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Today in Billboard History – 30 years ago today, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


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Dec. 7, 1991

Michael Jackson scores his 12th of 13 career Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as “Black or White” reaches the top in just its third week on the chart.

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Sept. 2, 1995

Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” becomes the first song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The ballad was written and produced by R. Kelly.

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Aug. 27, 2011

Katy Perry scores a fifth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” from her album “Teenage Dream.” The set joins Michael Jackson’s “Bad” (1987-88) as the only sets to generate five Hot 100 No. 1s each.

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Aug. 25, 2001

The appeal of the King of Pop knows no boundaries: Alien Ant Farm’s amped-up cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” (originally a No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 pop hit in 1989) began a four-week rule over Alternative Songs.

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April 30, 1983

MJ-mania was in full effect: a week after Dexy’s Midnight Runners end Michael Jackson’s seven-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Billie Jean,” the King of Pop returns to the throne with “Beat It.”

April 16, 1983

The first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 from Michael Jackson’s monster album “Thriller” spends its seventh and final week atop the chart.