Welcome back to this week’s Top-40 Countdown! Today we will continue counting down songs 30-21. You can check out songs 40-31 if you missed them. Today is a mixed bag of songs. To be honest, when I first saw this list of 10 songs, I was a little skeptical. There are a few singers on here that are hit or miss for me, and I didn’t recognize the song titles by any of them. But, I was pleasantly surprised. And there are songs on hear that I love, so this isn’t a bad list today. Now, lets Return to the week ending April 16, 1983, and continue on to songs 30-21.
30. “Whirly Girl” by Oxo
I never heard of this song or band – even after hearing the song. It turns out that Oxo is a one-hit wonder, with this song being their sole hit. Meh.
29. “It Might Be You” by Stephen Bishop
This was the theme for the 1982 Dustin Hoffman movie Tootsie. This was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Original Song) in 1983. I love this song. And it really brings me back to this time period. Very nice.
28. “Fall In Love With Me” by Earth, Wind & Fire
I had never heard of this song before. I do like a lot of Earth, Wind & Fire’s music. If you like them, then you’ll like this song. They sound like a combination of Kool and the Gang and Chicago.
27. “Little Too Late” by Pat Benatar
If Pat Benatar ever made a bad song, I have not heard it. This song is from her fourth album, Get Nervous.
26. “Poison Arrow” by ABC
Time for some New Wave! I did not like New Wave too much back then, but I like it now. I like a few of ABC’s songs a lot, including this one.
25. “Shame On the Moon” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
I was nervous when I saw this song on the countdown. There are a lot of Bob Seger songs that I don’t like, and I had not remembered this one. Then I realized that the songs that the I don’t like by him all have something in common – I liked them all at one point, until they got played to death. I cringe whenever “Old Time Rock N’ Roll” song comes on at every single wedding reception I’ve ever been to – including mine! And I’d rather be run over by a Ford truck over and over again than see a damn Chevy “Like a Rock” commercial!
As for this song, “Shame On the Moon”, it sounds like a Country song. I was liking it. Then when I heard the chorus, Ohhh blame it on midnight, ohhh shame on the moon, I remembered it. This is good one that did not disappoint.
24. “I’ve Got a Rock N’ Roll Heart” by Eric Clapton
Of course when I saw this song (which I had never heard of) on this countdown, my first thought was “What the hell!! Is he going to be on every countdown I cover!” And once again, it’s a song that is not “It’s In the Way That You Use It“. But Uh oh! There’s a twist! I actually like this one. I’m not overly excited about this song, but I was able to listen to the whole song. This kind of reminds me of old school Eagles when they sounded like Country.
23. “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earing
I always liked this song. Some people may know this song from it’s lyrics When the bullet hits the bone. This kind of reminds me of ’70s era classic rock.
22. “Solitaire” by Laura Branigan
This is my favorite Laura Branigan song. I think she was so underrated. “Gloria” got played over and over again, but she has so many other great songs, including this one. I was sad when she died from an aneurysm in 2004. She had such an incredible voice.
21. “Change of Heart” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
And we’ll close out today’s list with another song by somebody that’s usually either hit or miss with me.
This song isn’t bad. But, if it came on the radio I would probably change the station and see if there was something better on.
What did you think of today’s countdown? Did you hear songs that you had not heard before? The next 20 songs are going to be really good. It may be the best top 20 so far. We’ll Return tomorrow with songs 20-11.Follow @returntothe80s