Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1989

Janet Jackson's 'Miss You Much' Makes Madonna Miss the #1 Spot
Published: Thursday 5th Oct 2017 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we’d very much like to ode ‘Miss You Much’ – the first single from pop icon Janet Jackson‘s magnum opus, ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ [click here to read our ode to the album]…



After the groundbreaking success of the singer’s third album, ‘Control’ (thanks in no small part to the production of duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis), Jackson tapped the twosome to attempt to recreate some of that magic with her follow-up project.  What they crafted not only exceeded the high bar set by their previous collaboration, but also went on to be one of the year’s best commercial offerings…

With the assistance of a high octane music video billed as a “musical film,” ‘Miss’ – produced by Jam & Lewis – kicked off Jackson’s ‘Nation’ era in a major way.  Not long after its release, the tune leap-frogged over pop nemesis, Madonna, and her hit song, ‘Cherish’ (found on her 1989 hit album ‘Like A Prayer’), to land at the top of the Hot 100 where it stayed for four weeks.

Going on to platinum status, ‘Miss’ became the second best-selling song of the year and also landed in history books for being the first of seven singles from one album to hit the Billboard Hot 100’s top 5.  Also, it was the first of three chart-toppers that made Jackson the only artist in history to land three number one singles on three different calendar years from one album.

Note:  Jackson still holds both records nearly 30 years later.

Hot 100 This Week in 1989


Hot 100 This Week


Click here to read this week’s fully refreshed Chart Check:  Hot 100.

Your thoughts?

Posted under:

Comments 24

Please Post Your Comments & Reviews

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. CZeal October 5, 2017

    This was her best era that solidified her presence in my opinion. Art wise she had yet to reach her peak by this time. But this is still my fav.

  2. JanStan October 5, 2017

    I have stanned this queen since this era and she literally changed my life. I’m seeing her in Vegas next week and it’ll be bittersweet since I’m pretty sure this will be her last tour. It’ll be my ‘thanks for everything’ show. *will try not to cry*

    • SMH October 5, 2017

      Lmao last tour?? Where did you hear that nonsense lol?

      • JanStan October 5, 2017

        Like I said I’ve followed (obsessed over) her through the decades and I know how this queen do. I don’t think she’ll stop performing but it’ll be in a more one off capacity. UNLESS (fingers crossed) she does a vegas residency in which case I’ll be snatched for life.

        Regardless she’s a legend and I’m here for anything she does.

    • Jasmine October 5, 2017

      I love Janet too but this is NOT her last tour! Yes, she is older now but Janet loves having her private personal life combined with touring and connecting with her fans every 3 to 4 years. She does not need the money so she is doing what she loves career wise.

      • RoyalKev October 5, 2017

        I don’t think this will be Janet’s last tour! I believe Janet have at least 2-3 more left in her! I don’t think she’ll rush anything and that’s typical of her! I just have this nagging feeling that Janet wants to make a big statement with the next one! I definitely feel like there’s more to come! I saw the SOTW tour almost 3 weeks ago and Janet still got it… in abundance! JJ will be back! I’m almost 100% sure Janet will drop an album before 2020! This I’d bet money on!

  3. Cough Cough October 5, 2017

    There’s a reason she’s the 7th biggest artist in HISTORY on the billboard hot 100. Humble beginnings for the subsequent slayage. Janet is LEGEND!

  4. SMH October 5, 2017

    Legend Sh*t. This generation’s faves will never.

  5. Jeans October 5, 2017

    The QUEEN!!!

  6. Suicide Blonde October 5, 2017

    Look at that chart: More than half of the songs became instant classics, that’s what music is missing today.

    Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
    The Cure – Love Song
    Janet – Miss You Much
    Madonna – Cherish
    Roxette – Listen To Your Heart
    Gloria Estefan – Don’t Wanna Lose You

    • Fancy BISH October 5, 2017

      No lies detected! Yaaaas!!

      • Casual October 5, 2017

        Yes, that 1989 chart was a good one.

    • Subliminal October 6, 2017

      Now this I agree with you on. Well stated.

  7. Jeans October 5, 2017

    Still slaying! THE female GOAT!

  8. Mark111 October 5, 2017

    Queen of Pop

  9. Jasmine October 5, 2017

    This is probably around the time period when Janet was hooking up with Bobby Brown. Bobby even told her that he was in love with her. I’m so glad they did not end up together. He was bad news and Janet was already becoming the new Pop Princess after her Control album. The Rhythm Nation album only made her place as Pop Princess more solid and brought her many new hits and legendary singles.

    • Jasmine October 5, 2017

      Bobby also claimed in 1989 he was hooking up with Madonna too but he was not interested in dating Madonna because she was too “wild”:

      ““We got together a few more times, but I wasn’t interested in dating her,” Brown says. “She was just too wild, even for me.”

      Interesting seeing them all on the charts together at the same time but that is the same stuff that goes with the artists on the current charts.

  10. Mhmm October 5, 2017

    Correction @TGJ 2017 – 1989 = 28 so Janet has held both records for almost 30 years : )

    • Jeans October 5, 2017

      Those records will probably never be broken. Even Rihanna won’t do it. Not even Taylor. No one

  11. Jeans October 5, 2017

    Goes to play MISS YOU MUCH!!!

  12. JC October 5, 2017

    The top (25) entries in the Billboard Hot 100 [1989] > The top (7) entries in the Billboard Hot 100 this week combined. No hate no shade … FACTS.

  13. RoyalKev October 5, 2017

    This might be the most iconic female pop album in music history! It definitely is “the” shinning example of a pop album full of substance!

    • Jasmine October 5, 2017

      I agree 100%. I think Velvet Rope is still my favorite Janet album, but the Rhythm Nation album is a legendary pop album that has yet to be matched by any other female artist. It was definitely revolutionary for it’s time period and one of the few albums that is forever current, especially with what is going on in society today.

      • RoyalKev October 5, 2017

        It is unmatched and I say that for so many reasons! Janet’s a true trailblazer and innovator! These divas all have different things on each other, but Janet excels when it comes to the accumulation of ground-breaking pop albums! I’m totally impartial because the ‘Janet’ videos/performances > than any other Janet era imo, but RN is the truly superior album (even though I appreciate the ‘Janet’ era most)!

Recommended Posts
.. **