This Week in Billboard Chart History

Feb. 11, 2012

Katy Perry made history, as “The One That Got Away” became the record-extending sixth No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart from her album Teenage Dream. The set had previously made its mark by tying Michael Jackson’s Bad (in 1987-88) as the only albums to generate five No. 1s apiece on the Billboard Hot 100.

Feb. 12, 1972

One of the all-time slow jams, Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” grooved to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Feb. 13, 1999

20 years ago: Whitney Houston notched her eighth and final No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as “Heartbreak Hotel,” featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price, began a seven-week domination.

Feb. 14, 1987

Bon Jovi enjoyed a rockin’ Valentine’s Day, as “Livin’ on a Prayer” … rose … to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Feb. 15, 1986

More Whitney Houston: she scored the second of her 11 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s with “How Will I Know.”

Feb. 16, 1985

After arriving with the uptempo Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” Wham! ruled again with ballad “Careless Whisper.”

Feb. 17, 1996

The Beatles topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart … as part of a title, anyway: “Bigger Than the Beatles,” by Joe Diffie, became the chart’s fab new No. 1.

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