This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2002, Kylie Minogue Returned to the Top 10
Thirteen years ago, "Can't Get You Out of My Head"brought the star back to heights she'd last reached in 1988. Plus, remembering chart feats by the Beatles, Joan Jett and Diddy.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history
March 16, 2002
Nearly 14 years after notching her first Billboard Hot 100 top 10, 1988’s No. 3 smash “The Loco-Motion,” Kylie Minogue made her triumphant return to the region with “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” which rose 12-10 on its way to a No. 7 peak. The track would mark the dawn of a new era of dominance for the star on Dance Club Songs: it became her first of 11 No. 1s on the chart through last year.
March 17, 1990
Wilson Phillips made its chart debut, as “Hold On” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 74. It would top the June 9, 1990, tally and become the No. 1 song of the year, as well as the trio’s first of three No. 1s. Adding to the song’s legacy, Wilson Phillips sang it in Bridesmaids. “I have my Billboard magazine laminated plaques on the wall of ‘Hold On,’ ‘Release Me’ and ‘You’re in Love,’ our No. 1 records,” Carnie Wilson told Billboard in 2012. “Honestly, I walk by every single day and I practically want to kiss them.”
March 18, 1967
The Beatles score their first of three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s in 1967, as “Penny Lane” strolls to the top. “All You Need Is Love” and “Hello Goodbye” would also reign before the end of the year.
March 19, 1988
Belinda Carlisle‘s “I Get Weak” rose to its No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 peak. It marked her third visit to the top two: as part of the Go-Go’s, she reached No. 2 in in 1982 with “We Got the Beat.” In 1987, she topped the chart with her own “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”
March 20, 1982
We loved it, too! Joan Jett & the Blackhearts‘ “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” began a seven-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 33 years ago today.
March 21, 1981
Billboard‘s first rock chart launches: the Mainstream Rock Songs survey. Who led the first list? Eric Clapton and His Band with “I Can’t Stand It.” Since, rock genre charts have expanded to include Alternative Songs (1988), Adult Alternative Songs (1996) and a host of album and digital songs surveys.
March 22, 1997
Diddy, then billed as Puff Daddy, tallied his first of five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s to date, as “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” featuring Mase, began a six-week rule. The song incorporates Matthew Wilder’s 1984 top five hit “Break My Stride.”