Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2001

Whitney Houston Makes History As First Artist To Make U.S. National Anthem A Hit...Twice
Published: Friday 27th 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’ll press play on pop icon Whitney Houston‘s jaw-dropping rendition of the U.S. national anthem.  The repackaged noughties version of the historic number became the singer’s last top 10 single this week in 2001:

When you’re pop icon Whitney Houston, the phrase “one and only” or “first and only” are staples you’re more than used to hearing.  By 1991 (just 6 years into her career), Houston had already become the first woman to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, amassed multiple Grammy wins, a record 7 consecutive #1 singles (a record that still stands), and much more.  And, while seemingly everything she touched at the time turned to gold (or more fittingly, platinum), not even her staunchest supporters could have predicted the pop star would turn the United States’ national anthem into a top 20 hit thanks to a moving rendition at that year’s Super Bowl.

What’s more?  Just 10 years later, she not only did it again, but saw the song shoot to its highest height.  In response to the September 2001 terrorist attacks, American patriotism – at a new high – took to Houston’s soul-stirring rendition of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ so much the song shot to #6 on the Hot 100 (where it was found this week that year).  The feat not only etched the pop icon’s name in history books for yet another unprecedented accomplishment, but also earned yet another platinum-selling single out of the deal.

Relive the magic of that performance above and see who joined Nippy this week in 2001 on this week’s Chart Rewind:

Hot 100 This Week in 2001

Hot 100 This Week

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  1. JOHNVIDAL October 27, 2017

    LOL Incredible Whitney!
    In this 00s lists you could already see some decline in mainstream starting to happen. Many non singers already there and not that much diversity.

    • I MightNate October 27, 2017

      The top 10 was still dominated by r&b acts tho. How can a genre dominate the pop charts over a decade, then all of a sudden fall off? I think it’s way deeper than folks just stopped buying.. I think rnb was purposely sabbotaged.. But, the death of rnb clearly spelled the death of all mainstream music. Its been dry ever since.

  2. Caleb October 27, 2017

    Even the great Whitney Houston can’t redeem this horrific song.

  3. navybound October 27, 2017

    OMG did you see that chart. What is going on? Where did R&B go?

  4. Tori October 27, 2017

    Looking at the old H100 and singing each song as I read the title then scrolling down and can barely remember the instrumental to just the first 10 on the damn list. Good music hasn’t change, just the charts. Those artists are still putting out good music but are usually called flops. But THEY CAN FOR SURE put on a damn show with their hits and “flops” while everyone in the Top10 are STILL learning what the f****** word “stage presences” means!

  5. Danny Bey October 27, 2017

    9/10 that occupy the top 10 are ppl of color. Get into it!!!

  6. Moe October 28, 2017

    Oh i miss that jlo

    • China October 28, 2017

      Moe, Moe, Moe “THAT” JLO never left — IM REAL IS REALLY SUNG BY ASHANTI…LISTEN closely that’s NOT Jennifer Hopez vocals — ASHANTI is singing with HER Note for Note and they blended her vocals. Jennifer Lopez is a FRAUD.

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