This week 33 years ago, Scott Fahlman posted the first emoticons (on a message board at Carnegie Mellon University); NFL players began a 57-day strike; the first International Day of Peace was proclaimed by the United Nations; "E.T." topped the box office, and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to the Billboard Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)," Donna Summer
Co-written by Quincy Jones (who also produced), "Love Is in Control," features some sweet, sweet early 1980s computer-robot voice sound effects. P.S.: Summer was pregnant while shooting this video.
9. "Hurts So Good," John Cougar
Pre-Mellencamp (his real last name), "John Cougar" had a stellar 1982 with his uber-popular album "American Fool." "Hurts So Good" was co-written by Mellencamp and George Green, a childhood friend who collaborated with Mellencamp throughout his career.
8. "Somebody's Baby," Jackson Browne
Browne's last top-10 hit got a major push because of its inclusion on the soundtrack to the film "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." It was also Browne's highest-charting hit of all time (sorry, fans of classic 1970s Jackson Browne).
7. "Who Can It Be Now?" Men at Work
Awesome sax, Men at Work! Reportedly, the song was inspired by singer Colin Hay being harassed by a bill collector. Who can it be now? Ugh, someone wanting my money or something.
6. "Eye in the Sky," the Alan Parsons Project
Now that I listen to this more closely, the reports that Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" sounds awfully similar to "Eye in the Sky" are pretty credible. Go ahead. Give them both a listen.
5. "You Should Hear How She Talks About You," Melissa Manchester
This Grammy winner propelled Melissa Manchester into full-on dance/new wave territory, as opposed to the more ballad-y version of Manchester showcased in such songs as "Don't Cry Out Loud."
4. "Eye of the Tiger," Survivor
The "Rocky III" theme — still relevant after all these years. Survivor is majorly upset at the song being used at a rally for Kim Davis after the Kentucky clerk denying same-sex wedding licenses was released from jail. Incurring the wrath of Survivor is not something I would wish upon anyone. By the way, "Eye of the Tiger" lost the Oscar for best original song to "Up Where We Belong" from "An Officer and a Gentleman" which is a travesty.
3. "Hard To Say I'm Sorry," Chicago
It's hard for me to say how sorry I am that I dislike this song. Actually, it's not. It's pretty easy to say that.
2. "Jack & Diane," John Cougar
2. Ready for more Mellencamp? Of course you are! Mellencamp's most successful single spent four weeks at No. 1. Probably because of the immortal line, "sucking on chili dogs." But that's just my opinion.
1. "Abracadabra," Steve Miller Band
No. 1 for two nonconsecutive weeks (sandwiched around a two-week No. 1 stint for — shudder — "Hard to Say I'm Sorry"), "Abracadabra" was apparently "inspired" by Diana Ross (crushing hard, Steve Miller?). Whatever the inspiration, Miller deserves a place in everyone's heart for rhyming "Abracadabra" with "reach out and grab ya."