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This Day In 80s Music, June 4th

On this day in 1983: The Police started a four week run at #1 in the UK with ‘Every Breath You Take’ the group’s fifth and final #1 UK single. Taken from the bands album Synchronicity, it won Song of the Year and it won Best Pop Performance at the 1984 Grammy Awards. It would spend eight weeks at #1 in the U.S. in the summer of 1983 and be ranked the #1 song of the year in the U.S. for 1983.

Also on this day in 1983: Irene Cara was starting her second of six weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Flashdance…What A Feeling.” It would be ranked the #3 song for the entire year of 1983 by Billboard Magazine on their year-end chart. It would also be ranked the #6 song for the entire 80s decade.

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

1 1 FLASHDANCE…WHAT A FEELING –•– Irene Cara (Casablanca)-10 (2 weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 LET’S DANCE –•– David Bowie (EMI-America)-11 (1)
3 4 OVERKILL –•– Men At Work (Columbia)-9 (3)
4 8 TIME (Clock Of the Heart) –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-8 (4)
5 5 SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE –•– Thomas Dolby (Capitol / Harvest)-16 (5)
6 3 BEAT IT –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-15 (1)
7 9 MY LOVE –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-9 (7)
8 6 LITTLE RED CORVETTE –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-15 (6)
9 7 SOLITAIRE –•– Laura Branigan (Atlantic)-12 (7)
10 10 STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-13 (10)

11 11 AFFAIR OF THE HEART –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-8 (11)
12 12 ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME –•– Naked Eyes (EMI-America)-13 (12)
13 13 FAITHFULLY –•– Journey (Columbia)-8 (13)
14 14 DON’T LET IT END –•– Styx (A&M)-6 (14)
15 17 FAMILY MAN –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-6 (15)
16 25 ELECTRIC AVENUE –•– Eddy Grant (Portrait)-8 (16)
17 16 PHOTOGRAPH –•– Def Leppard (Mercury)-13 (12)
18 24 NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO –•– Sergio Mendes (with Joe Pizzulo & Leza Miller) (A&M)-8 (18)
19 20 SHE’S A BEAUTY –•– The Tubes (Capitol)-9 (19)
20 26 TOO SHY –•– Kajagoogoo (EMI-America)-7 (20)

On this day in 1984: Bruce Springsteen released the album, ‘Born In The USA’, which became the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States (and also Springsteen’s most successful album ever). The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles (tied with Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814).

On this day in 1988: George Michael was starting his second of three weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘One More Try.’ It would be ranked the #11 song for the entire year of 1988 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 1988:

1 1 ONE MORE TRY –•– George Michael – 8 (1)
2 2 SHATTERED DREAMS –•– Johnny Hates Jazz – 12 (2)
3 4 NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) –•– Samantha Fox – 15 (3)
4 7 EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates – 8 (4)
5 8 TOGETHER FOREVER –•– Rick Astley – 8 (5)
6 10 PIANO IN THE DARK –•– Brenda Russell Featuring Joe Esposito – 16 (6)
7 15 FOOLISH BEAT –•– Debbie Gibson – 7 (7)
8 5 I DON’T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU –•– Foreigner – 12 (5)
9 13 MAKE IT REAL –•– The Jets – 8 (9)
10 3 ANYTHING FOR YOU –•– Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – 13 (1)

11 14 CIRCLE IN THE SAND –•– Belinda Carlisle – 8 (11)
12 17 DIRTY DIANA –•– Michael Jackson – 5 (12)
13 9 WAIT –•– White Lion – 15 (8)
14 18 THE VALLEY ROAD –•– Bruce Hornsby & The Range – 6 (14)
15 19 ALPHABET ST. –•– Prince – 6 (15)
16 20 WE ALL SLEEP ALONE –•– Cher – 9 (16)
17 6 ALWAYS ON MY MIND –•– Pet Shop Boys – 11 (4)
18 23 I STILL BELIEVE –•– Brenda K. Starr – 10 (18)
19 29 THE FLAME –•– Cheap Trick – 9 (19)
20 26 KISS ME DEADLY –•– Lita Ford – 10 (20)

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