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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1987, Belinda Carlisle’s ‘Place’ Was at No. 1

The solo Go-Go reigned at last with the pop gem "Heaven Is a Place on Earth." Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Elvis Presley and Pearl Jam.

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

Dec. 1, 2012
A shining star: Two years ago today, Rihanna collected her 12th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with “Diamonds.”

Dec. 2, 1995
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men begin the longest reign in the 56-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, as “One Sweet Day” spends its first of 16 weeks (or, 112 sweet days) atop the tally.

Dec. 3, 1977
Just weeks after his death, Elvis Presley posts his 79th, and second-to-last of his record 80, top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit, as “My Way” rises 48-38 on its way to a No. 22 peak. (In 1981, a rereleased “Guitar Man” reached No. 28; it had first risen to No. 43 in 1968.)

Dec. 4, 1993
Pearl Jam notched its first Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1, as “Daughter” spent its first of eight weeks at the chart’s summit.

Dec. 5, 1987
After tallying five top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits with the Go-Go’s and the No. 3 solo smash “Mad About You,” Belinda Carlisle ascended to No. 1 at last with “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.” “I’m very proud of the success I’ve had, both with the band and as a solo artist,” Carlisle told Billboard last year. “It’s pretty surreal for a Valley Girl to go from working as a secretary to hitting the top of the Billboard charts within a three-year period, so it definitely meant a lot to me at the time. It still makes me smile to think about it now.”


Dec. 6, 1969
Long before it became a derisive stadium chant aimed at losing visiting teams, Steam‘s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” became champion of the Billboard Hot 100. The song started a two-week rule 45 years ago today.

Dec. 7, 1991
Michael Jackson scores his 12th of 13 career Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as “Black or White” reaches the top in just its third week on the chart.