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This Day In 80s Music, March 31st

On this day in 1984: Kenny Loggins started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Footloose’, the theme from the 1984 film ‘Footloose’ starring Kevin Bacon.

“Footloose” was co-written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins. It was released in January 1984 as the first of two singles by Loggins from the soundtrack to the 1984 film ‘Footloose’ (the other one being “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)”. The song spent three weeks at #1, from March 31—April 20, 1984 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and was the first of two #1 hits from the film. Billboard ranked it the #4 song for the entire year of 1984.

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

1 4 FOOTLOOSE –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-10 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 2 SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME –•– Rockwell (Motown)-10 (2)
3 1 JUMP –•– Van Halen (Warner Brothers)-12 (1)
4 5 HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN –•– Eurythmics (RCA)-10 (4)
5 3 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-16 (2)
6 6 I WANT A NEW DRUG –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-12 (6)
7 12 AGAINST ALL ODDS (Take A Look At Me Now) –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-6 (7)
8 8 AUTOMATIC –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-10 (8)
9 9 ADULT EDUCATION –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-7 (9)
10 14 MISS ME BLIND –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-5 (10)

11 7 99 LUFTBALLONS –•– Nena (Epic)-17 (2)
12 15 HOLD ME NOW –•– Thompson Twins (Arista)-8 (12)
13 17 HELLO –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-6 (13)
14 18 EAT IT –•– “Weird” Al Yankovic (Rock ‘N’ Roll)-4 (14)
15 11 THRILLER –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-8 (4)
16 10 GOT A HOLD ON ME –•– Christine McVie (Warner Brothers)-10 (10)
17 13 THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE –•– Dan Fogelberg (Full Moon / Epic)-9 (13)
18 16 NEW MOON ON MONDAY –•– Duran Duran (Capitol)-12 (10)
19 25 RADIO GA-GA –•– Queen (Capitol)-7 (19)
20 20 BACK WHERE YOU BELONG –•– 38 Special (Capitol)-9 (20)

On this day back in 1987: Prince released his ninth studio album Sign o’ the Times which produced three top-ten hit singles, ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’, ‘U Got the Look’, (with Sheena Easton) and the title track ‘Sign o’ the Times.’

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