When you take a good look at the charts, it's not too hard to argue that the '80's had it tougher than the '60's and '70's. As you will see...

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4/4/1964 (53 years ago today) - ...and it hasn't been done by anyone else since: The Beatles hold the Top Five spots on the U.S. singles chart -- No. 5, "Please Please Me" -- No. 4, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" -- No. 3, "She Loves You" -- No. 2, "Twist And Shout" -- No. 1, "Can't Buy Me Love". A little more perspective (a.k.a. reality check): the boys also had another nine singles on the chart, bringing their grand total to an amazing fourteen singles in the Hot 100!!! One Direction my ass...

4/4/1970 (47 years ago today) - Billboard's Top Ten Albums on this date: No. 10, Creedence Clearwater Revival/"Willy And The Poor Boys" -- No. 9, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young/"Deja Vu" -- No. 8, The Jackson 5/"Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5" -- No. 7, The Beatles/"Abbey Road" -- No. 6, Chicago/"Chicago II" -- No. 5, Santana/"Santana" -- No. 4, The Doors/"Morrison Hotel" -- No. 3, Led Zeppelin/"Led Zeppelin II" -- No. 2, The Beatles/"Hey Jude" -- No. 1, Simon & Garfunkel/"Bridge Over Troubled Water". The prosecution rests your Honor...

4/4/1987 (30 years ago today) - ...and then, there's this: Starship start two weeks at No. 1 with "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us"; if that's not bad enough, it's from the film "Mannequin", and though it's not quite on the level of the classic stinker/suicide-inducing "We Built This City", well, what is really?

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