Top 40 Songs This Week – April 4, 1981: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody, Welcome back to the Top-40. This week, we’ll go back in time a little, and head over to the week ending April 5, 1981. It looks like this is going to be another great week for a countdown! I like several songs for each day of posts this week. As usual, we will start with songs 40-31.

When I first looked at the list of these 10 songs, I only knew 3 of them. However, there were 4 additional songs that I knew, but didn’t recognize by the titles. It is so great rediscovering songs! I hope you think so too. So, let’s jump into it, and Return to the week ending April 5, 1981.

 

 

40. “Who Do You Think You’re Foolin'” by Donna Summer

The streak remains alive. This is another #40 song that I never heard of. Even after hearing it, it did not sound familiar. This song is not bad, but not great either. It’s the basic ’80s Donna Summer pop song bordering on disco.

39. “The Party’s Over (Hopelessly In Love)” by Journey

I know this song very well. I didn’t know that it was a top-40 song though. So, it was a nice surprise seeing it here. “The Party’s Over (Hopelessly In Love)” was a studio track that was recorded, and placed at the end of Journey’s live album, Captured. It was a great concert from their Departure tour. This was the last Journey album for keyboard player and founder member, Gregg Rolie. He would be replaced by Jonathan Cain, and Journey would enter a new phase, beginning with their Escape album.

Captured is a must-buy for anybody who wants to hear some live Journey from the Infinity/Evolution/Departure years. And after the concert is over, you are treated with this awesome song, “The Party’s Over (Hopelessly In Love)”. A perfect way to end an album.

38. “I Love You” by The Climax Blues Band

This is one of the songs that I did not know from looking at the title and band. But, I remembered it as soon as I heard it. This is a typical easy listening early ’80s song. This song is OK. It’s not something I’m going to rush and buy. But, it’s not one of those songs that makes you want to change the radio dial right away when it comes on. There’s a little guitar solo in the middle of the song that reminds me of George Harrison’s guitar in “Something“.

37. “Turn Me Loose” by Loverboy

Oh yeah! Here’s another song I know and love! Loverboy was a great band in the ’80s, but disappeared when Grunge arrived in the ’90s. I still love their music, and this is one of the better songs.

36. “How ‘Bout Us” by Champaign

This is yet another song that I did not remember at all until I listened to it. I like this song. It’s another Easy Listening song recorded by the R&B group Champaign. This song was on the band’s debut album of the same name, the title track peaked at #12 on the Hot 100. It would be Champaign’s most successful song.

35. “You Better You Bet” by The Who

This is the last song that I already knew before listening to it today. It is one of my favorite Who songs. It would be The Who’s last single to reach the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
You may not know this, but “You Better You Bet” was the 4th video ever to be aired on MTV. It would also be the 54th video to be aired, making it the first video to be shown on MTV more than once.

34. “Hearts On Fire” by Randy Meisner

Here’s another song that I remembered as soon as I heard the chorus. And if Randy Meisner’s voice sounds familiar, it’s because he was one of the founding member of the Eagles. He was best known for the song “Take It to the Limit“, which he wrote and sang. In 1977, Meisner split with the Eagles due to exhaustion, and fighting with Glenn Frey. During the Hotel California tour, Meisner got painful stomach ulcers and the flu. This made it difficult for him to hit the high notes in “Take It To the Limit”, so he did not want to sing it. During one show Frey aggressively demanded that he sing it as an encore the two got into a physical confrontation backstage, and Meisner angrily departed. He left the bad at the end of the tour, and went home to Nebraska to spend time with his family. He would go on to a solo career, which would produce hits like this song, “Hearts On Fire”. I like this one a lot.

33. “It’s a Love Thing” by The Whispers

I did not remember this song. They almost sound like Kool & the Gang. Or maybe Kool & the Gang sound like them. After all, The Whispers were formed in 1964. Most of us may know The Whispers from their big hit “Rock Steady” in 1987. I actually like “It’s a Love Thing” more. It still has a little disco sound though. But, it is a good R&B song.

32. “Living Inside Myself” by Gino Vannelli

I didn’t recognize this song by the title. I thought Gino Vannelli’s name sounded familiar. But, I totally remember this one!! This is an ultimate Easy Listening song, and I really like it a lot. Talk about a guilty pleasure! It’s a definite early ’80s song. It sounds like it’s in the same vein as “Arthur’s Theme” or “It Might Be You“. This is probably my favorite surprise of the countdown so far.

31. “Sweetheart” by Frankie and the Knockouts

Here is the last song of the day. I did not remember this one at all. They kind of remind me of Hall & Oates. This song is OK. I had never heard of Frankie and the Knockouts. Apparently they wrote and released the original versions of Eric Carmen’s 1987 hit single “Hungry Eyes” as well as the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” (both of which were featured in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing).

Well that wraps up the first 10 songs of the countdown this week. It’s funny how the only songs I initially remembered were rock songs. But, there were some nice surprises. Were there any for you? The next 10 songs will be just as interesting.

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2 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – April 4, 1981: Songs 40-31”

  1. That Donna Summer tune doesn’t ring a bell with me either. Didn’t recognize Randy Meisner’s as well.

    Always liked “Sweetheart” but never knew who performed it until now. I probably figured it was Toto.

    “I Love You” and “It’s A Love Thing” are songs I’ve always liked a lot. The Journey and Champagne songs are really good, too. Top to bottom, this was a nice list!

  2. I remember every single one of THESE songs, as well as each of the ones on this countdown, only because I’m old enough to have heard them when they were all on the radio. The one exception is the Journey song, which I didn’t hear until I heard it on the “classic rock” station when I was in college a couple years later.

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