This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2009, Britney Spears' '3' Was No. 1
publish date: 2017-10-23
Plus, remembering feats by Santana, Whitney Houston & Janet Jackson.watch video:
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of chart history.
Oct. 23, 1999
Santana's late-'90s comeback was in full force, as "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas, began a 12-week command on the Hot 100. Parent album Supernatural also spent 12 weeks atop the 200. "Smooth" ranks as the No. 2 title on 's recap of the Greatest of All Time biggest Hot 100 hits.
Oct. 24, 2009
Britney Spears notched her third Hot 100 No. 1 with the aptly titled "3." Her previous No. 1? Let's continue ...
Oct. 25, 2008
Britney Spears scored her second Hot 100 leader – and first in almost 10 years – as the scathing "Womanizer" danced to the summit.
Oct. 26, 1985
Whitney Houston ruled the Hot 100 for the first time, as "Saving All My Love for You" rose 2-1. The ballad became her first of 11 No. 1s, as well as her first of seven in a row, the longest streak of leaders in the chart's history.
Oct. 27, 1990
Well-timed around Halloween, Janet Jackson's "Black Cat" leapt to No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Oct. 28, 2006
Ludacris shook his way to the top of the Hot 100 with "Money Maker," featuring Pharrell.
Oct. 29, 1994
Another song that fittingly hit No. 1 around Halloween: The Cranberries began a six-week reign on the Alternative Songs chart with one of their signature songs, "Zombie."