This week 33 years ago, Time magazine's man of the year was the computer, the first time a non-human was given the title; NBC canceled soap opera "The Doctors"; UCLA beat Michigan at the 69th Rose Bowl, 24-14; "Tootsie" 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. "Truly," Lionel Ritchie
In the 1980s, Lionel Ritchie could have recorded himself giving directions to a gas station and it would have hit the top 10. "Truly," the follow-up to "Endless Love," was the first single off Ritchie's self-titled debut album.
9. "Rock This Town," Stray Cats
Speaking of debuts, "Rock This Town" was from the Stray Cats' first American album. Nice bouffant mullet, Brian Setzer.
8. "Down Under," Men At Work
Hey, did you know Men At Work is from Australia?
7. "Sexual Healing," Marvin Gaye
Since Marvin Gaye was able to churn out a classic like this in the aftermath of serious IRS troubles, his debt should have been forgiven immediately.
6. "Steppin' Out," Joe Jackson
1982 was a simple time, where songs about just being really happy to go out at night and have a good time were big hits. Joe Jackson was happy to oblige. Leave that TV and radio behind, Joe!
5. "Gloria," Laura Branigan
Originally an Italian love song written by Umberto Tozzi and the awesomely named Giancarlo Bigazzi, "Gloria" was a bit hit in Italy, but it wasn't until it was translated into English that it made a widespread splash. Not sure what Gloria's "alias" has to do with love, but let's not get into it.
4. "Dirty Laundry," Don Henley
Don Henley's critique of TV news is longer appropriate, right? Henley later sang this at President Bill Clinton's first inaugural ball, so, uh, interesting.
3. "The Girl Is Mine," Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
A low-key "Thriller" track (with an awkward use of the word "doggone"). I would talk about will.i.am's tragic cover from 2008, but I don't want to. Let's focus instead on how funny it is to picture Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney fight over a girl.
2. "Mickey," Toni Basil
My favorite one-hit wonder (and yours), was originally written as "Kitty," to be sung by a man. Thank you, Toni. But let's also thank song co-writers Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, who are (together and separately) responsible for some great pop songs, including Huey Lewis' "Heart and Soul," Tina Turner's "Better Be Good to Me" and Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield."
1. "Maneater," Hall & Oates
No. 1 for four weeks (the longest stint of any of Hall & Oates No. 1 hits), "Maneater" was co-written by Daryl Hall and John Oates with Hall's then-girlfriend Sara Allen, the subject of the band's song "Sara Smiles." Apparently, Sara also writes really good songs, too.