Hey Gang, welcome back to the Countdown! Today we will countdown songs 20-11. If you missed the previous songs, you can check out songs 40-31 and songs 30-21. These may not be the top-10 songs, but this is my favorite stretch of songs we’ve covered so far. Let’s go to it, and Return to the week ending March 28, 1987, and check out songs 20-11.
20. “The Finer Things” by Steve Winwood
This is one of my favorite songs by Steve Winwood. I love the verses so much. The chorus is OK.
But, it just feels like there is a lot of passion when he sings the verse:
While there is time
Let’s go out and feel everything
If you hold me
I will let you into my dream
19. “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
Here’s a song you may or may not have heard of. Once upon a time, there was this little band from New Jersey called Bon Jovi. They had a couple of mild hits, so they may have flown under the radar.
I kid of course. “You Give Love a Bad Name” made Bon Jovi one of the best known bands of the ’80s, and “Livin’ On a Prayer” made it known that they were here to stay. Of course, I still love this song, but it did get to be a tad overplayed. I think Bon Jovi even got sick of it, as they recorded a different version of the song on the first greatest hits compilation, Cross Road, instead of including the original.
18. “Respect Yourself” by Bruce Willis
Surprisingly, I actually respect this Bruce Willis song. Willis was another actor who hopped on to the music airwaves along with Eddie Murphy and Don Johnson.
He did a really good job covering this classic 1971 soul song, originally performed by The Staples Singers. Of course it didn’t hurt that his version also featured June Pointer of the Pointer sisters.
The Staples Singers’ version peaked at #12 on the Hot 100, and Willis’ version shot all the way to #5. Yippie Ki-yay!!!
17. “That Ain’t Love” by REO Speedwagon
I really enjoyed REO Speedwagon – especially the Wheels Are Turnin’ album. I also love this rocker from their Life As We Know It album (which also featured another hit that I love – “In My Dreams“).
There aren’t too many songs I don’t like by REO. They have a huge catalog of hits, and this is among my favorites of the bunch.
16. “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel
The only good thing about this song is that it isn’t “Sledgehammer“.
15. “What You Get is What You See” by Tina Turner
I love Tina Turner, but a lot of her songs were overplayed in the ’80s. However, this wasn’t one of them. This was one of my favorite songs by Tina, but I did not see it on MTV or hear it on the radio too much when it came out. Then again, maybe that is the reason it is one of my favorites. I still like this one a lot.
14. “Sign O’The Times” by Prince
I don’t remember this song. And since Prince’s music is not on the internet, I still don’t remember it. However, since it’s just Prince and not Prince and the Revolution, I can pretty much guarantee that I don’t like it.
Since I can’t play Prince, we can catch this awesome Sheila E. drum solo. Love her!!
13. “Jacob’s Ladder” by Huey Lewis and The News
This is one of my favorite Huey Lewis and The News songs. This is the same situation as Tina Turner’s “What You Get is What You See”. All of Huey Lewis’ music was overplayed. But the one song I loved, did not get much airplay. One thing about the song I just learned in recent years is that this song was written by Bruce Hornsby. I don’t like Bruce Hornsby’s music at all, but maybe he writes better music for other people.
12. “Midnight Blue” by Lou Gramm
Here is another song that I love! This was Foreigner’s lead singer’s first solo hit. I still listen to this one.
I did get to see Lou Gramm perform with Foreigner when they opened for Journey on the big Journey comeback Arrival Tour. Apparently, Lou Gramm almost died a couple of years before that. He had a brain tumor, which was removed. He had a tough recovery, but he came back. He sounded great that night. They had an incredible set list too. It’s too bad that it was still light out when they were on, and nobody else got into it until they played “Hot Blooded” (one my least favorite, and most overplayed songs) at the end.
Lou Gramm is no longer with Foreigner, but at least we can still go back and listen to some old Foreigner music, and some of Lou Gramm’s very solid solo work.
11. “Let’s Go” by Wang Chung
What a way to close out the countdown today!! I had forgotten about this song. This is easily my favorite song by Wang Chung. Why is it that the only song I ever hear by them is “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” and to a lesser degree, “Dance Hall Days“? I had not heard this song since it first came out. Radio – You are fired!! I already downloaded this song, and listened to it a bunch of times. Now I’m in a good mood!
Alright, nothing’s gonna stop us now as we wrap up this final countdown of the week tomorrow. There is going to be a great variety of music in the Top-10. I know you’ll be waiting, so I’ll see you tomorrow!Follow @returntothe80s