Billboard #1s for the Week Ending November 12, 1983

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 All Night Long (All Night) Lionel Richie 1
R & B All Night Long (All Night) Lionel Richie 4
Country Somebody’s Gonna Love You Lee Greenwood 1
Adult Contemporary All Night Long (All Night) Lionel Richie 1
Rock Love Is A Battlefield Pat Benatar 3
Album Synchronicity The Police 16

RichieAllNightRogersPartonIslandsThis week sees the second Hot 100 #1 hit in a row rule the Billboard charts. For the past two weeks, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton held down the #1 spot on three charts: Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Country with their hit Islands In the Stream. (This is especially impressive given that no other Country #1 in 1983 had spent a second week at the top.) This week, Lionel Richie’s All Night Long (All Night) holds down #1 on the R&B chart for a fourth week and bumps the country superstars off the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary pinnacles. He would reign atop all three charts for an impressive four-week stretch.

Crossover hits have been a part of the charts all along. Big singles and big stars often wind up on two charts, occasionally on three. Dozens of Hot 100 #1s have managed to top another chart, and a few have managed a triple crown. Given the varying chart methodologies, the general volatility of the Country charts starting in the 70s, and the differing radio audiences, however, topping three charts simultaneously is quite rare. This week is the only time that one three-chart champ replaced another atop the Hot 100.

Curiously, two of the three artists involved had managed a simultaneous triple-crown before. Kenny Rogers hit #1 on the Hot 100, Country, and Adult Contemporary charts on Nov. 22, 1980 with Lady.

Lionel Richie is the all-time champion of #1 dominance. He not only managed the four-week run with All Night Long (and, incidentally, wrote Lady for Kenny Rogers), he had already managed the feat twice before and would do so again.

  • Three Times a Lady by the Commodores, written and sung by Richie, #1 Hot 100, R&B, and Adult Contemporary Aug. 19, 1978
  • Endless Love with Diana Ross, #1 Hot 100, R&B, and Adult Contemporary from Sep. 5 – 19, 1981 (three weeks)
  • Hello, #1 Hot 100, R&B, and Adult Contemporary May 12, 1984

He barely missed a fifth crown with Say You Say Me in January 1986.

The first artist to achieve this feat was — no surprise — Elvis Presley. He topped the Pop, R&B, and Country charts with four singles. Two of them managed simultaneous dominance.

  • Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog was #1 on all three charts for three nonconsecutive weeks starting Sep. 15, 1956
  • All Shook Up repeated the feat on May 11, 1957

Long-time chart champ Stevie Wonder also managed the feat twice.

  • I Just Called to Say I Love You spent three weeks atop the Hot 100, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts starting October 13, 1984
  • Part-Time Lover topped the same three charts on November 2, 1985

Three other songs have managed a triple crown.

  • Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean: #1 Hot 100, Country, and Adult Contemporary on Nov. 20 and 27, 1961
  • I Can’t Stop Loving You by Ray Charles: #1 Hot 100, R&B, and Adult Contemporary for four weeks starting June 19, 1962
  • Vision of Love by Mariah Carey: #1 Hot 100, R&B, and Adult Contemporary on Aug. 11 and 18, 1990

Only one song has ever made the Top 5 on four charts. The End of the World by Skeeter Davis ruled the airwaves in early 1963, with four weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary, three weeks at #2 on the Country, two weeks at #2 on the Hot 100, and a peak at #4 on the R&B charts.


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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