Hits of 1980 – Horrible and Great

He is an old article that many of you may have missed. It was first published on Junuary 10, 2011.
On the Stuck in the ’80s Facebook page, they have a poll for your favorite and least favorite songs of 1980. And I believe that they are going to have a podcast on it. So this article is going to be republished.

On August 22, 2008, Stuck in the ’80s released their Horrible hits of 1980 podcast:
http://pod.sptimes.com/stuckinthe80s139.mp3.
Here is their list:

Emotional Rescue – The Rolling Stones
The Rose – Bette Midler
Lady – Kenny Rogers
I Can’t Tell You Why – Eagles
Another Brick In The Wall (part II) – Pink Floyd
More Than I Can Say – Leo Sayer
Coming Up – Paul McCartney
Sexy Eyes – Doctor Hook
Longer – Dan Fogelberg

Here is my list of horrible hits of 1980.

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

These are songs that were hits in the year 1980 – not necessarily the year they were released:

5. I Can’t Tell You Why – Eagles
This song became a Top 10 hit in April of 1980, and went on to #8. I love the Eagles’ old, country-sounding stuff, as well as “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Heartache Tonight”. But “I Can’t Tell You Why” is a big snoozer for me.

4. Emotional Rescue – Rolling Stones
This song reached all the way up to #3 in the U.S. in 1980. This is a transitional era for the Stones. “Emotional Rescue” is kind of a disco version of the Rolling Stones. It also doesn’t help that 3/4 of the way through the song Mick Jagger starts talking. For the most part, I hate talking in songs. This was a long way from “Paint It Black” and “Gimme Shelter”. But “Start Me Up” and “Undercover of the Night” was yet to come to redeem the Stones.

3. More Than I Can Say – Leo Sayer
This song somehow was #2 for 5 weeks in 1980. This was a remake that was originally recorded by Bobby Vee in 1961. I don’t know why
More Than I Can Say” needed to be remade. I kind of like the original better. Leo Sayer had better songs with “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” and “When I Need You”.

2. Do That To Me One More time – Captain & Tenille
This song was a #1 hit in 1980. BORING!!!!! “Love Will Keep Us Together” was a better song. And I have to give the Captain props for being the keyboard player in the Beach Boys in the early ’70s. Whenever I hear “Do That To Me One More Time“, I need to turn it off and ask them not to put me through that song one more time.

1. Please Don’t Go – KC & the Sunshine Band
This song also reached to #1 in 1980. Another boring song! Casey Kasem must have had a bad year that year. Is it a coincidence that after “Please Don’t Go” hit #1 that the band broke up?


Now here is a list of some of my favorite hits from 1980:

5. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

This song reached #1 of Billboard’s Hot 100, and reached #2 on the R&B charts. “Another One Bites the Dust” has one of the greatest bass riffs of all time, along with another hit by Queen – “Under Pressure”. If anybody watched professional wrestling in the early to mid ’80s, they may also remember this being the “Junkyard Dog’s theme song when he came into the ring. This is one of the more frequently played Queen songs, but I don’t get sick of it.

4. Whip It – Devo

This song reached up to #14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. “Whip It” arguably made New Wave mainstream. You also can’t help but picture the band with those crazy cone hats from the video when you hear the song.

3. Any Way You Want It – Journey

This song peaked at #23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. “Any Way You Want It” is one of the greatest rock songs that Journey released. It is still one of their most popular live songs. The songs also made a memorable appearance in the movie Caddyshack when Rodney Dangerfield blasted it from his golf bag, and pissed off Ted Knight.

2. Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys) – Waylon Jennings

This song reached up to #21 on Billboards Hot 100 chart, and was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The late great Waylon recorded this song for the Dukes of Hazzard and was also the narrator on the show. This song is one of the most memorable songs in television history.

1. (Just Like) Starting Over – John Lennon

This song reached #1 on Billboard’s charts 2 weeks after John Lennon was murdered. This was the first song released from John Lennon’s final original album Double Fantasy. “(Just Like) Starting Over” stayed at #1 for 5 weeks. This song has kind of a fun oldies feel to it, yet it is totally John Lennon. Lennon had many great solo hits after the Beatles, and this one does him justice.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any favorite songs from 1980? Any songs that want you to drive an icepick into your ears?

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3 thoughts on “Hits of 1980 – Horrible and Great”

  1. My five least favorite of 1980:
    5. All Out of Love, Air Supply
    4. Lost in Love, Air Supply
    3. The Rose, Bette Midler
    2. Take the Long Way Home, Supertramp
    1. Another Brick in the Wall, Pink Floyd

    My five favorites of 1980:
    5. Still Rock&Roll to Me, Billy Joel
    4. Steal Away, Robbie Dupree
    3. Biggest Part of Me, Ambrosia
    2. Stomp, Brothers Johnson
    1. This Is It, Kenny Loggins

  2. I like your list, Jim! You’re a big Air Supply fan, huh? 😉
    And I agree with you about Supertramp. They make me want to jam an ice pick in my ears! And when Pink Floyd says, “We don’t need no education”, I say, “Uh yeah, it kind of sounds like you do.”

    Great choice for Billy Joel. That one was borderline top-5 for me. I kind of ruined it for myself by playing it too much. You have a lot of easy listening songs, but the good kind. I totally forgot about Steal Away. Very good song. And you had a great choice for #1. Kenny Loggins is one of my all time favorites, and “This Is It” is a very good song.

    1. Thanks. Your choice of Waylon Jennings (ah, I miss watching the Dukes on TV) reminded me of the song I almost put in my Top 5…Eddie Rabbit’s Driving My Life Away. The 80s were an odd mix of soft rock, country, R&B and Top 40 for me. Queen and Journey almost made my good list, too.

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