Now and Then – The Week’s Billboard Number One Single

17 February 2018
The number one single on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the week of February 17 was God’s Plan by Drake. Following Drake's 2017 playlist More Life, the Toronto MC surprised his fans on January 19, 2018 by dropping two songs from his Scary Hours EP. With its bouncy flow, this orchestral melodic track is the more commercial of the two releases.

10 years ago, in 2008, the spot was held by Low, from Flo Rida featuring T-Pain. The first U.S. number-one single for FloRida, Low was the longest-running number-one of 2008, topping the chart for 10 consecutive weeks.

20 years ago, 1998’s top single this week was Usher’s Nice & Slow. His first number-one single on the BillboardHot 100 chart, the beat was created first, and the lyrics were fitted to it. The composition and recording of Nice & Slow took just four hours, according to co-writer Jermaine Dupri.

30 years ago, 1988 saw Got My Mind Set on You from George Harrison in the top spot. Of Harrison's three number-one singles in the US, it was both the only song not written or composed by Harrison himself and the only one without religious overtones. It also was not only the last US No. 1 hit by Harrison, but also from any of the ex-Beatles (as of 2017) in the US.

Looking back 40 years to 1978, the Bee Gee’s grabbed number one with Stayin’ Alive. The song plays over the opening credits of the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever while John Travolta struts through the streets of New York City. The movie has come to represent the Disco era, and has made this the song most associated with Disco.

Even though Eos Music Supervisors tend to be Millenials, we pride ourselves on mastering music, and curating business music channels, spanning many generations. Putting together this weekly blog is a fun way to get a snapshot of what was hot going back four decades. It’s sometimes surprising to see commonalities in the songs.
Kiki Tamm, Eos Music Supervisor

About Kiki
A native of Talinn, Estonia, you could say Kiki has music in her blood, literally. Both of Kiki’s parents were members of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the leading orchestra in Estonia. A classically-trained pianist, Kiki loves that her knowledge and love of music can be the basis for her career, and takes pride that her work is enjoyed by consumers visiting businesses served by Eos Music. In her free time Kiki enjoys canoeing, hiking, sailing, and cycling.

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