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This Day In Music, March 11th

On this day in 1984: Van Halen were starting their third of five weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Jump.’ It was ranked the #6 song for the entire year of 1984 by Billboard magazine and was nominated at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards (1984) in the “Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal” category, losing to “Purple Rain” by Prince & The Revolution.

‘Jump’ is featured on Van Halen’s sixth studio album ‘1984’. ‘1984’ was the last Van Halen studio album until ‘A Different Kind Of Truth’ (2012) to feature lead singer David Lee Roth, who left the band in 1985 following creative differences. This is the final full-length album to feature all four original members (The Van Halen brothers Alex and Eddie, Roth, and Michael Anthony). Roth returned in 2007, but Eddie’s son Wolfgang replaced Anthony in 2006. ‘1984’ and Van Halen’s debut album ‘Van Halen’ are Van Halen’s best selling albums, each having sold more than 10 million copies.

‘1984’ was well received by music critics. Rolling Stone ranked the album #81 on its list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart and remained there for five weeks, behind Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, on which guitarist Eddie Van Halen made a guest performance. ‘1984’ produced four singles, including “Jump”, Van Halen’s only #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100; the top-20 hits “Panama” and “I’ll Wait”; and the MTV favorite “Hot For Teacher”. The album was certified diamond by the RIAA in 1999, signifying ten million shipped copies.

Here is a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1984:

1 1 JUMP –•– Van Halen (Warner Brothers)-9 (3 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 3 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-13 (2)
3 2 99 LUFTBALLONS –•– Nena (Epic)-14 (2)
4 4 THRILLER –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-5 (4)
5 7 SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME –•– Rockwell (Motown)-7 (5)
6 5 NOBODY TOLD ME –•– John Lennon (Polydor)-8 (5)
7 10 I WANT A NEW DRUG –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-9 (7)
8 11 HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN –•– Eurythmics (RCA)-7 (8)
9 16 FOOTLOOSE –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-7 (9)
10 6 KARMA CHAMELEON –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-15 (1)

11 8 WRAPPED AROUND YOUR FINGER –•– The Police (A&M)-10 (8)
12 13 NEW MOON ON MONDAY –•– Duran Duran (Capitol)-9 (12)
13 9 LET THE MUSIC PLAY –•– Shannon (Mirage)-18 (8)
14 17 GOT A HOLD ON ME –•– Christine McVie (Warner Brothers)-7 (14)
15 21 AUTOMATIC –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-7 (15)
16 18 THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE –•– Dan Fogelberg (Full Moon / Epic)-6 (16)
17 25 ADULT EDUCATION –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-4 (17)
18 14 AN INNOCENT MAN –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-13 (10)
19 12 JOANNA –•– Kool & The Gang (De-Lite)-19 (2)
20 24 GIVE IT UP –•– K.C. (Meca)-12 (20)

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