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Global Single Chart
40 years ago
the most popular tracks worldwide
according to the national single charts
dated to July 4, 1981
compiled and provided by

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2 / 2
week 9
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
EMI - 1 week at No.1
1 / 1
week 10
Stars On 45 - Stars On 45
CNR / Radio
4 / 5
week 5
All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
Dark Horse
5 / 4
week 10
In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
Atlantic
3 / 3
week 9
Being With You - Smokey Robinson
Tamla
new.JPG (991 bytes) The One That You Love - Air Supply
Arista
new.JPG (991 bytes) Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
RCA
8 / 9
week 15
Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce
Ariola / Epic / MCA
10 / -
week 2
One Day In Your Life - Michael Jackson
Motown
7 / 8
week 3
A Woman Needs Love - Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
Arista
 

"Bette Davis Eyes" was written in 1974 by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, the latter of whom recorded the song that same year on her album New Arrangement. In this original incarnation, the track is performed in an 'R&B lite' arrangement, featuring a prominent uptempo piano part, as well as flourishes of pedal steel guitar and horns. However, it was not until March 1981, when Kim Carnes recorded her version of the song in a radically different synthesizer-based arrangement, that "Bette Davis Eyes" became a sensational commercial success. It was the biggest smash of the year 1981 worldwide with a total of 10.602.000 points and reached the top position in the United States, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Norway. Actress Bette Davis was 73 years old at this time, and wrote letters to Carners, Weiss and DeShannon to thank all three of them for making her 'a part of modern times' and that her grandson now looked up to her. "Bette Davis Eyes" won the Grammy Awards for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year.

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