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This Day In Music, March 13th

On this day in 1982: The J. Geils Band started their sixth and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Centerfold’. It would be ranked the #11 song of the entire 80s decade by Billboard Magazine.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1982:

1 1 CENTERFOLD –•– The J. Geils Band (EMI-America)-19 (6 weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 OPEN ARMS –•– Journey (Columbia)-9 (2)
3 3 I LOVE ROCK ‘N ROLL –•– Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Boardwalk)-6 (3)
4 4 SHAKE IT UP –•– The Cars (Elektra)-17 (4)
5 5 THAT GIRL –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-9 (5)
6 6 SWEET DREAMS –•– Air Supply (Arista)-14 (6)
7 11 WE GOT THE BEAT –•– The Go-Go’s (I.R.S.)-7 (7)
8 8 MIRROR, MIRROR –•– Diana Ross (RCA)-10 (8)
9 9 LEADER OF THE BAND –•– Dan Fogelberg (Full Moon / Epic)-16 (9)
10 10 TAKE IT EASY ON ME –•– Little River Band (Capitol)-15 (10)

11 12 SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD –•– The Police (A&M)-9 (11)
12 14 PAC-MAN FEVER –•– Buckner and Garcia (Columbia)-10 (12)
13 13 THROUGH THE YEARS –•– Kenny Rogers (Liberty)-12 (13)
14 16 BOBBIE SUE –•– The Oak Ridge Boys (MCA)-9 (14)
15 15 LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE –•– Alabama (RCA)-18 (15)
16 17 KEY LARGO –•– Bertie Higgins (Kat Family)-18 (16)
17 19 MAKE A MOVE ON ME –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-5 (17)
18 20 CHARIOTS OF FIRE – TITLES –•– Vangelis (Polydor)-14 (18)
19 21 SHOULD I DO IT –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-8 (19)
20 7 I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (No Can Do) –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-18 (1)

On this day in 1983: Michael Jackson was in his second of seven weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Billie Jean’. It would be ranked the #17 song for the entire 1980s decade 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 1 BILLIE JEAN –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-8 (2 weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 SHAME ON THE MOON –•– Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-13 (2)
3 3 STRAY CAT STRUT –•– The Stray Cats (EMI-America)-12 (3)
4 4 DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-15 (4)
5 5 HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF –•– Duran Duran (Harvest)-12 (5)
6 9 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG –•– The Pretenders (Sire)-14 (6)
7 11 YOU ARE –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-9 (7)
8 8 WE’VE GOT TONIGHT –•– Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton (Liberty)-7 (8)
9 6 BABY, COME TO ME –•– Patti Austin with James Ingram (Qwest)-26 (1)
10 15 SEPARATE WAYS (Worlds Apart) –•– Journey (Columbia)-6 (10)

11 18 ONE ON ONE –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-7 (11)
12 12 ALL RIGHT –•– Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)-8 (12)
13 20 MR. ROBOTO –•– Styx (A&M)-5 (13)
14 16 TWILIGHT ZONE –•– Golden Earring (21 Records)-16 (14)
15 14 DOWN UNDER –•– Men At Work (Columbia)-19 (1)
16 22 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON –•– Frida (Atlantic)-19 (16)
17 17 ALLENTOWN –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-16 (17)
18 21 FALL IN LOVE WITH ME –•– Earth, Wind & Fire (Columbia)-8 (18)
19 19 BREAKING US IN TWO –•– Joe Jackson (A&M)-9 (19)
20 25 COME ON EILEEN –•– Dexys Midnight Runners (Mercury)-8 (20)

On this day in 1989: Debbie Gibson was in her second of three weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Lost In Your Eyes.’ It would be ranked the #86 song of the entire 1980s decade by Billboard Magazine.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1989:

1 1 LOST IN YOUR EYES –•– Debbie Gibson – 8 (1)
2 4 THE LIVING YEARS –•– Mike & The Mechanics – 10 (2)
3 5 YOU GOT IT (THE RIGHT STUFF) –•– New Kids On The Block – 17 (3)
4 8 RONI –•– Bobby Brown – 10 (4)
5 10 PARADISE CITY –•– Guns N’ Roses – 9 (5)
6 9 SURRENDER TO ME –•– Ann Wilson & Robin Zander – 12 (6)
7 12 GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE –•– Milli Vanilli – 10 (7)
8 2 THE LOVER IN ME –•– Sheena Easton – 19 (2)
9 13 MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO –•– Rod Stewart – 14 (9)
10 3 STRAIGHT UP –•– Paula Abdul – 15 (1)

11 17 ETERNAL FLAME –•– The Bangles – 6 (11)
12 16 DON’T TELL ME LIES –•– Breathe – 9 (12)
13 25 THE LOOK –•– Roxette – 5 (13)
14 7 WHAT I AM –•– Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians – 16 (7)
15 18 I BEG YOUR PARDON –•– Kon Kan – 12 (15)
16 21 YOU’RE NOT ALONE –•– Chicago – 8 (16)
17 6 WILD THING –•– Tone Loc – 15 (2)
18 20 DREAMIN’ –•– Vanessa Williams – 10 (18)
19 26 WALK THE DINOSAUR –•– Was Not Was – 7 (19)
20 23 JUST BECAUSE –•– Anita Baker – 8 (20)

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