Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
May 18, 1991
Powered by the biggest hit of the group’s career, “Losing My Religion,” which rose to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, R.E.M. lands its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, Out of Time.
May 19, 1973
Stevie Wonder brightens up the Billboard Hot 100 with his third No. 1, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.” The icon just extended his Billboard chart discography: Snoop Dogg’s “California Roll,” featuring Wonder (and his trademark harmonica), entered the May 23 Hot R&B Songs chart at No. 20.
May 20, 1989
Before serving as a judge on American Idol and X Factor, Paula Abdul was center stage herself on the Billboard Hot 100. On this date 26 years ago, the title cut from her debut album, Forever Your Girl, spent its first of two weeks at No. 1.
May 21, 2011
Adele began the chart-topping reign that would net her the top song of the 2011 chart year, as “Rolling in the Deep” spent its first of seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.
May 22, 2004
The bad news: Usher fell from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 after 12 weeks with “Yeah,” featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris. The good news: he replaced himself at the summit with follow-up “Burn,” which would reign for eight weeks.
May 23, 1998
Mariah Carey scores her lucky 13th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with “My All.” She’s since upped her total to 18 leaders, the most among all solo artists in the chart’s history.
May 24, 1997
Its lyrics may have been somewhat nonsensical, but, thanks to its undeniable hook, Hanson‘s “MmmBop” became a smash. On this date in 1997, it began a three-week stay atop the Billboard Hot 100.