Welcome back to this week’s Top-40 Countdown! Today we will count down the 10 biggest hits this week in 1985. If you need to catch up this week, you can check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11 first. I think this is another good list. A lot of top-10’s have songs that have gotten played over and over through the years. But there are some songs on this list that I have not heard since the ’80s. Let’s take a look at the top 10 songs from the week ending April 13, 1985.
10. “Missing You” by Diana Ross
This is a nice way to start a top 10. This song does not get much airplay. I haven’t heard it in years. I already liked the song. But I just found out that the song was written, composed, and produced by Lionel Richie as a tribute to Marvin Gaye, who had died on April 1, 1984. Ross and Gaye were lifelong friends and label mates, having both joined Motown in 1961, and recorded a duet album together, Diana & Marvin, in 1973, later recording two more duets in 1978. Sadly, the day before his 45th birthday, Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father. His death rocked the music world. This song is a classy tribute.
9. “Obsession” by Animotion
Classic ’80s song. And I can’t help but think of the WWF when I hear this song. I believe this was the theme song for one of the wrestling shows – either the WWF show that aired on Saturday mornings, or for their Saturday Night’s Main Event.
8. “Lover Girl” by Teena Marie
This was the “Ivory Queen of Soul”, Teena Marie’s biggest hit. I did not know this song until she died in 2010. She had a really good voice, and I like this song.
7. “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge
Here’s a guilty pleasure! I liked this song when it came out. Then it got overplayed and I could not listen to DeBarge anymore. Now I like it again, although it’s still not on my iPod. This is a fun upbeat song.
6. “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen
Meh. This was the fourth single released off of Springsteen’s blockbuster Born in the U.S.A. album. I expect a song with “fire” in it to be a rocker. This is kind of boring to me. At least it’s not as much of a snoozefest as “Streets of Philadelphia“.
5. “Material Girl” by Madonna
This was my favorite song from the Like a Virgin album. Madonna admired Marilyn Monroe, so the video was inspired by “Diamonds Are a Girl’s best Friend” from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
4. “Nightshift by Commodores
This was the Commodores’ biggest hit after Lionel Richie left the band. This is the second song in the top 10 that paid tribute to Marvine Gaye. It also paid tribute to Jackie Wilson, who also died in 1984. This is another really good song.
3. “Crazy For You” by Madonna
Madonna’s on a roll! This is her second song in the top 5 this week. This song, along with the Like a Virgin album made Madonna an icon of the ’80s. I just recently wrote about this song in the Vision Quest Soundtrack article.
2. “One More Night” by Phil Collins
This is a nice ballad, which was the lead single off of Phil Collins’ great album, No Jacket Required.
1. “We Are the World” by USA for Africa
And we have arrived at the final song of the countdown! USA for Africa, or United Support of Artists for Africa, was comprised of 48 predominantly U.S. artists, led by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. How many of the artists in the video can you name? And what/who is your favorite part? And what the heck is Dan Aykroyd doing there!?! He should have at least dressed in his Elwood Blues outfit instead of having the nerdy Rick Moranis look!
Well, our countdown has come to a close. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have! We’ll be back next week with a new week and new year. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.
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