Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
July 30, 1988
After ruling the Billboard Hot 100 for a week in 1986 with “Higher Love,” Steve Winwood returned to No. 1, as the Motown-flavored “Roll With It” began a four-week command.
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, a No. 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1979), Rick Springfield topped the Hot 100 with his pop/rock classic “Jessie’s Girl.”
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, 1990
Mariah Carey‘s debut single, “Vision of Love,” became her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 (on the birthday of the chart, which launched Aug. 4, 1958). She’s since upped her count to 18 leaders, the most among soloists.
Aug. 5, 2000
Following four career-opening top 10s (billed as by matchbox 20), 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.