Week Ending March 18, 2012. Songs: Your ’80s Party Mix-Tape
Survivor's 1982 smash "Eye Of The Tiger" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. Of the thousands of songs that were released in the 1980s, only one has sold more digital copies: Journey's 1981 hit "Don't Stop Believin,'" which has sold 5,068,000 copies. Michael Jackson's 1984 hit "Thriller" is in third place. It has sold 2,997,000 copies.
All three of these songs were top 10 hits back in the '80s, but only "Eye Of The Tiger" reached #1. The propulsive pop/rock smash topped the Hot 100 for six weeks in the summer of 1982. In August of that year, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Assn. of America, signifying sales of 2 million vinyl copies. Thus, the song has been a multi-million seller in both physical and digital configurations.
The song was featured in Rocky III, which was the fourth highest-grossing movie of 1982.
Two other hits from the 1980s are included on Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the 200 best-selling songs in digital history: Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" (2,705,000) and Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O Mine" (2,609,000). Both were #1 hits. If you're planning an 1980s party, these five songs belong on your mix tape.
"We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae tops the Hot 100 for the third straight week. This is also the third straight week in which the song's digital sales top 300K. "We Are Young" is the first song to top 300K in weekly sales three times since "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West last spring. That spacey smash had four weeks with sales north of 300K.
"We Are Young" and Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" this week become the first songs to sell 2 million copies in 2012. This marks the first time in digital history that two songs have topped the 2 million mark this early in the year. In 2009, Flo Rida's "Right Round" topped the 2 million mark in the week ending March 15, but it was the only song to achieve the feat that week.
Wanna know more? The first song to sell 2 million copies last year was Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)," which crossed the threshold in the week ending March 27. The first to do it in 2010 was Train's "Hey, Soul Sister," which scored in the week ending April 4. The first song to sell 2 million copies in 2008 was "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain, which achieved the feat in the week ending April 13. The first to do it in 2007 was Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend," which hit the 2 million mark in the week ending July 29.
(No song sold 2 million copies in a calendar year prior to 2007. Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" topped the 2 million mark in cumulative sales the week ending Dec. 31, 2006, but it wouldn't have done it without sales from 2005.)