Now that we wrap up the the first month of 2017, we thought it would be fun to do a session of Pop History and look back at six decades worth of chart toppers in the month of January.
Entering the chart at the final week of 1966 “I’m a Believer” by American Pop Band The Monkees dominated the Hot 100 #1 spot for a full seven weeks, occupying the entire month of January in between. 1967 was a big year for Psychedelic Rock and this hit written by Neil Diamond went on to become the biggest selling song of 1967. To date “I’m a Believer” has sold more than 10 Million copies Worldwide. Coincidentally The Monkees also occupied the Top 200 charts with their self-titled album.
Rod Stewart‘s “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)” the lead single from his 7th Studio Album A Night on the Town became his second chart-topper on Nov 13th 1976 and continued it’s stay at #1 till the first week of 1977 where on Jan 8th it was dethroned by Marilyn McCoo & Billy David Jr.‘s “You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)” a Grammy-winning pop-disco track. The #1 spot in January of 1977 stayed unstable and changed songs every other week, next held by “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by Lee Sayer, then on Jan 22nd “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder topped the charts, who also nabbed three weeks on the Top 200 charts with the song’s parent album Songs in the Key of Life. The top spot for the last week of January 1977 was held by the title track from the 1976 American Comedy film Car Wash soundtrack by Rose Royce.
“Walk Like an Egyptian”, the third single from American pop rock band The Bangles scored a #1 on Dec 20th of 1986 which stayed atop the charts for two extra weeks of January ending its reign on Jan 17th when the lead single from R&B artist Gregory Abbott titled“Shake You Down” topped the charts. But unfortunately it couldn’t stay atop for an additional week, when Billy Vera and the Beater‘s “At This Moment” replaced “Shake You Down” while also staying for an extra week, the final for January of 1987.
The entire month of January 1997 and additional few weeks of February was held by Toni Braxton with “Unbreak My Heart” the second single from her second studio album Secrets. The ballad was written by Diane Warren and went on to become Braxton’s biggest hit to date. The song also won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The #1 Album on the Top 200s in January of 1997 was held by American Rock band fronted by Gwen Stefani, No Doubt with their third studio album Tragic Kingdom.
“Irreplaceable” the third single from Beyoncé‘s second studio album B’Day topped charts on Dec 16 of 2006 becoming Queen B’s fourth number one in the US. It went to occupy the top spot for ten consecutive weeks, including the entire month of January 2007 in between. “Irreplaceable” was nominated for Record of The Year at the Grammys. Coincidentally, Beyoncé also nabbed two weeks at #1 on the Top 200 charts with credits on the Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture from the movie Dreamgirls in which she played Deena Jones.
We finally arrive to the current era, kicking off 2017 with The Weeknd‘s “Starboy (ft. Daft Punk)” nabbing the first week of January. It was tipped off the top position the following week by Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane‘s “Black Beatles”. “Black Beatles” only managed to stay for a week, when another Hip-hop/trap track, this time by the Migos “Bad and Boujee” scored their first #1 on January 21st. The dire run of the charts ended with Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” which stayed for the final week of January before falling off the charts.
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Stay tuned for Pop History: February at the end of the month and comment below if you love or already knew some of these chart toppers!