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This Week in Billboard Chart History: Remember When Taylor Swift Was Country … in 2011?

Swift's "Sparks Fly" topped Hot Country Songs just three years ago. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Jay Z & Alicia Keys and the Beatles.

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

Nov. 24, 2001
Currently, she’s on the cover of Billboard! On this date 13 years ago, Mary J. Blige landed her first No. 1 on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, “Family Affair.”

Nov. 25, 1995
On this date 19 years ago, the late, great Whitney Houston scored her last Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).”


Nov. 26, 2011
Remember when Taylor Swift was country? Just three years ago today, she took over atop the Hot Country Songs chart with “Sparks Fly.” It became her fifth of seven career No. 1s on the genre chart.

Nov. 27, 1993
Alabama roars to the top of Hot Country Songs with “Reckless,” its 32nd No. 1 on the ranking. In 2011, it expanded its record for the most leaders among groups, as Brad Paisley’s tribute track “Old Alabama,” featuring Alabama, became the group’s 33rd No. 1.

Nov. 28, 2009
Let’s hear it for New York! Five years ago today, Jay Z and Alicia Keys began a five-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Empire State of Mind.”


Nov. 29, 1969
Forty-five years ago today, the Beatles scored their 18th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, all in the ’60s, with the iconic “Come Together.” The following year, they’d add their final two toppers, upping their total to a still-record 20 No. 1 hits.

Nov. 30, 1991
A landmark date in Billboard Hot 100 history: the chart adopted Nielsen Music point-of-sale retail data and electronically-monitored airplay measurement, allowing for a more accurate methodology than ever before. The first No. 1 on the revised ranking? P.M. Dawn‘s “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” (which samples Spandau Ballet’s 1983 top five ballad “True”).