The countdown continues as we take a look back at the Top 40 songs from the week ending March 20,1982. In case you missed it, you can check out songs 40-31. Songs 30-21 are an awesome variety. This completes the first half of the countdown, and there are still quite a few songs that are new to me. See if you discover new music with me now as we Return to March 20, 1982…
“Harden My Heart” “Find Another Fool” by Quarterflash
Sorry about that. I got a little confused. I thought “Harden My Heart” was the only song Quarterflash ever recorded. Attention 80s on 8, and any other radio station that plays ’80s music: Permanently delete “Harden My Heart” from your playlist, ASAP. And play this one instead! What a great rockin’ song!! Great way to start this part of the countdown.
29. “Through the Years” by Kenny Rogers
These days, he may be more known for the bad plastic surgery on his face (eeesh), but in the late ’70s/early ’80s Kenny Rogers was one of the biggest stars on the planet, with good reason. His Country-Crossover music was a perfect fit for the time. This hit is a great ballad. My mom picked this song out for the Mother-Son dance at my wedding.
28. “My Guy” by Sister Sledge
This song I’m very familiar with, but I did not know that Sister Sledge covered it. Sister Sledge, best known for 1979’s “We Are Family”, remade this 1964 Mary Wells classic. They did a good job with it. It sounds pretty close to the original.
27. “When All Is Said and Done” by Abba
Abba is best known for their smash hit songs in the ’70s. However, I think they songs that they had in the early ’80s were just as good, and maybe even better – this one included. A lot of people stick their nose up to Abba when all they think of is “Dancing Queen”. But I challenge them to listen to “The Winner Takes It All” and “Thank You for the Music“. And check out this one. It’s a very good song that does not get airplay.
26. “One Hundred Ways” by Quincy Jones Featuring James Ingram
This is song that I was not familiar with. When I saw that it was a James Ingram song (along with uber-producer Quincy Jones), I was looking forward to listening to it – and was not disappointed! This song and “Just Once” appeared Quincy Jones’s album The Dude, which earned him triple Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. “One Hundred Ways” won him the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
25. “Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)” by Stevie Nicks
I love just about everything Stevie Nicks does, and this is one of my favorites.
24. “Don’t Talk to Strangers” by Rick Springfield
Great song that came out in the middle of Springfield-mania.
23. “Daddy’s Home” by Cliff Richard
I did not know anything about this song. Cliff Richard was a very successful singer from 1958-1963. Does the year 1963 ring a bell? Yes, that marked the beginning of Beatlemania. When the Beatles arrived, many, many acts were affected, including Ciff Richard’s. He had some other hits throughout the ’60s, but nowhere near the level where he once was. In the late ’70s Richard had a little resurgence that ran throughout the ’80s. This song is a throwback to late-50s music.
22. “(Oh) Pretty Woman” by Van Halen
Van Halen was pretty successful at remaking some classic songs (“You Really Got Me“, “Dancing in the Street“), and this was one of them. The Roy Orbison original is great, and Van Halen made this version their own.
21. “Do You Believe In Love” by Huey Lewis and the News
And we’ll close out the countdown today with one of my all-time favorite Huey Lewis and the News songs. I get sick of a lot of songs, but for some reason, I still enjoy this one a lot.
What did you think of today’s countdown? Any surprises? We’ll be back with songs 20-11. I just did a sneak peak, and there are still several songs that I don’t know/remember. I’m looking forward to the next 10 songs, and I hope you are too!Follow @returntothe80s