Welcome back to the Top 40 of March 20, 1982. Today, we will find out which songs charted from 20-11. If you missed the beginning of the countdown, you can take a look and (listen) to songs
40-31 and 30-21.
The next 10 songs are a little heavy on the Easy Listening side. There are still a lot of songs left that you don’t hear too much of these days. So, lets Return to March 20, 1982, and continue the countdown.
20. “Tonight I’m Yours (Don’t Hurt Me)” by Rod Stewart
I was not familiar with this song. This is off of Rod Stewart’s album Tonight I’m Yours, which also featured the song “Young Turks“. “Tonight I’m Yours (Don’t Hurt Me)” has that similar sound. I like a lot of Rod Stewart’s music. However, I don’t like too much of his music after the ’80s. He should try going back to his roots instead of jamming Standards down our throats. Thankfully we can always Return to the ’80s, and listen to his good music all we want.
19. “Take Off” by Bob and Doug McKenzie
Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas created the characters Bob and Doug McKenzie for the show SCTV, eh.
Bob and Doug were dim-witted, beer-chugging brothers were on a very popular sketch on the show called the Great White North. Like most sketch comedy, they had some key catch phrases, such as “take off, you hoser!”, and ending “eh” to the end of their sentences. They became icons in Canadian culture, which led them to having their own movie, Strange Brew, and led them to recording albums. One of those albums was The Great White North. With the help of Geddy Lee, from the legendary band Rush, the single “Take Off”, from that album, became a big hit, eh.
18. “Freeze Frame” by The J. Geils Band
In 1981, The J. Geils Band released the album Freeze Frame. The first single off of that album, “Centerfold”, caused the band’s popularity to skyrocket. The song “Freeze Frame” was released as a single to follow up “Centerfold“, and became the second consecutive million-selling Gold-certified hit from the album. I like this song. The image I take away from this is the band throwing paint all over the place in the video.
17. “Should I Do It” by The Pointer Sisters
Just before the Pointer Sisters’ popularity soared in the ’80s with “I’m So Excited”, they had a very good album called Black & White. It had the hit song “Slow Hand“, which reached #2 on the charts. They also had a hit with this song, as it reached up to #13. “Should I Do It” is a mix of Country and Doo Wop/Old School Girl group. I Love it! The only reason that I already knew about this song is that I own the album.
16. “Take It Easy On Me” by The Little River Band
Here is another Easy Listening hit. I was not familiar with this song. I did not know who The Little River Band was until they came out with the 1990 album, <strong>Get Lucky. I loved the songs “As Long As I’m Alive” and “Listen to Your Heart” from that album. This led me to check out their older stuff. I did hear “Help is On the Way” and “Reminiscing” before, but never knew it was The Little River Band that performed them.
I don’t remember “Take It Easy On Me”. It’s probably on my iPod too. I like this song. It’s not a stand-out song, but it’s nice to listen to. It doesn’t hurt that George Martin produced this song.
15. “Leader of the Band” by Dan Fogelberg
This is an ultimate Soft Rock song. Dan Fogelberg write this song as a tribute to his father, Lawrence Fogelberg, a musician and the leader of a band, who was still alive at the time the song was released.
14. “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis
Good song – especially for an instrumental. Overrated movie. I have been getting back in to running, and training and running in races. I don’t have this song on my iPod. I wonder if I should try running to it. It would either help, or it would make me run in slow motion.
13. “Key Largo” by Bertie Higgins
Here is another Easy Listening song. I always forget that this was an ’80s song. For some reason, I always think of this is as a ’70s tune. In 2009, VH1 ranked “Key Largo” #75 on its program 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. I like this one a lot.
12. “Bobbie Sue” by The Oak Ridge Boys
The year before this song was released, the Country legends, The Oak Ridge Boys crossed over to mainstream with their smash hit, “Elvira“. This song reached #1 on the Country Singles chart, and did pretty well on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking right here at #12. This is a fun Country song, with a little feel for late ’50s/early ’60s rock-and-roll.
11. “Spirits in the Material World” by The Police
The Police had a short, but very successful run. They released a total of 5 studio albums in 5 years, and they hit it big every time. “Spirits in the Material World” was the first single released off of their penultimate album, Ghost in the Machine. Classic Police.
Well, that’s the end of this portion of the countdown. The next time, we will wrap up with the top 10 songs. Are there any surprises with the 10 songs you just saw/listened to? The top 10 is going to be fun. There is going to be something for everybody. There will be some rock ‘n’ roll that you will love, a novelty song that actually ate up the competition and landed in the top 10, and still some more Easy Listening hits, which may or may not put you to sleep and cause you to have some sweet dreams. In the meantime, I’ll see you next time we Return to the ’80s.Follow @returntothe80s