This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1997, Hanson Hit No. 1 With ‘MmmBop’

By | May 23, 2016


Jiro Schneider

The brother trio topped the Hot 100 for the first of three weeks. Plus, remembering chart feats by Mariah Carey, Deniece Williams and Hootie & the Blowfish.

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

May 23, 1998
Mariah Carey scores her lucky 13th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with “My All.” She’s since upped her total to 18 leaders, the most among all solo artists in the chart’s history.

May 24, 1997
Its lyrics may have been somewhat nonsensical, but, thanks to its undeniable hook, Hanson‘s “MmmBop” became a smash. On this date in 1997, it began a three-week stay atop the Billboard Hot 100.

May 25, 1991
The Billboard 200 adopts Nielsen Music point-of-sale data, sparking, for the first time in the rock era, a chart ranking album sales not by retailer reports but electronically-scanned unit sales. No. 1 that week? Adult contemporary icon Michael Bolton‘s Time, Love and Tenderness.

May 26, 1984
Give it up for Deniece Williams! And, “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” too. Her smash reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 32 years ago today.

May 27, 1995
Nowadays, Darius Rucker is racking up country hits like “Wagon Wheel,” “Radio” and “Homegrown Honey.” Twenty-one years ago, he was also tops with Hootie & the Blowfish. On this date in 1995, the act’s breakthrough album Cracked Rear View, featuring the monster hits “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry,” “Only Wanna Be With You” and “Time,” spent its first of eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

May 28, 1983
Irene Cara‘s ’80s classic “Flashdance… What a Feeling” began a six-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

May 29, 2004
Gretchen Wilson climbed to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, for the first of five weeks on top, with the Southern pride anthem “Redneck Woman.”

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