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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1989, Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ Hit No. 1

Twenty-six years ago, the iconic set crowned the Billboard 200. Plus, remembering chart feats by USA for Africa, Whitney Houston and Rihanna.

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

April 20, 1985
The all-star charity effort “We Are the World” by USA for Africa reaches No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart. How many participating artists can you remember from the song?

April 21, 2007
Timbaland scores his first and only (so far) Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 as a lead artist, as “Give It to Me,” featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake, hits the top spot. Timbaland had guested on Furtado’s leader “Promiscuous” the year before.

April 22, 1989
Madonna‘s Like a Prayer ascends to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. The set spawned smashes in the title cut (a No. 1 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100), “Express Yourself,” “Cherish” (both reaching No. 2), “Oh Father” (No. 20) and “Keep It Together” (No. 8).


April 23, 1988
As “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” reaches the apex, Whitney Houston links her record seventh consecutive Billboard Hot 100 No. 1.

April 24, 2010
Five years ago today, Rihanna‘s “Rude Boy” spends its fifth and final week atop the Billboard Hot 100.

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

April 26, 2008
Fueled by the monster hit “Bleeding Love” (written by Jesse McCartney and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder), Leona Lewis‘ album Spirit debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.