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This Day In Music, January 10th

On this day in 1981: John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ started a four-week run at #1 on the U.K. singles chart, 10 years after it was recorded. Lennon had two other songs in the Top 5 in the U.K. this week, ‘Happy Christmas, (War Is Over’) and ‘(Just Like) Starting Over.’ ‘Imagine’ was voted by the viewers of BBC TV as the best lyrics of all time in a poll broadcast in October of 1999.

Also on this day in 1981: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Double Fantasy’ album started an eight-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart and ‘Just Like Starting Over’ was at #1 on the U.S. singles chart.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1981:

1 1 (Just Like) STARTING OVER –•John Lennon (Geffen)-11 (3 weeks at #1) (1)
2 3 LOVE ON THE ROCKS –•– Neil Diamond (Capitol)-11 (2)
3 7 GUILTY –•– Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb (Columbia)-11 (3)
4 8 THE TIDE IS HIGH –•– Blondie (Chrysalis)-9 (4)
5 5 HUNGRY HEART –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-10 (5)
6 6 EVERY WOMAN IN THE WORLD –•– Air Supply (Arista)-12 (6)
7 11 PASSION –•– Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers)-8 (7)
8 10 TELL IT LIKE IT IS –•– Heart (Epic)-8 (8)
9 4 LADY –•– Kenny Rogers (Liberty)-15 (1)
10 2 MORE THAN I CAN SAY –•– Leo Sayer (Warner Brothers)-16 (2)

11 12 DE DO DO DO, DE DA DA DA –•– The Police (A&M)-12 (11)
12 9 HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT –•– Pat Benatar (Chrysalis)-15 (9)
13 15 IT’S MY TURN –•– Diana Ross (Motown)-12 (13)
14 16 I MADE IT THROUGH THE RAIN –•– Barry Manilow (Arista)-8 (14)
15 19 I LOVE A RAINY NIGHT –•– Eddie Rabbitt (Elektra)-10 (15)
16 17 CELEBRATION –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-12 (16)
17 20 HEY NINETEEN –•– Steely Dan (MCA)-7 (17)
18 13 MASTER BLASTER (Jammin’) –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-17 (5)
19 21 TIME IS TIME –•– Andy Gibb (RSO)-8 (19)
20 14 ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST –•– Queen (Elektra)-22 (1)

On this day in 1984: Cyndi Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry in 1967 to be nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

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