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.”