Billboard #1s for the Week Ending December 8, 1984

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Out of Touch Daryl Hall & John Oates 1
R & B Solid Ashford & Simpson 2
Country Chance of Lovin’ You Earl Thomas Conley 1
Adult Contemporary Penny Lover Lionel Richie 4
Rock Run to You Bryan Adams 4
Album Purple Rain Prince and the Revolution 19

HallOatesOOTThis week sees the most successful duo in Hot 100 history notch their final #1. Daryl Hall and John Oates took awhile to find their chart traction, managing three Top 10 hits (including the #1 Rich Girl) in the mid 70s then faltering for a few years. They blasted back into the upper reaches of the charts in 1981, starting with the #1 hit Kiss On My List. Over the next three years they logged an impressive 11 Top 40 singles, all but one of which went Top 10, with three more #1s in the mix.

This week Out of Touch slides up from #2, knocking Wham! from the top spot. It managed a second week before surrendering to the Madonna juggernaut Like A Virgin. The duo’s follow-up, Method of Modern Love, made it to #5, but their fortunes slowly faded from there. The next seven singles all went Top 40, but only 1988’s Everything Your Heart Desires [#3] cracked the Top 10. After 1990’s aptly titled So Close [#11], they dropped from the Hot 100 for good. The duo’s long run of hits places them among the 40 biggest acts in Hot 100 history, the 4th biggest act of the 80s (after Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince), and in the top 20 for most #1s with six chart-toppers logging 14 weeks.

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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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