If you want to impress your partner with a song, this one should be high on your list. It is a classic and will definitely help the embers smolder between you and your lover. The song itself went on to win two Grammy’s for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
That same year it took home the title of a number-one pop song in the USA. It still holds up today and has been a pivotal song for couples over the years.
1985: “Careless Whisper” by Wham!
Honestly, if you use a saxophone riff in your song it is a recipe for a number-one hit. Those notes just hit something deep in our souls and the millions of people who bought the “Careless Whisper” by Wham! worldwide would agree.
The song went platinum in 9 different countries making it one of the most successful songs ever. It can still be heard on the 80s- on-8 on Sirius Satelite and your local late-night radio station. It pairs with late-night driving as well.
1984: “When Doves Cry” by Prince
If you don’t recognize this song from the name, you will once it starts playing. It reins from Prince’s “Purple Rain” Album and was a certified hit from the start. It lasted 5 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and was the top-selling song of 1984.
“When Doves Cry” is also the last single to go platinum before the criteria for going platinum were lowered in 1989. No wonder so many artists have platinum songs and albums nowadays.
1982: “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John
Some Americans may be surprised to hear this, but the late Olivia Newton-John was in fact Australian. She began her career as a musician before diving into films where she would go on to star in the classic film, “Grease.”
Even after her time on the silver screen, she continued to be involved in music, but her biggest height was her song “Physical.” The song spent 10 weeks atop the charts and also went platinum.
1981: “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes
Few may know, but “Bette Davis Eyes” was first recorded in 1974 by DeShannon. However, it wasn’t until Kim Carnes's version in 1981 that the song blew up.
The single spent 9 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 list and won two Grammy’s for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Pretty impressive for a cover to reach such heights.