Billboard #1s for the Week Ending July 17, 1982

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart

Song

Act

Weeks

Hot 100 Don’t You Want Me Human League 3
R & B Early In the Morning The Gap Band

3

Country ‘Till You’re Gone Barbara Mandrell

1

Adult Contemporary Any Day Now Ronnie Milsap

5

Rock Eye of the Tiger Survivor

3

Album Asia Asia

7

This week sees a song that had trouble answering its own title question make its first Hot 100 debut. The Clash were one of the biggest bands in the world, but they were never much of a presence on the U.S. singles charts. Their only entry to date was Train In Vain (Stand By Me) in 1980. Back home in the U.K. they had logged 15 singles but never broken the Top 10. Should I Stay Or Should I Go? was released as the first single from their fifth album, Combat Rock. It debuted at #92 on the Hot 100 this week in 1982 and eased its way up to a #45 peak ten weeks later, lasting 13 weeks in total. In the U.K. it fared a bit better; a double A-side with Straight to Hell, it spent a brief nine weeks on the chart but peaked at #17. After it went, it decided to stay.

In the U.S., the next single was Rock the Casbah (released first in the U.K.) which zoomed to #8, their first Top 10 in either country. Trying to capitalize on its success the band’s label re-released Should I Stay, but it only managed to sneak up to #50 in a ten-week run. The song stayed away from the British charts for a while longer. Ironically, this anti-establishment band had its biggest single as the result of an advertisement. Featured in a Levi’s ad in 1991, the song was re-released in the U.K. where it went to #1 (but still only lasted nine weeks).

The song has become a classic. It hearkens back to their earlier punk sound and feels like classic 60s rock at the same time. Rolling Stone ranked it #228 on their list of the 500 greatest songs.

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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.

One Response to Billboard #1s for the Week Ending July 17, 1982

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