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This Day In 80s Music, August 25th

On this day in 1981: R.E.M. appeared at The Scorpio, Charlotte, North Carolina. This show was billed as “Charlotte’s First Gay New Wave Disco and Costume Party”, with the $3 tickets benefitting various gay-lesbian charities.

On this day in 1984: Ray Parker Jr. was enjoying his third and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with his song “Ghostbusters”.

“Ghostbusters” was written by Ray Parker Jr. as the theme to the film of the same name starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Debuting at number 68 on June 16, 1984, the song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1984, staying there for three weeks, and at number two on the U.K. Singles Chart on September 16, 1984, staying there for three weeks. It was nominated at the 57th Academy Awards for Best original Song, but lost to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You.” 

Here’s a look at the entire Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1984:

1 1 GHOSTBUSTERS –•– Ray Parker, Jr. (Arista)-11 (3 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-15 (2)
3 5 STUCK ON YOU –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-10 (3)
4 4 WHEN DOVES CRY –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-13 (1)
5 7 MISSING YOU –•– John Waite (EMI-America)-10 (5)
6 6 I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU –•– Dan Hartman (MCA)-17 (6)
7 3 STATE OF SHOCK –•– The Jacksons with Mick Jagger (Epic)-9 (3)
8 9 SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT –•– Corey Hart (EMI-America)-14 (8)
9 15 SHE BOP –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-6 (9)
10 10 IF EVER YOU’RE IN MY ARMS AGAIN –•– Peabo Bryson (Elektra)-16 (10)

11 16 IF THIS IS IT –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-6 (11)
12 14 ROUND AND ROUND –•– Ratt (Atlantic)-11 (12)
13 17 THE WARRIOR –•– Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth (Columbia)-9 (13)
14 8 SAD SONGS (Say So Much) –•– Elton John (Geffen)-12 (5)
15 18 LIGHTS OUT –•– Peter Wolf (EMI-America)-7 (15)
16 23 LET’S GO CRAZY –•– Prince & The Revolution (Warner Brothers)-4 (16)
17 19 ROCK ME TONITE –•– Billy Squier (Capitol)-8 (17)
18 27 DRIVE –•– The Cars (Elektra)-4 (18)
19 12 DANCING IN THE DARK –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-14 (2)
20 20 SEXY GIRL –•– Glenn Frey (MCA)-9 (20)

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