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This Day In Music, February 12th

On this day in 1983: Men At Work returned to the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Down Under.” It has been #1 for three consecutive weeks starting on January 15, 1983 through February 4, 1983 then ‘Africa’ by Toto took over the top spot on February 5, 1983. ‘Down Under’ would be ranked the 4th biggest song of 1983 by Billboard Magazine.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1983:

1 2 DOWN UNDER Men At Work (Columbia)-15 (4 non-cons weeks at #1) (1)
2 4 BABY, COME TO ME –•– Patti Austin with James Ingram (Qwest)-22 (2)
3 3 SEXUAL HEALING –•– Marvin Gaye (Columbia)-16 (3)
4 5 SHAME ON THE MOON –•– Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-9 (4)
5 1 AFRICA –•– Toto (Columbia)-16 (1)
6 6 MANEATER –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-18 (1)
7 9 YOU AND I –•– Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle (Elektra)-19 (7)
8 8 ROCK THE CASBAH –•– The Clash (Epic)-20 (8)
9 12 STRAY CAT STRUT –•– The Stray Cats (EMI-America)-8 (9)
10 10 YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-15 (10)

11 11 THE OTHER GUY –•– Little River Band (Capitol)-13 (11)
12 13 GOODY TWO SHOES –•– Adam Ant (Epic)-14 (12)
13 14 PASS THE DUTCHIE –•– Musical Youth (MCA)-10 (13)
14 18 YOUR LOVE IS DRIVING ME CRAZY –•– Sammy Hagar (Geffen)-10 (14)
15 15 HEART TO HEART –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-12 (15)
16 19 ALL RIGHT –•– Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)-4 (16)
17 17 ALLENTOWN –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-12 (17)
18 21 DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-11 (18)
19 22 HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF –•– Duran Duran (Harvest)-8 (19)
20 20 YOU GOT LUCKY –•Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Backstreet)-14 (20)

Here are the only songs in the 80s decade to spend non-consecutive weeks at #1:

9 To 5 by Dolly Parton (1981)

Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes (1981)

Abracadabra by The Steve Miller Band (1982)

Down Under by Men At Work (1983)

*Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes returned to #1 in January of 1980, but its first chart at #1 was in December of 1979.

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