Billboard #1s for the Week Ending September 28, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Money For Nothing Dire Stratits 2
R & B Oh Shiela Ready For the World 2
Country Lost In the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night) Ronnie Milsap 1
Adult Contemporary Cherish Kool and the Gang 6
Rock Lonely Ol’ Night John Cougar Mellencamp 4
Album Brothers In Arms Dire Straits 5

CitySongsThis week sees two Top 40 debuts help the Hot 100 spend some time in the city. It isn’t that unusual for a common song title word — like “love” or “blue”  to appear multiple times in one week’s chart listings. It’s not unusual for successful songs to have geographic references. This week finds the unusually generic “city” appear in three Top 40 titles.

  • Starship, dropping the “Jefferson”, moves from #45 to #40 in their fourth Hot 100 week with We Built This City. With only Grace Slick remaining from the original Jefferson Airplane lineup, the band were poised for their biggest hit. On November 16, almost 40 years after their first chart appearance, they hit #1.
  • Glenn Frey moved from #46 to #39 in his third chart week with You Belong to the City. It was destined to be his biggest post-Eagles hit, lodging at #2 for two weeks. The song that kept him from the top? We Built This City by Starship. Frey got his own back, however. His hit knocked Starship out of the #1 spot on the Rock charts on October 19, besting them three weeks to one at the top.
  • John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band surge from #25 to #19 with their final Top 40 entry, C-I-T-Y. It would run out of steam the following week, peaking at #18.

One other city song appears in this week’s Top 40. The Miami Vice Theme by Jan Hammer leaps from #37 to #22 on its way to #1. Frey’s city hit was also taken from the TV soundtrack, as was his prior hit, Smuggler’s Blues.

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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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