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Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1985

This week 30 years ago, Cherry Coke was introduced in cans and bottles, the largest NBA crowd up to that date (44,970) was recorded during an Atlanta vs. Detroit game, "Beverly Hills Cop" topped the box office and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Sugar Walls," Sheena Easton

Not about the witch's house in "Hansel and Gretel." And yes, this was written by Prince using a pseudonym. "Blood races to your private spots/ Let me know there's a fire" -- really, Prince?

9. "Method of Modern Love," Hall & Oates

Spelling lesson!

8. "California Girls," David Lee Roth

It's like pop culture exploded all over the video for Roth's take on the Beach Boys classic:  a weird "Twilight Zone"-y narration, super-1980s hair ... Jane Leeves of "Frasier" as one of the tourists in the beginning. This song, from Roth's solo debut EP, eventually reached No. 3.

7. "The Heat is On," Glenn Frey

If you weren't a fan of "Beverly Hills Cop," 1984-1985 was a bad year from you. Co-writer Harold Faltermeyer also wrote the famous "Axel F" anthem from the Eddie Murphy film.

6. "Neutron Dance," the Pointer Sisters

This one was also featured on the soundtrack to "Beverly Hills Cop" (that's Bronson Pinchot, one of the film's stars, as the usher in the video). This was the Pointer Sisters' follow-up to "I'm So Excited."

5. "I Want to Know What Love Is," Foreigner

Also featured on the "Beverly Hills Cop" soundtrack ... kidding! That would have been funny though. 1980s power ballads reached their zenith with this Mick Jones-penned huge hit.

4. "Can't Fight This Feeling," REO Speedwagon

Another power ballad! This one eventually hit No. 1 for three straight weeks in March 1985 -- and was REO Speedwagon's second No. 1 hit (the first was "Keep on Loving You"). I wonder how many high-school proms in 1985 played both "I Want to Know What Love Is" and "Can't Fight This Feeling").

3. "Easy Lover," Philip Bailey with Phil Collins

Ah, when will the two Phils reunite?

2. "Lover Boy," Billy Ocean

AKA: That other Billy Ocean song. No, not that one. Or that one.

1. "Careless Whisper," Wham!

Oddly, "Careless Whisper" was either credited to just Wham! (as Billboard does) or Wham! featuring George Michael (even though it was co-written by Michael and Wham! band mate Andrew Ridgeley. But officially it's Michael's first solo single and topped the Hot 100 chart for three weeks. And proved that saxophone solos are awesome.

Jordan Bartel

Jordan Bartel

Jordan Bartel is the editor of Wknd, The Sun’s Friday entertainment magazine, and b, the Baltimore Sun Media Group’s free weekly for young adults. A San Diego native, Jordan graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He was a features writer at the Carroll County Times and had been an editor at b since its founding in 2008. He was won MDDC Press Association and AP awards for feature writing.