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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Mariah Carey Wore Her ‘Emotions’ at No. 1

The song became Carey's record fifth consecutive career-opening Hot 100 leader. Plus, remembering feats by Elton John, Christina Aguilera & Creed.

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

Oct. 10, 1992
Patty Smyth‘s “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” featuring additional vocals by Don Henley, began a three-week reign on the Pop Songs chart. The ballad from the members of Scandal and the Eagles, respectively, wrapped a four-week command on the Adult Contemporary chart the same week. Now, the song is back, as Russell Watson’s version debuted on the Oct. 8 AC tally.

Oct. 11, 1997
Elton John‘s tribute to the late Princess Diana, “Candle in the Wind 1997,” backed with B-side “Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” began a 14-week domination on the Billboard Hot 100. It debuted with 3,446,000 physical singles sold and sold 1,212,000 the following week, becoming the first song to sell at least 1 million in a week since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. No song would break that barrier again for 18 years, until Adele’s “Hello” sold 1.1 million downloads (Nov. 14, 2015).

Oct. 12, 1991
Twenty-five years ago today, Mariah Carey notched her record-setting fifth consecutive career-opening Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with “Emotions.” She passed the Jackson 5, who arrived with four straight toppers in 1970. Carey tallied her first four No. 1s – of 18 to date, the most among soloists – from her self-titled debut album: “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” “Someday” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry.”


Oct. 13, 2000
Christina Aguilera collected a third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 from her self-titled debut album, as “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” reigned. “Genie in a Bottle” and “What a Girl Wants” had previously led.

Oct. 14, 1989
Motley Crue rocked its only Billboard 200 No. 1, as Dr. Feel good jumped 5-1. The set yielded the band’s two biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits (and only top 10s): the No. 6-peaking title cut and the No. 8 ballad “Without You.”

Oct. 15, 1988
This “Wine” got better with age: After tasting modest success in 1984, when the song reached No. 34, UB40‘s re-released “Red Red Wine” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song – originally a No. 62 hit for its writer, Neil Diamond – resurfaced in 1988 after then-KZZP Phoenix air talent Guy Zapoleon played it to favorable response on his “Would’ve Been, Should’ve Been” feature.

Oct. 16, 1999
Creed collected its first Billboard 200 No. 1, as Human Clay soared in at No. 1. The same week, lead single “Higher” began its three-week reign on Alternative Songs (and continued its whopping 17-week domination on Mainstream Rock Songs).