Debuting at #92 on the Hot 100 this week in 1987 was the first single released from this band's self-titled album, which would later produce the Top 2 hits "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love". This song, however, only reached #79. Here's Whitesnake with "Still of the Night" (and RIP to the video's star, Tawny Kitaen).
At #54 on the Hot 100 this week in 1989, and on its way to a #46 peak in July, here's the British rock band The Cult with their highest-charting Hot 100 hit, "Fire Woman".
Love The Cult.
The rock station in my town (Gainesville, FL) played the hell out of this song for months after its release, and it continued to be a staple in their playlist for many years after. However, they didn't play much of their earlier stuff at all. Bummer.
Iirc it got decent airplay on one or both pop stations, too. We had a bit of an odd market in that the college station was Rock 104 (103.7 FM), a mostly classic rock station which also played new music. We had no true college alternative station. But given it's a college town the pop stations played much more alternative than typical top 40 stations.
At its peak position of #61 on the Hot 100 this week in 1986, it's a song by a Canadian artist (apparently doing his best imitation of German synth pop) that was originally released as a single in 1983 but did not chart in the U.S. until after its remix in 1985. Here's Trans-X with "Living on Video" (I included the official video as well as the '85 remix).
Today's pick is a medley of two songs, one of which was a 1946 hit for Nat King Cole, that was at #72 on the Hot 100 this week in 1988, having already peaked at #61. As far as I know, the first video posted below is the song that charted in the U.S. at the time, but there are several different versions, including non-medley versions of each song separately. Here's "Route 66/Behind the Wheel" by Depeche Mode. I'm also including a video for "Route 66" and the official video for "Behind the Wheel".
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At #57 on the Hot 100 this week in 1980, it's a future #42 hit that was sandwiched between this band's only #1 songs on the chart, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Another One Bites the Dust". Here's Queen with "Play the Game".
For Independence Day, I'm choosing a song from a well-known Los Angeles punk band that came from their 1987 album "See How We Are", which was a week away from entering Billboard's album chart. Here's X with "4th of July".
On this week's Hot 100 in 1981 is what's probably the rarest 45 to ever hit the chart. Presumably only ten copies were made, but because of its inclusion on radio playlists in Los Angeles, it made the Hot 100 and was at its peak of #80 this week that year. Here's the country song "American Memories" by Shamus M'Cool.
In its last week on the Hot 100 at #68 this week in 1982, it's a song I used to hear played a bit on New York-area radio stations in the 90s, despite only peaking at #59 back in the 80s. Apparently the band's record label Alfa closed down its American subsidiary, which killed the single's chance to become a bigger hit. Here are the Monroes with "What Do All the People Know".
In memory of Biz Markie, here's a song that was at #88 on Billboard's R&B chart this week in 1988, after peaking at #80 two weeks earlier. Here's the late Biz Markie with "Vapors" (included are the official video with the remix version of the song, as well as the original album version).