It's "Three Singles Thursday": A '60's classic, a '70's stomach-churner, and an '80's waste-of-time. Cheers!

Part Time Pop Star
Lesley Gore, Sept. 1964. (Keystone/Getty Images)

3/30/1963 (54 years ago today) - A few short years from now, she'll quit show-biz to go back to school and get her degree: Only 16 years old at the time, Lesley Gore records her breakthrough hit, "It's My Party", which will go on to reach the No. 1 spot on the singles chart. Betcha didn't know...: This classic piece of Sixties sing-along was produced by future-Michael Jackson sound-director Quincy Jones, and her follow-up track, the fantastic protofeminist million-selling "You Don't Own Me", was kept out of the No. 1 spot only by The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand". Them's the breaks...

3/30/1974 (43 years ago today) - It's a song that makes you want to jump in front of an oncoming freight train...: John Denver goes to No. 1 on the singles chart with "Sunshine On My Shoulders", the first of his four U.S. chart-toppers. Mr. Rocky Mountain High would soon show his true colors when he installs a gigantic oil-tanker-storage-unit on his private property at the height of the '70's energy crisis.

3/301985 (32 years ago today) - ...and he wonders why he faced a backlash: Phil Collins starts two weeks at the top with "One More Night", his second U.S. No. 1 single. His first Numero Uno was back in April of '84, the humongous movie ballad "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)"; over the next four years, "Sussudio", "Groovy Kind Of Love", "Two Hearts" and "Another Day In Paradise" also became unavoidable No. 1's. Phil denies reports that while this string of multi-million-selling success was underway, he found the time to fax his wife and ask for a divorce.

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