Special Report

Every Song of the Year Since the Grammys Started

John Harrington

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1978
> Song: You Light Up My Life
> Artist: Debby Boone
> Songwriters: Joe Brooks
> Weeks on Hot 100: 25

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1979
> Song: Just The Way You Are
> Artist: Billy Joel
> Songwriters: Billy Joel
> Weeks on Hot 100: 27

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1980
> Song: What A Fool Believes
> Artist: The Doobie Brothers
> Songwriters: Kenny Loggins
> Weeks on Hot 100: 20

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1981
> Song: Sailing
> Artist: Christopher Cross
> Songwriters: Christopher Cross
> Weeks on Hot 100: 21

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1982
> Song: Bette Davis Eyes
> Artist: Kim Carnes
> Songwriters: Donna Weiss
> Weeks on Hot 100: 26

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1983
> Song: Always On My Mind
> Artist: Willie Nelson
> Songwriters: Johnny Christopher, Wayne Carson, Wayne Carson
> Weeks on Hot 100: 23

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1984
> Song: Every Breath You Take
> Artist: The Police
> Songwriters: Sting
> Weeks on Hot 100: 22

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1985
> Song: What’s Love Got To Do With It
> Artist: Tina Turner
> Songwriters: Graham Lyle
> Weeks on Hot 100: 28

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1986
> Song: We Are The World
> Artist: USA For Africa – Various Artists
> Songwriters: Lionel Richie
> Weeks on Hot 100: 18

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1987
> Song: That’s What Friends Are For
> Artist: Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder
> Songwriters: Burt Bacharach
> Weeks on Hot 100: 23