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This Day In 80s Music, July 29th

On this day in 1989: Martika started her second and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Toy Soldiers.”

Martika wrote the song about a friend who was battling a cocaine addiction. “I was a little hesitant because I had only written two songs before and they were light songs. I came up to Michael and said I wanted to write about drugs. It was the first time I got the nerve to write about something that was scary for me to talk about, so I did.”

The song spent two weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. and New Zealand while reaching #5 in both the United Kingdom and Australia. On Billboard’s year-end chart for 1989, “Toy Soldiers” placed number 29. It was Martika’s only number-one single in the U.S., and her highest-ranking single in the United Kingdom. The single was certified Gold in the United States by the RIAA.

Here’s a look at the top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1989:

1 1 TOY SOLDIERS –•– Martika – 11 (1)
2 4 BATDANCE –•– Prince – 7 (2)
3 2 EXPRESS YOURSELF –•– Madonna – 9 (2)
4 5 SO ALIVE –•– Love And Rockets – 11 (4)
5 6 ON OUR OWN –•– Bobby Brown – 8 (5)
6 3 IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW –•– Simply Red – 13 (1)
7 9 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME –•– Bon Jovi – 9 (7)
8 11 ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY –•– Great White – 12 (8)
9 13 I LIKE IT –•– Dino – 12 (9)
10 18 RIGHT HERE WAITING –•– Richard Marx – 4 (10)

11 15 CRAZY ABOUT HER –•– Rod Stewart – 12 (11)
12 8 WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW –•– Expose – 11 (8)
13 19 COLD HEARTED –•– Paula Abdul – 6 (13)
14 17 DRESSED FOR SUCCESS –•– Roxette – 10 (14)
15 16 WHO DO YOU GIVE YOUR LOVE TO? –•– Michael Morales – 14 (15)
16 7 GOOD THING –•– Fine Young Cannibals – 13 (1)
17 10 BABY DON’T FORGET MY NUMBER –•– Milli Vanilli – 14 (1)
18 20 SECRET RENDEZVOUS –•– Karyn White – 10 (18)
19 22 I’M THAT TYPE OF GUY –•– L.L. Cool J – 8 (19)
20 21 HEY BABY –•– Henry Lee Summer – 11 (20)

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