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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Mariah Carey ‘Emotions’ Ran High on the Hot 100

Twenty-four years ago, Carey scored her record fifth career-launching leader. Plus, remembering chart feats by Christina Aguilera, Motley Crue & Creed.

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

Oct. 12, 1991

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 by any soloist) 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 LP, 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 26 years ago today, as Dr. Feelgood 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).

Oct. 17, 2009

Six years ago today, “Down ” was up … atop the Billboard Hot 100, as British pop singer Jay Sean (with featured act Lil Wayne) reigned with his debut U.S. single.

Oct. 18, 2008

T.I. tallied his third Billboard 200 No. 1, as Paper Trail launched at the top spot. The set yielded the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life” (featuring Rihanna), the latter of which began a six-week Hot 100 rule the same day.