Welcome back to this week’s Top-40. This week, we will Return to 1987 and see what the top 40 songs were for the week Ending March 28. Socially, I was finally coming into my own at this time. I had been shy and awkward, but I eventually broke out of my shell. It was around this time that I started dating my first girlfriend. So, some of these songs really bring me back. Since this week’s countdown is a little later in the decade than last week, I remember most of these songs. At first glance, there are some that I don’t remember. But, I remember every song in the top 20. And like the rest of these ’80s countdowns, there is a great combination of pop, dance, and rock music.
Now, let’s Return to March 28, 1987, and check out songs 40-31:
40. “Serious” by Donna Allen
Well, song #40 is keeping the streak alive…I don’t remember this one. I do Remember Donna Allen though. She was a long-time backup singer for Gloria Estefan. She then launched a solo career, and scored a top-40 hit with this song.
She just attempted a comeback by competing on The Voice, NBC’s hit singing competition. In the opening round, she got Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera to turn their chairs. She went with Team Adam. She then got eliminated in the next round by Tessanne Chin, who would go on to win the competition.
Donna Allen has a good voice. It would be nice to see her be successful again. In the meantime, let’s Return to her glory years, and check out her hit, “Serious”:
39. “La Isla Bonita” by Madonna
Not a fan of this song. I do like a lot of Madonna’s earlier work, just not this song.
38. “I Will Be There” by Glass Tiger
I didn’t remember this song. Glass Tiger is mainly known for their songs “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” and “Someday”, which I like. I also remember that Glass Tiger opened for Journey on their Raised On Radio tour. I like this song a lot.
37. “Light of Day” by The Barbusters (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)
I always liked this rocker a lot. I did not know that it was actually written by Bruce Springsteen. This song was performed by Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox with their fictitious band The Barbusters (which was really The Blackhearts) in the movie Light of Day. I saw the movie around the time it came out. I haven’t seen it since the ’80s, so I don’t remember too much of it. I may have to watch it again. In the meantime, I’ll settle for this fun song:
36. “Can’tcha Say (You Believe in Me)” by Boston
I love this band, and I love this song! They were huge in the late ’70s when they released their first two albums. It took them about 8 years to release their third album – Third Stage. I’ll have to see if I still have the cassette stored somewhere, but I’m pretty sure I remember that there was a long statement in the liner notes giving the excuses of why it took so long between albums. I think they mentioned something about their recording studio being flooded out, and there were all sorts of equipment failures.
Ugh, who cares?! It was a really good album, and worth the wait. And this was one of my favorites.
35. “What’s Going On” by Cyndi Lauper
Yeah Cyndi, what’s going on? I love Cyndi Lauper, but this song got by me. I don’t remember her remaking this Marvin Gaye classic. She made this song her own, and did a great job with it.
34. “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” by Cutting Crew
This was Cutting Crew’s debut smash hit. This week, it was early in its run. The tune would reach #1 in May, and stay there for 2 weeks.
33. “Smoking Gun” by Robert Cray Band
I was definitely not a Robert Cray fan, so I didn’t know this song. I appreciate the Blues much more now, and I like this song. This song got Cray nominated for the 1987 <strong>MTV Video Music Awards for Best New Artist in a Video.
32. “Candy” by Cameo
I kind of remember this song when I hear it. I mainly know Cameo for their hit song “Word Up”. This song is pretty good too. I’m not a Gamer myself, but for any Gamers out there, this song is featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and can be heard on the Bounce FM radio station in the game.
31. “I Wanna Go Back” by Eddie Money
This is one of my favorite songs by Eddie Money, and I still love it. This could be a theme song for this site – “I Wanna Go Back ’cause I’m feeling so much older, but I can’t go back I know”. And as a pleasant surprise, I discovered that Gregg Rolie also did this song on his 1985 debut solo album. If you don’t know who Gregg Rolie is, he was the keyboardist for Journey before their Escape album. He was also the lead singer of the band before Steve Perry arrived.
There are some Eddie Money songs that get overplayed (paradise would be not having to hear about the Two Tickets to get there), but this one I can listen to over and over.
So what do you think of these songs so far. Do you have any memories of 1987?Follow @returntothe80s