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This Day In Music, October 28th

On this day in 1989: Janet Jackson started a four week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814’. Only one of three albums to produce seven Top 10 U.S. singles, (the other two being ‘Thriller’ by her brother Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born In the U.S.A.). It is also the only album to achieve #1 hits in three separate calendar years, with “Miss You Much” in 1989, “Escapade” and “Black Cat” in 1990, and “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” in 1991.

The commercial success of Rhythm Nation 1814 was an unexpected achievement for mainstream pop music. Although Jackson was told focusing her album’s theme on social consciousness would negatively impact sales, it was a prediction soon proved wrong when the album was certified multi-platinum and subsequently topped the pop, R&B and dance music charts.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1989:

1 1 MISS YOU MUCH –•– Janet Jackson – 9 (1)
2 3 SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE –•– Tears For Fears – 9 (2)
3 4 LISTEN TO YOUR HEART –•– Roxette – 10 (3)
4 6 COVER GIRL –•– New Kids On The Block – 7 (4)
5 7 LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR –•– Aerosmith – 9 (5)
6 11 DR. FEELGOOD –•– Motley Crue – 9 (6)
7 8 IT’S NO CRIME –•– Babyface – 12 (7)
8 9 BUST A MOVE –•– Young M.C. – 14 (7)
9 15 WHEN I SEE YOU SMILE –•– Bad English – 7 (9)
10 13 ROCK WIT’CHA –•– Bobby Brown – 10 (10)

11 2 LOVE SONG –•– The Cure – 12 (2)
12 10 WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM –•– Expose – 11 (10)
13 16 HEALING HANDS –•– Elton John – 10 (13)
14 20 DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND) –•– New Kids On The Block – 7 (14)
15 21 LOVE SHACK –•– The B-52’s – 9 (15)
16 22 (IT’S JUST) THE WAY THAT YOU LOVE ME –•– Paula Abdul – 11 (16)
17 19 THE BEST –•– Tina Turner – 9 (17)
18 5 MIXED EMOTIONS –•– Rolling Stones – 9 (5)
19 23 CALL IT LOVE –•– Poco – 10 (19)
20 29 BLAME IT ON THE RAIN –•– Milli Vanilli – 4 (20)

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