This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1995, We Got to ‘Know’ Alanis Morissette
"You Oughta Know" became Morissette's first No. 1. Plus, remembering feats by Miley Cyrus, Billy Joel & UB40.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
July 18, 2009
Miley Cyrus‘ “The Climb” completed its climb to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart. The song marked her first AC hit after she’d made her mark with younger fans familiar with her Disney acting roles.
July 19, 1980
Billy Joel‘s 13th Billboard Hot 100 hit was a lucky one: “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” became his first No. 1. He’d reign again with “Tell Her About It” in 1983 and his musical history lesson “We Didn’t Start the Fire” in 1989.
July 20, 1991
July 21, 1990
Glenn Medeiros ruled the Billboard Hot 100 with “She Ain’t Worth It,” featuring Bobby Brown (2-1). Three years earlier, Medeiros had arrived with his No. 12-peaking debut, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You.” Brown earned his second of two No. 1s, following 1989’s “My Prerogative.”
July 22, 1995
Alanis Morissette scores her first Billboard No. 1, as her debut U.S. smash “You Oughta Know” tops the Alternative Songs chart. “When I was writing it, it was so subconscious. I wasn’t aware of what was coming out of me,” the then-21-year-old told Billboard shortly before the first single from her debut Maverick/Reprise album, Jagged Little Pill, topped the tally. “I’d go into the booth … and sing. I’d listen the next day and not really remember it.”
July 23, 1988
After reaching the top five, but not No. 1, with each of his first three singles – “Don’t Mean Nothing,” “Should’ve Known Better” and “Endless Summer Nights” – Richard Marx crowned the Billboard Hot 100 at last with power ballad “Hold On to the Nights,” the fourth and final release from his self-titled debut album.
July 24, 1993
UB40 sends its reggae-spiced cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, from the Sharon Stone movie Sliver, would reign for seven weeks.