Billboard #1s for the Week Ending June 29, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Heaven Bryan Adams 2
R & B Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time’s Sake) Freddie Jackson 5
Country She Keeps the Home Fires Burning Ronnie Milsap 1
Adult Contemporary The Search Is Over Survivor 2
Rock If You Love Somebody Set Them Free Sting 1
Album Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack 2

tears-for-fears-shoutThis week sees one of the biggest acts of 1985 drop a second hit into the Top 40, bound to be follow-up chart-topper. Tears For Fears — fronted by the duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith — broke big in Europe with their debut album, The Hurting. With three Top 5 singles in the UK, it was a smash, also topping the album chart there. The British band couldn’t duplicate that success in the US, however, scraping into the Hot 100 with one single and managing only #73 with the album. Building on the themes of emotional distress and release the formed that disc, the pair crafted a follow-up that took the whole world by storm.

Everybody Wants to Rule the World was the third single in most countries, but it was chosen as the lead track for the American market. That decision paid off, as the song spent two weeks at #1. This week it drops from #3 to #7. The breakthrough single around the globe was Shout, which was chosen as the second US release. It entered the Hot 100 at #66 on June 15 and this week moved from #45 to #35. It blazed up the chart, eventually spending three weeks at #1, becoming the band’s biggest hit.

Songs From the Big Chair spawned two more Top 30 hits. Three of the songs wound up on the year-end Hot 100 and Tears For Fears was one of the top five acts of the year (behind Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, and Madonna). They took their time crafting a third disc, and although it was a critical success, the delay lost the group chart momentum. Smith departed in 1992, and Orzabal ran Tears For Fears as a solo enterprise for years. The duo reunited in 2004 and continue to record and perform.

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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