The countdown continues for the week ending March 10, 1984! If you need a recap, you can see what we had for songs 40-31 this week in 1984, and songs 30-21.
Let’s Return to the week of March 10, 1984, and enjoy the next 10 songs on the countdown.
20. “Give it Up” by KC
When I saw the title of this song, I thought I had never heard of this one before. But as soon as KC starts singing, it totally came back to me. This is a good song! This is actually KC and the Sunshine Band, but it is just credited as KC. KC and the Sunshine Band were in the center of the Disco movement. Then came the Disco Hatred movement, with the “Disco Sucks” catchphrase and record burning events. Many of the Disco acts disappeared.
But KC and the Sunshine Band had a comeback hit with this song. The comeback was short lived as this was the last of the band’s big hits.
19. “Joanna” by Kool and the Gang
This is a really good ballad that came out between Kool & The Gang’s signature hit “Celebration” and their album Emergency, which had the hits “Misled”, “Fresh”, and “Cherish”.
18. “An Innocent Man” by Billy Joel
The title track from Billy Joel’s hugely successful album. Throughout the whole album, Joel paid homage to different styles of music. This one is an homage to Ben E. King and The Drifters. Joel was quoted in a 1997 interview describing a high note he sang during the song: “I had a suspicion that was going to be the last time I was going to be able to hit those notes, so why not go out in a blaze of glory?” That was the end of Billy’s high note. This is one of my favorites from the album.
17. “Adult Education” by Hall & Oates
This isn’t one of my favorite Hall & Oates songs. It’s OK. When artists release a greatest hits compilation, in most cases there are a couple of new songs included. This was one of those songs. It was featured on Hall & Oates’ second compilation album, Rock ‘n Soul Part 1.
16. “The Language of Love” by Dan Fogelberg
Dan Fogelberg is mainly known for his hits “Longer”, “Same Old Lang Syne” and “Leader of the Band”. But this is the first song that made me take notice. I saw the video on MTV, and really loved the song. But, it did not get to much airplay. So it was a treat whenever I got to hear it. Now it’s on my iPod, so I can listen to it whenever I want.
15. “Automatic” by The Pointer Sisters
I love, love, love The Pointer Sisters. I never get sick of their songs, and this is no exception. Ruth provided the deep lead vocals, and as usual the harmonies are incredible.
14. “Got a Hold On Me” by Christine McVie
This is one of those songs that I didn’t care for when it came out, but like it a lot now. I preferred Stevie Nicks’ and Lindsay Buckingham’s songs with Fleetwood Mac more than Christine McVie’s. But, I appreciate her more now. She has a lot of soul.
13. “Let the Music Play” by Shannon
This landmark song was Shannon’s only US Top 40 hit. This song was the birth of the Freestyle Dance-Pop era. This also came out in the middle of my Break Dancing phase. Yes, I used to bust out the cardboard! Our favorite songs to Break to were “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “Rockit” by Herbie Hancock, and this one.
12. “New Moon On Monday” by Duran Duran
This came out in the middle of Duran Duran’s great run in the ’80s. Classic.
11. “Wrapped Around Your Finger” by The Police
Awesome song from the last studio album of The Police – Synchronicity. “Every Breath You Take” is my least favorite of the singles that were released from that album, and “Synchronicity II” was my favorite. This one is in the middle, which is still better than most songs by other artists. Sting has some good songs as a solo artist, but I like him a million times better with The Police. I (like most people) wish they could just get along!
We’ll finish the top 10 tomorrow. Unfortunately, there are not going to be any surprise hits. Anybody who has eyes and ears in 1984 knows every one of the upcoming songs very well. But it’s still fun to take the trip back.
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