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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1990, Madonna ‘Vogue’-d to No. 1

The Queen of Pop began a three-week Hot 100 reign. Plus, remembering chart feats by U2, R.E.M. & Adele.

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

May 16, 1992
U2 scored its fifth of six Billboard Hot 100 top 10s, as “One” rose 12-10. The song became the second top 10 from the band’s 1991 album Achtung Baby; “Mysterious Ways” had hit No. 9 in January 1992.

May 17, 2008
Madonna earned her seventh of eight No. 1s on the Billboard 200 with the chart-topping launch of Hard Candy. The set yielded the No. 3 Billboard Hot 100 hit “4 Minutes,” featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.

May 18, 1991
Powered by the biggest hit of the group’s career, “Losing My Religion,” which rose to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, R.E.M. landed its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, Out of Time.


May 19, 1990
More Madonna: She’d been inspired by dancer/choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem “House Ball” community, who introduced “vogue”-ing to her at the New York club Sound Factory. Twenty-six years ago today, her song “Vogue,” with its iconic back-and-white video, struck a pose atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of three weeks.

May 20, 1989
Before serving as a judge on American Idol and X Factor, Paula Abdul was center stage herself on the Billboard Hot 100. On this date 27 years ago, the title cut from her debut album Forever Your Girl spent its first of two weeks at No. 1.

May 21, 2011
Five years ago: Adele began the chart-topping reign that would net her the top song of the 2011 chart year, as “Rolling in the Deep” spent its first of seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.

May 22, 2004
The bad news: Usher fell from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 after 12 weeks with “Yeah,” featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris. The good news: he replaced himself at the summit with follow-up “Burn,” which would rule for eight weeks.