Sept. 2, 1995

Michael Jackson was alone at the top in 1995. The King of Pop saw his ballad "You Are Not Alone" debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 12 years ago. Cool, right? There’s more. Accompanied by its infamous $7 million music vid featuring then-wife Lisa-Marie Presley, the tune is the first single in Billboard history to open at the top spot. It only stayed there for a week and is currently the last of MJ’s 13 No. 1 hits, but the song would also lead the pack on the R&B charts and go platinum. Michael’s not alone with the first-week sales honor anymore. Since then, eleven other singles have debuted in first place.

Mariah Carey "Fantasy"

Whitney Houston
"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"

Mariah Carey
& Boyz II Men "One Sweet Day"

P. Diddy
& Faith Evans "I’ll Be Missing You"

Mariah Carey

Elton John
"Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"

Céline Dion
"My Heart Will Go On"

"I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing"

Lauryn Hill
"Doo Wop (That Thing)"

Clay Aiken "This Is the Night"

Fantasia Barrino
"I Believe"

By Joyce Eng