Charlie's 80s Blog

This Day In Music, January 11th

On this day in 1985: A Brazilian rock Festival ‘Rock In Rio’ held in Rio de Janeiro, claimed to be the biggest music festival ever staged. An estimated 1,5 million people attended the festival. The festival featured; Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes and Iron Maiden.

On this day in 1986: The Pet Shop Boys scored their first U.K. #1 single with ‘West End Girls.’ The first version of the song was released in April 1984, becoming a club hit in the United States, after the duo signed with EMI, the song was re-recorded with producer Stephen Hague. It would hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. on May 10, 1986.

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

1 1 SAY YOU, SAY ME –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-10 (4 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 PARTY ALL THE TIME –•– Eddie Murphy (Columbia)-15 (2)
3 4 THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR –•– Dionne & Friends (Arista)-10 (3)
4 3 ALIVE AND KICKING –•– Simple Minds (A&M)-13 (3)
5 5 I MISS YOU –•– Klymaxx (Constellation)-18 (5)
6 6 SMALL TOWN –•– John Cougar Mellencamp (Riva)-11 (6)
7 9 TONIGHT SHE COMES –•– The Cars (Elektra)-11 (7)
8 11 TALK TO ME –•– Stevie Nicks (Modern)-9 (8)
9 7 BROKEN WINGS –•– Mr. Mister (RCA)-17 (1)
10 13 WALK OF LIFE –•– Dire Straits (Warner Brothers)-11 (10)

11 8 SEPARATE LIVES –•– Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin (Atlantic)-15 (1)
12 15 BURNING HEART –•– Survivor (Scotti Brothers)-11 (12)
13 16 MY HOMETOWN –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-6 (13)
14 20 I’M YOUR MAN –•– Wham! (Columbia)-7 (14)
15 10 ELECTION DAY –•– Arcadia (Capitol)-12 (6)
16 19 IT’S ONLY LOVE –•– Bryan Adams & Tina Turner (A&M)-8 (16)
17 17 LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE –•– Sting (A&M)-10 (17)
18 22 GO HOME –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-8 (18)
19 24 SPIES LIKE US –•– Paul McCartney (Capitol)-8 (19)
20 21 CONGA –•– Miami Sound Machine (Epic)-13 (20)

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