Chart Rewind: In 1988, George Harrison ‘Got’ Another Hot 100 No. 1 for a Solo Beatle

On it Billboard Hot 100 dated Jan. 16, 1988, George Harrison notched his third solo No. 1, as “Got My Mind Set on You,” from his album In the seventh heavenrose from second place.

Harrison had previously topped the Hot 100 outside The Beatles with “Give Me Love – (Give Me Peace on Earth)”, for one week in June 1973, and the double-sided single “My Sweet Lord”/”Isn’t It a Pity”, in four pictures starting in December 1970 .

The Beatles, with Harrison as a member, ran with a record 20 Hot 100 No. 1s, in 1964-70 – while their members totaled 16 as soloists. Harrison became the first to lead alone, and thanks to “Got My Mind Set on You” he remains the latest. Ringo Starr (who guest drums on the song) reigned with two titles in 1973-74; John Lennon, with two in 1974-81; and Paul McCartney, including his work with Wings, with nine in 1971-84.

Harrison would go on to further chart success in 1988, when follow-up single “When We Was Fab” hit No. 23 on the Hot 100. In the seventh heaven peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart the same week that “Got My Mind Set on You” topped the Hot 100, and Harrison did even better on the former chart with an album released later that year: the Traveling Wilburys’ first compilation, which reached No. … 3 in January 1989. The supergroup consisted of Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty, which formed when the legends worked up “Handle With Care” as a potential In the seventh heaven B-side; Deemed too good to remain so obscure, it was released as the band’s lead single and hit #2 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.

How did the Hot 100’s top 10 fare the week Harrison hit No. 1 on Jan. 16, 1988, chart? Count down the top level of the number that week below.

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