Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
July 31, 2010
Eminem‘s “Love the Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna, ascended to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it reigned for seven weeks. The superstars would team up again for the 2013-14 four-week No. 1 “The Monster.”
Aug. 1, 1981
The day that MTV premiered, airing as its first video the thankfully-not-prophetic “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. The song had been only a modest Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1979, reaching No. 40.
Aug. 2, 1986
Peter Cetera‘s first solo single after leaving Chicago kicked to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as ballad “Glory of Love,” from The Karate Kid Part II, spent its first of two weeks on top.
Aug. 3, 1996
Still remember the moves? Los Del Rio‘s “Macarena” Hot 100 began a whopping 14-week command of the Billboard Hot 100, eventually earning the honor of the top single of all of 1996.
Aug. 4, 1958
Happy 59th birthday, Billboard Hot 100! The U.S. songs chart of record launched, ranking – as it does today – the most popular hits nationwide each week. Ricky Nelson‘s “Poor Little Fool” was the chart’s first No. 1 song, of 1,065 to date.
Aug. 5, 2000
Following four career-opening top 10s, matchbox twenty topped the Pop Songs airplay chart with “Bent.” The group has earned seven top 10s on the tally, while frontman Rob Thomas has added two as a soloist.
Aug. 6, 1988
Spurred by the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses rocked to the top of the Billboard 200 in its 50th week with its classic breakthrough, Appetite for Destruction.