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This Day In 80s Music, April 16th

On this day in 1983: Michael Jackson began his SEVENTH and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with Billie Jean. It would be ranked the #2 song of the entire year of 1983 behind ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police. After ‘Billie Jean’ gave up the top spot to ‘Come On Eileen’ by Dexy’s Midnight Runners on April 23, 1983 (#1 for one week), Michael would return to the #1 position starting on April 30th 1983 for three weeks with ‘Beat It.’

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)-13 (7 weeks at #1) (1)
2 4 COME ON EILEEN –•– Dexys Midnight Runners (Mercury)-13 (2)
3 5 MR. ROBOTO –•– Styx (A&M)-10 (3)
4 9 JEOPARDY –•– The Greg Kihn Band (Beserkley)-12 (4)
5 10 BEAT IT –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-8 (5)
6 3 HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF –•– Duran Duran (Harvest)-17 (3)
7 7 ONE ON ONE –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-12 (7)
8 8 SEPARATE WAYS (Worlds Apart) –•– Journey (Columbia)-11 (8)
9 12 DER KOMMISSAR –•– After The Fire (Epic)-10 (9)
10 2 DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-20 (2)

11 6 WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton (Liberty)-12 (6)
12 11 YOU ARE –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-14 (4)
13 16 SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE –•– Thomas Dolby (Capitol / Harvest)-9 (13)
14 13 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON –•– Frida (Atlantic)-24 (13)
15 29 LET’S DANCE –•– David Bowie (EMI-America)-4 (15)
16 22 EVEN NOW –•– Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-6 (16)
17 19 LITTLE RED CORVETTE –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-8 (17)
18 14 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG –•– The Pretenders (Sire)-19 (5)
19 28 OVERKILL –•– Men At Work (Columbia)-2 (19)
20 23 I WON’T HOLD YOU BACK –•– Toto (Columbia)-6 (20)

On this day in 1988: Billy Ocean began his second and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,’ It would be ranked the #15 song for the entire year of 1988 by Billboard Magazine.

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

1 1 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR –•– Billy Ocean – 10 (1)
2 4 DEVIL INSIDE –•– INXS – 10 (2)
3 5 WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO –•– Whitney Houston – 8 (3)
4 2 MAN IN THE MIRROR –•– Michael Jackson – 11 (1)
5 10 WISHING WELL –•– Terence Trent D’Arby – 14 (5)
6 8 GIRLFRIEND –•– Pebbles – 12 (6)
7 6 ROCKET 2 YOU –•– The Jets – 13 (6)
8 12 ANGEL –•– Aerosmith – 12 (8)
9 11 I SAW HIM STANDING THERE –•– Tiffany – 8 (9)
10 13 SOME KIND OF LOVER –•– Jody Watley – 12 (10)

11 3 OUT OF THE BLUE –•– Debbie Gibson – 12 (3)
12 16 PINK CADILLAC –•– Natalie Cole – 7 (12)
13 17 PROVE YOUR LOVE –•– Taylor Dayne – 9 (13)
14 15 CHECK IT OUT –•– John Cougar Mellencamp – 11 (14)
15 20 ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – 6 (15)
16 7 ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS –•– Richard Marx – 13 (2)
17 19 ONE STEP UP –•– Bruce Springsteen – 8 (17)
18 9 I WANT HER –•– Keith Sweat – 14 (5)
19 22 ELECTRIC BLUE –•– Icehouse – 10 (19)
20 23 YOU DON’T KNOW –•– Scarlett & Black – 12 (20)

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