Sources: Billboard – By Rich Appel | Edited By – All Things Michael
With Billboard’s Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100’s close-to-57-year history. We’ve examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or era, those where a larger-than-usual number of songs listed made a lasting impact, where music and chart history was made.
Return with us to when President Ronald Reagan was bargaining with the then-Soviet Union about missiles in Europe, gas was weeks away from falling to below $1 a gallon (could history repeat itself?), nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty dominated TV viewing, Dustin Hoffman was anything but a drag in box office champ Tootsie, and no one cared about the Washington Redskins’ name as they were headed to a Super Bowl victory over the Miami Dolphins.
The superstar duo began and ended the year with hits at the No. 1 or No. 2 position. Mac ‘n Jack’s “Girl” collaboration was the first of seven singles taken from Jackson’s Thriller album, which had entered the Billboard 200 album chart just a month earlier. While we never did find out who got the girl (not unlike Brandy and Monica‘s 1998 teaming for the gender-flipped “The Boy Is Mine), we do know neither was able to add the song to their tally of chart-toppers, as both “Down Under” and Daryl Hall and John Oates‘ “Maneater” (see No. 6) kept “Girl” out of the No. 1 spot (although it did reach the top of the R&B singles chart). No songs on the Hot 100 stood in the pair’s way at the close of 1983, though, when “Say Say Say,” the kickoff single from McCartney’s Pipes Of Peace album, camped out at the top for six weeks.
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