The first surprise is that the former No. 1, Wham's "Careless Whisper," only slipped to No. 2, despite what looked like strong challenges from other songs. (In fact, "Careless Whisper" is still so popular that it remains at No. 1 on the adult contemporary charts--for the fourth straight week--and is responsible for Wham's "Make It Big" holding on to No. 1 on the album charts.)
One single that had looked like a contender was David Lee Roth's "California Girls," which last week jumped from No. 8 to No. 3 and was the hottest song in the Top 10. But this week, it inexplicably lost momentum and slipped to No. 4 behind the new No. 3, Glenn Frey's "The Heat Is On." That means Roth got exactly as high on the charts with "California Girls" as the Beach Boys did nearly 20 years ago, when their classic peaked at No. 3 in August, 1965.