Tuesday, July 11, 2017

US Top 20 Singles: w/e July 14, 1984

The first thing that strikes me when I look at this chart is the dominance of MTV - so many of these songs instantly put the video in my mind's eye. Five big hits from movie soundracks here; Prince's iconic "When Doves Cry" topping the list, Ray Parker Jr.s' "Ghostbusters" theme racing to the top and "Almost Paradise" from the Footloose soundtrack with a solid top 10 placing, Ollie & Jerry's "Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us" from the Breakin' movie and Dan Hartman's "I Can Dream About You" (originally written and intended for Daryl Hall & John Oates to record) from the Streets Of Fire soundtrack. Madonna's second chart single and first top ten hit, "Borderline", is falling down the charts while Bruce Springsteen is being denied a #1 by the incredibly strong presence of Prince. It's almost impossible to overstate what a widespread impact Prince was having at this time on American culture. "When Doves Cry" would stay perched on the top for five weeks and it would be his biggest US chart single of his career. It is a remarkable single for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it has no bass line.

  • 1 I Can Dream About You by Dan Hartman
  • 2 Borderline by Madonna
  • 3 Dance Hall Days by Wang Chung
  • 4 Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us by Ollie & Jerry
  • 5 Sad Songs (Say So Much) by Elton John
  • 6 State Of Shock by Jacksons
  • 7 Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
  • 8 Doctor! Doctor! by Thompson Twins
  • 9 Magic by The Cars
  • 10 Infatuation by Rod Stewart
  • 11 Legs by ZZ Top
  • 12 The Heart Of Rock & Roll by Huey Lewis & The News
  • 13 Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
  • 14 Almost Paradise by Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
  • 15 Self Control by Laura Branigan
  • 16 The Reflex by Duran Duran
  • 17 Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol
  • 18 Jump (For My Love) by Pointer Sisters
  • 19 Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen
  • 20 When Doves Cry by Prince

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