Billboard #1s for the Week Ending June 22, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Heaven Bryan Adams 1
R & B Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time’s Sake) Freddie Jackson 4
Country Little Things The Oak Ridge Boys 1
Adult Contemporary The Search Is Over Survivor 1
Rock Tough All Over John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band 2
Album Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack 1

aretha_franklin-freeway_of_loveThis week sees a chart legend begin her comeback. Rightfully known as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has had an impressive run on the R&B charts. Starting with Today I Sing the Blues [#10 R&B, 1960] — released when she was just 18 — Franklin mounted a string of soul hits second only to James Brown in Billboard R&B stats. In 25 years she racked up 73 singles, 19 of them going to #1 for a total of 60 weeks at the top. She had a solid run on the Hot 100 as well, with 72 singles. Her Pop chart power had been minimal for a decade however. Although she managed at least one single a year, she couldn’t seem to break the Top 20 after I’m In Love [#19, #1 R&B] in 1974.

Catching the wave of dance-powered hits, the Queen teamed with hot producer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden. His Freeway of Love, co-written with Jeffrey Cohen, proved the perfect vehicle for Franklin’s pop resurgence. It blasted into the Hot 100 this week at #54 and cruised into the Top 40 two weeks later. It made it to #3 in August; the song also spent five weeks atop the R&B charts, her third biggest hit there.

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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