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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2001, Mary J. Blige’s ‘Family Affair’ Topped the Hot 100

Having first appeared on the Hot 100 in 1992, Blige led at last. Plus, remembering feats by Shania Twain, The Beach Boys & Meat Loaf.

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

Oct. 31, 1998
Shania Twain’s ode to (or, perhaps, demand for) me-time, “Honey, I’m Home,” became her seventh, and most recent, No. 1 on Hot Country Songs. She’s set to receive the Icon Award at Billboard‘s Women in Music celebration, to be held Dec. 9 in New York City and air nationally on Lifetime Dec. 12.

Nov. 1, 2014
Iggy Azalea made it three No. 1s on Billboard‘s Pop Songs airplay chart in her first three tries, as “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, spun its way to the top. It followed “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, and Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” featuring Azalea.

Nov. 2, 1996
Duncan Sheik‘s ode to oxygen deprivation made for a memorable debut. Twenty years ago today, “Barely Breathing” reached the top of the Adult Alternative Songs chart.


Nov. 3, 2001
Nine years after her first appearance, Mary J. Blige celebrated her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as “Family Affair” began a six-week command.

Nov. 4, 1989
After leading earlier in the year with debut hit “The Look,” Roxette returned to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Listen to Your Heart.” What was historically significant about the song? It was the first No. 1 available only as a cassette single, not on a 45-RPM vinyl single.

Nov. 5, 1988
After having not led the Billboard Hot 100 since 1966 with “Good Vibrations,” The Beach Boys returned to No. 1 with “Kokomo,” from the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise hit Cocktail.

Nov. 6, 1993
We still don’t really know what “that” is, do we? No matter: on this date 23 years ago, Meat Loaf dug in for his first of five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”