Two weeks ago, the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian" went into the record books as the final No. 1 single of the '86 chart year.
Thus, the Bangles get credit for having a four-week No. 1 song, even though "Egyptian" actually topped only three official charts. And, this is the third straight year that a record has gotten a little "extra" credit. Last year, Lionel Richie did it with "Say You, Say Me"; in '84-'85, the beneficiary was Madonna's "Like a Virgin."
Next week, look for a real shakeup, because most of the songs in the Top 10 have been on the charts for an ancient 12 weeks or more. That could aid Gregory Abbott's "Shake You Down" (up this week to No. 3 from No. 4), which in a normal week wouldn't have a chance at No. 1 but could end up there almost by default because the two other strong Top 10 songs--"At This Moment" and Janet Jackson's "Control" (up to No. 6 from No. 7)--aren't quite in position to challenge.