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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1988, Guns N’ Roses Quenched Its ‘Appetite’ for ‘Sweet’ Success

"Sweet Child O' Mine" rocked to No. 1. Plus, remembering feats by Peter Cetera, Los Del Rio & Ricky Nelson.

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

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, 1986
Thirty years ago: Peter Cetera‘s first solo single after leaving Chicago kicks to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100: ballad “Glory of Love,” from The Karate Kid Part II, spends its first of two weeks on top. Notably, Chicago was inducted at last into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, but Cetera did not attend, due to a reported impasse with the band about what it would perform.

Aug. 3, 1996
Still remember the moves? Twenty years ago today, Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” Hot 100 began a whopping 14-week command of the Billboard Hot 100, eventually earning the honor of the top single of all of 1996. In honor of the song’s two-decade anniversary, Cuba’s Gente de Zona has released a new version … featuring Los Del Rio.


Aug. 4, 1958
Happy 58th birthday, Billboard Hot 100! The U.S. songs chart of record launched, ranking – as it does today – the most popular hits nationwide each week. Ricky Nelson‘s “Poor Little Fool” was the chart’s first No. 1 song.

Aug. 5, 2000
Following four career-opening top 10s (billed as by matchbox 20), matchbox twenty topped the Pop Songs airplay chart with “Bent.” The group has earned seven top 10s on the chart, while frontman Rob Thomas has added two as a soloist.

Aug. 6, 1988
Spurred by the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses rocked to the top of the Billboard 200 in its 50th week with its classic breakthrough, Appetite for Destruction.

Aug. 7, 2004
Ashlee Simpson‘s Autobiography bowed atop the Billboard 200. Take that, sis: Jessica Simpson has peaked at a high of “only” No. 2 on the chart, with In This Skin, also in 2004. Ashlee returned to the top with I Am Me in 2005.