EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by alphanguy, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    Now to see what I could contribute to . . .
    Was very ubiquitous "back then." Nowadays, you hardly hear it except occasionally on the classic rock station . . .

    And perhaps Beserkley's biggest hit.

    Much prefer this version to the original by a chap named Falco.

    Too long and drawn out. Mel and Tim in 1969 took the same topic and theme and did in a much shorter and more compact space of time - "Backfield In Motion":

    The short 45 edit you hardly hear anymore. Everywhere you turn when they play this, it's the longer LP version.

    In its key and tempo, sounded almost like a "Son of 'Who Can It Be Now?'."

    I much prefer the Neil Sedaka-written "Solitaire," anyway, especially as covered by the Carpenters (speaking of which, we just passed the time point at which Karen Carpenter died, right?).

    Even so, I still prefer Seger's original.

    I only recently heard this, but it's a surprise to me this was bigger, chart-wise, than their 1974 hit "Radar Love."

    Anyone notice that label's mascot seemed modeled after Daffy?

    Another I remember hearing all the time then, but you hardly hear anymore.

    I agree. The "Photograph" that Ringo Starr had his first solo #1 with was more preferable to this anyway.

    I actually saw Tootsie in a movie theatre at the time. The studio where the soap was supposed to be taped as in the film, has since been torn down and a luxury hotel and off-off-Broadway theatre now stand in its place.

    And on top of it, its tempo was in the same mode as his recording of "Oh Julie."

    Almost like a reworking of "Easy." But as far as songs with that title go, I'll take Paul McCartney & Wings'. I know some would prefer the Petula Clark one.

    As one critic noted, every one of those song titles were clichés.

    Unlike you, I vividly remember it.

    I seem to remember the video, with some cutesy animation to go with it.

    There were two different intros to this - one with drums accompanying them, the other without. You hardly hear the latter anymore.

    Funny that their follow-up would have the title of another Bacharach-David composition - but not be the said Bacharach-David tune.

    Not as fond of this as some others by them . . .

    Was #1 for two weeks in the UK in February 1983, as discussed in the Every #1 UK Single of The 1980's Discussion Thread. I know it wasn't, but one of the lines in the chorus sounded to me vaguely like "Hush hush, Idlewild" - a reference to the old name of JFK International Airport in New York. (What can I say - this is what happens when you listen via a dinky alarm clock radio.)
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  2. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    Yeah, their cover of "Der Kommissar" actually bests the original.
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  3. Geee!

    Geee! Senior Member

    Thank you, for the rundown, again and every time; in days like these, I need a laugh like this 'ready for a hype sticker' quotation. I have no idea what this song is, but kinda want to hear it...who am I kidding, I'm searching it up.
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  4. Wingsfan2012

    Wingsfan2012 Forum Resident

    Junior's Farm, IL
    I think Billboard posted a survey many years ago and the two "worst" number 1 hits were "The Macarena" and "My Ding A Ling".
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  5. tmoore

    tmoore Forum Resident

    Olney, MD
    I believe that my "Hungry Like the Wolf" single was on the aforementioned Harvest label.

    EDIT - I see there were two such singles on Harvest. I had the later one, which had "Hungry Like the Wolf" on both sides.
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  6. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    The later mix of "Hungry Like The Wolf" was later transferred to Capitol. I have the Harvest.
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  7. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

    Spokane, WA
    I was a huge fan of the Psychedelic Furs - they were one of my favorite bands of the time. Richard Butler’s unique voice combined with their post-modern “wall of sound” production made them distinctive among alternative rock bands. I got hooked with the Talk Talk Talk album, and the follow up Forever Now was just as good. “Love My Way” is great - one of their more recognizable tunes due to its use in numerous movie soundtracks. But, it’s just one of many great singles they would produce - “Pretty in Pink;” “All That Money Wants;” “Heartbreak Beat;” “Until She Comes;” and the epic “The Ghost in You” - one of my very favorite songs.
  8. jimmydean

    jimmydean Forum Resident

    Vienna, Austria
    original is maybe not so correct... the lick is "adapted" from rick james "superfreak"
  9. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    And he, in turn, seemed to have borrowed from a lick in the Detroit Emeralds' late 1971/early 1972 hit, "You Want It, You Got It":

    Listen to the open, and see what I mean . . .
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  10. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    In hindsight they looked and sounded years ahead of their time - more like something from the early '90s than the early '80s.
  11. torcan

    torcan Forum Resident

    My comments for selected songs underneath:

    1 2 COME ON EILEEN –•– Dexys Midnight Runners (Mercury)-14 (1 week at #1) (1)
    Took me a while to warm up to this, but I came to really like it

    4 4 JEOPARDY –•– The Greg Kihn Band (Beserkley)-13 (4)
    I've got an oldies series single with this on one side and The Breakup Song on the other. Both songs are great

    7 7 ONE ON ONE –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-13 (7)
    This and Maneater are by far the two best songs on H2O

    8 8 SEPARATE WAYS (Worlds Apart) –•– Journey (Columbia)-12 (8)
    This song spent six weeks at No. 8. The long peaks were coming to an end as the chart director at Billboard changed after this week. I actually like the follow-up Faithfully better than this

    11 6 HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF –•– Duran Duran (Harvest)-18 (3)
    I really like the three singles from the Rio album. After this I lost interest in them until the '90s. Their lyrics on future singles just didn't make sense and that turned me off of them.

    12 17 LITTLE RED CORVETTE –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-9 (12)
    It took me a while to get into this one, but I eventually found a promo 45 with a longer version on one side

    13 16 EVEN NOW –•– Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-7 (13)
    I really like this one. Was a big Seger fan back then

    14 10 DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-21 (2)
    Hate it. Never liked it. Some of their follow-up singles were OK though.

    15 19 OVERKILL –•– Men At Work (Columbia)-3 (15)
    This song was highly anticipated as it debuted all the way up at No. 28 in March - the highest debut since Imagine. It could only get to No. 3.

    16 20 I WON’T HOLD YOU BACK –•– Toto (Columbia)-7 (16)
    Fourth of five singles from Toto IV. One of my favorite albums at the time.

    17 12 YOU ARE –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-15 (4)
    I like this one better than Truly.

    19 11 WE’VE GOT TONIGHT –•– Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton (Liberty)-13 (6)
    I like the Seger version better

    20 14 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON –•– Frida (Atlantic)-25 (13)
    It spent a long time on the charts. The Canadian 45 had the full 5:15 version.

    21 18 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG –•– The Pretenders (Sire)-20 (5)
    Love it

    25 25 SHAME ON THE MOON –•– Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-19 (2)
    Peaked at No. 2 for four weeks - his best performing chart single at the time

    26 32 PHOTOGRAPH –•– Def Leppard (Mercury)-7 (26)
    First real hit for this hard rock band. The picture sleeve for the single is hard to find.

    29 29 IT MIGHT BE YOU –•– Stephen Bishop (Warner Brothers)-13 (29)
    I was looking for a girl friend at the time, so this song kind of hit home for me.

    31 35 RIO –•– Duran Duran (Capitol)-4 (31)
    I really like this one - it's catchy. After a big jump into the top 20 the following week, it ended up stalling at No. 14.

    32 37 MY LOVE –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-3 (32)
    It's OK but not great

    34 39 STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-7 (34)
    First of four singles from the Cuts Like a Knife album - Adams' big breakthrough.

    40 50 ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME –•– Naked Eyes (EMI-America)-7 (40)
    My 45 doesn't have the drum intro. It seems to be the more common one.

    Overall, a great chart. 1983 was always my favorite year for Top 40.
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  12. Grant

    Grant Fight The Power

    United States
    Fun little song. I love it but am also still sick of hearing it.


    I had a buddy who was absolutely crazed about the this song and the album. He went to the concert, of course. I didn't like the song at the time. I've warmed up to it.

    I thought it was cool to have some R&B, even if it wasn't quite authentic.

    I was sick of hearing it by this point. Meanwhile, it was still at #1 on the R&B chart.

    6 9 DER KOMMISSAR –•– After The Fire (Epic)-11 (6)
    It seemed like the Europeans appreciated R&B a lot more than Americans did. I think that was true up until the late 90s.


    I was never a big Journey fan but this one wasn't too bad.

    Popular on college campuses, too. He actually had one more U.S. hit single. It didn't hit the top, but it was respectable.

    I still think of this song as their best. Like the song above it^, it was very popular college at dances and parties.

    :thumbsdow Booooo! I never liked it.

    I've never heard it.

    R&B! People overseas really respected it. But, I gotta tell ya, the vocal performance sounds to me like the guy is a wuss.

    Cool little song, but I think they overplayed the paranoia theme.


    This hit #1 on the R&B chart a few chart months ago. I like it. It has more energy and groove than "Truly", that's for sure.

    The only thing this song has going for it is her powerful voice. That's it.


    The first time I heard this it was on Casey Kasem's AT40, and I loved it right away. Little did we realize that producer Phil Collins and engineer Hugh Padgham would soon run the gated drum sound into the ground.

    I didn't remember hearing this one until the fall of the year and that is why I was so sure it hadn't been released until then. Now that I really go back in my mind, I probably did hear it earlier in the year and just blocked it out. It didn't impress me, so it didn't get committed to memory until later. I was still in an R&B mindset in early 1983 even though I was hearing all these cool Brit-pop songs.

    Apparently, Tom Petty or somebody wasn't too much of a fan, either. It wasn't included on his biggest-selling greatest hits album. But, I like it, and wondered why it was ignored so much.

    Another song I ignored. I also didn't know it was Golden Earring until a few years ago. I heard it played at a club and it suddenly came out of memory, and I realized how good a song it is.

    No memory of it, either. I guess it wasn't popular out here in Arizona. I have his "Complete Clapton" CD but still can't tell you how the song sounds.

    I heard this a lot on the radio. One of his best. I liked it, but wasn't goo-goo about it.

    Oh yeah! A perfect power-pop song! At this point, the only hard rock band I really liked was Van Halen.

    I was at my friend's house one day in January of '83 and we were just listening to his records. He's the same guy who introduced me to Van Halen three years earlier, BTW. He put this on and when "Photograph" came on it hit me like a ton of bricks! I don't think I had heard pop/metal sound so good. It had all the hooks, great lyrics, middle-eight guitar solo...a perfect pop song that was heavy, too. And it had keyboards! He let me borrow the album which still had the Chicago high-rise label, and I made a nice copy of it. I soon bought my own LP of it with the black Mercury label. It did annoy me that the whole album sounded rather dull. In later years, after reading just how much processing was done to every instrumental track, I understood why. Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange used a harmonizer on all the guitars and vocals which is why the damn album is in perfect pitch. Certainly a precursor to Autotune.

    I wish I could forget.

    Unlike you, I really like it. Nice little party song. I bought this 45 too.

    I barely remember this, and I have his greatest hits CD.

    An attempt by Barry Manilow to remain relevant in a changing musical landscape. I kind of like this song, but it also reminds me a bit too much of Andrew Gold's "Thank You For Being A Friend" from 1978.

    They were almost known more for their videos at this point. Still, a good song.

    I would have sworn this song came out in a later year. It's a nice little ballad but doesn't do anything for me.

    Well, I like it, and this was a big hit single. I don't know how you missed it. As a Switch fan from the late 70s, and having bought the self-titled "DeBarge" album two years earlier, this group was no stranger to me. It was a family group that reminded me more of the Sylvers than any others.

    No memory of it.

    Again, unlike you, I love the song.

    I cold bought the "Jarreau" album on sight at the PX one Sunday morning before even hearing a note from it. I bought it on cassette because it had the bonus track "I Keep Calling". Warner Brothers had tried selling cassettes in blister packs for some reason, and that's how my cassette came. Interestingly, the cardboard was the same size as the cardboard packaging companies would use for CDs for the next decade. Anyway, I love the song and the album is just as enjoyable as his last album "Breakin' Away", except more musically adventurous. I like the video for "Mornin'", too.

    Gotta love the title of this! The blind Mr. Milsap certainly had a sense of humor! "There's a stranger in my house that I can't see"! :biglaugh: Thing about Ronnie Milsap is that he never sounded very country to me. He always had some R&B in his sound.

    Another song I didn't hear until that summer. Another perfect pop song.




    My only memory of it is from the movie "Valley Girl".

    Still whiny.

    Now seeing ZZ Top was a shock! Like many of their 70s contemporaries, they had never really went away, but this was a huge comeback!



    Never heard of it.
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  13. alphanguy

    alphanguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Next is "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, #1 from April 24 - May 14, 1983.

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    alphanguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

  15. Grant

    Grant Fight The Power

    United States
    Yeah, one side has what they now call the "midnight" version, or the dance mix, and the other is the familiar pop version with the long fadeout with the woman's orgasmic cries.
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  16. Grant

    Grant Fight The Power

    United States
    The first time I heard the song was when I played the album after buying it. I was stoked that they actually put a hard rock song on it. As soon as that guitar solo started, I knew it was Eddie Van Halen without even checking.

    Eddie refused payment for it, as it was his pleasure to do it as a fan of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.

    There still seems to be some discrepancy on exactly how the solo came to be. One story has it that Michael and Quincy wanted him on it and called him into the studio. Another story has it that they sent Eddie the tape and laid down his track.
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  17. Grant

    Grant Fight The Power

    United States
    Hey!:mad: I like "My Ding-A-Ling"! Don't be lookin' at it!:tsk:
  18. Hey Vinyl Man

    Hey Vinyl Man Forum Resident

    EVH has a story, which I kind of doubt is true but I hope it is, about being in a record store shortly after "Beat It" came out, and it played on the in-store sound system. He overheard a teenager saying to his friends, "Listen to this jerk trying to sound like Eddie Van Halen!" So he tapped the know-it-all on the shoulder and said, "Actually, that is me."
  19. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    There is one place I know of (certainly in New York) where "Beat It" never gets play, EVH or no EVH: Classic rock stations.
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  20. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    And it was that which made people take notice of Mr. Yankovic.
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  21. MikeInFla

    MikeInFla Forum Resident

    Panama City, FL
    I remember one time waiting up all night just to see the Eat It video. As a 7th grader IN-3D was right up my alley!
  22. pablo fanques

    pablo fanques Somebody's Bad Handwroter

    Poughkeepsie, NY
    While that’s certainly the case the last 35 years or so, the station I eventually worked for, WPDH Poughkeepsie DID play ‘Beat It’ at the time and I remember the controversy it inspired. The jocks were always quick to point out the EVH connection in the front sell or back sell but it didn’t go over well and was eventually dropped
  23. bare trees

    bare trees Forum Resident

    "Beat It" was a pleasant surprise when it hit. Here was an artist known more for r&b and pop tackling a straight ahead rock song and doing it convincingly. The magic of this single was that it combined driving rock with a pop sensibility and an irresistible groove in a way that appealed to both his fan base and casual listeners who probably wouldn't have sought out his music otherwise.
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  24. torcan

    torcan Forum Resident

    What surprised me is how quickly this single was released. Billie Jean was only on the chart for about 5 weeks when all of a sudden Beat It debuted. It was unusual to have two singles climbing the chart at the same time, but Epic obviously knew what they were doing as the Thriller LP shot to No. 1 for the beginning of a 37-week domination over the next year and a half.

    Since The Girl is Mine was still on the chart when Beat It debuted, it gave Michael three singles on the chart at once - something he would accomplish several times during 1983.

    Despite a record-breaking seven top 10 singles, this is the last we'd see of Jackson at No. 1 on the singles charts with songs from this LP.
  25. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    I wonder if some of the latter singles didn't go even higher than they did was because so many people owned the album at the time that they weren't springing for the single as the hot 100 was an amalgram of airplay and sales, especially the title track that would eventually go in at #4 but is just as iconic and famous as the two #1's off this album, but come March 1984, who didn't own a copy of the album? And by then those who didn't weren't going and buying the single when they could own the album (I remember reading somewhere that in early 1984, Thriller was moving 100k units per day at the height of the popularity of the title track).
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