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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1988, Rick Astley Rolled to No. 1

Twenty-seven years ago, "Never Gonna Give You Up" topped the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Janet Jackson, New Kids on the Block and Carrie Underwood.

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

March 9, 1985
Slow dance time: Rockers REO Speedwagon began a three-week command of the Billboard Hot 100, 30 years ago today, with their love song “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”

March 10, 1990
On this date 25 years ago, Janet Jackson scored her sixth of 15 career No. 1s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as “Escapade” ascended 2-1 (and held atop the Billboard Hot 100). Since she first reigned with “What Have You Done for Me Lately” on the March 22, 1986, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, her 15 leaders are the most among all acts. Usher follows with 13 in that span.

March 11, 2000
Fifteen years ago, Lonestar became the first act to lead the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs charts simultaneously with different songs: “Amazed” crowned the Hot 100 for a second week and “Smile” rose to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs.


March 12, 1988
We’re rick-rolling you … but we’re also giving you advance notice! Rick Astley topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his debut U.S. single, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Astley would follow with his second leader, “Together Forever,” in June 1988 and add three more top 10s through 1991. He maintains an active touring schedule, having played numerous shows in South America, Australia and Japan last year.

March 13, 1976
The 4 Seasons top the Billboard Hot 100 with “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” In 1994, a remixed version of the song rose to No. 14.

March 14, 1992
After blasting to nine consecutive top 10s in 1988-90, New Kids on the Block-mania had lessened (amid the rise of rap and grunge) and the Boston boy band hadn’t released a new album in two years. Out to reignite its image, the group rebranded as NKOTB and offered ballad “If You Go Away.” Twenty-three years ago today, it soared to its No. 16 peak from No. 36. In 2008, The Block, the quintet’s first album since 1994, made a triumphant No. 2 bow and peak on the Billboard 200. 10 followed with a No. 6 peak in 2011.

March 15, 2008
Now, she’s a new mom. Seven years ago, Carrie Underwood led Hot Country Songs with “All-American Girl,” her fifth of 14 career No. 1s to date.