“Dirty Diana” darted to the top of the Hot 100, making “Bad” the first set to generate five No. 1s. Plus, remembering feats by Drake, Nelly & New Kids on the Block.
June 27, 2009
Seven years ago today, Drake dominated Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs on his first try, as “Best I Ever Had” spent its first of seven weeks at No. 1. Drake has scored 16 total leaders on the chart since his arrival, the most among all acts in that short span. Lil Wayne ranks second with 6 No. 1s in that time.
June 28, 2008
Even though it’s called the Billboard Hot 100, that doesn’t mean a band namedColdplay can’t be No. 1. The group’s “Viva La Vida” reached the summit eight years ago today.
June 29, 2002
Nelly began a whopping 14-week command of the Billboard Hot 100, as “Hot in Herre” reached No. 1. After the song completed a seven-week reign, he replaced himself at the top for seven more weeks with “Dilemma,” featuring Kelly Rowland.
June 30, 1990
New Kids on the Block-mania rolled on, as “Step By Step” began a three-week rule atop the Billboard Hot 100. The goal of the instructional song? You remember: how “to get to you, girl.”
July 1, 1989
Perhaps surprisingly, Milli Vanilli didn’t reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with its first smash, “Girl You Know It’s True,” which peaked at No. 2. On this date 27 years ago, however, the duo scored its first of three leaders with “Baby Don’t Forget My Number.”
July 2, 1988
Michael Jackson made Billboard Hot 100 history, as “Dirty Diana” reached No. 1, becoming the fifth leader on the list from his album Bad. The set remains the only album by a male artist to produce five Hot 100 No. 1s. Since, only Katy Perry’sTeenage Dream (2010-11) has also yielded five toppers.
July 3, 2010
Miranda Lambert completed a four-week residence atop Hot Country Songs with her first No. 1, “The House That Built Me.” The following February, the touching ballad earned her a Grammy Award for best female country vocal performance.