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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1989, Roxette’s ‘Listen’ Was Heard at No. 1

Twenty-six years ago, the Swedish pop duo scored its second Hot 100 topper – and made history. Plus, remembering chart feats by Mary J. Blige, the Beach Boys & Meat Loaf.

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

Nov. 2, 1996

Duncan Sheik‘s ode to oxygen deprivation made for a memorable debut. Nineteen years ago this week, “Barely Breathing” reached the top of the Adult Alternative Songs chart.

Nov. 3, 2001

Nine years after her first appearance, Mary J. Blige celebrates her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as “Family Affair” begins a six-week command.

Nov. 4, 1989

After leading earlier in the year with debut hit “The Look,” Roxette returned to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Listen to Your Heart.” What was historically significant about the song? It was the first No. 1 available only as a cassette single, not on a 45-RPM vinyl single. In 2005, “Listen” returned to the top 10 (reaching No. 8), as a remake by D.H.T.


Nov. 5, 1988

After having not led the Billboard Hot 100 since 1966 with “Good Vibrations,” the Beach Boys returned to No. 1 with “Kokomo,” from the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise hit Cocktail.

Nov. 6, 1993

We still don’t really know what “that” is, do we? Not that it ever mattered: on this date 22 years ago, Meat Loaf dug in for his first of five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”

Nov. 7, 2009

Six years ago today, Owl City‘s debut hit “Fireflies” lights up the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks at No. 1.

Nov. 8, 1969

A busy week on the Billboard Hot 100 dated 46 years ago today: the 5th Dimension hit No. 1 with “Wedding Bell Blues”; Peter, Paul & Mary‘s John Denver-penned “Leaving on a Plane” flew into the top 40 (57-39) and Diana Ross & the Supremes‘ farewell single “Someday We’ll Be Together” debuted at No. 50.