Which Hit Songs Dominated the 1980s?


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Songs that dominated Billboard charts in the 1980s include Olivia Newton-John's "Physical," Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes," Diana Ross and Lionel Richie's "Endless Love," Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" and "Every Breath You Take," by The Police. Michael Jackson led the 1980s singles charts with nine tracks that collected a total of 27 weeks in the number one spot, but none of them held the title longer than the hits of the early 1980s.

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Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" peaked at number one on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart on Nov. 21, 1981, where it remained for 10 consecutive weeks, longer than any other number one single of the 1980s. The song became a workout anthem of the decade and remained popular beyond its chart-topping years.

Kim Carnes' raspy-voiced "Bette Davis Eyes" reached the number one Billboard singles spot on May 16, 1981, holding the spot for nine weeks. The song tied Diana Ross and Lionel Richie's "Endless Love" for the same number of weeks in the top spot. Ross and Richie's track, however, was the number one duet of the 1980s.

Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" made its debut at number one on July 24, 1982, where it remained for six weeks. First released as the main track for the movie "Rocky III," it quickly became a rally song for sporting events and personal training.

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