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This Week In Billboard Chart History: Madonna ‘Vogue’s To Top Of Hot 100

This week in 1990, the Material Girl struck a pose at No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Usher and Mariah Carey

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

May 19, 1990
Madonna had been inspired by dancers/choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem “House Ball” community, who introduced “vogue”-ing to her at the New York club Sound Factory. Twenty-four years ago today, her song “Vogue,” with its iconic back-and-white video, struck a pose atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of three weeks.

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 25 years ago, the title cut from her debut album 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.

May 25, 1991
The Billboard 200 adopts Nielsen SoundScan point-of-sale data, allowing, for the first time in the rock era, a chart ranking album sales not by retailer reports but actual, electronically-scanned unit sales. No. 1 that week? AC icon Michael Bolton’s “Time, Love and Tenderness.”