Cash Box Top 100 Charts: The 1980s


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Contains every weekly Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart from 1980-89, when Cash Box magazine was still a major national trade publication and the main competitor to Billboard. By the 1980s, the Cash Box charts were a combination of sales and airplay.

It was the final decade of the prominence of the vinyl 45 rpm record (surpassed by the cassette single in 1990) and pop music was thriving …

– popularity of MTV and music videos led to an explosion of new artists on the charts, such as Men At Work, Duran Duran, Culture Club, and Tears For Fears

– most popular artists of the decade included Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Hall & Oates, and George Michael

– mainstream breakthrough of once-alternative bands The Police, U2, INXS, and R.E.M.

– rap’s ascendance, spearheaded by Run-D.M.C., L.L. Cool J, and the Fat Boys

– renown of hard rockers Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, and Poison

– fundamental American rock and roll sound of Bruce Springsteen, John Cougar Mellencamp, Tom Petty, and Bryan Adams

– career comebacks by Tina Turner, Aerosmith, Steve Winwood, Alice Cooper, and Roy Orbison

– emergence of new female artists such as Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, the Go-Go’s, and the Bangles

– from the ashes of disco, new dance sounds by Madonna, Janet Jackson, Expose, Jody Watley, and Paula Abdul

Watch this exciting era unfold across 520 weekly charts!

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