Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
May 11, 1991
Sweden's most famous musical duo, Roxette, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Joyride." The album from the pair (which is still together) also produced the No. 2-peaking "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" and the top 40 hits "Spending My Time" and "Church of Your Heart."
May 12, 1990
Sinead O'Connor is best known for her four-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Nothing Compares 2 U," which also led Alternative Songs for a week. But, on this date 25 years ago, the ballad's follow-up became a No. 1, too, as "The Emperor's New Clothes" topped the latter list. Two other songs made big moves on Alternative Songs that week: Depeche Mode's "Policy of Truth" vaulted 30-5 and Billy Idol's "Cradle of Love" leapt 19-10.
May 13, 2006
Rihanna reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with "SOS." Amazingly, she's added 12 more No. 1s since then, tallying the second-most leaders, 13, among women all-time. Only Mariah Carey (18) has more.
May 14, 1988
Twenty-seven years ago today, Gloria Estefan made her first trip to No. 1, as love song "Anything for You" (with Miami Sound Machine) reigned. She'd lead again with "Don't Wanna Lose You" in 1989 and "Coming Out of the Dark" in 1991.
May 15, 1993
After scoring seven Billboard Hot 100 top 10s from her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson picked up right where she left off, as "That's the Way Love Goes," the first single from janet., began an eight-week run at No. 1.
May 16, 1964
A Motown classic, Mary Wells' "My Guy," rose 3-1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She rode a string of hit singles composed by Smokey Robinson and followed "Guy," her only No. 1, with a pair of top 20 duets with Marvin Gaye.
May 17, 2008
Not a bad first impression: Colbie Caillat's debut smash "Bubbly" wraps a 19-week run at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. The reign is the longest for a female artist's first single in the chart's 54-year history.