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This Day In 80s Music, May 4th

On this day in 1985: USA For Africa were beginning their fourth and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “We Are The World. “It would go on to be ranked the 20th biggest hit of 1985 by Billboard Magazine on their 1985 year-end chart.

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

1 1 WE ARE THE WORLD –•– USA For Africa (Columbia)-7 (4 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 CRAZY FOR YOU –•– Madonna (Geffen)-10 (2)
3 3 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT –•– DeBarge (Gordy)-12 (3)
4 5 DON’T YOU (Forget About Me) –•– Simple Minds (A&M)-11 (4)
5 6 ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK –•– Murray Head (RCA)-11 (5)
6 7 OBSESSION –•– Animotion (Mercury)-15 (6)
7 8 SOME LIKE IT HOT –•– The Power Station (Capitol)-8 (7)
8 4 NIGHTSHIFT –•– Commodores (Motown)-15 (3)
9 10 ALL SHE WANTS TO DO IS DANCE –•– Don Henley (Geffen)-11 (9)
10 12 SMOOTH OPERATOR –•– Sade (Portrait)-10 (10)

11 16 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS –•– Wham! (Columbia)-7 (11)
12 15 THAT WAS YESTERDAY –•– Foreigner (Atlantic)-8 (12)
13 9 I’M ON FIRE –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-12 (6)
14 18 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD –•– Tears For Fears (Mercury)-8 (14)
15 17 DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE –•– Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (MCA)-8 (15)
16 22 AXEL F –•– Harold Faltermeyer (MCA)-6 (16)
17 11 ONE MORE NIGHT –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-13 (1)
18 19 SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT UNSAID –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-8 (18)
19 21 NEW ATTITUDE –•– Patti LaBelle (MCA)-12 (19)
20 24 SUDDENLY –•– Billy Ocean (Jive)-7 (20)

On this day in 1989: Stevie Ray Vaughan set out on what would be his last ever tour at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia. The guitarist was killed in a helicopter crash on the 27th of August 1990 after a concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin, after playing 107 of the 110 dates.

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