40 Years Ago Today John "Cougar" Broke Through As An 'American Fool'

Released on this day in 1982, American Fool is the fifth studio album by John Mellencamp, released under the stage name John Cougar. The album was his commercial breakthrough, holding the #1 position on the Billboard album chart for nine weeks. It was the best-selling album of 1982 and eventually be certified over 5 x platinum. Of course, MTV had a big hand in John's success, as the videos for "Hurts So Good", "Jack & Diane" and "Hand To Hold On To" were all over the music video channel during its infancy. In honor of the album's 40th anniversary, here are those videos (below).


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