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This Day In Music, June 8th

On this day in 1985: Tears For Fears started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, the group’s first U.S. #1. In 1986, the song won Best Single at the Brit Awards. Band member and co-writer Roland Orzabal argued that the song deserved to win the Ivor Novello International Hit of the Year award, claiming that the winner, ’19’ by Paul Hardcastle – was not an actual song, but only a “dialogue collage.”

Let’s take a look at the entire Top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 from this day in 1985:

1 2 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD –•– Tears For Fears (Mercury)-13 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 1 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS –•– Wham! (Columbia)-12 (1)
3 3 AXEL F –•– Harold Faltermeyer (MCA)-11 (3)
4 5 SUDDENLY –•– Billy Ocean (Jive)-12 (4)
5 7 HEAVEN –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-8 (5)
6 8 THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER –•– Howard Jones (Elektra)-12 (6)
7 9 IN MY HOUSE –•– Mary Jane Girls (Gordy)-14 (7)
8 4 DON’T YOU (Forget About Me) –•– Simple Minds (A&M)-16 (1)
9 10 FRESH –•– Kool & The Gang (De-Lite)-12 (9)
10 11 WALKING ON SUNSHINE –•– Katrina & The Waves (Capitol)-12 (10)

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