Harlem Shake. He had produced the song in his bedroom studio on Feb. 5, 2013, not expecting the onslaught of fan-made viral videos that would follow. "It's literally unbelievable," Baauer said upon the song's coronation. "It's amazing to have this track recognized by the world."

March 3, 2012

Adele's aptly-titled 21 collects a 21st week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, passing Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard to become the longest-leading album by a female artist. 21 went on to total 24 weeks on top.

March 4, 1989

Debbie Gibson soared to her second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as ballad "Lost in Your Eyes" lifted 2-1. "Obviously, dance songs can stand the test of time, but nothing penetrates and spans all age groups, all ethnicities or all genders like a ballad," Gibson told Billboard in 2014 upon the 25th anniversary of the release of parent album Electric Youth. "One of my favorite things, to this day, is that many people come up to me and tell me that they learned how to play the piano from that song and from that sheet music, which is such an honor to me."

March 5, 1983

Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," from Thriller, began its seven-week command of the Billboard Hot 100, marking his longest reign of 13 No. 1s. (He also made four trips to the summit with the Jackson 5.) His 13 leaders remain the most among solo males in the chart's history.

March 6, 1965

An all-time pop/R&B classic reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100: the Temptations' "My Girl."

This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1983, Michael Jackson Moonwalked to No. 1

The King of Pop began a seven-week reign on the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Baauer, Britney Spears and 50 Cent.

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

March 2, 2013
Two years ago today, Baauer blasted in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with EDM/trap track "Harlem Shake. He had produced the song in his bedroom studio on Feb. 5, not expecting the onslaught of fan-made viral videos that would follow. "It's literally unbelievable," Baauer said upon the song's coronation. "It's amazing to have this track recognized by the world."

March 3, 2012
Adele's aptly-titled 21 collects a 21st week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, passing Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard to become the longest-leading album by a female artist. 21 goes on to total 24 weeks on top.
 

March 4, 1989
Debbie Gibson soared to her second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as ballad "Lost in Your Eyes" lifted 2-1. "Obviously, dance songs can stand the test of time, but nothing penetrates and spans all age groups, all ethnicities or all genders like a ballad," Gibson told Billboard last year upon the 25th anniversary of the release of parent album Electric Youth. "One of my favorite things, to this day, is that many people come up to me and tell me that they learned how to play the piano from that song and from that sheet music, which is such an honor to me."
 

March 5, 1983
Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" began its seven-week command of the Billboard Hot 100, marking his longest reign of 13 No. 1s (matched in 1991 by "Black or White"). (He also made four trips to the summit with the Jackson 5.) His 13 leaders remain the most among solo males in the chart's history.

March 6, 1965
An all-time classic reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on this date 50 years ago: the Temptations' "My Girl."
 

March 7, 2009
Britney Spears scored her fifth Pop Songs No. 1, as "Circus" jumped 3-1.

March 8, 2003
50 Cent began a nine-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 with "In Da Club."