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This Day In 1986: Female Artists Ruled The Charts

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Photo credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Photo credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Britt Bickel
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A historic moment happened on this day (Oct. 25th) in 1986; For the first time in Billboard singles chart history, the top three spots were all held by solo female acts.

At this time 27 years ago, music’s wild child, Cyndi Lauper, topped the Hot 100 with her ballad “True Colors” followed by the feisty Tina Turner with her hit “Typical Male” and the fierce Janet Jackson rounding out the third spot with “When I Think Of You.”

Before the days of Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus saturated the spotlight, there were these original female powerhouses who ruled the charts.  To commemorate this feat in music history and celebrate these strong, inspiring female artists of the day, we’re flashing back to 1986 to relive these magical songs and their matching music videos.

Cyndi Lauper: “True Colors”

Cyndi Lauper’s ballad held the top of the Billboard charts for two weeks, and would ultimately become her last single to peak at No. 1. The song was about going beneath the surface of a person to discover their real personality, with the video reflecting that search to find one’s “true colors.”

Tina Turner: “Typical Male”

Tina Turner peaked at No. 2 with her single “Typical Man” from her album Break Every Rule. In the song, Tina vies for a lawyer’s attention, which she acts out in the music video for the song.

Janet Jackson: “When I Think Of You”

From her breakout album Control, Janet Jackson eventually moved from the third spot on the charts to score her first No. 1 on the Hot 100 with “When I Think Of You.” Just 20 at the time of the song’s release, Janet achieved another chart record with her brother Michael Jackson by becoming the first sibling solo acts to top the Hot 100 charts.

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