These are the musicians that made history twenty years ago this week.
1. Nov. 30, 1991 A landmark date in Billboard Hot 100
history: the chart adopted Nielsen Music
data, 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
2. Dec. 1, 2012 A shining star: Three years ago today, Rihanna collected her 12th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with “Diamonds.”
3. Dec. 2, 1995 Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men begin the longest reign in the 57-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, as “One Sweet Day”
spends its first of 16 weeks (or, 112 sweet
days) atop the tally.
4. Dec. 3, 1977 Just weeks after his death, Elvis Presley collects his record 80th, and last, top 40
Billboard Hot 100 hit, as “My Way” rises
48-38 on its way to a No. 22 peak.
5. Dec. 4, 1993 Pearl Jam tallied its first Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1, as “Daughter” spent its first of
eight weeks at the chart’s summit.
6. Dec. 5, 1998 Another notable date in the Billboard Hot
100’s archives: with many radio hits no
longer released as commercially-available
singles (as labels wanted consumers to
purchase full albums), Billboard allows such songs, as well as album tracks, to chart on
the Hot 100 for the first time. Among hits
that appeared on the list thanks to the
change: R. Kelly and Celine Dion’s “I’m Your Angel,” at No. 1; Shania Twain’s “From This Moment On” (No. 5); and Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” (No. 9).
7. Dec. 6, 1969 Long before it became a derisive stadium
chant aimed at losing visiting teams, Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” crowned the Billboard Hot 100. The song started a two-week rule 46 years