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This Day In Music, March 7th

On this day in 1980: The film Coal Miner’s Daughter, the biography of Loretta Lynn starring Sissy Spacek opened. Spacek won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lynn; Tommy Lee Jones and Beverly D’Angelo also play leading roles in the film, which was a huge success with critics and at the box office.

On this day in 1983: New Order released ‘Blue Monday,’ as a 12-inch single through Factory Records. The track went on to become the biggest-selling 12-inch single of all time.

On this day in 1987: The Beastie Boys became the first rap act to have a #1 album in the U.S. with their debut album, Licensed To Ill. The album is one of Columbia Records’ fastest-selling debut records to date. It has been certified diamond, selling over 10 million copies.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1987:

1 1 LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER –•– Bon Jovi (Mercury)-13 (1) (4 Weeks at #1)
2 2 JACOB’S LADDER –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-8 (2)
3 5 YOU GOT IT ALL –•– The Jets (MCA)-17 (3)
4 6 SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram (MCA)-12 (4)
5 7 RESPECT YOURSELF –•– Bruce Willis (Motown)-8 (5)
6 3 KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF –•– Georgia Satellites (Elektra)-16 (2)
7 8 (You Gotta) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (To Party!) –•– Beastie Boys (Def Jam)-12 (7)
8 9 BIG TIME –•– Peter Gabriel (Geffen)-15 (8)
9 12 MANDOLIN RAIN –•– Bruce Hornsby & The Range (RCA)-8 (9)
10 15 LET’S WAIT AWHILE –•– Janet Jackson (A&M)-8 (10)

11 4 WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME? –•– Chicago (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-17 (3)
12 22 LEAN ON ME –•– Club Nouveau (King Jay / Warner Brothers)-4 (12)
13 21 NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW –•– Starship (Grunt)-6 (13)
14 14 I’LL BE ALRIGHT WITHOUT YOU –•– Journey (Columbia)-14 (14)
15 17 I WANNA GO BACK –•– Eddie Money (Columbia)-12 (15)
16 27 TONIGHT, TONIGHT, TONIGHT –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-4 (16)
17 20 BRAND NEW LOVER –•– Dead Or Alive (Epic)-15 (17)
18 10 BALLERINA GIRL –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-14 (7)
19 23 COME GO WITH ME –•– Expose (Arista)-7 (19)
20 30 THE FINAL COUNTDOWN –•– Europe (Epic)-7 (20)

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