Huey Lewis and the News most popular songs from the 1980s

Huey Lewis in San Francisco on the cable car.
Huey Lewis in San Francisco on the cable car. / Aaron Rapoport/GettyImages

Huey Lewis and the News have been making headlines with the premiere of the musical comedy The Heart of Rock and Roll premiere on Broadway, inspired by the band's songs. Lewis was also featured in this year's Netflix documentary The Greatest Night in Pop, which highlighted the creation of "We Are the World" in 1985.

Huey Lewis and the News released their first studio album in 1980; the self-titled album didn't get much recognition. The second album, Picture This, released the single "Do You Believe In Love," which peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's Hot 100. In 1983, the band would be propelled into worldwide fame with the release of Sports, their third album, and heavy rotation of their videos on MTV.

According to Johnny Colla, guitarist for the band, they have sold over 30 million albums worldwide with Sports selling 10 million copies alone. "The Heart Of Rock And Roll" earned the band a Grammy for Best Music Video, Long Form, and "The Power of Love" earned them an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song in 1986.

Huey Lewis and the News No. 1 songs

"The Power Of Love" 1985

"The Power Of Love" was written for the 1985 hit movie Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox and featuring a cameo by Huey Lewis. This single became the band's first number-one song and is featured on the movie soundtrack with "Back In Time," the band's second contribution to the soundtrack.

"Stuck with You" (1986)

"Stuck With You" is the first single from the band's fourth album, aptly titled, "Fore!" The song is about a girl Lewis liked but when he revealed the song to her, she wasn't impressed. The video was filmed in the Bahamas in 1986 featuring Keely Shaye Smith.

"Jacobs Ladder" (1987)

The band's third No. 1, "Jacobs Ladder," was written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby. The song melds the Biblical image of Jacob's Ladder and someone, just trying to make it day by day, who rejects evangelicals pushing their views on others. Hornsby would record a version on his 1988 album Scenes from the Southside.

Huey Lewis, Johnny Colla
Huey Lewis And The News Perform At Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay / Daniel Knighton/GettyImages

The band earned nine more top tens hits including:

  • "Do You Believe In Love" 1982 - peak position No. 7
  • "Heart and Soul" 1983 - peak position No. 8
  • "The Heart Of Rock And Roll" 1984 - peak position No. 6
  • "I Want A New Drug" 1984 - peak position No. 6
  • "This Is It" 1984 - peak position No. 6
  • "Hip To Be Square" 1986 - peak position No. 3
  • "Doing It All For My Baby" 1987 - peak position No. 6
  • "I Know What I Like" 1987 - peak position No. 9
  • "Perfect World" 1988 - peak position No. 3

Huey Lewis and the News were mentioned in Bret Easton's novel American Psycho and the film inspired by the book. In the film, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) kills a colleague with an ax while playing the band's Top 10 hit, "Hip To Be Square" as he enthusiastically talks up the band, especially their albums, Sports and Fore!

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