Billboard #1s for the Week Ending January 19, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Like A Virgin Madonna 5
R & B Operator Midnight Star 5
Country How Blue Reba McEntire 1
Adult Contemporary All I Need Jack Wagner 2
Rock I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner 1
Album Born In the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen 5

FogertyOldManThis week sees a chart legend enter the Top 40 after a decade’s absence. John Fogerty is best known as the lead singer and principle songwriter of Creedence Clearwater Revival. In the course of four years — between 1968 and 1972 — that quartet logged an impressive 17 Top 40 hits. Five of them went to #2, putting the band in second place for the most #2 singles behind Elvis Presley and Madonna (tied with six each) and tied with the Carpenters. CCR holds the unenviable distinction of having the most #2s without ever hitting the top.

Fogerty went solo in 1972 when the band broke up, logging two Top 40 hits as the Blue Ridge Rangers and one under his own name. He vanished from the charts in 1976. By 1985, rejuvenated and finished with lengthy legal battles, he emerged with the acclaimed album Centerfield. Its lead single, The Old Man Down the Road, was classic Fogerty, making the most of his distinctive voice and Americana style. It entered the Hot 100 at the end of 1984 and this week moved from #45 to #40. In March it became his lone pop Top 10 without CCR, peaking for one week at #10. Between these two events, the song topped the Rock chart for three weeks, becoming the only #1 single of Fogerty’s storied career.


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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