Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
Aug. 10, 1991
Bryan Adams‘ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” remained atop the Billboard Hot 100, racking a seven-week reign in all. His summer smash from the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves went on to become not only Billboard‘s No. 1 song of the summer of 1991, but the top title of the entire year.
Aug. 11, 1984
Back then, he used a landline. Not ideal when facing a ghostly emergency. In any case, on this date 31 years ago, Ray Parker, Jr.‘s “Ghostbusters” made No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 its haunt for the first of three weeks.
Aug. 12, 1989
Richard Marx‘s “Right Here Waiting” began a three-week command of the Billboard Hot 100. Last year, Marx celebrated his highest Billboard 200 rank in 20 years, when his latest album, Beautiful Goodbye, debuted at No. 39.
Aug. 13, 1977
Beyond the Bee Gees‘ late ’70s chart success, brother Andy Gibb achieved his own stardom. Thirty-eight years ago today, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” spent its third of four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.
Aug. 14, 1993
Mariah Carey‘s “Dreamlover,” the lead single from her third studio album, Music Box, blasted onto Billboard‘s Pop Songs airplay chart at No. 12 (as it surged 40-13 on the Billboard Hot 100). The breezy summer smash still holds the record for the highest Pop Songs debut in the chart’s now-22-year-history … although Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” tied the mark with its No. 12 bow (Sept. 6, 2014).
Aug. 15, 1964
Iconic crooner Dean Martin notched his sole No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit with “Everybody Loves Somebody.” The song proved that middle-of-the-road music could still reign after Beatlemania had begun changing the course of pop earlier that year. “Everybody,” in fact, dethroned the Fab Four’s fifth No. 1, “A Hard Day’s Night.”
Aug. 16, 2003
On Madonna‘s birthday, Billboard premiered the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. Rihanna leads with 11 No. 1s on the tally, followed by Calvin Harris (eight), David Guetta and Madonna (seven each). The first topper? Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” featuring Jay Z.