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This Week In Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson Collects Record No. 1

Five years ago this week, the original 'American Idol' champ made the greatest leap to the top of the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Elton John, the Bee Gees and Tiffany.

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

Feb. 3, 1973
Forty-one years ago today, Elton John scored his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as “Crocodile Rock,” his ode to classic pop and early rock & roll, spent its first of three weeks in charge. He’s added eight more leaders since; with nine, he’s one of 14 acts with at least that many, a group that Katy Perry joined last week when “Dark Horse” (featuring Juicy J) reached the summit.


Feb. 4, 1978
Can’t hear this one without picturing John Travolta’s moves, can you? On this date in 1978, the Bee Gees took over atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Stayin’ Alive.”

Feb. 5, 1983
An ’80s classic topped the Billboard Hot 100, as Toto’s “Africa” ascended 2-1. The band remains active in its 38th year, and still with David Paich, who sang the band’s sole No. 1. Last month, Toto announced plans to release its first studio album since 2006 this year.

Feb. 6, 1988
Tiffany began a two-week stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 with her ballad “Could’ve Been,” the follow-up to her career-opening No. 1, “I Think We’re Alone Now.”

Feb. 7, 2009
Five years ago today, Kelly Clarkson scored her second of three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s to date, as “My Life Would Suck Without You” rocketed 97-1. The vault remains the biggest in the chart’s history.

Feb. 8, 1992
Before there was LMFAO and “Sexy and I Know It,” Right*Said*Fred boasted “I’m Too Sexy,” which began a three-week Billboard Hot 100 command 22 years ago today.

Feb. 9, 2008
Six years ago today, the “Juno” soundtrack reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The set from the quirky Ellen Page/Michael Cera film spent 48 total weeks on the tally.