Billboard #1s for the Week Ending October 5, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Money For Nothing Dire Stratits 3
R & B You Are My Lady Freddie Jackson 1
Country Lost In the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night) Ronnie Milsap 2
Adult Contemporary Saving All My Love For You Whitney Houston 1
Rock Lonely Ol’ Night John Cougar Mellencamp 5
Album Brothers In Arms Dire Straits 6

MilsapLost50sThis week sees a Country superstar manage a rare 80s feat. Ronnie Milsap started his chart career with I Hate You [#10 Country] in 1973. Within a year he hit #1, with Pure Love. The top spot suited him, and the vast majority of his subsequent hits were chart-toppers. He managed an impressive 35 #1 Country singles, with only eight intervening songs missing the top. That string makes him one of the most successful Billboard Country stars ever.

This week his Lost In the Fifties Tonight — performed as a medley with the Five Satins classic In the Still of the Night — spends its second week at #1. The Country charts were extremely volatile in the 80s, with only 23 of the 485 #1 songs spending more than one week at the top. It’s a testament to Milsap’s popularity that this track ranks among them.

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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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