Billboard #1s for the Week Ending July 13, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 A View to A Kill Duran Duran 1
R & B Hangin’ On A String (Contemplating) Loose Ends 1
Country Forgiving You Was Easy Willie Nelson 1
Adult Contemporary The Search Is Over Survivor 4
Rock If You Love Somebody Set Them Free Sting 3
Album Songs From the Big Chair Tears For Fears 1

AHATakeOnMeThis week sees a rare Norwegian act debut on the Hot 100 with what would become one of the biggest hits of 1985. The synth-pop trio a-ha formed in 1982 in Oslo. They recorded two different versions of their first single, neither one of which caught on. A third version of Take On Me, released along with their debut album, finally got some traction. It entered the Hot 100 at #91 this week.

Aided by a groundbreaking video that merged line art, animation, and film, the single eased up the chart, entering the Top 40 in its seventh week. Eight weeks later it spent a week at #1 before starting a slow descent. With 27 weeks on the chart, 15 of them in the Top 40, the song came in at #10 for the year.

a-ha had trouble matching this early success. They had one more hit in the US and a few more international hits before calling it quits in 1994. They reunited with a somewhat different sound from 1998 – 2010 and have just recently reformed again.

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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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