This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2003, 50 Cent’s ‘Club’ Bounced to No. 1 on the Hot 100
Fourteen years ago, the rapper partied to his first leader. Plus, remembering feats by Britney Spears, Debbie Gibson & Rick Astley.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
March 6, 1965
An all-time classic reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100: The Temptations‘ “My Girl.” The legendary act just earned the honor of No. 1 artist in Billboard‘s recap of the top all-time R&B/hip-hop acts. Check out Billboard‘s greatest of all time artist, album and song rankings.
March 7, 2009
Britney Spears scored her fifth Pop Songs No. 1, as “Circus” jumped 3-1. She since added her sixth, and most recent leader, “I Wanna Go,” in 2011.
March 8, 2003
50 Cent began a nine-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 with “In Da Club,” the rapper’s first of four No. 1s.
March 9, 1985
Before Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” … Rockers REO Speedwagon began a three-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with their love song “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”
March 10, 2007
10 years ago: rapper Mims gave us a physics lesson with “This Is Why I’m Hot.” Or, maybe he was just bragging. Either way, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 on this date in 2007.
March 11, 1989
Debbie Gibson crowned the Billboard 200 as Electric Youth surged 3-1 for its first of five weeks on top. At the same time, lead single “Lost in Your Eyes” ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for its second of three weeks at No. 1. The set would also spin off top 20 Hot 100 hits in the title track and “No More Rhyme.”
March 12, 1988
We’re rick-rolling you … but we’re also giving you advance notice! Rick Astley topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his debut U.S. single, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” In 2016, Astley returned with his album 50, which topped the July 2-dated Official UK Albums chart.