Well, the Top 40 This Week series went over pretty good, so we’ll do another one this week. This week, we’ll go back a little earlier in the decade, and Return to 1982. I was not a regular listener of Top 40 radio back then. We did not have cable TV yet (hence, no MTV), so the only music I
was famliar with was what my parents listened to, and the rock music I listened to (Van Halen and AC/DC).
At first glance of this top 40 list, I am only familiar with 23. There may be some more songs that I remember when I hear them, but I have a feeling I’m going to discover new old music. And I hope you do too. So let’s Return to the week ending March 20, 1982, and check out the bottom 10 songs of the Top-40, and see how many we remember.
40. “Just Can’t Win ‘Em All” by Stevie Woods
Right off the bat, here is a song I was not familiar with. This song prevented Stevie Woods from being known as a one-hit wonder, as he had a previous top-40 hit with “Steal the Night”. After “Just Can’t Win ‘Em All”, Woods did not have another hit in the U.S. After his fame fizzled in the U.S., he moved to Germany. He died in Berlin of diabetes-related complications on January 28, 2014.
This song isn’t bad, but it’s not something I’m going to hurry up and buy.
39. “Don’t Let Him Know” by Prism
This is another song that I didn’t know. What a pleasant surprise! Prism was a Canadian rock band. I hadn’t heard of them, but they did win the Canadian music industry Juno Award for Group of the Year in 1981.
“Don’t Let Him Know” is a very good song. It also happens to be co-written by a pre-fame Bryan Adams, who also contributed to several Prism songs.
38. “Goin’ Down” by Greg Guidry
This makes the 3rd song in a row that I did not know. Greg Guidry was an American singer-songwriter. He wrote songs for Climax Blues Band, Robbie Dupree, Exile, Johnny Taylor, Sawyer Brown, and Reba McEntire.
He released the album Over the Line, which produced two hit singles, “Goin’ Down” (US #17, US AC #11) and a duet with his sister Sandy, “Into My Love” (US #92). After this, he continued to write songs, but he did not release another album until 2000. Greg Guidry died in a fire on July 28, 2003. Boy, this top 40 is starting off pleasantly.
Here is the Easy Listening hit “Goin’ Down”.
37. “Love in the First Degree” by Alabama
The streak is over! I am very familiar with this song. I didn’t listen to much Country music in the ’80s. But, Alabama was always one of my favorite bands. “Love in the First Degree” is a nice ballad and it was the group’s fifth straight No. 1 single (and second multi-week No. 1) on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.
36 47 ’65 LOVE AFFAIR –•– Paul Davis (Arista)-4 (36)
36. “’65 Love Affair” by Paul Davis
Well, that was short lived. I was not familiar with this song either. This was Paul Davis’ highest charting hit, but I am more familiar with two of his other songs – “I Go Crazy” (1977) and “Cool Night“, which was recorded at the same time as “’65 Love Affair”.
I like “’65 Love Affair” a lot. It reminds me of old school Hall & Oates. I’ll try to get over the fact that 3 out of the first 5 artists are dead (Paul Davis died on April 22, 2008 – one day after his 60th birthday) and enjoy this song. This is another one I’ll have to buy.
35. “Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ For the Lights)” by Le Roux
This is another new song for me. LeRoux is a pop/rock band from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This countdown is going to cost me a lot of money! This is another one I’ll have to buy. This song reminds me of the late-’80s country band Restless Heart, but a little more rock sound.
34. “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone
You know the song. You’ve dialed the number. An ultimate, awesome ’80s tune. I still like it today.
33 34 TELL ME TOMORROW (Part 1) –•– Smokey Robinson (Tamla)-10 (33)
33. “Tell Me Tomorrow (Part 1)” by Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson is a Motown legend, but I’m not a big fan. This song is alright. But, while you’re listening to this, I’m going call 867-5309 again.
32. “On the Way to the Sky” by Neil Diamond
I know this song because my mother is one of the biggest Neil Diamond fans on earth. I was not a big fan of this phase of his career. I much prefer his older, rockin’ music. This song is OK. If you like Easy Listening music, then this is for you.
31. “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner
We’ll wrap up the first 10 songs with my favorite Foreigner song. They were on top of their game here. This is off of their classic 4 album. If I hear “Hot Blooded” or “I Want to Know What Love Is” one more time, I may pull my hair (or what’s left of it) out! But this one I can listen to more than any of their other songs.
Are some of these songs new to you? I thought this was a good combination of easy listening and rock. We’ll be back tomorrow for songs 30-21.Follow @returntothe80s