Charlie's 80s Blog

This Day In 80s Music, June 18th

On this day in 1988: Rick Astley went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Together Forever.” It would spend on week in the top spot.

It was Astley’s second and final U.S. chart-topper. It reached #2 in the UK, being denied the top spot by Neighbours star and fellow Stock Aitken Waterman artist Kylie Minogue with her debut single “I Should Be So Lucky.” Additionally the single peaked at #1 in Canada, Ireland and Spain. It also peaked within the top 10 in Austria, West Germany and Iceland. The song uses a similar chord structure and melody to “Never Gonna Give You Up” (as with most songs written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman at the time), and has occasionally been used as an alternate Rickroll song (especially for situations where the recipient expects “Never Gonna Give You Up”).

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

1 2 TOGETHER FOREVER –•– Rick Astley – 10 (1)
2 1 ONE MORE TRY –•– George Michael – 10 (1)
3 6 FOOLISH BEAT –•– Debbie Gibson – 9 (3)
4 8 DIRTY DIANA –•– Michael Jackson – 7 (4)
5 7 MAKE IT REAL –•– The Jets – 10 (5)
6 3 EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates – 10 (3)
7 9 CIRCLE IN THE SAND –•– Belinda Carlisle – 10 (7)
8 10 THE VALLEY ROAD –•– Bruce Hornsby & The Range – 8 (8)
9 13 THE FLAME –•– Cheap Trick – 11 (9)
10 12 ALPHABET ST. –•– Prince – 8 (10)

11 20 MERCEDES BOY –•– Pebbles – 7 (11)
12 16 KISS ME DEADLY –•– Lita Ford – 12 (12)
13 17 NOTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME –•– Poison – 9 (13)
14 15 I STILL BELIEVE –•– Brenda K. Starr – 12 (14)
15 14 WE ALL SLEEP ALONE –•– Cher – 11 (14)
16 4 SHATTERED DREAMS –•– Johnny Hates Jazz – 14 (2)
17 18 NITE AND DAY –•– Al B. Sure! – 11 (17)
18 21 POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME –•– Def Leppard – 9 (18)
19 5 NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) –•– Samantha Fox – 17 (3)
20 23 NEW SENSATION –•– INXS – 6 (20)

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