Category Archives: ’80s music

Now would I say something that wasn’t true? (Eurythmics hit again in 1985)

On April 27, 1985, “Would I Lie to You” by Eurythmics debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #62. It would spend a total of 19 weeks on the US singles chart, peaking at #5 on July 13. The song … Continue reading

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I gotta be cool, relax, get hip … until I’m ready (ready, Freddie) — Queen, 1980

On Feb. 23, 1980, Queen had their first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” It would remain at #1 for four weeks (and would also go to #1 in Australia, Canada, Mexico and … Continue reading

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Sometimes I think life is just a rodeo (John Fogerty back in a big way — 1985)

On Jan. 26, 1985, John Fogerty’s Centerfield entered the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart at #49. This was Fogerty’s first solo album in 10 years (his third solo LP since leaving Creedence Clearwater Revival). The album would shoot to #1. … Continue reading

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But I do know Mandinka (Sinéad O’Connor in 1988)

On Jan.24, 1988, a video for the song “Mandinka” by Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor premiered on MTV’s 120 Minutes. The song generated positive response and was moved into heavy rotation on the cable channel’s playlist. “Mandinka” was the single from … Continue reading

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Jenny don’t change your number … (Tommy Tutone hits at 4 with 867-5309 in 1982)

Quite a few people asked to have their telephone number changed thanks to the success of one pop song in the 1980s. On Jan. 23, 1982, “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #88. The new wave … Continue reading

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Goodness me could this be Industrial Disease? (Dire Straits in 1983)

On Jan. 8, 1983, “Industrial Disease” by Britain’s Dire Straits entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #86. It would only go to #75. The single is from the band’s fourth album, Love Over Gold, which was their first LP produced … Continue reading

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Celebrating the birthday of Alex Chilton

On Dec. 28, 1950, William Alexander Chilton was born. Alex Chilton grew up in Memphis. Music was always in his life. His father, Sidney, was a jazz musician. Chilton joined several local rock ‘n’ roll combos in his youth, mostly … Continue reading

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