Billboard #1s for the Week Ending August 24, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 The Power of Love Huey Lewis and the News 1
R & B Freeway of Love Aretha Franklin 4
Country Real Love Dolly Parton with Kenny Rogers 1
Adult Contemporary Cherish Kool and the Gang 1
Rock Fortress Around Your Heart Sting 1
Album Songs From the Big Chair Tears For Fears 5

LoverboyLEMoIThis week sees a mainstay of the 80s Rock and Pop charts debut with their biggest hit. Loverboy formed in Calgary, Alberta in 1979. The five-man band came together from a variety of Canadian groups and quickly hit on a successful radio-friendly rock formula. They had a steady stream of singles on the Hot 100 and the Rock charts and consistently achieved platinum sales for their albums.

This week the title track and first single from their album Lovin’ Every Minute of It entered the Hot 100 at #59. Ten weeks later it became their first Top 10 hit, peaking at #9 in a 21-week chart run. It also peaked at #3 on the Rock chart.

Loverboy truly bracketed the 80s, with their first hit debuting in January 1981 and their last debuting in December 1989. They managed a dozen Hot 100 hits, most of which went Top 40. They hit the Rock chart 14 times, with two #2 singles — Workin’ For the Weekend and Hot Girls In Love.

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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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