Here I Go Again

Exactly 25 years ago today, hard rock band Whitesnake rose to the top of Billboard‘s Hot 100 charts with “Here I Go Again,” which would spend one week at the number 1 position.

Though the band, led by former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, had been making music via various lineups since 1978 and had hit the Hot 100 once before, when “Fool For Your Loving” rose to number53 in 1980, “Here I Go Again” ushered in a considerably new level of success for Whitesnake. After “Here I Go Again” hit number 1, their followup single, “Is This Love,” came close, peaking at number 2 behind George Michael’s “Faith” two months later. Meanwhile, the album on which both of these songs appeared, the self-titled Whitesnake, would become far and away the act’s biggest record, selling more then 8 million copies in the United States alone.

Whitesnake would return the top 40 with another pair of hits a couple years later when a revamped version of “Fool For Your Loving” peaked at number 37 and “The Deeper The Love” rose to number 28, both from their album Slip of the Tongue. Still, the height of the band’s success occurred with their only chart-topper, “Here I Go Again,” which became known, perhaps as much as anything, for its video, which featured the car hood activities of actress Tawny Kitaen, who would eventually marry Coverdale for a brief period of time.

For more on Whitesnake, check out their official website.

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