This week in Billboard chart history: In 1964, The Beatles broke through to no. 1

The Beatles: An Explainer for Teens.
The Beatles: An Explainer for Teens.


Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.

Feb. 1, 1964

One of the most historic dates in Billboard Hot 100 history: The Beatles score their first No. 1, as "I Want to Hold Your Hand" rises 3-1 in just its third chart week, as Beatlemania sweeps the U.S. It's the first of the Fab Four's record 20 Hot 100 toppers.

Feb. 2, 2008

The combination of an R&B/hip-hop studio wizard and a pop/rock group resulted in a No. 1 hit, as Timbaland's "Apologize," featuring OneRepublic, began a six-week rule on Adult Pop Songs.

Feb. 3, 1973

Forty-three years ago today, Elton John scored his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Crocodile Rock," his ode to classic pop and early rock & roll, spent its first of three weeks in charge. He's added eight more leaders since.

Feb. 4, 1978

Hard to hear this one without picturing John Travolta: On this date in 1978, the Bee Gees took over atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Stayin' Alive."

Feb. 5, 1983

An '80s classic topped the Billboard Hot 100, as Toto's "Africa" ascended 2-1. The band, formed in 1977, remains active: it kicks off a two-month European tour in May.

Feb. 6, 1988

Tiffany began a two-week stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 with her ballad "Could've Been," the follow-up to her career-opening No. 1, "I Think We're Alone Now."

Feb. 7, 1981

What celebration would be complete without "Celebration"? Kool & The Gang's wedding/Bar Mitzvah/any party anthem began a two-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100.

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