Billboard #1s for the Week Ending January 5, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Like A Virgin Madonna 3
R & B Operator Midnight Star 3
Country Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind? George Strait 1
Adult Contemporary Do What You Do Jermaine Jackson 3
Rock The Boys of Summer Don Henley 4
Album Purple Rain Prince and the Revolution 23

MadonnaVirginThis week sees the queen of the 1985 Hot 100 reign at the top of the charts. After a pretty good year in 1984, including three Top 20 hits making it into the year-end countdown (Borderline at #35, Lucky Star at #66, and Holiday at #79), Madonna wrapped up the year with her first #1 single.

Like A Virgin blasted onto the Hot 100 at #48 on November 17, 1984 while Lucky Star was at #30 on its way down. It zipped up the charts [38 – 21 – 11 – 3] before hopping over Duran Duran’s The Wild Boys to take the #1 spot on December 22.

As 1985 dawns on the Hot 100, the Material Girl holds down the top spot for the third of an impressive six-week run. She charted four more hits during the year (three more from Like A Virgin plus the #1 Crazy For You from the VisionQuest soundtrack), all of which made into this year’s final top 100 list. Along with Phil Collins, Wham! and Tears For Fears, she ruled the airwaves for the year.


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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