Billboard #1’s for the Week Ending August 29, 1981

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Song Act Weeks
Hot 100 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 3
R & B Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 2
Country (There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me Ronnie Milsap 1
Adult Contemporary Touch Me When We’re Dancing The Carpenters 2
Rock Burnin’ For You Blue Oyster Cult 2
Album 4 Foreigner 2

This week sees an iconic 80s band debut on the Hot 100. The Go-Go’s first hit, Our Lips Are Sealed, comes in at #90 on its way to peaking at #20 in an impressive 30-week stay on the charts. Their follow-up, We Got the Beat, also from their best-selling album Beauty and the Beat, was their biggest hit, logging three weeks at #2 behind the monster hit I Love Rock’n’Roll. They managed one more Top 10 hit, the #8 Vacation before fading and eventually breaking up.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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