This week 33 years ago, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" started a long Broadway run, the first PC virus code was written, "On Golden Pond" topped the American box office and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Hooked on Classics," Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Well, hooked on classics if they have sort of a rock-disco beat.
9. "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)," Juice Newton
Off her breakthrough 1981 album "Juice," "The Sweetest Thing" was written by Otha Young, Newton's longtime performing and writing partner.
8. "Let's Groove," Earth, Wind & Fire
Quite possibly the funkiest thing to come out of the early 1980s. Other than "Chariots of Fire."
7. "Turn Your Love Around," George Benson
Co-writer Jay Graydon reportedly wrote this song while sitting on the toilet. So, there's that to think about.
6. "Leather and Lace," Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
Written by Nicks, "Leather and Lace" appeared on an episode of 2013's "American Horror Story: Coven," on which Nicks guest-starred.
5. "Harden My Heart," Quarterflash
Rindy Ross' saxophone got some big 1982 exposure with this hit for the Portland band Quarterflash, which released its most recent album in 2013.
4. "Physical," Olivia Newton-John
This song was originally written for Rod Stewart, which kind of makes sense if you think about it. I can totally see that.
3. "Centerfold," the J. Geils Band
"Centerfold" would eventually hit No. 1 for six weeks and was written by the band's keyboardist, Seth Justman. See, keyboard players in bands? There's hope for you, too.
2. "Waiting For a Girl Like You," Foreigner
Baltimore connection! Thomas Dolby, who plays the distinctive synthesizer part of the song, is now a professor at Johns Hopkins University. Be sure to see him during his office hours and chat with him about this.
1. "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)," Hall and Oates
Daryl and John's fourth No. 1 hit is not about love or relationships, but as Oates has said, it's about not being pushed around by the music industry. And you always take Oates at his word.Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun