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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1990, It Was Mariah Carey’s ‘Time’ to Shine Again

This week in 1990, "Love Takes Time" led the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Rod Stewart and Ginuwine.

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

Nov. 10, 1990
Mariah Carey scored her second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with ballad “Love Takes Time.” She’d debuted with her first leader, “Vision of Love.”

Nov. 11, 1989
John Waite topped the Billboard Hot 100 in yet another iteration: as lead singer of Bad English, with “When I See You Smile.” Five years earlier, he’d led as a soloist with “Missing You.” He’d first charted in the ’70s with The Babys.

Nov. 12, 2011
Rihanna begins her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, spends its first of 10 weeks at No. 1.


Nov. 13, 1976
Thirty-eight years ago today, Rod Stewart crowned the Billboard Hot 100 with his love song “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright).” The track would lead the list for eight weeks.

Nov. 14, 1992
The Heights‘ “How Do You Talk to an Angel” ascended to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The theme from the Fox TV series outlasted the show: by the time the song reigned, The Heights had been cancelled. (Thankfully, the melodic song lives on.)

Nov. 15, 1958
Conway Twitty topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “It’s Only Make Believe.” While he’d tally two more pop Hot 100 top 10s in 1959-60, he went on to country superstardom, collecting 40 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs (the most among all acts until George Strait, now with 44, passed him in 2006).

Nov. 16, 1996
Ginuwine trotted to the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with the cheeky “Pony.” A week later, the song reached its Billboard Hot 100 peak of No. 6.