Charlie's 80s Blog

This Day In 80s Music, January 8th

Each year Billboard freezes their weekly charts at the very end of the year/beginning of the new year (including in the 1980s) so there isn’t a lot of “music news” from the 80s to report at the end of the year/very beginning of the year as far as songs/albums going to #1, etc. Today, some 80s decade-end facts and figures:

Artists with the most #1 songs in the 1980s decade:

ArtistNumber ones
Michael Jackson9
Whitney Houston7
Phil Collins7
George Michael5
Lionel Richie5
Daryl Hall & John Oates5
Stevie Wonder4
Bon Jovi4

The following artists were featured in top of the chart for the highest total number of weeks during the 1980s:

ArtistWeeks at #1
Michael Jackson27
Lionel Richie21
Paul McCartney16
George Michael16
Stevie Wonder15
Olivia Newton-John14
Diana Ross13
Whitney Houston13
Phil Collins13
Daryl Hall & John Oates12

The following songs were featured on top of the chart for the highest total number of weeks during the 1980s:

“Physical” by Olivia Newton John (10 weeks at #1)

“Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes (9 weeks at #1)

“Endless Love” by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (9 weeks at #1)

“Every Breath You Take” by The Police (8 weeks at #1)

“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (7 weeks at #1)

“Ebony & Ivory” by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (7 weeks at #1)

“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson (7 weeks at #1)

“Call Me” by Blondie (6 weeks at #1)

“Lady” by Kenny Rogers (6 weeks at #1)

“Centerfold” by The J. Geils Band (6 weeks at #1)

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (6 weeks at #1)

“Flashdance…What A Feeling” by Irene Cara (6 weeks at #1)

“Say Say Say” by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (6 weeks at #1)

“Like A Virgin” by Madonna (6 weeks at #1)


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