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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2002, Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ Topped the Hot 100

Thirteen years ago, the rapper began a 12-week reign. Plus, remembering chart feats by Mariah Carey, Rihanna & Rod Stewart.

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

Nov. 9, 2002

Eminem begins his longest stay atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “Lose Yourself” logs its first of 12 weeks at the summit.

Nov. 10, 1990

Mariah Carey scored her second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with ballad “Love Takes Time.” She’d debuted with her first leader, “Vision of Love,” which reigned for four weeks in August 1990.

Nov. 11, 1989

John Waite topped the Billboard Hot 100 in yet another iteration: as lead singer of Bad English, with “When I See You Smile.” Five years earlier, he’d led as a soloist with “Missing You.” He’d first charted in the ’70s with The Babys.

Nov. 12, 2011


Rihanna begins her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, spends its first of 10 weeks at No. 1.

Nov. 13, 1976

Rod Stewart crowned the Billboard Hot 100 with his love song “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright).” The track would lead the list for eight weeks, marking his longest run at No. 1 (of four career toppers).

Nov. 14, 1992

The Heights‘ “How Do You Talk to an Angel” ascended to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The theme from the Fox TV series outlasted the show: by the time the song reigned, The Heights had been cancelled. Thankfully, the melodic song lives on.

Nov. 15, 1958

Conway Twitty topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “It’s Only Make Believe.” While he’d tally two more pop Hot 100 top 10s in 1959-60, he went on to country superstardom, collecting 40 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs (the most among all acts until George Strait, now with 44, passed him in 2006).