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This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2009, Lady Gaga ‘Danced’ to No. 1 for the First Time

"Just Dance" became Mother Monster's first Hot 100 leader six years ago. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson and Barry Manilow.

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

Jan. 12, 1991
Garth Brooks takes over atop Hot Country Songs with his plaintive ballad “Unanswered Prayers.” All four singles from parent album No Fences topped the tally. As reported last week, Brooks is rising with his 83rd career entry on the chart, and new single, ballad “Mom” (a sonic descendent of “Unanswered Prayers”).

Jan. 13, 1990
We were all a part of it: Janet Jackson‘s “Rhythm Nation” conquered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart 25 years ago today.

Jan. 14, 1989
U2 logged its sixth and final frame atop the Mainstream Rock Songs chart with the retro-soulful “Angel of Harlem.” The same week, it entered the Billboard Hot 100’s top 40, rising 42-33.

Jan. 15, 1983
Men at Work bring “Down Under” up to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking their second U.S. career-opening leader. “Who Can It Be Now?” had reigned the previous October.

Jan. 16, 1988
The last No. 1 to date by a member of the Beatles topped the Billboard Hot 100 27 years ago today, as George Harrison‘s “Got My Mind Set on You” reached No. 1. The song features Ringo Starr on drums.

Jan. 17, 2009
Birth of a Monster: Six years ago today, Lady Gaga crowned the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, as her debut entry, “Just Dance,” featuring Colby O’Donis, spent its first of three weeks at No. 1.

Jan. 18, 1975
The hit that inspired Barry-oke: Barry Manilow‘s debut Billboard Hot 100 entry “Mandy” became his first No. 1, rising to the top of the chart 40 years ago today.