Charlie's 80s Blog

This Day In Music, June 3rd

On this day in 1981: Let’s take a look at the Top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for this day in 1981:

1 1 BETTE DAVIS EYES –•– Kim Carnes (EMI-America)-10 (3 weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 BEING WITH YOU –•– Smokey Robinson (Tamla)-16 (2)
3 5 MEDLEY: INTRO VENUS/SUGAR SUGAR/NO REPLY/I’LL BE BACK/DRIVE MY CAR/ DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET/WE CAN WORK IT OUT/I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER/NOWHERE MAN/YOU’RE GOING TO LOSE THAT GIRL/STARS ON 45 –•– Stars On 45 (Radio Records)-8 (3)
4 8 SUKIYAKI –•– A Taste Of Honey (Capitol)-13 (4)
5 6 TAKE IT ON THE RUN –•– REO Speedwagon (Epic)-11 (5)
6 7 LIVING INSIDE MYSELF –•– Gino Vannelli (Arista)-11 (6)
7 3 JUST THE TWO OF US –•– Grover Washington, Jr. (with Bill Withers) (Elektra)-16 (2)
8 11 A WOMAN NEEDS LOVE (Just Like You Do) –•– Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio (Arista)-13 (8)
9 9 TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS –•– Styx (A&M)-11 (9)
10 10 WATCHING THE WHEELS –•– John Lennon (Geffen)-10 (10)

Kim Carnes would spend 5 consecutive weeks at #1 with ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ then lose the top spot for a week in late June to the Stars on 45 Medley then regain the top spot for FOUR more weeks for a total of NINE weeks at #1 in 1981 making it the top song of 1981 and the #2 song of the entire 80s decade.

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