Category Archives: 1985

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Lionel Richie – Say You, Say Me

First Hit #1: December 21, 1985 I don’t know how many couples started their married lives together to the sounds of Lionel Richie. I imagine it was a lot, and if I ever get married, I actually would like to … Continue reading

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Mr. Mister – Broken Wings

First Hit #1: December 7, 1985 I’m going to start off on a wild tangent and hopefully it all ties in at the end. I’m currently shopping for a new car. My old car isn’t bad, and I might even … Continue reading

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Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin – Separate Lives

First Hit #1: November 30, 1985 Continuing with the theme of 1985, that being romantic dissatisfaction, here’s the breakup duet Separate Lives. This has to be the most bitter big hit I’ve heard in a while, with the line “You … Continue reading

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Starship – We Built This City

First Hit #1: November 16, 1985 Blender has called it one of the 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs, Rolling Stone held an online poll that called it one of the 10 Worst Songs of the 80s. This confuses me, because … Continue reading

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Jan Hammer – Miami Vice Theme

First Hit #1: November 9, 1985 Miami Vice was a show that wanted to be cool. Luckily, it was the brainchild of Michael Mann, so it actually was cool, even if the wardrobe of pastels hasn’t aged gracefully. So it … Continue reading

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Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover

First Hit #1: November 2, 1985 Is this Maneater? Has the world somehow missed that Part Time Lover is just Maneater with new lyrics? Maybe I’m being tricked by the bassline – which is definitely Maneater – but musically the … Continue reading

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