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

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Say You, Say Me Lionel Richie 1
R & B Don’t Say No Tonight Eugene Wilde 1
Country The Chair George Strait 1
Adult Contemporary Say You, Say Me Lionel Richie 3
Rock Silent Running Mike + the Mechanics 1
Album Heart Heart 1

BossHometownThis week sees the Boss get ready to match a chart record set by the King of Pop. Bruce Springsteen’s Born In the U.S.A. started its impressive chart feat in mid-1984, just as Michael Jackson’s Thriller was winding down. Over the next 18 months, Springsteen managed to chart six Top 10 singles from the album.

This week, the seventh, My Hometown, entered the Top 40, moving from #44 to #32 in its third chart week. A month later, it would peak at #6, giving Springsteen the same record-setting number of Top 10s from one album that Jackson had achieved. Michael’s sister, Janet, would join the record in 1990 when Rhythm Nation 1814 notched seven Top 5 singles.

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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