Billboard #1s for the Week Ending May 25, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Everything She Wants Wham! 1
R & B You Give Good Love Whitney Houston 1
Country Radio Heart Charly McClain 1
Adult Contemporary Suddenly Billy Ocean 1
Rock Trapped Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 3
Album No Jacket Required Phil Collins 6

WhitneyGiveThis week sees a superstar of the Billboard charts notch her first #1. Whitney Houston was born into music royalty. Her mother was gospel star Cissy Houston and her cousin was Pop and R&B sensation Dionne Warwick. She began modelling young, but was encouraged to wait a few years to start her singing career. Her first hit was a duet with Teddy Pendergrass, Hold Me [#46, #5 R&B] in 1984. Soon after that she began work on her solo debut, the massive hit album Whitney Houston  which launched four top 3 singles.

The first was You Give Good Love, written by LaForrest Cope. It entered the R&B charts in early March 1985 and made it to #1 this week. On the Hot 100 it was three weeks old, moving from #52 to #44; it spent one week at #3 in July. It also made it to #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart. All in all, an impressive start, but barely a hint at what was to come.

Over the next 15 years, Houston was a force to be reckoned with. She ranks in the all time Top 20 on the Hot 100, R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Dance charts and logged a successful string of albums as well. Here’s an overview.

  • Hot 100: 48 singles, 35 Top 40, 24 Top 10, 11 #1 hits spending a total of 31 weeks at the top
  • R&B : 46 singles, 40 Top 40, 26 Top 10, 8 #1 hits for 33 weeks
  • Adult Contemporary: 30 singles, 28 Top 40, 24 Top 10, 10 #1s for 31 weeks

She logged 12 Dance #1s and took three of her first five albums all the way to the top. The soundtrack to her film The Bodyguard spent 20 weeks at #1 and spawned the massive hit I Will Always Love You which was #1 on the Hot 100 for a then-record-breaking 14 weeks and spent 11 and five weeks atop the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts respectively.



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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