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This Day In Music, November 12th

On this day in 1986: Boston was enjoying their first of two weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Amanda.’ It was released as the first single from the band’s third album, ‘Third Stage’ in 1986, six years after it was recorded.

Although the song did not have a promotional music video, “Amanda” became the band’s highest charting single in the United States and Canada. In the United States, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 in November, 1986, for two consecutive weeks (the band’s only #1 on the Hot 100), and was #1 for three consecutive weeks on the Mainstream Rock chart, in October of the same year.

Here’s the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1986:

1 4 AMANDA –•– Boston (MCA)-7 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 3 I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON –•– Robert Palmer (Island)-13 (2)
3 1 TRUE COLORS –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-11 (1)
4 5 HUMAN –•– The Human League (A&M)-9 (4)
5 6 TRUE BLUE –•– Madonna (Sire)-6 (5)
6 9 TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT –•– Eddie Money (Columbia)-13 (6)
7 11 YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME –•– Bon Jovi (Mercury)-10 (7)
8 2 TYPICAL MALE –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-11 (2)
9 12 WORD UP –•– Cameo (Atlanta Artists)-9 (9)
10 13 THE RAIN –•– Oran “Juice” Jones (Def Jam)-9 (10)

11 8 SWEET LOVE –•– Anita Baker (Elektra)-13 (8)
12 15 THE NEXT TIME I FALL –•– Peter Cetera & Amy Grant (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-8 (12)
13 18 I’LL BE OVER YOU –•– Toto (Columbia)-11 (13)
14 20 LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-6 (14)
15 25 HIP TO BE SQUARE –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-4 (15)
16 22 EMOTION IN MOTION –•– Ric Ocasek (Geffen)-10 (16)
17 10 ALL CRIED OUT Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam With Full Force (Columbia)-16 (8)
18 27 THE WAY IT IS –•– Bruce Hornsby & The Range (RCA)-8 (18)
19 7 WHEN I THINK OF YOU –•– Janet Jackson (A&M)-14 (1)
20 21 I AM BY YOUR SIDE –•– Corey Hart (EMI-America)-8 (20)

On this day in 1988: U2 started a six-week run at #1 on the US album chart with their sixth studio album ‘Rattle And Hum’ which went on to sell over 14 million copies.

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