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Retro top 10: this week in 1985

‘I Got You Babe’ reached the top of the UK charts for UB40 and Chrissie
Hynde.
‘I Got You Babe’ reached the top of the UK charts for UB40 and Chrissie Hynde.

Karaoke favourite 'I Got You Babe' was a hit for the first time 20 years before UB40 and Chrissie Hynde took it to the top of the UK charts in August, 1985.

Sonny Bono wrote the song in 1965 as a duet for himself and then wife Cher and it would become their signature tune. It reached No. 1 in both the UK and US.

In an interview, Cher recalled that she didn't like the song at first. 'Sonny woke me up in the middle of the night to come in where the piano was, in the living room, and sing it. And I didn't like it and just said, "OK, I'll sing it and then I'm going back to bed".' Sonny then changed the key in the bridge to suit her voice and she loved it.

Chrissie Hynde and UB40's history dates back to 1979 when Hynde came across the Birmingham band performing in a pub and gave them the opportunity as a support act for her band The Pretenders.

'I Got You Babe' was the first record UB40's Ali Campbell ever owned. When they decided to record the song for sixth studio album 'Baggariddim', Hynde was asked to contribute guest vocals. The combination proved irresistible and for the second time 'I Got You Babe' reached the top of the UK charts, while also giving UB40 and Hynde a top 30 hit in the US.

'I Got You Babe' - the original version - has been named one of the greatest duets of all time in many polls. Rolling Stone ranked it number 444 in their 2004 list of 500 greatest songs of all time.

1 I Got You Babe UB40 feat Chrissie Hynde

2 Into The Groove Madonna

3 Running Up that Hill Kate Bush

4 Drive The Cars

5 Tarzan Boy Baltimora

6 Holiday Madonna

7 Say I'm Your Number One Princess

8 Money For Nothing Dire Straits

9 Alone Without You King

10 We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) Tina Turner

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