Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
Exactly 15 years ago, Will Smith hit number one on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart for the first time, as “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” ascended into the top position in just its third week on the chart, unseating Celine Dion’s Titanic hit “My Heart Will Go On.” “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” was Smith’s first number one single and would spend three weeks at the pinnacle position. He would later also hit number one with “Wild Wild West,” though it should also be noted that prior to “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” Smith very well might have hit number one with “Men In Black” had that song been released as a single and, thus, made eligible for the Hot 100 chart based on chart rules at the time.
Of course, Smith first came to fame as the Fresh Prince, alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff, in the late 1980s. That duo first hit the Top 20 in 1988 with “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and would find their biggest Hot 100 chart success in 1991 when “Summertime” peaked at number four.