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This Day In 80s Music, May 28th

On this day in 1983: Irene Cara started a SIX week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Flashdance…What A Feeling.’ The song is from the 1983 film ‘Flashdance’ and was written by Giorgio Moroder (music), Keith Forsey and Irene Cara (lyrics), and performed by Cara.

It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 28, 1983, spending six weeks atop the chart. On July 9, it was succeeded by “Every Breath You Take” by The Police and spent the rest of the month in the top three. It spent 14 weeks in the top 10, thus making it the longest-running top-10 single of 1983. The song was ranked #3 on Billboard’s year end chart for 1983. It would also be ranked the #6 song for the entire decade of the 1980s.

In addition to topping the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Cara’s only #1 song, it earned a platinum certification, the Academy Award for Best Original Song, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1983:

1 3 FLASHDANCE…WHAT A FEELING –•– Irene Cara (Casablanca)-9 (1 week at #1) (1)
2 1 LET’S DANCE –•– David Bowie (EMI-America)-10 (1)
3 2 BEAT IT –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-14 (1)
4 4 OVERKILL –•– Men At Work (Columbia)-8 (4)
5 5 SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE –•– Thomas Dolby (Capitol / Harvest)-15 (5)
6 6 LITTLE RED CORVETTE –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-14 (6)
7 7 SOLITAIRE –•– Laura Branigan (Atlantic)-11 (7)
8 10 TIME (Clock Of the Heart) –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-7 (8)
9 9 MY LOVE –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-8 (9)
10 13 STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-12 (10)

11 16 AFFAIR OF THE HEART –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-7 (11)
12 18 ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME –•– Naked Eyes (EMI-America)-12 (12)
13 19 FAITHFULLY –•– Journey (Columbia)-7 (13)
14 20 DON’T LET IT END –•– Styx (A&M)-5 (14)
15 8 JEOPARDY –•– The Greg Kihn Band (Beserkley)-18 (2)
16 12 PHOTOGRAPH –•– Def Leppard (Mercury)-12 (12)
17 22 FAMILY MAN –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-5 (17)
18 11 DER KOMMISSAR –•– After The Fire (Epic)-16 (5)
19 15 I WON’T HOLD YOU BACK –•– Toto (Columbia)-12 (10)
20 25 SHE’S A BEAUTY –•– The Tubes (Capitol)-8 (20)

Also on this day in 1983: The four day US Festival ’83’ took place in California, featuring The Clash, U2, David Bowie, The Pretenders, Van Halen, The Stray Cats, Men At Work, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson. INXS, Joe Walsh, Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne and numerous other bands and artists. Over 750,000 fans attended the festival.

On this day in 1988: George Michael started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “One More Try.” It was released in April of 1988 as the fourth single off his debut solo album “Faith.”

The song lyrically explores a young man’s hesitancy to enter/revisit a new relationship because he had been emotionally hurt so many times previously. The song concludes with temptation taking over, and Michael ends by singing the title for the only time.

“One More Try” was the third consecutive #1 single from the ‘Faith’ album. “One More Try” debuted at an impressive #40 the week of April 16, 1988, and matching the speed of “Father Figure”, reached #1 by its seventh week on the chart, staying there for three consecutive weeks. “One More Try” was the second-longest running #1 of 1988, tied with “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison, and behind the four-week run of Steve Winwood’s “Roll With It”. In total, “One More Try” spent seven weeks in the top 10 and 14 weeks in the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a triple-chart number one, also topping the R&B and Adult Contemporary Charts. It was ranked the #11 song of 1988 on Billboard’s year end chart.

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

1 2 ONE MORE TRY –•– George Michael – 7 (1)
2 3 SHATTERED DREAMS –•– Johnny Hates Jazz – 11 (2)
3 1 ANYTHING FOR YOU –•– Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – 12 (1)
4 5 NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) –•– Samantha Fox – 14 (4)
5 6 I DON’T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU –•– Foreigner – 11 (5)
6 4 ALWAYS ON MY MIND –•– Pet Shop Boys – 10 (4)
7 9 EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates – 7 (7)
8 14 TOGETHER FOREVER –•– Rick Astley – 7 (8)
9 8 WAIT –•– White Lion – 14 (8)
10 11 PIANO IN THE DARK –•– Brenda Russell Featuring Joe Esposito – 15 (10)

11 10 TWO OCCASIONS –•– The Deele – 14 (10)
12 7 ELECTRIC BLUE –•– Icehouse – 16 (7)
13 17 MAKE IT REAL –•– The Jets – 7 (13)
14 18 CIRCLE IN THE SAND –•– Belinda Carlisle – 7 (14)
15 22 FOOLISH BEAT –•– Debbie Gibson – 6 (15)
16 16 DREAMING –•– Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – 12 (16)
17 29 DIRTY DIANA –•– Michael Jackson – 4 (17)
18 25 THE VALLEY ROAD –•– Bruce Hornsby & The Range – 5 (18)
19 27 ALPHABET ST. –•– Prince – 5 (19)
20 23 WE ALL SLEEP ALONE –•– Cher – 8 (20)

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