FLASHBACK: America's Top 10 May 20, 1984

Hello and welcome back everyone. Let's turn right to the action on this week's Billboard charts. On the Pop chart, there are no new songs in the Top 10 but the bottom nine have rearranged themselves since last week while the Number One song logs its second consecutive week atop our survey. Four of the songs in the Top 10 are from movie soundtrack albums and two of them are from the same album - Footloose. Over on the Albums chart, Footloose notches its sixth week atop the chart while over on the Country chart, the number 5 Pop song, a multi-cultural superstar duet, is the reigning chart topper.
On May 20, 1984, I was two and a half weeks shy of high school graduation. My favorite song at the time was Prince's "When Doves Cry" which had been released earlier that very same week though it wouldn't debut on the Hot 100 until the chart dated June 2, 1984, where it was the week's highest debut at number 57. I had many favorite albums at the time though most of my dough was spent on the remixes and extended versions found on twelve inch singles, both domestic and imports. An interesting article in the Billboard issue dated May 19, 1984 cites the results of a survey that shows females were once again buying music in significant amounts after completely dominating the market from a decade before the glory days of Elvis all the way up through the Beatles and then giving way to an overwhelming majority of male record buyers. According to the Street Pulse survey, 59% of record buyers were male and 41% were female with 69% of those men over 18 (hey, that's me!) and 48% of the women under 18. Sixty-three percent of the female record buyers surveyed said their favorite kind of music was either soft rock or new wave - only fourteen percent favored hard rock. More female record buyers heard of the record they bought from the radio or MTV than their male counterparts and females were twice as likely to buy singles than the males who preferred albums though half the female record buyers reported buying albums only.



Top 10 Rock Albums
TOP 10 Adult Contemporary
Top 10 R&B
VIDEO: Top Cashbox Singles May 19, 1984 #80 - #41

VIDEO: Top Cashbox Singles May 19, 1984 Top 40

Top 10 WLS Forty-fives
Top 10 Tunecaster Pop
Top 10 Tunecaster Rock
(videos linked below are of varying quality and may or may not have appeared on MTV)
week of May 16, 1984:
Culture Club "It's A Miracle"    Dr. John "Jet Set"    Duke Jupiter "Little Lady"
Robert Gorl "Darling Don't Leave Me"    Jefferson Starship "No Way Out"
Nora "A Matter Of Time"    Prince "When Doves Cry"    Raybeats "Jack The Ripper"
Re-Flex "Hurt"    Rush "Distant Early Warning"    Van Halen "Panama"
My Favorites from
(maximum 4 plays a day):
Tony Carey "A Fine Fine Day"
Duran Duran "The Reflex"    Frankie Goes To Hollywood "Relax"
The Go-Go's "Head Over Heels"    Madonna "Borderline"
John Cougar Mellencamp "Authority Song"    Missing Persons "Right Now"
Talk Talk "It's My Life"    Tracey Ullman "They Don't Know"
Wang Chung "Dance Hall Days"    Wang Chung "Don't Let Go"
My Favorites from
(maximum 3 plays a day):
Russ Ballard "Voices"    Berlin "No More Words"    Icicle Works "Whisper To A Scream"
Billy Idol "Eyes Without A Face"    INXS "Original Sin"    Nik Kershaw "Wouldn't It Be Good"
The Style Council "My Ever Changing Moods"    Thompson Twins "Doctor Doctor"
My Favorites from
LIGHT ROTATION (maximum 2 plays a day):
Art Of Noise "Beat Box"    Face To Face "10-9-8"    Shalamar "Dancing In The Sheets"
Fire Inc. "Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young"    Kool & the Gang "Tonight"

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