20 songs on the Hot 100 chart

Recent articles about Rick Springfield have referred to him as “rock legend,” “’80s icon” and “the legendary Rick Springfield.” (Also “singer-guitarist-actor,” “Australian rock star” and “Aussie rocker.”) These are definitely better than the “Jessie’s Girl singer” label that was often used in last year’s articles announcing “Ricki and the Flash” and “True Detective.”

But there are still those snide comments that appear now and again that refer to him as a one-hit-wonder. So although those people will likely never come across this post because they are the type to unleash snide comments out into cyberspace without doing any research first, I wanted to share this cool video that was recently posted on the Hot Music Charts YouTube channel: “Rick Springfield Complete Hot 100 Chart History,” which showcases his many hits. (There are lots of great videos on this channel, by the way.)

I’ve provided a recap below for easy reference but I recommend that you watch the video because it shows clips from different RS videos throughout the years so it’s really fun to watch. (The dates on the video are the dates the songs debuted on the chart, the ones below are the ones listed on Billboard.com as the dates the songs peaked. One other difference is the video includes “Taxi Dancing,” which isn’t listed on billboard.com.)

Speak to the Sky: Oct. 7, 1972
Peak: 14, weeks on chart: 13

What Would the Children Think: Dec. 9, 1972
Peak: 70, weeks on chart: 4

American Girls: July 13, 1974
Peak: 98, weeks on chart: 2

Take a Hand: Oct. 2, 1976
Peak: 41, weeks on chart: 9

Jessie’s Girl: Aug. 1, 1981
Peak: 1, weeks on chart: 32

I’ve Done Everything For You: Nov. 7, 1981
Peak: 8, weeks on chart: 22

Love is Alright Tonite: Feb. 13, 1982
Peak: 20, weeks on chart: 16

Don’t Talk to Strangers: May 22, 1982
Peak: 2, weeks on chart: 21

What Kind of Fool Am I: July 3, 1982
Peak: 21, weeks on chart: 12

I Get Excited: Oct. 30, 1982
Peak: 32, weeks on chart: 12

Affair of the Heart: June 18, 1983
Peak: 9, weeks on chart: 18

Human Touch: Sept. 10, 1983
Peak: 18, weeks on chart: 15

Souls: Dec. 3, 1983
Peak: 23, weeks on chart: 15

Love Somebody: May 5, 1984
Peak: 5, weeks on chart: 16

Don’t Walk Away: July 7, 1984
Peak: 26, weeks on chart: 12

Bop ‘Til You Drop: Oct. 20, 1984
Peak: 20, weeks on chart: 15

Taxi Dancing: Peak 59 (on video, but not listed on RS’s Billboard.com list)

Bruce: Jan 12, 1985
Peak: 27, weeks on chart: 13

Celebrate Youth: May 18, 1985
Peak: 26, weeks on chart: 11

State of the Heart: Aug. 17, 1985
Peak: 22, Weeks on chart: 15

Rock of Life: April 2, 1988
Peak: 22, weeks on chart: 15

Hopefully this will become just a “Part 1” video of his Hot 100 songs and the “2016 and beyond” compilation will be started soon with songs from “Rocket Science.”

3 thoughts on “20 songs on the Hot 100 chart

  1. I’m sick to death of the one-hit wonder thing too. what gets me is even DJs on the radio call him that. They of ALL people should know better. if not, then what the f. are they DJs for. I plan on trying to fix that now. Wish me luck…


  2. He was so freakin awesome! There was definitely something about him…an aura, a presence, a spirit that drew me (and many others) to him. Sometimes the most gifted ones are hidden to the masses. Rick has that rare trifecta gift …talent, voice, looks…he is a charmed soul. One spirit looking for the other.

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