Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
June 15, 1991
Paula Abdul began her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as “Rush, Rush” logged its first of five weeks at No. 1. (She spent between one and three weeks on top with her other five No. 1s.) The same week, a beloved vocal group made its debut: Boyz II Men bowed with its first Hot 100 hit, “Motownphilly,” at No. 63. It would reach No. 3 that September.
June 16, 1990
Pretty Woman gave Roxette a pretty big hit. From the soundtrack of the hit Julia Roberts film, the Swedish duo began a two-week stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “It Must Have Been Love.”
June 17, 2006
After charting five previous songs, including 2001’s No. 6-peaking “Whenever, Wherever,” Shakira finally shook her way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Nine years ago today, “Hips Don’t Lie,” featuring Wyclef Jean, spent its first of two weeks at No. 1.
June 18, 1988
After spending two weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Never Gonna Give You Up” in March 1988, Rick Astley returned to No. 1 with “Together Forever.”
June 19, 1965
Fifty years ago: after three prior hits – the classic “Baby I Need Your Loving” rose the highest (No. 11) – the Four Tops scored their first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” reached the top.
June 20, 1992
Mariah Carey‘s “I’ll Be There,” from her MTV Unplugged special, topped the Billboard Hot 100. As the Jackson 5’s original version hit No. 1 in 1970, the song is one of nine to lead the list as recorded by two artists.
June 21, 2008
Her mama (in the song) might’ve been ashamed that her daughter didn’t know her last name after waking up married in Vegas, but the real life mom of Carrie Underwood had to be proud when the singer’s “Last Name” topped Hot Country Songs seven years ago this week.