Here are the top 80’s hits for the first and second week in May from 1980 through 1989. Click on each link to find the digital download (MP3) of each song. We’ve also included a little fact about each song.
1980 – Call Me | Blondie
“Call Me” topped the singles charts in both the US and the UK (where it became the band’s biggest selling single).
It peaked at number three in the United Kingdom in August 1980 and was released in the United States in February 1981 (retitled Morning Train to avoid confusion with a similarly named song), where it reached number one.
Written in 1975 by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of The Arrows, who recorded the first released version. The song was later made famous by the hit version recorded by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in 1981.
1983 – Beat It | Michael Jackson
Co-produced by Quincy Jones for the singer’s sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). Eddie Van Halen was drafted to add the song’s distinctive over driven guitar solo.
The song was the main theme for the 1984 film of the same name, and first appeared on its soundtrack.
Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and co-produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World.
Originally intended to be a duet with Chaka Khan, her record company at the time wouldn’t grant her a release to work on Palmer’s label, Island Records. Chaka Khan is still credited for the vocal arrangements in the album liner notes.
First released in Britain, the song peaked at #4 on the UK charts in August 1986. Upon its release in the United States, the previously unknown band’s debut single shot to number one on May 2, 1987, and stayed there for two weeks.
Initially, Houston did not want to record the song, feeling there was no special message to convey. However, Arista Records CEO Clive Davis believed the song would go to number one if she recorded it, so she agreed. The single became Houston’s seventh consecutive number one.
“Like a Prayer” became one of Madonna‘s highest-selling singles in her career, selling over five million copies worldwide at the time of its release.