Billboard #1s for the Week Ending November 23, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 We Built This City Starship 2
R & B Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 6
Country I’ll Never Stop Loving You Gary Morris 1
Adult Contemporary Separate Lives Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin 2
Rock Tonight She Comes The Cars 1
Album Miami Vice Soundtrack / Jan Hammer 4

MikeMechSilentRunThis week sees another member of Genesis launch a successful side career. By this point the trio’s vocalist and drummer, Phil Collins, was a bona fide chart champ with a quartet of #1s to his credit; former Genesis vocalist Peter Gabriel notched a couple of minor hits and was about to be a chart-topper in his own right. Bassist and guitarist Mike Rutherford put together a stellar band of session stalwarts including vocalist Paul Young (of Sad Café, not the solo star), drummer/producer Peter van Hooke, and keyboardist Adrian Lee. Also on keyboards and vocals was stealth star Paul Carrack, who managed hits in more line-ups than almost anyone.

With a polished sound and a great array of talent, the group put out their first single, Silent Running, which sneaked onto the chart at #95 this week. With a passionate Carrack vocal and nice guitar work from Rutherford, the song eased up the chart, eventually peaking at #6 in an impressive 24-week run. Despite Rutherford’s continued work with Genesis and Carrack’s many obligations (and solo career), the group has continued to record somewhat regularly. They managed their own chart-topper in 1989 with The Living Years.

That feat makes Genesis an odd sort of chart monster, with #1s by the band itself (Invisible Touch, 1986), a former member (Gabriel, with Sledgehammer, which managed to dethrone Invisible Touch), and two current members (Collins and Rutherford).


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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and culture.


all contents © Robert Hulshof-Schmidt

Weekly Top 40

The Weekly Top 40 1955-2017

Major Spoilers

We know you love comics. We do, too.

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Greatest British Songs

The best songs from British bands and artists

Social Justice For All

Working towards global equity and equality

The Falcon's Nest

The Home of All Things Rock and Sometimes Roll

%d bloggers like this: