The record books established to track the Billboard Hot 100 are littered with female solo artists. Mariah Carey has the most number one singles of any solo artist in history (yes, even more than Elvis Presley) and Madonna isn't that far behind her. But it took a few decades before three female solo artists moved into the top three spots on the chart. On this day in 1986, that all changed, as Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Tina Turner's "Typical Male" and Janet Jackson's "When I Think of You" occupied the first, second and third places (respectively) on the Billboard Hot 100.
Jackson's "When I Think of You" came from her third (and breakout) album, 1986's Control. Co-written with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jackson took R&B, disco influences, funk and traditional pop and infused it with the noise and energy of hip-hop (which was quickly making the transition from underground sensation to commercially viable pop property). "When I Think of You" was the third single following the hugely popular "What Have You Done For Me Lately" and "Nasty," both of which landed her in the top five on the Hot 100. "When I Think of You" was also Jackson's first chart-topper, having spent the previous two weeks in that spot.
"Typical Male" was the first single from Turner's 1986 album Break Every Rule, which was her follow-up to the massively successful Private Dancer. Though Break Every Rule was not as big a hit as its predecessor, it still spawned a handful of hits, including "Typical Male" and "What You Get Is What You See."
But the top of the chart on this day in '86 belonged to Lauper, whose "True Colors" (from her 1986 album of the same name) began a two week run in that spot. It was Lauper's second trip to the top of the Hot 100 (she had previously scored a number one with "Time After Time") and her fifth single in the top five.