Plus, remembering feats by Gloria Estefan, Madonna & R.E.M.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades Billboard chart history.
May 14, 1988 30 years ago: Gloria Estefan made her first trip to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as love song “Anything for You” (with Miami Sound Machine) reigned. She'd lead again with “Don't Wanna Lose You” in 1989 and “Coming Out the Dark” in 1991.
May 15, 1993 25 years ago: After scoring seven Billboard Hot 100 top 10s from her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson picked up right where she left f, as “That's the Way Love Goes,” the first single from janet., began an eight-week run at No. 1. janet. would generate six Hot 100 top 10s, and “Goes” became her sixth 10 No. 1s.
May 16, 1998 20 years ago: Natalie Imbruglia's “Torn” spent its first 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart.
May 17, 2008 10 years ago: Madonna earned her seventh eight No. 1s on the Billboard 200 with the chart-topping launch Hard Candy. The set yielded the No. 3 Hot 100 hit “4 Minutes,” featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.
May 18, 1991 Powered by the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 hit the group's career, “Losing My Religion,” which rose to No. 4, R.E.M. landed its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, Out Time.
May 19, 1990 More Madonna: She'd been inspired by dancer/choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem “House Ball” community, who introduced “vogue”-ing to her at the New York club Sound Factory. On this date in 1990, her song “Vogue,” with its iconic back-and-white video, struck a pose atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the first three weeks.
May 20, 1989 The title cut from Paula Abdul's debut album Forever Your Girl spent its first two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The set spun f four Hot 100 No. 1s in all.