This week 30 years ago, Howard Cosell retired from "Monday Night Football," Cisco Systems was founded, "Beverly Hills Cop" was the No. 1 film in the U.S. and the following songs were the most popular, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "All Through the Night," Cyndi Lauper
"All Through the Night" capped off two big years for Lauper, who released her debut album, "She's So Unusual," in 1983. This was her fourth top five song from that album.
9. "We Belong," Pat Benatar
This song, which you still sing at the top of our lungs whenever it's on the radio (don't lie), had the same chart success as Penatar's signature, "Love is a Battlefield." Weird fact, Dan Navarro, who co-wrote the song with David Lowen, is the cousin of guitarist Dave Navarro.
8. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," Wham!
7. "Cool It Now," New Edition
Bobby Brown was just 15 when this song, New Edition's first top 10 single, hit it big. Lead singer Ralph Tresvant? Sixteen.
6. "No More Lonely Nights," Paul McCartney
That guitar solo? It's David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. The song appears on the soundtrack, actually a full McCartney solo album, to the film "Give My Regards to Broad Street," which happened to star McCartney and Ringo Starr (and is pretty awful).
5. "Sea of Love," the Honeydrippers
Just a hunch, but I'm guessing frontman Robert Plant (yes, that Robert Plant) is regretting this one.
4. "I Feel For You," Chaka Khan
Khan's big comeback single was written by (shocker) Prince, who originally recorded it for his 1979 debut album. Oddly, he didn't win a Grammy for it until 1985, when Khan's version won Best R&B Song.
3. "Like a Virgin," Madonna
Madonna's breakthrough single was penned by one of the most successful songwriting duos of the 1980s years. Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly wrote or co-wrote Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," the Bangles' "Eternal Flame" and the Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You." So basically you owe many of your favorite music memories to Steinberg-Kelly.
2. "The Wild Boys," Duran Duran
Duran Duran's 12th single (and one of their biggest hits) was inspired by the William S. Burroughs novel "The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead." The band originally wanted to make a soundtrack to a film based on it, which never happened. Maybe because it's pretty pornographic.
1. "Out of Touch," Hall & Oates
Daryl and John ended the year on a high note. "Out of Touch" became the pair's 14th consecutive top 40 hit since 1980. However, this song was also their last Hot 100 No. 1.Copyright © 2021, The Baltimore Sun