Welcome to this week’s Top-40 Countdown. This week, we will catch the best songs this week in 1985. At this time, we were in the middle of the ’80s. I was approaching the end of my freshman year of high school. By this time, disco was gone, and there were not as many Country crossover songs. We were also several years away from Grunge. So, this week we were in the heart of ’80s music. We know a lot of these songs, but hopefully there will be several songs on this list that you have not heard in a while. So, let’s Return to the week ending April 13, 1985, and check out songs 40-31.
40. “Only the Young” by Journey
OK, this is like Deja Vu! I Just wrote about this in my Vision Quest article. And the streak has ended. This is the first #40 song that I was familiar with. Journey was always one of my favorite bands, and I’ve always loved this song.
39. “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer
“Axel F” is the electronic instrumental theme from Beverly Hills Cop. The title comes from the main character’s name, Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy). This is such a perfect ’80s theme. When I hear the song, I can’t help but think of the “banana in the tailpipe scene”
Here is the full song:
38. “Suddenly” by Billy Ocean
This was the title track to Billy Ocean’s 1984 breakthrough album. This was his third big hit in a row off that album, following “Caribbean Queen” and “Loverboy“. This song is a nice ballad, and Billy Ocean has a great voice.
37. “Vox Humana” by Kenny Loggins
I know this song, but never knew that it was released as a single. This was the title track of the 1985 album, which I bought for the songs “Forever” and “No Lookin’ Back“. I liked this song a lot too.
36. “The Bird” by The Time
I did not remember this song from the title. But, I remembered it when I played it. This is a funk and dance-pop song. The Time was an ensemble band from Minneapolis. I’ll give you 1 guess as to who put this band together. You can totally hear the Prince influence in this song, along with some James Brown. I kind of like this song. I just can’t listen to it too many times, but it’s not bad.
35. “Careless Whisper” by Wham!
I was not a Wham! or George Michael fan at the height of their stardom in the ’80s. But I appreciate them more now. This is a nice ballad that totally brings you back to the ’80s – especially with the sax being played.
34. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
In the U.S., “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” was the lead single from the Tears for Fears album Songs from the Big Chair. It would go on to be the band’s first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit. This is one of those hit songs that was almost never released. According to band member/singer, Roland Orzabal, he thought that this song was lightweight, and would not fit in with the rest of the songs on the album. However, producer Chris Hughes convinced him to record it anyway. It would go on to be one of their signature songs.
33. “Lucky” by The Greg Kihn Band
I had never heard this song before. The Greg Kihn Band is mainly known for the hit songs “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” (1981), and “Jeopardy” (1983). This song isn’t bad, but I like those other songs better.
32. “Keeping the Faith” by Billy Joel
This was the last single released from Billy Joel’s smash hit classic album, An Innocent Man. This is a fun song.
31. “Forever Man” by Eric Clapton
Again, if the Eric Clapton song is not “It’s In the Way That You Use It“, then it’s not for me. I did not recognize the title. But, as soon as I heard it I knew that I heard this a million times. Well, at least part of the song. I would probably change the station before it could get too far into the song. This may have been played in commercials too. I can’t remember which ones.
So what do you think of this countdown so far? Does it bring you back? There are some more really good songs on the way.
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