The Top Chart Hits of October 17th, 1981: A Look Back at the Music Scene
Ah, the 80s. A time of big hair, neon colors, and music that was so catchy, it was almost infectious. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to October 17th, 1981, a day that was particularly noteworthy in the music world.
On this day, the Billboard Hot 100 was dominated by a mix of pop, rock, and soul, a testament to the eclectic tastes of the era. At the top of the charts was none other than Christopher Cross with his hit single “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do).” This smooth, melodic tune was the theme song for the film “Arthur,” and it was as popular as the movie itself. Cross’s silky voice and the song’s catchy chorus had everyone humming along, whether they’d seen the film or not.
But let’s not forget about the number two spot, held by the legendary Diana Ross with “Endless Love,” a duet with Lionel Richie. This soulful ballad was the epitome of 80s romance, and it had couples slow dancing in living rooms across the nation. Ross and Richie’s harmonious vocals were like a warm blanket on a cold day, comforting and familiar.
Meanwhile, the third spot was occupied by the rock band Foreigner with their hit “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” This song was a departure from the band’s usual hard rock sound, but fans didn’t seem to mind. The soft rock ballad was a hit, proving that even rockers have a soft side.
And then there was the fourth spot, held by the one and only Rolling Stones with “Start Me Up.” This energetic rock anthem was a stark contrast to the softer tunes that dominated the charts, but it was a welcome change. The Stones’ signature rock ‘n’ roll sound was a breath of fresh air, reminding everyone that rock was far from dead.
Rounding out the top five was the pop duo Hall & Oates with “Private Eyes.” This catchy tune was a staple on the radio, and it was impossible to resist singing along to the chorus. Hall & Oates’ unique blend of pop and rock was a hit with fans, and “Private Eyes” was no exception.
But the music scene on October 17th, 1981, wasn’t just about the top chart hits. It was also a time of musical innovation and experimentation. New wave and punk were gaining popularity, and artists were pushing the boundaries of what was considered “mainstream.”
So there you have it, a snapshot of the music scene on October 17th, 1981. It was a time of diversity and change, a time when music was more than just background noise. It was a form of expression, a way to connect with others, and most importantly, a way to have fun. And isn’t that what music is all about?
So, next time you’re feeling nostalgic, why not take a trip back to 1981? You might just find that the music is just as catchy, just as meaningful, and just as fun as it was back then. After all, good music never goes out of style.