Good batch of summertime No. 1's today...

(Courtesy of Rolling Stones Records)
(Courtesy of Rolling Stones Records)

7/26/1975 (42 years ago today) - More of a breakthrough than we realized at the time: The Eagles start five weeks at the top of the album chart with "One Of These Nights" -- The bands fourth studio album becomes their first No. 1 LP, features three Top Ten singles (the title track, "Lyin' Eyes" and "Take It To The Limit"), and goes on to sell over four million -- "Lyin' Eyes" becomes their second No. 1 single and wins the band their first Grammy Award for Best Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals -- Simply put, they nailed it with this one; stadium-filling superstar status is next...

7/26/1980 (37 years ago today) - They're great even when they're not trying that hard: It's the first of seven weeks in a row at No. 1 for The Rolling Stones as their 17th(!) studio album "Emotional Rescue" becomes their eighth U.S. chart-topper -- The band was on a roll: this was the first record following Keith Richards' exoneration from a Toronto drug charge that could have landed him in jail for years, and they were positively in-the-pocket groove-wise as they followed up their best album in years, 1978's "Some Girls" --  Mick and Keith led the band through dozens of new songs, picking out only ten for "Emotional Rescue" -- Songs left off this album (amazing) would find their way onto the next LP, "Tattoo You", including "Black Limousine", "Hang Fire", "Little T&A" and "No Use In Crying"; kinda borders on unbelievable, doesn't it?

7/26/1986 (31 years ago today) - By 2011, it was the most played video in the history of MTV!!!: Peter Gabriel went to No. 1 on the singles chart with "Sledgehammer" from his fifth studio album "So", earning him three Grammy nominations, critical acclaim for its genre fusion styles, and turn Peter from cult artist to mainstream star -- Much of the credit for the success at this time was thanks to the innovative video for "Sledgehammer" which won a record nine MTV awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as the Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards -- Still looks and sounds absolutely fantastic:

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