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This Day In 80s Music, April 17th

On this day in 1982: Vangelis was at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Chariots Of Fire, he later also won an Academy Award for the album for Best Original Score.

Also on this day back in 1982: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were starting their FIFTH consecutive week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘I Love Rock N’ Roll.’ It would command the top spot for seven weeks and would be ranked the 3rd biggest song of 1982 behind Olivia Newton John’s ‘Physical’ and Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger.’

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

1 1 I LOVE ROCK ‘N ROLL –•– Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Boardwalk)-11 (5 weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 WE GOT THE BEAT –•– The Go-Go’s (I.R.S.)-12 (2)
3 3 CHARIOTS OF FIRE – TITLES –•– Vangelis (Polydor)-19 (3)
4 4 FREEZE-FRAME –•– The J. Geils Band (EMI-America)-9 (4)
5 5 MAKE A MOVE ON ME –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-10 (5)
6 6 DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-7 (6)
7 10 DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis and the News (Chrysalis)-11 (7)
8 9 KEY LARGO –•– Bertie Higgins (Kat Family)-23 (8)
9 7 OPEN ARMS –•– Journey (Columbia)-14 (2)
10 8 THAT GIRL –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-14 (4)

11 12 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (Just Like the White Winged Dove) –•– Stevie Nicks (Modern)-9 (11)
12 14 (Oh) PRETTY WOMAN –•– Van Halen (Warner Brothers)-11 (12)
13 16 ’65 LOVE AFFAIR –•– Paul Davis (Arista)-8 (13)
14 15 ONE HUNDRED WAYS –•– Quincy Jones Featuring James Ingram (A&M)-18 (14)
15 21 867-5309/JENNY –•– Tommy Tutone (Columbia)-13 (15)
16 18 FIND ANOTHER FOOL –•– Quarterflash (Geffen)-10 (16)
17 24 DID IT IN A MINUTE –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-5 (17)
18 20 NOBODY SAID IT WAS EASY (Lookin’ For the Lights) –•– Le Roux (RCA)-10 (18)
19 22 GOIN’ DOWN –•– Greg Guidry (Columbia)-10 (19)
20 25 GET DOWN ON IT –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-8 (20)

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