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This Day In 80s Music, April 2nd

On this day in 1983: Michael Jackson continued his run at #1 on the U.S. singles charts with Billie Jean. This would be the start of his fifth consecutive week in the top spot for Billie Jean and it would stay #1 for two more weeks, totaling seven weeks on top of the charts. It would go on to be the 2nd biggest hit of the year for 1983, finishing behind ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police which topped the charts for eight weeks that same year.

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)-11 (5 weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-18 (2)
3 3 HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF –•– Duran Duran (Harvest)-15 (3)
4 4 YOU ARE –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-12 (4)
5 5 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG –•– The Pretenders (Sire)-17 (5)
6 6 WE’VE GOT TONIGHT –•– Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton (Liberty)-10 (6)
7 7 MR. ROBOTO –•– Styx (A&M)-8 (7)
8 8 SEPARATE WAYS (Worlds Apart) –•– Journey (Columbia)-9 (8)
9 9 ONE ON ONE –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-10 (9)
10 10 TWILIGHT ZONE –•– Golden Earring (21 Records)-19 (10)

11 11 COME ON EILEEN –•– Dexys Midnight Runners (Mercury)-11 (11)
12 14 JEOPARDY –•– The Greg Kihn Band (Beserkley)-10 (12)
13 13 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON –•– Frida (Atlantic)-22 (13)
14 15 BEAT IT –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-6 (14)
15 16 DER KOMMISSAR –•– After The Fire (Epic)-8 (15)
16 12 SHAME ON THE MOON –•– Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-16 (2)
17 17 FALL IN LOVE WITH ME –•– Earth, Wind & Fire (Columbia)-11 (17)
18 18 I’VE GOT A ROCK N’ ROLL HEART –•– Eric Clapton (Duck)-10 (18)
19 19 ALL RIGHT –•– Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)-11 (12)
20 20 LITTLE TOO LATE –•– Pat Benatar (Chrysalis)-9 (20)

On this day back in 1988: Michael Jackson was starting his second and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Man In the Mirror”. It would be ranked the 21st biggest song of 1988 on Billboard’s year end chart.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1988:

1 1 MAN IN THE MIRROR –•– Michael Jackson – 9 (1)
2 2 ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS –•– Richard Marx – 11 (2)
3 5 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR –•– Billy Ocean – 8 (3)
4 4 OUT OF THE BLUE –•– Debbie Gibson – 10 (4)
5 7 I WANT HER –•– Keith Sweat – 12 (5)
6 9 ROCKET 2 YOU –•– The Jets – 11 (6)
7 12 DEVIL INSIDE –•– INXS – 8 (7)
8 3 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP –•– Rick Astley – 16 (1)
9 13 GIRLFRIEND –•– Pebbles – 10 (9)
10 16 WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO –•– Whitney Houston – 6 (10)

11 11 (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY –•– Michael Bolton – 11 (11)
12 17 WISHING WELL –•– Terence Trent D’Arby – 12 (12)
13 10 HYSTERIA –•– Def Leppard – 11 (10)
14 18 SOME KIND OF LOVER –•– Jody Watley – 10 (14)
15 6 I GET WEAK –•– Belinda Carlisle – 12 (2)
16 20 ANGEL –•– Aerosmith – 10 (16)
17 21 I SAW HIM STANDING THERE –•– Tiffany – 6 (17)
18 19 CHECK IT OUT –•– John Cougar Mellencamp – 9 (18)
19 8 FATHER FIGURE –•– George Michael – 12 (1)
20 25 PROVE YOUR LOVE –•– Taylor Dayne – 7 (20)

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