Billboard #1s for the Week Ending March 31, 1984

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Footloose Kenny Loggins 1
R & B Somebody’s Watching Me Rockwell 5
Country Let’s Stop Talkin’ About It Janie Fricke 1
Adult Contemporary Got A Hold On Me Christine McVie 4
Rock A Fine, Fine Day Tony Carey 1
Album Thriller Michael Jackson 35

LogginsFootlooseThis week sees the lead track from one of the most succesful movie soundtracks of all time top the charts. For his film about a town that prohibited dancing and the rebel who shook it up, screenwriter Dean Pitchford knew exactly who he wanted to sing the theme song. He contacted Kenny Loggins and together they wrote the infectious title track. It entered the Hot 100 at the end of January 1984 and two months later began a three-week run at the top.

It was really the perfect mix. Loggins had already hit the Top 10 with a soundtrack single (I’m Alright [#7, 1980] from Caddyshack.) He would chart five more soundtrack hits from three other films over the next decade. Footloose was a radio dominator for most of 1984, launching an impressive six Top 40 singles, more than most other albums of any sort at the time.

  • Footloose, Kenny Loggins [#1]
  • Let’s Hear It For the Boy, Deniece Williams [#1]
  • Holding Out For A Hero, Bonnie Tyler [#34]
  • Dancing In the Sheets, Shalamar [#17]
  • Almost Paradise, Mike Reno & Ann Wilson [#7]
  • I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man), Kenny Loggins [#22]

Four of the six ended up in the Top 100 singles of the year. The soundtrack also nudged Thriller out of the #1 spot on the album chart, logging ten weeks at the top.

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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.

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