With 2017 drawing to a close Billboard released it’s top songs of the year list. The #1 song for the past year was Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You.
We thought it might be fun today to take a look back at the number one song of 1981!
The song was originally recorded in 1974 by Jackie DeShannon who co-wrote it with Donna Weiss. The original version featuring a prominent uptempo piano part, pedal steel guitar and horns bares little resemblance to the synth based version by Kim Carnes released in
The Carnes version spent nine non-consecutive weeks on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 (interrupted for one week by the “Stars on 45 Medley”) and was Billboard’s biggest hit of the year for 1981.
Bette Davis, then 73 years old, wrote letters to Carnes, Weiss, and DeShannon to thank all three of them for making her “a part of modern times,” and said her grandson now looked up to her. After their Grammy wins, Davis sent them roses as well.