This week in music: 1984

Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 at 6:31 AM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

(KFVS) - Let's do a little time traveling.  This morning we head back to the 80's, specifically the late summer of 1984.

Here's a look at some of the music being played on boom boxes and  walkmans throughout the country.

Billboard Magazine had Lionel Richie at number five on their Hot 100 Chart.  Stuck on You was a departure of sorts from Richie's other songs as it had a country flavor.  That's prompted Richie to wear a cowboy hat while being photographed for the Stuck on You record sleeve.

Prince was in the number four spot with the biggest hit of his career.  When Doves Cry was from the Purple Rain soundtrack and spent five weeks at number one.  It was the last piece of music recorded for the movie and in addition to the vocals, Prince played all the instruments on the track.  Billboard ranked it as the number one song of the year.

At number three was The Jacksons with State of Shock. The song featured vocals by Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger.  The track was originally supposed to be on Michael's  Thriller album as a duet with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.  But due to a scheduling conflict Jackson recorded it with Jagger and his brothers and placed on The Jackson's Victory album.

What's Love Got To Do With It was Tina Turner's first and only number one single.  But for this week in '84 it was parked in the number two position.  Turner was  44 years old when the song hit number one. At the time she was the oldest female artist to have a number one hit on the Hot 100 chart. That record was later broken by Cher who hit number one with Believe in 1989 when she was 53.

And who ya gonna call?  How about Ray Parker Jr.  He was enjoying his first and only number one single with Ghostbusters.  Of course it was from the movie starring Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray.  The song did spark some controversy.  A lawsuit was filed accusing Parker of plagiarism.  Huey Lewis ended up receiving a settlement over claims that Ghostbusters was very similar to Lewis' hit I Want a New Drug.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.