This was one of five hit songs from the Sports
album, an '80s landmark that sold 7 million copies in America. It was one of just five #1 albums in 1984, claiming a week in a year dominated by Thriller
, Born in the U.S.A.
, Purple Rain
and the Footloose
None of the five hits were huge, but they were each released about three months apart, starting with "The Heart of Rock & Roll
" in late 1983 and ending with "Walking on a Thin Line
" late in 1984, keeping Huey Lewis & the News on the charts and on the air for well over a year with a single album. "I Want a New Drug" was the second single, peaking at #6 in March 1984.
When the Sports
singles ran out, the band released the biggest hit of their career: "The Power of Love
," a #1 smash in 1985 from the movie Back To The Future