Song: “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
Reached #1: June 9, 1984 (her first, 2 weeks)
Eagle-eyed readers have, I’m sure, noticed when “Time After Time” came out and that it was Cyndi Lauper’s first #1 song… and are convinced I’ve made a mistake.
Despite the fact you couldn’t seem to get away from “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” in late 1983 and early 1984, it never hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #2. I’m sure it was the success of “Girls” that made it possible for this ballad to hit #1.
The song was written by Lauper and Rob Hyman (co-founder of The Hooters – not the restaurant, the band) during idle time after sessions for the She’s So Unusual album, because producer Rick Chertoff said the album was coming up a bit short. It became the biggest hit off the album, of course… isn’t that always how it seems to work out?
The Hooters, of course, released their own version – but in recent years, the definitive version (and the one that seems to be used most on karaoke shows) was done in 2006 by Quietdrive.
As for Lauper, she followed up “Time After Time” with “She Bop”, her peppy, high-energy ode to female masturbation… to this day, I’m not sure how she got that past the record company…
Tomorrow, a “sweet” hit for someone you never would have expected to hit the pop charts when he did…
Other songs that reached #1 on June 9:
1958 – “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley (his first, 6 weeks, Top 100 and Best Sellers charts)
1979 – “Love You Inside Out” by the Bee Gees (their ninth, 1 week)
1990 – “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips (their first, 1 week)
2007 – “Umbrella” by Rihanna feat. Jay-Z (her second, 7 weeks)