This week in music: 1988 Dirty Diana

Updated: Jul. 2, 2018 at 6:07 AM CDT
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(KFVS) - Time to turn back the clock and check out the music scene form 30 years ago.

The year was 1988 and Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 had Bruce Hornsby and the Range at number five with The Valley Road. The song is about a rich girl getting involved with a country guy and the ramifications of their relationship. This would be Hornsby's third and final top ten hit.

In the number four spot was the family band The Jets with Make It Real.  This was the Minneapolis group's fifth and final top ten hit.

A band from Rockford, Illinois was keeping the number three position warm with The Flame.  Cheap Trick's record label wanted them to record a power ballad. They were offered the group two choices: The Flame or Look Away.  The band really didn't like either one, but ended up choosing The Flame.  It went on to become their only number one single.  As for the song Cheap Trick passed on.  It was given to another Illinois band.   Chicago recorded Look Away and it became their biggest chart hit ever.

Debbie Gibson was holding down the number two spot with Foolish Beat, a song she also wrote and produced. It had topped the Hot 100 the previous week and at age 18 it made her the youngest person to ever write, produce and perform a number one single.

The song which knocked Foolish Beat out of the top spot was Dirty Diana. It was the fifth single from Michael Jackson's album Bad.  The song's lyrics were about groupies.  After Beat It, Dirty Diana was only the second hard rock single of Jackson's career.  In an interview, Jackson stated that the song had nothing to do with Diana, Princess of Whales but it was her favorite of all his songs.

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