This week 31 years ago, the world's first successful autofocus single-lens reflex camera was released; the United States Food and Drug Administration approved a blood test for AIDS; the series "Moonlighting" debuted on ABC; "Beverly Hills Cop" 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. "The Old Man Down the Road," John Fogerty
The success of the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman's comeback single was a bit tarnished when he was sued by Saul Zaentz, the owner of the rights to CCR's songs, who claimed this song sounded a bit too much like CCR's "Run Through the Jungle." Zaentz lost. The U.S. Supreme Court even heard part of the case. And that is your copyright law class for the day.
9. "Sugar Walls," Sheena Easton
Whatever could you be talking about, Sheena?
8. "Easy Lover," Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
Philip Bailey, who co-wrote the easy-listening rock gem that is "Easy Lover" with Collins and Nathan East, is best known for his time as the falsetto-friendly lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire.
7. "I Want to Know What Love Is," Foreigner
It doesn't get more perfectly 1980s power ballad-y than this. Weird music fact: Writer Mick Jones at one time was the stepfather of uber-producer Mark Ronson.
6. "Neutron Dance," Pointer Sisters
If it's 1985, it's ruled by "Beverly Hills Cop." This one appeared in the Eddie Murphy action-comedy. It was the group's follow-up single to "I'm So Excited." Looks like 1985 was ruled by the Pointer Sisters as well.
5. "Lover Boy," Billy Ocean
This song is fine and all, but WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS VIDEO?
4. "The Heat is On," Glenn Frey
Also from the "Beverly Hills Cop" soundtrack. Co-writer/awesome-name having Harold Faltermeyer also wrote the film's electronic instrumental theme, "Axel F." R.I.P. Glenn Frey.
3. "California Girls," David Lee Roth
Like the original Beach Boys song, Roth's version peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart. It was Roth's solo single debut, followed by "Just a Gigolo," in case you were curious if he liked women.
2. "Can't Fight This Feeling," REO Speedwagon
Who would win in a street rumble between REO Speedwagon and Foreigner? Talk amongst yourselves.
1. "Careless Whisper," Wham!
No. 1 for three weeks, "Careless Whisper" was credited to Wham! but sung just by George Michael. Weirdly, it was co-written by Andrew Ridgeley, though most Wham! songs weren't. Let's end on this very sax-y note.