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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1998, Celine Dion Sailed to No. 1

"My Heart Will Go On," from "Titanic," debuted at the Hot 100's summit 17 years ago. Plus, remembering chart feats by Madonna, George Michael and Avril Lavigne.

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

Feb. 23, 1980
Queen notched its two Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s in 1980. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” reached the summit on this date that year, while “Another One Bites the Dust” followed that October.

Feb. 24, 1973
Roberta Flack crowned the Billboard Hot 100 with “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” The Fugees’ cover reigned over R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for five weeks in 1996.


Feb. 25, 1995
What’s Madonna‘s longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1? Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not any of her signature ’80s songs like “Like a Virgin” or “Material Girl” (the latter of which peaked at No. 2). Nope, it’s ballad “Take a Bow,” which began its seven-week command 20 years ago today.

Feb. 26, 2011
Making a fitting grand entrance at No. 1, Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” became the Billboard Hot 100’s landmark 1,000th No. 1. The same historic week, the Glee cast passed Elvis Presley for the most Hot 100 chart hits. To date, the Fox TV troupe (which has four episodes left in the series’ run) has charted a record 207 entries.

Feb. 26, 1983
Michael Jackson’s mega-selling Thriller topped the Billboard 200 for the first time on Feb. 26, 1983. It would lead for 37 nonconsecutive weeks, second-most among all albums and the most by a singular artist’s album.

Feb. 27, 1988
George Michael began presiding over the Billboard Hot 100 with his gospel-tinged “Father Figure,” the second of four No. 1s he tallied from his debut solo album Faith.

Feb. 28, 1998
Seventeen years ago today, amid buzz for the film Titanic, Celine Dion‘s love ballad from the movie “My Heart Will Go On” roared onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 for the first of its two weeks on top.

March 1, 2003
After leading with the uptempo No. 1s “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi,” Avril Lavigne proved her way with a ballad, too: “I’m With You” spent its fourth and final week atop the Pop Songs chart.