Song: “Vision Of Love” by Mariah Carey
Reached #1: August 4, 1990 (her first, 4 weeks)
Previously: Day 156
Mariah Carey is an American Idol judge now. I’m not sure whether that says more to FOX’s desperation or to the career arc of a star in the 21st Century, but I’m sure that when Mariah released her first single in the spring of 1990, judging a singing competition was the farthest thing from her mind.
She was just 20 when “Vision of Love” came out – officially starting the working relationship that later became her first marriage, one that lasted just four years.
Mariah has never truly clarified who she was thinking of when she wrote this song. In various interviews, she’s said it was either God or an early boyfriend. Of course, you can kind of form an opinion from the video…
I’ve got a bonus track for you today. August 4, 1958 was the day that Billboard introduced the Hot 100, the next-to-last (and biggest) step in the process of combining all of their charts into one defining pop music list. The first #1 on the Hot 100? Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool”…
Tomorrow, the most recent #1 from a band that may – or may not – be planning their farewell tour this year.
Other songs that reached #1 on August 4:
1956 – “My Prayer / Heaven On Earth” by the Platters (their second, 6 weeks, Best Seller chart)
1958 – “Poor Little Fool” by Ricky Nelson (his first, 2 weeks, Hot 100 and Best Seller charts)
1973 – “The Morning After” by Maureen McGovern (her first, 2 weeks)
2001 – “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child (their fourth, 2 weeks)