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This Day In 80s Music, August 18th

On this day in 1983: The Police, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and R.E.M. (their biggest gig to date) all appeared in concert at Shea Stadium, New York City.

On this day in 1984: George Michael was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with his first solo single ‘Careless Whisper.’ It made George the first person to reach #1 as a solo artist and a member of a band in the same year. It gave Epic records U.K. their first U.K. million seller and the song went to #1 in nearly 25 countries, selling over six million copies worldwide.

On this day in 1986: Bon Jovi released their third studio album, Slippery When Wet, which peaked at #1 on the U.S. charts, going on to sell over 28 million copies worldwide. The album featured two U.S. chart toppers, ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1986:

1 2 PAPA DON’T PREACH –•– Madonna (Sire)-8 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 1 GLORY OF LOVE –•– Peter Cetera (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-11 (1)
3 3 MAD ABOUT YOU –•– Belinda Carlisle (I.R.S.)-14 (3)
4 8 HIGHER LOVE –•– Steve Winwood (Island)-10 (4)
5 5 WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF –•– Jermaine Stewart (Arista)-14 (5)
6 9 VENUS –•– Bananarama (London)-8 (6)
7 13 DANCING ON THE CEILING –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-5 (7)
8 10 RUMORS –•– Timex Social Club (Jay)-10 (8)
9 18 TAKE MY BREATH AWAY –•– Berlin (Columbia)-9 (9)
10 12 THE EDGE OF HEAVEN –•– Wham! (Columbia)-7 (10)

11 6 LOVE TOUCH –•– Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers)-12 (6)
12 15 SWEET FREEDOM –•– Michael McDonald (MCA)-10 (12)
13 4 SLEDGEHAMMER –•– Peter Gabriel (Geffen)-15 (1)
14 16 YOU SHOULD BE MINE (The Woo Woo Song) –•– Jeffrey Osborne (A&M)-13 (14)
15 23 FRIENDS AND LOVERS –•– Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson (USA Carrere)-7 (15)
16 7 DANGER ZONE –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-15 (2)
17 20 SUZANNE –•– Journey (Columbia)-9 (17)
18 26 BABY LOVE –•– Regina (Atlantic)-9 (18)
19 22 ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD –•– The Outfield (Columbia)-11 (19)
20 27 WORDS GET IN THE WAY –•– Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan (Epic)-10 (20)

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