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This Day In Music, July 26th

On this day in 1980: The Rolling Stones started a seven week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Emotional Rescue’, the group’s eighth U.S. #1 album. Emotional Rescue was the first Rolling Stones album recorded following Keith Richards’ exoneration from a Toronto drug charge that could have landed him in jail for years.

On this day in 1986: Peter Gabriel went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Sledgehammer’, a #4 hit in the U.K. The song’s music video has won a number of awards, including a record nine MTV VMA awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards. Gabriel was also nominated for three Grammy Awards. As of 2018, ‘Sledgehammer’ is the most played music video in the history of MTV.

Here’s a look at the full Top 10 on the U.S. singles chart from this day in 1986:

1 2 SLEDGEHAMMER –•– Peter Gabriel (Geffen)-12 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 4 DANGER ZONE –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-12 (2)
3 1 INVISIBLE TOUCH –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-9 (1)
4 3 NASTY –•– Janet Jackson (A&M)-11 (3)
5 7 GLORY OF LOVE –•– Peter Cetera (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-8 (5)
6 12 PAPA DON’T PREACH –•– Madonna (Sire)-5 (6)
7 10 LOVE TOUCH –•– Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers)-9 (7)
8 11 MAD ABOUT YOU –•– Belinda Carlisle (I.R.S.)-11 (8)
9 5 HOLDING BACK THE YEARS –•– Simply Red (Elektra)-17 (1)
10 15 MODERN WOMAN –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-8 (10)

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