Talk Talk’s “It’s My Life”

British band Talk Talk’s song “It’s My Life” has become so prominent over the past three decades that people may find surprising how well it did — or, more to the point, didn’t do — on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart.  Though it was the band’s only Top 40 hit in the U.S., it only reached number 31.  That happened exactly 30 years ago, as the song began a two-week run at that peak position.

Adding to the song’s prominence is the remake recorded and released by No Doubt in 2003.  That version performed significantly better than Talk Talk’s original, ultimately peaking at number 10.

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