The Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 revived both stars' careers.
In 1986, Eddie Money was badly in need of a hit. The artist born Edward Mahoney in Brooklyn had abandoned a career in law enforcement — his father and brother worked for the New York Police Department — to sing rock'n'roll, and the gamble had paid off.
Between 1978 and 1982, Money landed four consecutive albums in the top 40 of the Billboard 200, along with such notable Billboard Hot 100 singles as "Baby Hold On." But his hot streak ended in 1983 when his album Where's the Party? failed to produce a top 40 Hot 100 hit; meanwhile, drug addiction further derailed his career.
Redemption arrived three years later in the form of "Take Me Home Tonight," a muscular slice of pop-rock interpolating The Ronettes' 1963 No. 2 Hot 100 hit "Be My Baby."