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This Day In 80s Music, June 27th

On this day in 1981: Kim Carnes returned to the #1 spot on the U.S. singles chart with “Bette Davis Eyes.” It was #1 for five consecutive weeks beginning May 16th 1981. It gave up the top spot on June 20th to the “Stars On 45 Medley” by Stars on 45. It returned to #1 a week later on June 27th and would stay in the top spot for four additional weeks for a total of nine non-consecutive weeks at #1. It would go on to be ranked the #1 song for the entire year of 1981 by Billboard Magazine on their year-end chart and would be ranked the #2 song of the entire decade behind “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John.

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

1 2 BETTE DAVIS EYES –•– Kim Carnes (EMI-America)-14 (6 non-consecutive weeks at #1) (1)
2 1 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)-12 (1)
3 3 SUKIYAKI –•– A Taste Of Honey (Capitol)-17 (3)
4 4 A WOMAN NEEDS LOVE (Just Like You Do) –•– Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio (Arista)-17 (4)
5 5 ALL THOSE YEARS AGO –•– George Harrison (Dark Horse)-6 (5)
6 7 THE ONE THAT YOU LOVE –•– Air Supply (Arista)-7 (6)
7 9 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-9 (7)
8 8 AMERICA –•– Neil Diamond (Capitol)-10 (8)
9 10 JESSIE’S GIRL –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-14 (9)
10 23 ELVIRA –•– The Oak Ridge Boys (MCA)-7 (10)

11 11 THIS LITTLE GIRL –•– Gary U.S. Bonds (EMI-America)-10 (11)
12 20 THEME FROM “GREATEST AMERICAN HERO” (Believe It Or Not) –•– Joey Scarbury (Elektra)-8 (12)
13 22 I DON’T NEED YOU –•– Kenny Rogers (Liberty)-3 (13)
14 15 WHAT ARE WE DOIN’ IN LOVE –•– Dottie West (with Kenny Rogers) (Liberty)-14 (14)
15 17 IS IT YOU –•– Lee Ritenour (with Eric Tagg) (Elektra)-10 (15)
16 18 HEARTS –•– Marty Balin (EMI-America)-6 (16)
17 6 BEING WITH YOU –•– Smokey Robinson (Tamla)-20 (2)
18 13 LIVING INSIDE MYSELF –•– Gino Vannelli (Arista)-15 (6)
19 14 TAKE IT ON THE RUN –•– REO Speedwagon (Epic)-15 (5)
20 26 GEMINI DREAM –•– The Moody Blues (Threshold)-4 (20)

On this day in 1987: Whitney Houston started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me.” Whitney became the first women in U.S. history to enter the album chart at #1 with ‘Whitney’ she also became the first woman to top the singles chart with four consecutive releases when ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ hit #1 on this day in 1987.

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” received mixed reviews from music critics, who praised Houston’s vocal performance but critiqued its musical arrangement comparing it to “How Will I Know” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” Despite the mixed critical response, the song became a worldwide success, topping the charts in eighteen countries including Australia, Italy, Germany and the UK. In the U.S, it became her fourth consecutive #1 single and is certified 3x platinum with sales of over 3 million copies. At the 30th Annual Grammy Awards, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” won the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal performance, marking Houston’s second win in the category.

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

1 3 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (Who Loves Me) –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-7 (1) (1 Week at #1)
2 1 HEAD TO TOE –•– Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (Columbia)-12 (1)
3 4 IN TOO DEEP –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-10 (3)
4 6 ALONE –•– Heart (Capitol)-7 (4)
5 2 ALWAYS –•– Atlantic Starr (Warner Brothers)-14 (1)
6 9 SONGBIRD –•– Kenny G (Arista)-13 (6)
7 12 SHAKEDOWN –•– Bob Seger (MCA)-6 (7)
8 5 DIAMONDS –•– Herb Alpert (A&M)-12 (5)
9 10 JUST TO SEE HER –•– Smokey Robinson (Motown)-14 (9)
10 7 WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE –•– Bon Jovi (Mercury)-12 (7)

11 14 DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE –•– The System (Atlantic)-12 (11)
12 13 LESSONS IN LOVE –•– Level 42 (Polydor)-13 (12)
13 11 MEET ME HALF WAY –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-17 (11)
14 16 POINT OF NO RETURN –•– Expose (Arista)-8 (14)
15 17 SOMETHING SO STRONG –•– Crowded House (Capitol)-9 (15)
16 19 FUNKY TOWN –•– Pseudo Echo (RCA)-7 (16)
17 8 YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON –•– Kim Wilde (MCA)-14 (1)
18 21 EVERY LITTLE KISS –•– Bruce Hornsby & The Range (RCA)-16 (18)
19 26 GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS –•– Motley Crue (Elektra)-5 (19)
20 23 SWEET SIXTEEN –•– Billy Idol (Chrysalis)-10 (20)

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