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This Day In 80s Music, May 30th

On this day in 1981: Kim Carnes was starting her third of nine non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Bette Davis Eyes.’ It would be ranked the #1 song for the year of 1981 by Billboard Magazine on their year-end chart and would be ranked the #2 song of the entire 80s decade behind “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1981:

1 1 BETTE DAVIS EYES –•– Kim Carnes (EMI-America)-10 (3 weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 BEING WITH YOU –•– Smokey Robinson (Tamla)-16 (2)
3 5 MEDLEY: INTRO VENUS/SUGAR SUGAR/NO REPLY/I’LL BE BACK/DRIVE MY CAR/
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET/WE CAN WORK IT OUT/I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN
BETTER/NOWHERE MAN/YOU’RE GOING TO LOSE THAT GIRL/STARS ON 45 –•– Stars On 45 (Radio Records)-8 (3)
4 8 SUKIYAKI –•– A Taste Of Honey (Capitol)-13 (4)
5 6 TAKE IT ON THE RUN –•– REO Speedwagon (Epic)-11 (5)
6 7 LIVING INSIDE MYSELF –•– Gino Vannelli (Arista)-11 (6)
7 3 JUST THE TWO OF US –•– Grover Washington, Jr. (with Bill Withers) (Elektra)-16 (2)
8 11 A WOMAN NEEDS LOVE (Just Like You Do) –•– Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio (Arista)-13 (8)
9 9 TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS –•– Styx (A&M)-11 (9)
10 10 WATCHING THE WHEELS –•– John Lennon (Geffen)-10 (10)

11 12 SWEETHEART –•– Franke and the Knockouts (Millennium)-13 (11)
12 15 AMERICA –•– Neil Diamond (Capitol)-6 (12)
13 14 HOW ‘BOUT US –•– Champaign (Columbia)-16 (13)
14 4 ANGEL OF THE MORNING –•– Juice Newton (Capitol)-15 (4)
15 17 I LOVE YOU –•– The Climax Blues Band (Warner Brothers)-15 (15)
16 33 ALL THOSE YEARS AGO –•– George Harrison (Dark Horse)-2 (16)
17 23 THIS LITTLE GIRL –•– Gary U.S. Bonds (EMI-America)-6 (17)
18 21 WHAT ARE WE DOIN’ IN LOVE –•– Dottie West (with Kenny Rogers) (Liberty)-10 (18)
19 19 I MISSED AGAIN –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-11 (19)
20 20 SAY YOU’LL BE MINE –•– Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)-10 (20)

On this day in 1987: David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland. The tour’s set, described at the time as “the largest touring set ever,” was designed to look like a giant spider. It was 60 feet (18.3m) high, 64 feet (19.5m) wide and included giant vacuumed tube legs that were lit from the inside with 20,000′ (6,096m) of color-changing lights. A single set took 43 trucks to move.

Also on this day in 1987: U2 were starting their third and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “With or Without You.” It would go on to be ranked the #15 song for the entire year of 1987 by BIllboard Magazine on their year-end chart.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1987:

1 1 WITH OR WITHOUT YOU –•– U2 (Island)-11 (1) (3 Weeks at #1)
2 4 YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON –•– Kim Wilde (MCA)-10 (2)
3 3 THE LADY IN RED –•– Chris DeBurgh (A&M)-16 (3)
4 8 ALWAYS –•– Atlantic Starr (Warner Brothers)-10 (4)
5 7 BIG LOVE –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-10 (5)
6 15 HEAD TO TOE –•– Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (Columbia)-8 (6)
7 11 RIGHT ON TRACK –•– Breakfast Club (MCA)-12 (7)
8 6 HEAT OF THE NIGHT –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-10 (6)
9 12 I KNOW WHAT I LIKE –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-9 (9)
10 14 WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE –•– Bon Jovi (Mercury)-8 (10)

11 16 IN TOO DEEP –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-6 (11)
12 2 LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE –•– Jody Watley (MCA)-13 (2)
13 13 NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU –•– Glenn Medeiros (Amherst)-16 (13)
14 17 DIAMONDS –•– Herb Alpert (A&M)-8 (14)
15 5 (I Just) DIED IN YOUR ARMS –•– Cutting Crew (Virgin)-13 (1)
16 19 MEET ME HALF WAY –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-13 (16)
17 18 IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL –•– Chicago (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-11 (17)
18 28 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (Who Loves Me) –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-3 (18)
19 9 LA ISLA BONITA –•– Madonna (Sire)-11 (4)
20 22 JUST TO SEE HER –•– Smokey Robinson (Motown)-10 (20)

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