This week 30 years ago, Earl Weaver came out of retirement to manage the Orioles, skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were confirmed to be those of notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, the Discovery Channel was launched, and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "The Search is Over," Survivor
Yes, the band best known for "Eye of the Tiger" also had a big adult contemporary, prom-ready hit. It was Survivor's third-highest chart-topper -- and was featured in the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages."
9. "Walking on Sunshine," Katrina and the Waves
The English band's biggest U.S. hit was originally written as a ballad -- weird. Thankfully, Survivor gave us the only ballad we'd need in 1985. Katrina and the Waves continues to reap a massive payout from the song, especially through its use in commercials. Reportedly, it earns about $1 million a year. Note to self: Write a song about being in love and being happy about it.
8. "Things Can Only Get Better," Howard Jones
Aka: That "woah-oh-ohhhhh-woah-oh-oh-ooooh" song.
7. "In My House," Mary Jane Girls
The R&B group was a protegee of Rick James (he wrote this song, their debut single). On a related note, "Rick James' protegee" is No. 6 on the list of most dangerous resume credits.
6. "Angel," Madonna
Released between "Crazy for You" and "Into the Groove," Madonna wrote "Angel" with Stephen Bray, who also collaborated with her on such songs as "True Blue" and "Express Yourself." And, weird Madonna-Alice Walker connection: Bray also wrote the songs for the Broadway musical version of "The Color Purple."
5. "A View to a Kill," Duran Duran
The greatness of this James Bond theme almost makes you forget how dumb the actual movie was. Christopher Walken, Grace Jones, Silicon Valley and a microchip? Ugh.
4. "Raspberry Beret," Prince and The Revolution
Once again, Prince's grudge against YouTube (and everything) means we won't be able to listen to his actual version. But here's an acoustic version. You get the picture.
3. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Tears For Fears
The British band's first No. 1 hit had had longevity. Most recently, it was covered by Lorde on the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
2. "Sussudio," Phil Collins
"Sussudio" eventually hit No. 1, despite the fact that the title means nothing. Collins improvise the lyric to a drum machine track. Phil Collins is the greatest genius of our time.
1. "Heaven," Bryan Adams
No. 1 for two weeks, Adams reportedly wrote this while on the road with Journey, hence the ballad-y influence. Adams followed this one up with "Summer of '69," which, like "Heaven," was co-produced by the awesomely named Bob Clearmountain.