This week 32 years ago, President Ronald Reagan visited China; "Sunday in the Park With George" opened on Broadway; the reality television show "That's Incredible!" ended its run on ABC; "Police Academy" 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. "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
I have a lot of questions about this situation. Like, for example, why? But this unique duet proved to be Iglesias' biggest hit ever — and lead to another Iglesias-Nelson duet, 1988's "Spanish Eyes." P.S. There is a video on YouTube of Iglesias performing this with Johnny Carson dressed as Willie Nelson. 1984 was weird.
9. "Automatic," the Pointer Sisters
"Automatic" was riding high on the charts in April, the same month another big hit from the group's album "Break Out" was released: "Jump (For My Love)"
8. "They Don't Know," Tracey Ullman
Comedian Ullman hadn't hit it big in America yet when this track reached the top 10. It's a cover of a Kirsty MacColl song released five years earlier, but MacColl wasn't jealous — she sings backup on Ullman's version.
7. "You Might Think," The Cars
Computer graphics haven't evolved much.
6. "Love Somebody," Rick Springfield
How can someone be undernourished and overfed?
5. "Miss Me Blind," Culture Club
Off Culture Club's breakthrough album "Colour By Numbers," "Miss Me Blind" features backing vocals from Jermaine Stewart, who would become known for his own 1980s hit, "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off."
4. "Hold Me Now," Thompson Twins
"Hold Me Now" charted higher in the U.S. than in the United Kingdom, Thompson Twins' home country, and was a ballad-y departure from the dance-synth they were known for. It received a mixed reception when it was released. "[It] employs a simple, sing-song melody for much of its verse and chorus, something that adds to the song's accessibility but could easily turn to dreary monotony," The Washington Post wrote at the time.
3. "Footloose," Kenny Loggins
Loggins earned his first (and so far only) No. 1 single for this urgent message to dance like it's being banned in your backwoods hometown.
2. "Hello," Lionel Richie
If the song wasn't corny itself, the video, which features a professorial Richie using the line "Hello, is it me you're looking for?" to pine for a blind student, cements its place in sacchariny pop culture history.
1. "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)," Phil Collins
Topping the Hot 100 for three weeks, "Against All Odds" finds Collins going full-on power ballad — kind of odd considering the film of the same name in which the song appears involves a desperate Jeff Bridges turning to crime (and includes multiple murders). But leave it to Collins to make something life-affirming out of that situation.