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This Day In 80s Music, May 24th

On this day in 1980: Genesis fans turning up at the Roxy Club box office in Los Angeles to buy tickets for a forthcoming gig on May 25, 1980, were surprised to find the band members Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford selling the tickets themselves. Here’s the gig they were selling tickets for:

Also on this day in 1980: Blondie were starting their sixth and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Call Me.” It would be ranked the #1 song of 1980 on Billboard’s year end chart and would also go on to be ranked the #9 song for the entire decade of the 1980s.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1980:

1 1 CALL ME –•– Blondie (Chrysalis)-15 (6 weeks at #1) (1)
2 4 FUNKYTOWN –•– Lipps, Inc. (Casablanca)-9 (2)
3 3 LOST IN LOVE –•– Air Supply (Arista)-16 (3)
4 8 DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH A DREAMER –•– Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes (United Artists)-9 (4)
5 6 SEXY EYES –•– Dr. Hook (Capitol)-15 (5)
6 10 BIGGEST PART OF ME –•– Ambrosia (Warner Brothers)-8 (6)
7 16 STOMP! –•– The Brothers Johnson (A&M)-11 (7)
8 11 HURT SO BAD –•– Linda Ronstadt (Asylum)-7 (8)
9 2 RIDE LIKE THE WIND –•– Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)-15 (2)
10 12 CARS –•– Gary Numan (Atco)-15 (10)

11 18 AGAINST THE WIND –•– Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-4 (11)
12 13 I CAN’T HELP IT –•– Andy Gibb and Olivia Newton-John (RSO)-9 (12)
13 20 THE ROSE –•– Bette Midler (Atlantic)-10 (13)
14 19 COMING UP / COMING UP (Live At Glasgow) –•– Paul McCartney and Wings (Columbia)-5 (14)
15 15 BREAKDOWN DEAD AHEAD –•– Boz Scaggs (Columbia)-9 (15)
16 17 BRASS IN POCKET (I’m Special) –•– The Pretenders (Sire)-15 (16)
17 9 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (Part 2) –•– Pink Floyd (Columbia)-19 (1)
18 21 STEAL AWAY –•– Robbie Dupree (Elektra)-7 (18)
19 26 SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-6 (19)
20 27 LITTLE JEANNIE –•– Elton John (MCA)-4 (20)

On this day in 1986: Whitney Houston was starting her second of three weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Greatest Love of All.” It would go on to be ranked #11 on Billboard’s year end chart for 1986.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1986:

1 1 GREATEST LOVE OF ALL –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-9 (2 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 5 LIVE TO TELL –•– Madonna (Sire)-7 (2)
3 11 ON MY OWN –•– Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald (MCA)-10 (3)
4 2 WEST END GIRLS –•– Pet Shop Boys (EMI-America)-13 (1)
5 9 IF YOU LEAVE –•– Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (A&M)-12 (5)
6 4 WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY –•– Janet Jackson (A&M)-14 (4)
7 7 TAKE ME HOME –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-11 (7)
8 8 BAD BOY –•– Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan (Epic)-12 (8)
9 12 I CAN’T WAIT –•– Nu Shooz (Atlantic)-12 (9)
10 14 ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE –•– Mike + The Mechanics (Atlantic)-10 (10)

11 3 WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE –•– Van Halen (Warner Brothers)-11 (3)
12 13 SOMETHING ABOUT YOU –•– Level 42 (Polydor)-15 (12)
13 16 BE GOOD TO YOURSELF –•– Journey (Columbia)-7 (13)
14 15 IS IT LOVE –•– Mr. Mister (RCA)-9 (14)
15 6 YOUR LOVE –•– The Outfield (Columbia)-15 (6)
16 18 MOVE AWAY –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-8 (16)
17 10 ADDICTED TO LOVE –•– Robert Palmer (Island)-16 (1)
18 21 CRUSH ON YOU –•– The Jets (MCA)-7 (18)
19 23 THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS –•– Billy Ocean (Jive)-6 (19)
20 25 NOTHIN’ AT ALL –•– Heart (Capitol)-6 (20)

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