Mariah Carey’s “I’ll Be There,” from her “MTV Unplugged” special, topped the Billboard Hot 100. As the Jackson 5’s original version hit No. 1 in 1970, the song is one of nine to lead the list as recorded by two artists.
Twenty-two years ago today, the Mariah Carey era began on Billboard charts. The then-20-year-old newcomer made her chart entrance with debut single “Vision of Love,” which began at No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 85 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It would eventually lead both charts.
Six years ago today, Rihanna reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with “SOS.” Amazingly, RiRi has added 10 more No. 1s since then, tying her with Whitney Houston for the third-most leaders among women all-time. Only Mariah Carey (18) and Madonna (12) have more.