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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2000, Christina Aguilera Was the ‘Girl’ at No. 1 on the Hot 100

"What a Girl Wants" became the first song to rise to No. 1 in the 2000s. Plus, remembering feats by Whitney Houston, Usher & Garth Brooks.

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

Jan. 9, 1988
Whitney Houston notched her sixth of a record seven consecutive Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as “So Emotional” rose 2-1.

Jan. 10, 1998
Usher spent his first week at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with My Way. To date, his five leaders on the list have reigned for a cumulative 25 weeks.

Jan. 11, 2003
Christina Aguilera began a four-week reign on the Pop Songs chart with her empowerment anthem “Beautiful.”


Jan. 12, 1991
Garth Brooks took over atop Hot Country Songs with his plaintive ballad “Unanswered Prayers.” All four singles from parent album No Fences topped the tally; “Prayers” followed “Friends in Low Places.” “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House” and “The Thunder Rolls” would become the set’s third and fourth leaders, respectively.

Jan. 13, 1990
We were all a part of it: Janet Jackson‘s “Rhythm Nation” conquered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Jan. 14, 1989
Bobby Brown hit heights that he didn’t as part of New Edition: his solo smash “My Prerogative” topped the Billboard Hot 100. In 1990, he’d add a second No. 1 apart from the group as featured on Glenn Medeiros’ “She Ain’t Worth It.” Meanwhile, Britney Spears would take her cover of “My Prerogative” to No. 22 on the Pop Songs chart in 2004.

Jan. 15, 2000
More Xtina x-cellence: The first song to ascend to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 2000s? Seventeen years ago today, Christina Aguilera earned the honor with “What a Girl Wants.”

This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2000, Christina Aguilera Tops Hot 100

This week 14 years ago, Aguilera landed her third No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for UB40, Creed and T.I.

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

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 ruled.

Oct. 14, 1989
Motley Crue rocked its only Billboard 200 No. 1 25 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
Fifteen years ago today, 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, 1964
A milestone flashback: 50 years ago today, a classic party song topped the Billboard Hot 100, as Manfred Mann (named for its keyboardist) sent its ode to that girl just walkin' down the street, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," to No. 1. In 1977, Mann, then heading up Manfred Mann's Earth Band, led again with the Bruce Springsteen-penned "Blinded by the Light."

Oct. 18, 2008
T.I. tallied his third Billboard 200 No. 1, as Paper Trail launched at the top spot. The set produced 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.

Oct. 19, 1991
Martika is surely best remembered for her 1989 No. 1 "Toy Soldiers," but two years later she added another top 10, "Love…Thy Will Be Done," which reached its No. 10 peak in this date 23 years ago. Its co-writer? Prince, who ranked one spot below that week with his own "Cream"; the latter song would top the Hot 100 three weeks later.