Sunday, December 31, 1989

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

First posted 1/21/2011; last updated 11/29/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1980-1989

These are the top 100 songs from the 1980s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

Check out other “songs of the decade” lists here.

1. “Billie Jean” Michael Jackson (1982)
2. “Every Breath You Take” The Police (1983)
3. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Guns N’ Roses (1987)
4. “I Love Rock and Roll” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981)
5. “When Doves Cry” Prince (1984)
6. “Endless Love” Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (1981)
7. “We Are the World” U.S.A. for Africa (1985)
8. “Beat It” Michael Jackson (1983)
9. “With or Without You” U2 (1987)
10. “Don’t You Want Me?” The Human League (1981)

11. “Bette Davis Eyes” Kim Carnes (1981)
12. “Call Me” Blondie (1980)
13. “Eye of the Tiger” Survivor (1982)
14. “Like a Prayer” Madonna (1989)
15. “Livin’ on a Prayer” Bon Jovi (1986)
16. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” Joy Division (1980)
17. “Physical” Olivia Newton-John (1981)
18. “Tainted Love” Soft Cell (1981)
19. “Lady” Kenny Rogers (1980)
20. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” Stevie Wonder (1984)

21. “Flashdance...What a Feelin’” Irene Cara (1983)
22. “Like a Virgin” Madonna (1984)
23. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” Whitney Houston (1987)
24. “Careless Whisper” George Michael (1984)
25. “Take on Me” Aha (1984)
26. “Another One Bites the Dust” Queen (1980)
27. “You Shook Me All Night Long” AC/DC (1980)
28. “Walk This Way” Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
29. “Jump” Van Halen (1984)
30. “The Message” Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (1982)

31. “Celebration” Kool & the Gang (1980)
32. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” Cyndi Lauper (1983)
33. “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” Tina Turner (1984)
34. “Blue Monday” New Order (1983)
35. “Down Under” Men at Work (1981)
36. “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” Eurythmics (1983)
37. “I Want to Know What Love Is” Foreigner (1984)
38. “All Night Long (All Night)” Lionel Richie (1983)
39. “Relax” Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)
40. “Purple Rain” Prince & the Revolution (1984)

41. “Do They Know It’s Christmas? ” Band Aid (1984)
42. “Love Shack” The B-52’s (1989)
43. “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey (1981)
44. “Always on My Mind” Willie Nelson (1982)
45. “Funkytown” Lipps Inc. (1980)
46. “That's What Friends Are For” Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) (1985)
47. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” U2 (1987)
48. “Come on Eileen” Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1982)
49. “Another Day in Paradise” Phil Collins (1989)
50. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” Bonnie Tyler (1983)

51. “Fast Car” Tracy Chapman (1988)
52. “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (1987)
53. “Time after Time” Cyndi Lauper (1983)
54. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” Tears for Fears (1985)
55. “Never Gonna Give You Up” Rick Astley (1987)
56. “Kiss” Prince (1986)
57. “Upside Down” Diana Ross (1980)
58. “Faith” George Michael (1987)
59. “Dancing in the Dark” Bruce Springsteen (1984)
60. “Money for Nothing” Dire Straits (1985)

61. “9 to 5” Dolly Parton (1980)
62. “Back in Black” AC/DC (1980)
63. “Ebony and Ivory” Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)
64. “Born in the U.S.A.” Bruce Springsteen (1984)
65. “Just Like Starting Over” John Lennon (1980)
66. “Thriller” Michael Jackson (1982)
67. “Fight the Power” Public Enemy (1989)
68. “Take My Breath Away” Berlin (1985)
69. “Footloose” Kenny Loggins (1984)
70. “Say You, Say Me” Lionel Richie (1985)

71. “Wind Beneath My Wings” Bette Midler (1989)
72. “Karma Chameleon” Culture Club (1983)
73. “Once in a Lifetime” Talking Heads (1980)
74. “1999” Prince (1982)
75. “In the Air Tonight” Phil Collins (1981)
76. “Sexual Healing” Marvin Gaye (1982)
77. “Jessie’s Girl” Rick Springfield (1981)
78. “Centerfold” J. Geils Band (1981)
79. “Islands in the Stream” Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (1983)
80. “Sledgehammer” Peter Gabriel (1986)

81. “Don’t You Forget About Me” Simple Minds (1985)
82. “Pride (In the Name of Love)” U2 (1984)
83. “Up Where We Belong” Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes (1982)
84. “Into the Groove” Madonna (1985)
85. “Hello” Lionel Richie (1984)
86. “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” Culture Club (1982)
87. “Ghostbusters” Ray Parker, Jr. (1984)
88. “Walk Like an Egyptian” Bangles (1986)
89. “Welcome to the Jungle” Guns N’ Roses (1987)
90. “Say, Say, Say” Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (1983)

91. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” Def Leppard (1987)
92. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” Wham! (1984)
93. “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) ” Phil Collins (1984)
94. “Maneater” Daryl Hall & John Oates (1982)
95. “Africa” Toto (1982)
96. “Start Me Up” The Rolling Stones (1981)
97. “Need You Tonight” INXS (1987)
98. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” Crowded House (1986)
99. “Jack and Diane” John Cougar Mellencamp (1982)
100. “Shout” Tears For Fears (1984)

USA: #1 Pop Songs, 1980-1989

First posted 2/24/2021.

USA’s #1 Pop Songs:

1980-1989

These are the #1 pop songs in the history of the United States pop charts from 1980 to 1989. Songs could have hit #1 on any of the following charts:

  • Billboard Hot 100 chart, 1955-present (BB)
  • Billboard pop airplay chart, 1984-present (BA)
  • Cashbox, 1950-1996 (CB)
  • Hit Records, 1954-1982 (HR)
  • Radio & Records/Mediabase, 1973-present (RR)
Click here to access a full list of #1 songs from 1890 to present.
1980:

  1. 1/5: KC & the Sunshine Band “Please Don’t Go” (BB: 1 week)
  2. 1/11: Eagles “The Long Run” (RR: 2)
  3. 1/12: Michael Jackson “Rock with You” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 2)
  4. 1/25: Fleetwood Mac “Sara” (RR: 1)

  5. 2/1: Dan Fogelberg “Longer” (CB: 1, RR: 2)
  6. 2/2: Captain & Tennille “Do That to Me One More Time” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  7. 2/2: Kenny Rogers “Coward of the County” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  8. 2/15: Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 2, RR: 3)
  9. 2/16: Smokey Robinson “Cruisin’” (CB: 1)

  10. 3/1: KC & Teri DeSario “Yes I’m Ready” (HR: 1)
  11. 3/8: Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 5, RR: 3)
  12. 3/8: Donna Summer “On the Radio” (HR: 1)
  13. 3/28: Blondie “Call Me” (BB: 6, CB: 7, HR: 6, RR: 6)

  14. 5/9: Ambrosia “Biggest Part of Me” (RR: 1)
  15. 5/31: Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (BB: 4, CB: 5, HR: 4)

  16. 6/6: Bette Midler “The Rose” (CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  17. 6/13: Paul McCartney “Coming Up (live at Glasgow)” (BB: 3, RR: 1)
  18. 6/20: Billy Joel “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” (BB: 2, CB: 3, HR: 4, RR: 4)

  19. 7/18: Olivia Newton-John “Magic” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 3, RR: 2)

  20. 8/1: Christopher Cross “Sailing” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 4)
  21. 8/23: The S.O.S. Band “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” (CB: 1)
  22. 8/29: Air Supply “All Out of Love” (HR: 2, RR: 2)

  23. 9/6: Diana Ross “Upside Down” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 2, RR: 1)
  24. 9/19: Paul Simon “Late in the Evening” (RR: 2)

  25. 10/3: The Doobie Brothers “Real Love” (RR: 2)
  26. 10/4: Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (BB: 3, CB: 4, HR: 6)
  27. 10/17: Barbra Streisand “Woman in Love” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 3)

  28. 11/7: Kenny Rogers “Lady” (BB: 6, CB: 4, HR: 5, RR: 5)

  29. 12/6: Stevie Wonder “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” (CB: 1)
  30. 12/12: Neil Diamond “Love on the Rocks” (RR: 1)
  31. 12/19: John Lennon “Just Like Starting Over” (BB: 5, CB: 5, HR: 5, RR: 2)

1981:

  1. 1/16: Blondie “The Tide Is High” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 2, RR: 3)

  2. 2/6: John Lennon “Woman” (CB: 1, RR: 4)
  3. 2/7: Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  4. 2/21: Dolly Parton “9 to 5” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 5)
  5. 2/21: Eddie Rabbitt “I Love a Rainy Night” (BB: 2, CB: 1)

  6. 3/6: Styx “The Best of Times” (RR: 3)
  7. 3/7: REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  8. 3/27: Daryl Hall & John Oates “Kiss on My List” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)
  9. 3/28: Blondie “Rapture” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 2)

  10. 4/10: Steve Winwood “While You See a Chance” (RR: 1)
  11. 4/17: Bill Withers with Grover Washington Jr. “Just the Two of Us” (RR: 2)
  12. 4/18: Sheena Easton “Morning Train (Nine to Five)” (BB: 2, CB: 5, HR: 3)

  13. 5/1: Smokey Robinson “Being with You” (CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)
  14. 5/15: Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (BB: 9, CB: 5, HR: 5, RR: 5)
  15. 5/16: Juice Newton “Angel of the Morning” (HR: 1)

  16. 6/13: Stars on 45 (aka Starsound) “Medley I (aka ‘Stars on 45’)” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1)
  17. 6/19: George Harrison “All Those Years Ago” (RR: 2)

  18. 7/3: Air Supply “The One That You Love” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)
  19. 7/18: Joey Scarbury “Believe It or Not (Theme from ‘Greatest American Hero’)” (CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 1)
  20. 7/25: Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  21. 7/31: The Pointer Sisters “Slow Hand” (RR: 2)

  22. 8/1: The Oak Ridge Boys “Elvira” (CB: 1)
  23. 8/14: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (BB: 9, CB: 9, HR: 9, RR: 5)

  24. 9/18: Journey “Who’s Crying Now” (RR: 1)
  25. 9/25: Christopher Cross “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” (BB: 3, CB: 4, HR: 3, RR: 4)

  26. 10/23: Daryl Hall & John Oates “Private Eyes” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 2)

  27. 11/6: Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (RR: 6)
  28. 11/21: Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (BB: 10, CB: 8, HR: 9)

  29. 12/18: Daryl Hall & John Oates “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 6)

1982:

  1. 1/30: J. Geils Band “Centerfold” (BB: 6, CB: 6, HR: 5)

  2. 2/12: Journey “Open Arms” (CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 7)

  3. 3/13: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (BB: 7, CB: 5, HR: 5)

  4. 4/2: Olivia Newton-John “Make a Move on Me” (RR: 1)
  5. 4/3: Stevie Wonder “That Girl” (CB: 1)
  6. 4/9: Rick Springfield “Don’t Talk to Strangers” (RR: 5)

  7. 5/1: Vangelis “Chariots of Fire – Titles” (BB: 1, CB: 2)
  8. 5/14: Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory” (BB: 7, CB: 6, RR: 4)

  9. 6/11: Toto “Rosanna” (RR: 4)
  10. 6/26: The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (BB: 3, CB: 1)

  11. 7/9: Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (BB: 6, CB: 4, RR: 5)
  12. 7/24: John Cougar Mellencamp “Hurts So Good” (CB: 1)

  13. 8/13: Chicago “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (BB: 2, RR: 4)
  14. 8/26: Steve Miller Band “Abracadabra” (BB: 2, CB: 5)

  15. 9/10: John Cougar Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (BB: 4, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  16. 10/1: Michael McDonald “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” (RR: 3)
  17. 10/22: Fleetwood Mac “Gypsy” (RR: 1)
  18. 10/23: Men at Work “Who Can It Be Now?” (BB: 1, CB: 2)
  19. 10/29: Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes “Up Where We Belong” (BB: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  20. 11/19: Lionel Richie “Truly” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  21. 11/26: Daryl Hall & John Oates “Maneater” (BB: 4, CB: 5, RR: 4)
  22. 11/27: Laura Branigan “Gloria” (CB: 1)

  23. 12/11: Toni Basil “Mickey” (BB: 1)

1983:

  1. 1/7: Men at Work “Down Under” (BB: 4, CB: 5, RR: 5)

  2. 2/5: Toto “Africa” (BB: 1)
  3. 2/11: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Shame on the Moon” (RR: 1)
  4. 2/18: Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (CB: 1, RR: 2)
  5. 2/19: Patti Austin & James Ingram “Baby, Come to Me” (BB: 2)

  6. 3/4: Lionel Richie “You Are” (RR: 1)
  7. 3/5: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (BB: 7, CB: 6, RR: 2)
  8. 3/25: Journey “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” (RR: 2)

  9. 4/8: Greg Kihn Band “Jeopardy” (RR: 3)
  10. 4/23: Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  11. 4/29: Michael Jackson “Beat It” (BB: 3, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  12. 4/30: Styx “Mr. Roboto” (CB: 1)

  13. 5/6: Men at Work “Overkill” (RR: 3)
  14. 5/21: David Bowie “Let’s Dance” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  15. 5/27: Irene Cara “Flashdance...What a Feelin’” (BB: 6, CB: 6, RR: 5)

  16. 7/1: The Police “Every Breath You Take” (BB: 8, CB: 7, RR: 8)
  17. 7/9: Eddy Grant “Electric Avenue” (CB: 1)

  18. 8/26: Michael Sembello “Maniac” (BB: 2, RR: 1)

  19. 9/2: Billy Joel “Tell Her About It” (BB: 1, RR: 3)
  20. 9/3: Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (BB: 1, CB: 2)
  21. 9/17: Taco “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (CB: 2)
  22. 9/23: Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (BB: 4, CB: 4, RR: 3)

  23. 10/1: Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” (CB: 1)
  24. 10/14: The Police “King of Pain” (RR: 2)
  25. 10/28: Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (BB: 4, CB: 3, RR: 3)
  26. 10/29: Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (BB: 2, CB: 2)

  27. 11/18: Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson “Say, Say, Say” (BB: 6, CB: 3, RR: 5)

  28. 12/31: Duran Duran “Union of the Snake” (CB: 2)

1984:

  1. 1/6: Yes “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  2. 1/20: Culture Club “Karma Chameleon” (BB: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  3. 2/10: Michael Jackson “Thriller” (RR: 1)
  4. 2/17: Van Halen “Jump” (BB: 5, CB: 2, RR: 5)

  5. 3/10: Nena “99 Red Balloons” (CB: 1)
  6. 3/17: Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (CB: 2)
  7. 3/23: Kenny Loggins “Footloose” (BB: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  8. 4/13: Phil Collins “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” (BB: 3, CB: 3, RR: 4)

  9. 5/11: Deniece Williams “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  10. 5/12: Lionel Richie “Hello” (BB: 2, CB: 2)

  11. 6/1: Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time” (BB: 2, CB: 1, RR: 3)
  12. 6/16: Duran Duran “The Reflex” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  13. 6/29: Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” (CB: 2, RR: 1)

  14. 7/6: Prince “When Doves Cry” (BB: 5, CB: 4, RR: 4)

  15. 8/3: Ray Parker Jr. “Ghostbusters” (BB: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  16. 8/24: Lionel Richie “Stuck on You” (RR: 1)
  17. 8/25: Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (BB: 3, CB: 3)
  18. 8/31: John Waite “Missing You” (BB: 1, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  19. 9/14: Prince & the Revolution “Let’s Go Crazy” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 4)

  20. 10/12: Chicago “Hard Habit to Break” (RR: 1)
  21. 10/13: Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 4, RR: 2)

  22. 11/2: Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  23. 11/3: Billy Ocean “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)” (BB: 2)
  24. 11/10: Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (BB: 3, BA: 4, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  25. 11/30: Daryl Hall & John Oates “Out of Touch” (BB: 2, BA: 2, RR: 1)

  26. 12/7: Duran Duran “The Wild Boys” (CB: 2, RR: 1)
  27. 12/8: Chaka Khan “I Feel for You” (CB: 1)
  28. 12/14: Madonna “Like a Virgin” (BB: 6, BA: 5, CB: 5, RR: 3)

1985:

  1. 1/18: Chicago “You’re the Inspiration” (BA: 1, RR: 1)
  2. 1/25: Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR, 2)

  3. 2/8: George Michael “Careless Whisper” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 4, RR: 2)
  4. 2/9: Philip Bailey with Phil Collins “Easy Lover” (CB: 1)
  5. 2/22: REO Speedwagon “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 4)

  6. 3/22: Madonna “Material Girl” (CB: 1, RR: 1)
  7. 3/29: Phil Collins “One More Night” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  8. 4/5: U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 5, RR: 3)
  9. 4/26: Madonna “Crazy for You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, RR: 2)

  10. 5/10: Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget about Me” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  11. 5/24: Wham! “Everything She Wants” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  12. 5/31: Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  13. 6/14: Bryan Adams “Heaven” (BB: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  14. 6/21: Phil Collins “Sussudio” (BB: 1, BA: 4, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  15. 7/5: Prince “Raspberry Beret” (BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  16. 7/12: Duran Duran “A View to a Kill” (BB: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  17. 7/19: Paul Young “Everytime You Go Away” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  18. 7/26: Tears for Fears “Shout” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  19. 8/16: Huey Lewis & the News “The Power of Love” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  20. 9/6: John Parr “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  21. 9/13: Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 4, RR: 3)

  22. 10/4: a-ha “Take on Me” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  23. 10/12: Ready for the World “Oh Sheila” (BB: 1)
  24. 10/25: Stevie Wonder “Part-Time Lover” (BB: 1, BA: 3, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  25. 10/26: Whitney Houston “Saving All My Love for You” (BB: 1)

  26. 11/8: Starship “We Built This City” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  27. 11/9: Jan Hammer “Miami Vice Theme” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  28. 11/22: Marilyn Martin with Phil Collins “Separate Lives” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  29. 12/6: Mr. Mister “Broken Wings” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  30. 12/13: Lionel Richie “Say You, Say Me” (BB: 5, BA: 5, CB: 5, RR: 4)

1986:

  1. 1/17: Dionne Warwick & Friends “That's What Friends Are For” (BB: 4, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 2)
  2. 1/31: Billy Ocean “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” (CB: 1, RR: 1)

  3. 2/7: Whitney Houston “How Will I Know” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  4. 2/21: Mr. Mister “Kyrie” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  5. 3/7: Heart “These Dreams” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  6. 3/15: Starship “Sara” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1)
  7. 3/21: Falco “Rock Me Amadeus” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  8. 4/11: Prince “Kiss” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  9. 4/18: Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” (BB: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  10. 4/25: Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  11. 5/9: Whitney Houston “Greatest Love of All” (BB: 3, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  12. 5/17: Van Halen “Why Can’t This Be Love” (CB: 1)
  13. 5/23: Madonna “Live to Tell” (BB: 1, BA: 3, CB: 1, RR: 3)

  14. 6/13: Patti LaBelle with Michael McDonald “On My Own” (BB: 3, BA: 2, CB: 3, RR: 1)
  15. 6/20: Howard Jones “No One Is to Blame” (RR: 1)
  16. 6/27: Billy Ocean “There’ll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)

  17. 7/4: Genesis “Invisible Touch” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  18. 7/12: Simply Red “Holding Back the Years” (BB: 1)
  19. 7/18: Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer” (BB: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  20. 7/25: Peter Cetera “Glory of Love” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  21. 8/8: Madonna “Papa Don’t Preach” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  22. 8/22: Steve Winwood “Higher Love” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  23. 9/5: Lionel Richie “Dancing on the Ceiling” (BA: 1, RR: 1)
  24. 9/6: Bananarama “Venus” (BB: 1)
  25. 9/12: Huey Lewis & the News “Stuck with You” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)
  26. 9/13: Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (BB: 1, CB: 1)

  27. 10/3: Genesis “Throwing It All Away” (RR: 1)
  28. 10/10: Janet Jackson “When I Think of You” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  29. 10/17: Tina Turner “Typical Male” (CB: 1, RR: 1)
  30. 10/24: Cyndi Lauper “True Colors” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  31. 10/31: Boston “Amanda” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  32. 11/21: Huey Lewis & the News “Hip to Be Square” (RR: 1)
  33. 11/22: The Human League “Human” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1)
  34. 11/28: Bruce Hornsby & the Range “The Way It Is” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  35. 11/29: Bon Jovi “You Give Love a Bad Name” (BB: 1, CB: 1)

  36. 12/6: Peter Cetera with Amy Grant “The Next Time I Fall” (BB: 1)
  37. 12/12: Wang Chung “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” (CB: 3, RR: 1)
  38. 12/19: The Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 1, RR: 2)

1987:

  1. 1/9: Gregory Abbott “Shake You Down” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  2. 1/16: Billy Vera & the Beaters “At This Moment” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  3. 1/23: Madonna “Open Your Heart” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  4. 2/6: Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 4, RR: 3)
  5. 2/27: Huey Lewis & the News “Jacob’s Ladder” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  6. 3/13: Club Nouveau “Lean on Me” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  7. 3/27: Starship “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 2)

  8. 4/10: Aretha Franklin with George Michael “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  9. 4/24: Cutting Crew “I Just Died in Your Arms” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  10. 5/8: U2 “With or Without You” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)
  11. 5/29: Kim Wilde “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (BB: 1, BA: 1, RR: 1)

  12. 6/5: Atlantic Starr “Always” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  13. 6/12: Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam “Head to Toe” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  14. 6/19: Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  15. 7/10: Heart “Alone” (BB: 3, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  16. 7/24: Bob Seger “Shakedown” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  17. 7/31: U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)

  18. 8/7: Madonna “Who’s That Girl” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  19. 8/21: Los Lobos “La Bamba” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  20. 9/4: Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  21. 9/18: Whitney Houston “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  22. 9/25: Whitesnake “Here I Go Again” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)

  23. 10/2: Europe “Carrie” (RR: 1)
  24. 10/9: Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam “Lost in Emotion” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  25. 10/16: Michael Jackson “Bad” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  26. 10/30: Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  27. 11/13: Billy Idol “Mony Mony (live)” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  28. 11/20: Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  29. 11/27: Belinda Carlisle “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  30. 12/4: George Michael “Faith” (BB: 4, BA: 5, CB: 5, RR: 3)

1988:

  1. 1/1: Whitney Houston “So Emotional” (BB: 1, RR: 1)
  2. 1/8: George Harrison “Got My Mind Set on You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  3. 1/15: Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  4. 1/22: INXS “Need You Tonight” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  5. 1/29: Tiffany “Could’ve Been” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  6. 2/12: George Michael “Father Figure” (BB: 2, BA: 4, CB: 3, RR: 4)
  7. 2/20: Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” (CB: 1)
  8. 2/20: Exposé “Seasons Change” (BB: 1)

  9. 3/11: Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  10. 3/18: Michael Jackson “Man in the Mirror” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  11. 4/8: Billy Ocean “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  12. 4/22: Whitney Houston “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  13. 4/29: Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine “Anything for You” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  14. 5/7: Terence Trent D’Arby “Wishing Well” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  15. 5/13: George Michael “One More Try” (BB: 3, BA: 4, CB: 3, RR: 4)

  16. 6/10: Rick Astley “Together Forever” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  17. 6/17: Debbie Gibson “Foolish Beat” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  18. 6/24: Michael Jackson “Dirty Diana” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  19. 7/1: Cheap Trick “The Flame” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  20. 7/15: Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me” (CB: 2, RR: 1)
  21. 7/22: Steve Winwood “Roll with It” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 3, RR: 3)
  22. 7/23: Richard Marx “Hold on to the Nights” (BB: 1, BA: 1)

  23. 8/12: George Michael “Monkey” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  24. 9/2: Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 3, RR: 2)
  25. 9/10: Huey Lewis & the News “Perfect World” (BA: 1)
  26. 9/16: Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (BB: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  27. 9/23: Def Leppard “Love Bites” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  28. 10/7: UB40 “Red Red Wine” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  29. 10/14: Phil Collins “A Groovy Kind of Love” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  30. 10/28: The Beach Boys “Kokomo” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  31. 11/11: The Escape Club “Wild Wild West” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  32. 11/18: Will to Power “Baby, I Love Your Way/Free Bird” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  33. 11/19: Bon Jovi “Bad Medicine” (BB: 2, CB: 1)

  34. 12/2: Chicago “Look Away” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  35. 12/16: Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (BB: 3, BA: 4, CB: 4, RR: 2)

1989:

  1. 1/6: Phil Collins “Two Hearts” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  2. 1/14: Bobby Brown “My Prerogative” (BB: 1)
  3. 1/20: Sheriff “When I’m with You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  4. 1/28: Taylor Dayne “Don’t Rush Me” (CB: 1)

  5. 2/3: Paula Abdul “Straight Up” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  6. 2/17: Debbie Gibson “Lost in Your Eyes” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 4)

  7. 3/17: Bangles “Eternal Flame” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  8. 3/18: Mike + the Mechanics “The Living Years” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2)
  9. 3/31: Roxette “The Look” (BB: 1, BA: 2, RR: 1)

  10. 4/7: Fine Young Cannibals “She Drives Me Crazy” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  11. 4/8: Milli Vanilli “Girl You Know It’s True” (CB: 1)
  12. 4/14: Madonna “Like a Prayer” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  13. 5/5: Bon Jovi “I’ll Be There for You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  14. 5/12: Paula Abdul “Forever Your Girl” (BB: 2, BA: 2, RR: 2)
  15. 5/20: Jody Watley “Real Love” (CB: 1)
  16. 5/26: Michael Damian “Rock On” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  17. 6/2: New Kids on the Block “I’ll Be Loving You Forever” (BB: 2, BA: 2, RR: 2)
  18. 6/10: Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings” (BB: 1, CB: 2)
  19. 6/16: Richard Marx “Satisfied” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  20. 6/30: Fine Young Cannibals “Good Thing” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)

  21. 7/1: Milli Vanilli “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” (BB: 1)
  22. 7/7: Simply Red “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (BB: 1, BA: 1, RR: 2)
  23. 7/21: Martika “Toy Soldiers” (BB: 2, BA: 1, RR: 1)
  24. 7/22: Madonna “Express Yourself” (CB: 1)
  25. 7/28: Prince “Batdance” (BB: 1, CB: 3, RR: 1)

  26. 8/4: Richard Marx “Right Here Waiting” (BB: 3, BA: 5, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  27. 8/25: Paula Abdul “Cold Hearted” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)

  28. 9/1: New Kids on the Block “Hangin’ Tough” (BB: 1, RR: 1)
  29. 9/8: Gloria Estefan “Don’t Wanna Lose You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  30. 9/15: Milli Vanilli “Girl, I’m Gonna Miss You” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  31. 9/29: Madonna “Cherish” (CB: 1, RR: 1)

  32. 10/6: Janet Jackson “Miss You Much” (BB: 4, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)
  33. 10/27: Roxette “Listen to Your Heart” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  34. 11/3: Bad English “When I See You Smile” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  35. 11/4: Tears for Fears “Sowing the Seeds of Love” (CB: 1)
  36. 11/17: Milli Vanilli “Blame It on the Rain” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  37. 12/1: Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (BB: 4, BA: 6, CB: 5, RR: 5)
  38. 12/2: Paula Abdul “It’s Just the Way That You Love Me” (CB: 1)
  39. 12/9: Billy Joel “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 1)

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Dave’s Faves: #1 Albums in the 1980s

First posted 9/20/2020; updated 10/7/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1980-1989

These were my personal #1 albums during the 1980s.


1980:

1981:

1982:
  • Feb. 20: Olivia Newton-John Physical (5 weeks)
  • Mar. 27: Asia Asia (4 weeks)
  • Apr. 24: Toto Toto IV (3 weeks)
  • May 15: John Cougar (Mellencamp) American Fool (2 weeks)
  • May 29: Van Halen Diver Down (2 weeks)
  • June 12: Neil Diamond Greatest Hits Vol. II (2 weeks)
  • June 26: Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky (3 weeks)
  • July 17: Men at Work Business As Usual (4 weeks)
  • Aug. 14: Don Henley I Can’t Stand Still (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 4: Olivia Newton-John Olivia’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 2: Brimstone and Treacle soundtrack (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 16: The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits (1 week)
  • Oct. 23 Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 6: Squeeze Singles: 45’s and Under (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 20: Pat Benatar Get Nervous (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 18: Little River Band Greatest Hits (1 week)
  • Dec. 25: Foreigner Records (1 week)

1983:

1984:
  • Jan. 28: Eurythmics Touch (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 18: Footloose soundtrack (4 weeks)
  • Mar. 17: Marillion Fugazi (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 31: Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue (1 week)
  • Apr. 7: Styx Caught in the Act (5 weeks)
  • May 12: Steve Perry Street Talk (2 weeks)
  • May 26: Chicago Chicago 17 (2 weeks)
  • June 9: Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (8 weeks)
  • June 23: Marillion Real to Reel (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 18: Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain soundtrack (8 weeks)
  • Oct. 13: Bangles All Over the Place (2 weeks)
  • Oct. 27: Dennis DeYoung Desert Moon (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 10: Pat Benatar Tropico (3 weeks)
  • Dec. 1: Don Henley Building the Perfect Beast (5 weeks)

1985:
  • Jan. 5: REO Speedwagon Wheels Are Turnin’ (3 weeks)
  • Jan. 26: Foreigner Agent Provocateur (4 weeks)
  • Feb. 23: Alan Parsons Project Vulture Culture (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 9: Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (5 weeks)
  • Apr. 13: Phil Collins No Jacket Required (1 week)
  • Apr. 20: Various Artists We Are the World (2 weeks)
  • May 4: Hooters Nervous Night (2 weeks)
  • May 18: Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (3 weeks)
  • June 8: Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles (2 weeks)
  • June 22: Marillion Misplaced Childhood (12 weeks)
  • July 6: Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II (compilation: 1973-85, released 1985) (2 weeks)
  • Sept. 9: John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 19: Squeeze Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 9: Olivia Newton-John Soul Kiss (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 7: Bob Dylan Biograph (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 21: Asia Astra (2 weeks)

1986:
  • Jan. 4: Mike + the Mechanics Mike + the Mechanics (4 weeks)
  • Feb. 1: Alan Parsons Project Stereotomy (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 22: Bangles Different Light (3 weeks)
  • Mar. 15: Marillion Brief Encounter (3 weeks)
  • Mar. 29: Dennis DeYoung Back to the World (3 weeks)
  • Apr. 26: Journey Raised on Radio (2 weeks)
  • May 10: Crowded House Crowded House (3 weeks)
  • May 31: Peter Gabriel So (3 weeks)
  • June 21: Genesis Invisible Touch (3 weeks)
  • July 12: Supertramp Classics (2 weeks)
  • July 26: Sting Bring on the Night (3 weeks)
  • Aug. 16: Billy Joel The Bridge (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 30: David + David Boomtown (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 20: The Rainmakers The Rainmakers (4 weeks)
  • Oct. 18: Berlin Count Three and Pray (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 1: The Police Every Breath You Take – The Singles (2 weeks)
  • Nov. 15: Bruce Springsteen Live 1975/1985 (4 weeks)
  • Dec. 13: Paul Simon Graceland (3 weeks)

1987:

1988:
  • Jan. 9: Marillion B-Sides Themselves (4 weeks)
  • Feb. 6: Lyle Lovett Pontiac (3 weeks)
  • Feb. 27: Alan Parsons Project Best of, Vol. 2 (1 week)
  • Mar. 5: She’s Having a Baby soundtrack (4 weeks)
  • Apr. 2: Everything But the Girl Idlewild (1 week)
  • Apr. 9: Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman (3 weeks)
  • Apr. 18: Eric Clapton Crossroads (2 weeks)
  • May 14: Giraffe The Power of Suggestion (2 weeks)
  • May 28: Melissa Etheridge Melissa Etheridge (5 weeks)
  • July 2: Toni Childs Union (4 weeks)
  • June 30: Little River Band Monsoon (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 13: Crowded House Temple of Low Men (4 weeks)
  • Sept. 10: Tori Amos Y Kant Tori Read (2 weeks)
  • Sept. 24: Olivia Newton-John The Rumour (3 weeks)
  • Oct. 15: U2 Rattle and Hum (studio/live soundtrack) (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 5: Bangles Everything (3 weeks)
  • Nov. 26: Mike + the Mechanics Living Years (1 week)
  • Dec. 3: Marillion The Thieving Magpie (6 weeks)

1989:
  • Jan. 14: Lou Reed New York (2 weeks)
  • Jan. 28: Lyle Lovett Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (2 weeks)
  • Feb. 11: Shona Laing South (1 week)
  • Feb. 18: Elvis Costello Spike (2 weeks)
  • Mar. 4: Indigo Girls Indigo Girls (6 weeks)
  • Apr. 15: Giraffe The View from Here (2 weeks)
  • Apr. 29: Tom Petty Full Moon Fever (2 weeks)
  • May 13: John Cougar Mellencamp Big Daddy (2 weeks)
  • May 27: Simple Minds Street Fighting Years (1 week)
  • June 3: Dennis DeYoung Boomchild (1 week)
  • June 10: The Rainmakers The Good News and the Bad News (3 weeks)
  • July 1: Don Henley The End of the Innocence (1 week)
  • July 8: Faith No More The Real Thing (4 weeks)
  • Aug. 5: Tim Finn Tim Finn (2 weeks)
  • Aug. 19: The Rolling Stones The Singles Collection: The London Years (3 weeks)
  • Sept. 9: Del Amitri Waking Hours (2 weeks)
  • Sept. 23: David Bowie Sound + Vision (1 week)
  • Sept. 30: Marillion Seasons End (3 weeks)
  • Oct. 21: Tears for Fears The Seeds of Love (4 weeks)
  • Nov. 18: Tracy Chapman Crossroads (1 week)
  • Nov. 25: Shawn Colvin Steady On (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 9: Billy Joel Storm Front (2 weeks)
  • Dec. 23: Terence Trent D’Arby Neither Fish Nor Flesh (2 weeks)

Saturday, December 30, 1989

Dave’s Faves: #1 Songs in the 1980s

First posted 4/4/2020; updated 4/28/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

#1’s: 1980-1989

September 18, 1982. I can peg my fascination with music charts to that date. After listening to a local radio station’s countdown of the hits of the summer, I decided to make my own list of favorites (see original list here). I ended up revising it every few days, eventually developing my own charts which I maintained into the ‘90s.

I’ve also projected before and after those lists to create speculative lists of #1 songs for eras not covered by those original charts. You can check out those links here, but this page is focused on the #1 songs that might have been for me in the 1980s.


1980:

  • Jan. 19: Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 2: Pink Floyd “Mother” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 9: Rush “Free Will” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 23: Air Supply “Lost in Love” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 15: Eagles “I Can’t Tell You Why” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 29: Blondie “Call Me” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 19: Charlie Dore “Pilot of the Airwaves” (2 wks)
  • May 3: Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (2 wks)
  • May 17: Mac Davis “It’s Hard to Be Humble” (2 wks)
  • May 31: Billy Joel “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” (3 wks)
  • June 21: Olivia Newton-John “Magic” (4 wks)
  • July 19: Split Enz “I Hope I Never” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 2: Peter Gabriel “Family Snapshot” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 16: Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 6: Peter Gabriel “Biko” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 4: Kenny Rogers “Lady” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 25: The Police “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 8: Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (1 wk)
  • Nov. 15: Air Supply “American Hearts” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 29: REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 13: The Alan Parsons Project “Games People Play” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 27: Eagles “Seven Bridges Road (live)” (3 wks)

1981:

  • Jan. 17: Styx “The Best of Times” (6 wks)
  • Feb. 28: Climax Blues Band “I Love You” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 21: Styx “Too Much Time on My Hands” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 4: Rush “Tom Sawyer” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 25: Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (2 wks)
  • May 9: Stars on 45 “Medley I” (1 wk)
  • May 16: Neil Diamond “America” (4 wks)
  • June 13: Bruce Springsteen “The River” (2 wks)
  • June 27: Squeeze “Tempted” (4 wks)
  • July 25: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 8: Journey “Who’s Crying Now” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 22: Foreigner “Juke Box Hero” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 5: Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 26: Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 10: Sting “Message in a Bottle (live)” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 24: Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 21: Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 19: Triumph “Magic Power” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 26: The J. Geils Band “Centerfold” (2 wks)

1982:

  • Jan. 2: Queen with David Bowie “Under Pressure” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 23: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 6: Journey “Open Arms” (6 wks)
  • Mar. 20: Alabama “Mountain Music” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 17: Elton John “Empty Garden” (2 wks)
  • May 1: Squeeze “Black Coffee in Bed” (2 ws)
  • May 15: Sting “Roxanne (live)” (2 wks)
  • May 29: Queen “Body Language” (3 wks)
  • June 19: Steve Miller Band “Abracadabra” (2 wks)
  • July 10: John Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 7: The Alan Parsons Project “Eye in the Sky” (3 wks)
  • Aug. 28: Van Halen “Happy Trails” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 11: Olivia Newton-John “Heart Attack” (5 wks)
  • Oct. 16: Don Henley “Dirty Laundry” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 30: Toto “Africa” (6 wks)
  • Dec. 11: Charlene with Stevie Wonder “Used to Be” (3 wks)

1983:

  • Jan. 1: The Police “I Burn for You” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 15: The Alan Parsons Project “Old and Wise” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 12: Styx “Mr. Roboto” (8 wks)
  • Apr. 9: Marillion “Script for a Jester’s Tear” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 23: Pat Benatar “Anxiety (Get Nervous)” (3 wks)
  • May 14: U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (3 wks)
  • June 4: The Police “Every Breath You Take” (8 wks)
  • July 30: The Police “King of Pain” (7 wks)
  • Sept. 17: Pat Benatar “Love Is a Battlefield” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 15: Berlin “Masquerade” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 22: Olivia Newton-John “Twist of Fate” (5 wks)
  • Nov. 26: Yes “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 10: Journey “Ask the Lonely” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 31: Paul McCartney “Pipes of Peace” (2 wks)

1984:

  • Jan. 14: The Police “Wrapped Around Your Finger” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 28: Nena “99 Red Balloons” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 18: Genesis “Illegal Alien” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 25: Yes “Leave It” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 10: Night Ranger “Sister Christian” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 17: Marillion “Fugazi” (1 wk)
  • Mar. 24: Marillion “She Chameleon” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 7: Styx “Music Time” (5 wks)
  • May 12: Prince “When Doves Cry” (3 wks)
  • June 2: Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” (4 wks)
  • June 30: Ray Parker, Jr. “Ghostbusters” (4 wks)
  • July 28: Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A.” (4 wks)
  • Aug. 25: Prince “Let’s Go Crazy” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 8: Dennis DeYoung “Desert Moon” (6 wks)
  • Oct. 20: Pat Benatar “We Belong” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 27: Toto “Stranger in Town” (4 wks)
  • Nov. 24: Don Henley “The Boys of Summer” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 8: Tears for Fears “Shout” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 22: Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (4 wks)

1985:

  • Jan. 19: Don Henley “Sunset Grill” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 2: Foreigner “That Was Yesterday” (1 wk)
  • Feb. 9: The Alan Parsons Project “Let’s Talk About Me” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 2: Sting “Moon Over Bourbon Street” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 16: Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me” (2 wks)
  • Mar. 30: The Dream Academy “Life in a Northern Town” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 13: Marillion “Kayleigh” (3 wks)
  • May 4: Bruce Springsteen “Trapped” (2 wks)
  • May 18: Hooters “All You Zombies” (2 wks)
  • June 1: Bruce Springsteen “Glory Days” (2 wks)
  • June 15: Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” (2 wks)
  • June 29: Marillion “Childhood’s End?” (1 wk)
  • July 6: Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” (5 wks)
  • Aug. 10: John Parr “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 24: U2 “Bad (live)” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 14: Squeeze “I Won’t Ever Go Drinking Again (?)” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 28: Prince “Purple Rain” (4 wks)
  • Oct. 26: Olivia Newton-John “Soul Kiss” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 9: Squeeze “Heartbreaking World” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 7: Bruce Springsteen “My Hometown” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 21: Sting “Russians” (3 wks)

1986:

  • Jan. 11: Tears for Fears “When in Love with a Blind Man” (2 wks)
  • Jan. 25: The Alan Parsons Project “Stereotomy” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 22: Tony Banks with Fish “Shortcut to Somewhere” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 22: Dennis DeYoung “Call Me” (5 wks)
  • Apr. 26: The Moody Blues “Your Wildest Dreams” (4 wks)
  • May 24: Roger Waters “Folded Flags” (2 wks)
  • June 7: Double “The Captain of Her Heart” (2 wks)
  • June 21: Furniture “Brilliant Mind” (4 wks)
  • July 19: Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 2: Tom Cochrane with Red Rider “The Boy Inside the Man” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 16: Billy Joel with Ray Charles “Baby Grand” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 30: David + David “Welcome to the Boomtown” (6 wks)
  • Oct. 11: The Police “Don’t Stand So Close to Me ‘86” (6 wks)
  • Nov. 22: Bruce Springsteen “War (live)” (3 wks)
  • Dec. 13: Huey Lewis & the News “Naturally” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 27: The Bangles “Following” (4 wks)

1987:

  • Jan. 24: The Alan Parsons Project “Standing on Higher Ground” (4 wks)
  • Feb. 21: Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush “Don’t Give Up” (4 wks)
  • Mar. 14: U2 “With or Without You” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 4: XTC “Dear God” (6 wks)
  • May 16: Marillion “Incommunicado” (2 wks)
  • May 30: Marillion: “Going Under” (2 wks)
  • June 13: Indigo Girls “Hey Jesus” (1 wk)
  • June 20: Suzanne Vega “Luka” (4 wks)
  • July 18: Terence Trent D’Arby “Wonderful World” (1 wk)
  • July 25: Marillion “Sugar Mice” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 8: Marillion “Tux On” (2 wks)
  • Aug. 22: Marillion “Warm Wet Circles” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 12: Pink Floyd “Learning to Fly” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 26: R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 10: Pink Floyd “One Slip” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 24: Sting “Englishman in New York” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 7: Sting “They Dance Alone” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 5: Bruce Springsteen “Spare Parts” (2 wks)
  • Dec. 19: The Rainmakers “The Wages of Sin” (3 wks)

1988:

  • Jan. 9: Eurythmics “Brand New Day” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 30: Lyle Lovett “She’s No Lady” (3 wks)
  • Feb. 20: Lyle Lovett “Pontiac” (3 wks)
  • Mar. 12: Kate Bush “This Woman’s Work” (4 wks)
  • Apr. 9: Sting “Someone to Watch Over Me” (3 wks)
  • Apr. 30: Everything But the Girl “Apron Strings” (2 wks)
  • May 14: Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (4 wks)
  • June 11: Melissa Etheridge “Bring Me Some Water” (2 wks)
  • June 25: Melissa Etheridge “Occasionally” (2 wks)
  • July 9: Crowded House “Better Be Home Soon” (6 wks)
  • Aug. 20: Rod Stewart “Forever Young” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 10: Everything But the Girl “Oxford Street” (2 wks)
  • Sept. 24: Everything But the Girl “The Night I Heard Caruso Sing” (1 wk)
  • Oct. 1: Olivia Newton-John “It’s Not Heaven” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 15: Shona Laing “Glad I’m Not a Kennedy” (3 wks)
  • Nov. 5: U2 “God Part II” (4 wks)
  • Dec. 3: Sting with Bruce Springsteen “Every Breath You Take (live)” (2 wk)
  • Dec. 17: Bruce Springsteen with Sting “The River (live)” (1 wk)
  • Dec. 24: The Bangles “Something to Believe In” (2 wks)

1989:

  • Jan. 7: Guns N’ Roses “Patience” (3 wks)
  • Jan. 28: Mike + the Mechanics “The Living Years” (2 wks)
  • Feb. 11: Night Ranger “Reason to Be’ (2 wks)
  • Feb. 25: Metallica “One” (5 wks)
  • Apr. 1: Shona Laing “South” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 15: Lyle Lovett “Nobody Knows Me” (2 wks)
  • Apr. 29: Elvis Costello “Veronica’ (3 wks)
  • May 20: Simple Minds “Biko” (3 wks)
  • June 10: Simple Minds “Mandela Day” (2 wks)
  • June 24: U2 “All I Want Is You” (2 wks)
  • July 8: The Call “Let the Day Begin” (2 wks)
  • July 22: Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine” (6 wks)
  • Sept. 2: Tears for Fears “Sowing the Seeds of Love” (3 wks)
  • Sept. 23: Melissa Etheridge “You Can Sleep While I Drive” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 7: Squeeze “Slaughtered, Gutted, and Heartbroken” (2 wks)
  • Oct. 21: Tracy Chapman “All That You Have Is Your Soul” (2 wks)
  • Nov. 4: Madonna “Oh Father” (6 wks)
  • Dec. 16: Tears for Fears “Woman in Chains” (3 wks)

Saturday, December 23, 1989

Phil Collins hit #1 with “Another Day in Paradise”

First posted 2/8/2021.

Another Day in Paradise

Phil Collins

Writer(s): Phil Collins (see lyrics here)


Released: October 23, 1989


First Charted: October 27, 1989


Peak: 14 US, 15 CB, 15 RR, 15 AC, 7 AR, 2 UK, 18 CN, 11 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.2 UK, 1.26 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 454.84 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

Fittingly, Phil Collins – one of the most successful artists of the ‘80s – finished out the decade with the #1 song. “Another Day in Paradise” was his seventh trip to the top (eighth if you count “Invisible Touch” with Genesis). The song was the lead single from his …But Seriously album, which went on to generate three more top-5 hits.

Collins “was concerned that he was becoming perceived as a lightweight after having two cheery number one pop singles with ‘Groovy Kind of Love’ and ‘Two Hearts’” AMG from the Buster soundtrack. He opted to “expand his lyrical content” AMG by tackling homelessness, based on his own encounters with it it London and Washington, D.C. The song is sung in third person with Collins seeing a man cross a street to ignore a homeless woman. He begs listeners not to ignore such people because, as he sings, “it’s just another day for you and me in paradise.” WK

Upon its release, some complained that “the wealthy Collins [was] unqualified to sing about the poor.” WK Others accused him “of profiteering from homelessness.” WK In a New York Times interview, he said “When I drive down the street, I see the same things everyone else sees. It’s a misconception that if you have a lot of money you’re somehow out of touch with reality.” SF Jamie Wales of Gigwise attacked the hypocrisy leveled at Collins, saying “Phil collected money for homeless charities from fans who attended his concerts and then donated double the total takings out of his own money.” WK

The song won the Grammy for Record of the Year. It was also nominated for Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male, and Best Music Video – Short Form. It also won a Brit Award for Best British Single.


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