19-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 19th

On this day in 1981: Olivia Newton-John was enjoying her 5th consecutive week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart. This would only be the halfway point, as she would retain the #1 position for another 5 weeks (a total of 10) making it the longest running #1 song of the entire 80s decade in […]

18-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 18th

On this day in 1982: Hall & Oates started a four week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Maneater’, the duo’s fifth of six U.S. #1 hits. It remained in the top spot for four weeks, more than any of the duo’s five other #1 hits, including “Kiss On My List”, which […]

17-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 17th

On this day in 1983: Culture Club, Duran Duran, and The Police all appeared on the children’s U.K. TV show Saturday Superstore. On this day in 1988: Chicago was starting their second of two weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Look Away.” Written by Diane Warren, produced by Ron Nevison, with Bill Champlin on […]

16-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 16th

On this day in 1989: Billy Joel went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with his 11th studio release ‘Storm Front’. It was Billy’s 3rd album to reach #1 in the U.S. The album featured one of Joel’s three #1 hits, ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’, a fast-paced song, mentioning some of the major historical events […]

15-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 15th

On this day in 1984: ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ by Band Aid entered the U.K. singles chart at #1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. At the time, it became the biggest selling U.K. single of all time with sales over 3.5 million. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, […]

14-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 14th

On this day in 1980: Six days after his murder, Yoko Ono called on fans to observe ten minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon. 30,000 gathered outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool, while nearly 100,000 attended a memorial in New York City’s Central Park. On this day in 1985: Whitney Houston scored her […]

13-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 13th

On this day in 1986: Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart, with ‘The Way It Is.’ Written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the American Civil Rights Movement. It would spend one week in the top spot on the Billboard Hot […]

12-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 12th

On this day in 1981: The Human League had their only U.K. #1 single with ‘Don’t You Want Me.’ The Christmas #1 hit of 1981 in the U.K., the biggest U.K. seller of 1981 and Virgin Records’ first #1 U.K. single. It would spend five weeks at #1 in the U.K. The group’s singer Phil […]

11-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 11th

On this day in 1982: Singer, TV actress and dancer Toni Basil went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Mickey.’ The song was written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn as ‘Kitty’, and was first recorded by the U.K. group Racey in 1979. Toni Basil changed the name from Kitty to Mickey to […]

10-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 10th

On this day in 1983: Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson started a six week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Say Say Say’. It was Jackson’s 10th #1 at the time (solo & with The Jacksons) and McCartney’s 29th, (solo and with The Beatles). It was released in October of 1983 as the […]

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