Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
July 25, 1981
Yacht rock ruled, as Air Supply sailed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “The One That You Love.” Although it’s the Australian duo’s sole No. 1, the pair arrived with seven consecutive top five smashes in 1980-82. Most recently, the act has gone dance, landing a pair of hits on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2014 and 2015.
July 26, 1975
Van McCoy’s “The Hustle” rolled to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won the Grammy Award for best pop instrumental performance in 1976, despite the inclusion of a simple spoken command: “Do the hustle!”
July 27, 2013
Three years ago today: Jay-Z debuts atop the Billboard 200 with Magna Carta… Holy Grail, marking his 13th No. 1 – the most among solo acts and second-most overall after the Beatles (19). The same week, the set’s lead single, “Holy Grail,” with Justin Timberlake, blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 8. It would peak at No. 4.
July 28, 2007
Plain White T’s strummed their way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their sing-along ballad “Hey There Delilah.”
July 29, 2000
‘N Sync – Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass – began a two-week stay at the Billboard Hot 100 summit with “It’s Gonna Be Me,” the only No. 1 of the boy band’s six top 10s.
July 30, 1988
After making his name in the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, Steve Winwood had forged a successful solo run on the Billboard Hot 100 beginning in 1981 with the No. 7-peaking “While You See a Chance.” After reigning for a week in 1986 with “Higher Love,” he returned to No. 1 on this date in 1988, as the Motown-flavored “Roll With It” began a four-week command.
July 31, 2010
Eminem‘s “Love the Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna, ascends to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it reigns for seven weeks.