Then: April 18, 1983, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” was #1 on the Billboard Top 100

In the spring of 1983, Michael Jackson released his album Thriller when he was only 24-year-old. “Billie Jean,” hit #1 not only on the US Hot 100 chart, but charted all around the world. It was awarded two Grammys, and inducted into the Music Video Producer’s Hall of Fame. MJ said the story was a fictional tale based on some of the superfans he’d encountered during his career. No matter the influence, the single helped write history by bolstering enough sales to make Thriller the best selling album of all time to this very day.

Click here to watch the video for Michael Jackson’s, “Billie Jean.”

Now: Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man” holds the #1 spot.

Today Bruno Mars’, “When I Was Your Man,” holds down the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. A tale of love and loss, the lyrics tell the story of Mars’ lament for an ex-lover. Regretting the way he treated her while they were together, he looks on as his once-upon-a-time girlfriend dances with another guy. It’s a powerful R&B ballad that serves as an apology, and some easy afternoon listening at the same time. Check out his album, Unorthodox Jukebox for more.

Click here to watch the video for Bruno Mars’, “When I Was Your Man.”