Billboard #1s for the Week Ending September 21, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Money For Nothing Dire Stratits 1
R & B Oh Shiela Ready For the World 1
Country I Fell In Love Again Last Night The Forester Sisters 1
Adult Contemporary Cherish Kool and the Gang 5
Rock Lonely Ol’ Night John Cougar Mellencamp 3
Album Brothers In Arms Dire Straits 4

Ready-For-The-World-Oh-SheilaThis week sees a woman’s name return to the top of a Billboard chart. Ready For the World formed in Flint, Michigan and built a solid local following. After the regional success of their first single, Tonight, they were signed by MCA. The label released Tonight nationally and it went to #6 on the R&B chart. Their third single did even better, becoming a rare triple-threat. Oh Sheila entered the R&B chart on July 20. Two weeks later it debuted on the Hot 100 and the Dance chart. This week it logs its first of two weeks as an R&B #1, while moving from #15 to #9 on the Hot 100. On September 12, it hit #1 on both of the other charts.

Many songs with people’s names in the titles have hit #1. Only three names have topped the chart twice. Angie was the first; the Rolling Stones had Angie in 1973 and Helen Reddy brought back the name with Angie Baby in 1974. Tommy Roe hit #1 in 1962 with Sheila, making her wait 23 years to come back to the top. Diana had an even longer wait, with over 30 years between Paul Anka’s Diana and Michael Jackson’s Dirty Diana.

If deities are allowed in the game, the Roman goddess of love does those other three ladies one better. Venus was Frankie Avalaon’s first chart-topper in 1959. The Dutch group Shocking Blue name-checked her to the apex in 1970; when Bananarama covered that song in 1986, it spent a week at #1 as well. That makes Venus a three-time winner and the topic of one of only nine songs to reach the top in two different versions.

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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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