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 "Honey"
Elton John "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
Céline Dion "My Heart Will Go On"
Aerosmith "I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing"
Lauryn Hill "Doo Wop (That Thing)"
By Joyce Eng