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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Madonna’s ‘Justify My Love’ Hit No. 1

Madonna scored her ninth Hot 100 leader 24 years ago. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Green Day, Usher and Christina Aguilera.

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

Jan. 5, 1991
MTV famously refused to air the song’s racy video, but that didn’t hurt its popularity. In fact, it fueled its fire. On this date 24 years ago, “Justify My Love” became Madonna‘s ninth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 (of 12 total).

Jan. 6, 1973
Carly Simon tops the Billboard Hot 100 with her signature No. 1, “You’re So Vain.”

Jan. 7, 1995
Twenty years ago today, Green Day crowns the Alternative Songs chart for a third time with “When I Come Around.” The trio has added six more No. 1s since.

Jan. 8, 1944
Happy 71st birthday, earliest origins of Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart! The first incarnation of the tally, then known as “Most Played Juke Box Folk Records,” was topped by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters‘ “Pistol Packin’ Mama.”

Jan. 9, 1988
Whitney Houston notches her sixth of a record seven consecutive Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as “So Emotional” rises 2-1.

Jan. 10, 1998
Usher spends his first week at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with My Way. To date, his five leaders on the list have reigned for a cumulative 25 weeks.

Jan. 11, 2003
Christina Aguilera begins a four-week reign on the Pop Songs chart with her empowerment anthem “Beautiful.”