Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ Hits #1 In 1986

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On July 26, 1986, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Peter Gabriel[/lastfm] reached the top of the singles chart with his “Sledgehammer.”

The song ended up being Gabriel’s first and only number one hit. He broke the top ten again in 1986 with “Big Time,” and both tracks appeared on his “So” album, his fifth solo effort.



“Sledgehammer” took over number one from a song by his former band, Genesis, who had reached the top of the chart with their “Invisible Touch.” The song held on for a week before being replaced by Peter Cetera’s “Glory Of Love.”

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