Top Of The Charts

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Three weeks was the limit for Pitbull and Ke$ha’s run at number one, as Katy Perry rides to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week with her newest smash hit, “Dark Horse.” See the new chart topper below and then strap into the Way Back machine as we reset our look at the biggest hits this week in 2000, 1990, 1980 and 1970.

No. 1 this week in 1970
Shocking Blue “Venus”

Ten years earlier, Michael Jackson and his siblings in the Jackson 5 would watch their hit, “I Want You Back,” knocked off the charts by the only number one hit ever achieved by the Dutch group, Shocking Blue. Fronted by singer Mariska Veres, the band would have more success in their native country, but “Venus” broke through to spend one week at number one in the United States. The psychedelic rockers would break up just a few years later.

No. 1 this week in 1980
Michael Jackson “Rock With You”

In 1979, Michael Jackson released an album that would set him apart from his previous work as a Motown star. Mixing a hefty dose of disco melodies and funk beats, “Off the Wall” would become a smash hit selling millions of copies around the world and propelling him well on the way to the much-deserved title of King of Pop. “Rock With You” was the disc’s second single – and second chart topper – spending four weeks at number one.

No. 1 this week in 1990
Michael Bolton “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”

In the past quarter century, Michael Bolton has become as big of a cultural icon for poking fun at his big power ballads and (formerly) flowing blonde locks. But, as the 1990s began, the one time hard rocker formerly known by his birth name of Michael Bolotin was just becoming an adult contemporary mega star. “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” would be the first of two career chart-topping hits. The song would help propel its album, “Soul Provider” to multi-platinum sales and garnered Bolton his first Grammy Award.

No. 1 this week in 2000
Savage Garden “I Knew I Loved You”

A few weeks ago, we highlighted Savage Garden’s first career chart-topping hit when “Truly Madly Deeply” spent two weeks at number one in early 1998. Two years later, the Australian duo of Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones would return to the top for three weeks this go round. The song would be the pair’s last big hit, as they called off their musical partnership a year later.

No. 1 hit Feb. 2, 2014
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J “Dark Horse”

When “Unconditionally,” the second single from Katy Perry’s album, “Prism,” didn’t even crack Billboard’s top 10, it seemed like there wasn’t a chance that the ne disc would repeat the phenomenal success of 2010’s “Teenage Dream” and its five chart-topping hits. While that mark is still a way off, Perry is back in the saddle with now the second number one hit from “Prism.” Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” might have fallen to number two, but they’re looking to climb back on top. Check back next week to see which song proves to be the most potent!

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