Top 40 Songs This Week – April 16, 1983: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown!! We’re getting down to the nitty gritty now. We will be covering songs 20-11. In case you missed them, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Today, we have a great list of songs. I like every song here, and I don’t think there are any here that have been overplayed lately. Let’s jump into it, and Return to the week ending April 16, 1983, and check out songs 20-11.

20. “I Won’t Hold You Back” by Toto

This is a great ballad by Toto. I did not recognize the title at first, but I remembered this song as soon as I heard the chorus. This is off of the Toto IV album, which also gave us “Africa” and “Rosanna“. Toto also had a little help on this song. The Eagles’ bass player Timothy B. Schmit performed the backing vocals during the chorus.

19. “Overkill” by Men At Work

Men At Work continued with their string of awesome hits in the early ’80s. This was the second single released off of their sophomore album, Cargo. This is a little slower pace than we were used to from Men At Work. Colin Hay’s vocals are outstanding.

18. “Back On the Chain Gang” by The Pretenders

Here is a classic hit by The Pretenders. “You cannot have the Pretenders’ first album! That’s mine.” Whoa, where did that quote come from!? And that’s OK anyway. This song is off of The Pretender’s third album, Learning to Crawl, which also had the hit “Middle of the Road“. Both that song and “Back On the Chain Gang” bring me back to the early days of MTV.

17. “Little Red Corvette” by Prince

Prince doesn’t want us to hear his music online, so I won’t promote it. But, you can enjoy this skit from In Living Color instead.

16. “Even Now” by Bob Seger

Here’s another song that I didn’t recognize from the title right away. I thought it sounded familiar. But, once the song came on, I remembered it and love it! While I liked his song from yesterday – “Shame On the Moon” – I like this song a lot more.

15. “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie

When it comes to reinventing yourself, David Bowie could give Cher a run for her money. This song (and album of the same name) was an introduction of David Bowie to a younger audience. Kids in 1983, like me, were not aware of Bowie’s career in the ’70s. But, this song put him back on the map. It would go on to become one of his biggest selling singles. I wasn’t too crazy about this song when it came out. But, this also brings me back to those fond, early days of MTV.

14. “I Know There’s Something Going On” by Frida

I had not known about this song until I came across it during the One Hit Wonders series in 2011. I loved it when I heard it, so it is now on my iPod, and frequently played. It also comes up quite often for me on the Song Pop game.
This may have been Frida’s only hit as a solo artist. But, you don’t need to shed a tear for her. She was a member of Abba, which had several hits. In 1982 ABBA was on an unofficial break, only for it to become a permanent break. During this “break”, Frida recorded her first solo album called Something’s Going On, which was produced by Phil Collins. This title track was the lead single from the album, and Phil Collins played drums and sang backup on the track.

13. “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby

Time to nerd out!! This is an ultimate, classic ’80s song.

12. “You Are” by Lionel Richie

This is Lionel Richie’s second song on the countdown (“My Love” was #37). I like this song even better. This is a fun, upbeat song. He would be just fine without The Commodores.

11. “We’ve Got Tonight” by Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton

Here is yet another Bob Seger song on this countdown. This one is not his version though. Seger wrote this song, and released it on his 1978 album Stranger in Town. It was a hit song for him, reaching number 13 on the U.S. pop charts.

In 1983, Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton did this song as a duet, and it did even better on the charts. It would reach number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart, number six on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, and number two on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Bob Seger’s version is pretty good, but I prefer this one.

That wraps up the countdown for today. We will finish the top-10 either tomorrow or Friday. There are going to be some incredible songs on that list. Did you have any favorites here so far?

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Remember That Song – 4/16/14

Can you name the artist and song:

So if you go away I know that I will follow
cause there’s a place inside my heart that tells me
hold out, hold out, hold out


Last Song: “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” by Samantha Fox from the album Samantha Fox (1987)

I’ve been told time and time again
That you can’t treat love like a game
But I play rough with hearts that never mend
‘Cause some guys like you do the same

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 16, 1983: Songs 30-21

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.

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Remember That Song – 4/15/14

Can you name the artist and song:

I’ve been told time and time again
That you can’t treat love like a game
But I play rough with hearts that never mend
‘Cause some guys like you do the same


Last Song: “Never Thought (That I Could Love)” by Dan Hill from the album Dan Hill (1987)

Great job “Kickin’ It Old School” (@oldschool80s)!!

Can I touch you?
I can’t believe that you are real
How did I ever find you?

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 16, 1983: Songs 40-31

Welcome to a brand new week of Top-40 music! This week, we will Return to 1983. By this time, ’80s music had finally found it’s footing, and escaped from the disco sound, and established the classic ’80s sound. More people than ever were finally getting cable television – hence they were getting their MTV. There were still some artists that still had not embraced the video format yet. But those who did, rose to the top, as you will see.

First thing’s first though. Let’s start with songs 40-31. A lot of the songs on today’s list are Easy Listening tunes. If you’re into that music, you will love this list. If you’re not into that music, there are still some great rock and pop songs here as well. Now, let’s Return to the week ending April 16, 1983, and begin the countdown.

40. “So Wrong” by Patrick Simmons

We’ll start off with a song I had never heard of by an artist I had never heard of. But, I am very familiar with a lot of his music. Patrick Simmons was an original member of the Doobie Brothers. He had been the band’s only consistent member throughout the band’s history. In 1982, Simmons decided to leave the group and go solo. So the band broke up for a while. This song isn’t a bad way to start the countdown. I much prefer him with the Doobies, but this one is OK.

39. “Straight From the Heart” by Bryan Adams

This is the song that put Bryan Adams on the map. It was the first single released from his Cuts Like a Knife album, and it was his first song to make the Billboard Hot 100, reaching all the way to #10. This is a nice ballad, and one of my favorite songs by Bryan Adams.

38. “Flashdance…What a Feeling” by Irene Cara

Ladies, break out the leg warmers! This was the theme song for the 1983 movie Flashdance, and was Irene Cara’s only #1 song. This song would also win the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1984.

37. “My Love” by Lionel Richie

This is a great ballad by Lionel Richie. It was the third song released off of Richie’s self-titled debut solo album. And if the backing harmony vocals sound familiar, that is Kenny Rogers that you hear.

36. “All Right” by Christopher Cross

When I first saw this song on the list, I was a little surprised because I thought the only hits Christopher Cross had were from his self-titled 1979 album and the Theme from Arthur. But I remembered this song as soon as I heard it. I like this song.

In the early ’60s, when the Beatles arrived, a lot of artists disappeared. In the early ’90s, when Nirvana and grunge arrived, a lot of artists (that I loved) disappeared. And in the early ’80s, when MTV arrived, a lot of artists disappeared, including Christopher Cross (Billy Squier also comes to mind). It’s too bad because he’s really talented.

35. “Rio” by Duran Duran

Here is a band that took full advantage of the music video format, which helped them become one of the biggest bands of the ’80s. This was the fourth and final single released from Duran Duran’s album of the same name. This song became an instant Top 10 hit in the U.K. in 1982. It took a little longer in the U.S. That is until “Hungry Like the Wolf” blew up on MTV. Then the radio programmers began to pay closer attention to what the band was putting out. This is just a flat-out classic ’80s song (and video).

34. “Some Kind of Friend” by Barry Manilow

My parents liked Barry Manilow, so I grew up listening to his music until I started getting my own music. However, I had never heard of this song. It’s actually not bad. It has more of an ’80s pop feel than his Easy Listening songs. I probably would not have liked it too much when it first came out, but I kind of like it now.

33. “Welcome to Heartlight” by Kenny Loggins

A non-soundtrack song by Kenny Loggins. This was from Kenny’s 1982 concept album, High Adventure. I like this song. The guitar and vocals in the verses remind me of the Bee Gees pre-disco music.

32. “Photograph” by Def Leppard

Def Leppard’s first two albums, On Through the Night and High ‘n’ Dry, were great. But their Pyromania album took the world by storm. This was the lead single from that album. What a great, classic rock song!

31. “I Like It” by DeBarge

And we have arrived at the last song of the day. I had never heard of this song. This is another one that I actually like. The beginning of the song kind of reminds me of late-70s Chicago. This is a really good Motown song.

Are you liking this countdown so far? Well, the best is yet to come. This is going to be a great week of music!

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Remember That Song – 4/14/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Can I touch you?
I can’t believe that you are real
How did I ever find you?


Last Song: “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden from The Number of the Beast (1982)

Great job Frida (@carrjam94)!!

We fought him hard we fought him well
Out on the plains we gave him hell

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 13, 1985: Songs 10-1

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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Remember That Song – 4/11/14

Hair’s to Friday my Metal friends!!

Can you name the artist and song:

We fought him hard we fought him well
Out on the plains we gave him hell


Last Song: “Sharp Dressed man” by ZZ Top from Eliminator (1983)

Great job Jim!!

Gold watch, diamond ring,
I ain’t missin’ not a single thing

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 13, 1985: Songs 20-11

Hey Gang, welcome back to the continuation of this week’s Top-40 countdown! I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now, and this is probably my favorite 10 so far. There isn’t a song on here that I don’t like. If you need to catch up this week, you can check out songs 40-31, and 30-21 first. Now let’s Return to the week ending April 13, 1985, and continue on with songs 20-11.

20. “Too Late For Goodbyes” by Julian Lennon

This was Julian Lennon’s biggest hit. Man, he looked and sounded just like his father! It would have been incredible if there was a Beatles reunion, and he replaced John. But, that would have been unfair to Julian. Unfortunately, Julian Lennon would not come close to the success that he had with this song. He did get nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1985 for this song, and the title track from his debut album, “Valotte“.

19. “High On You” by Survivor

Vital Signs was always one of my favorite albums. I love every song on it, which includes this one. I did like “I Can’t Hold Back” better, but this one seemed to get more airplay. This is still a really good song though, and it does bring me back to my freshman year in high school.

18. “Along Comes a Woman” by Chicago

Here is another one of my all-time favorite bands. This is one of my favorite Chicago songs. Unfortunately, that dastardly Radio mainly focused on Chicago’s ballads. Their ballads are great, but they have some awesome rock songs that you may not know about unless you bought the albums. “Along Comes a Woman” was the rare upbeat Chicago song that got airplay post-Terry Kath. I love this song, and the video is a lot of fun too, as they jumped on the Indiana Jones bandwagon.

17. “Some Like It Hot” by The Power Station

Wow, what’s going on here?! This is 4 songs in a row that I like! “Some Like It Hot” was the first single released from the supergroup’s debut album. I like Robert Palmer’s vocals more in this song than his solo work. Power Station also had former Chic drummer Tony Thompson, as well as Duran Duran’s John (bass) and Andy (guitar) Taylor.

16. “Just Another Night” by Mick Jagger

Here is another really good song. I had forgotten about this one. It was Mick Jagger’s first single from his debut solo album, She’s the Boss. I don’t think I’ve heard this song since it came out. Jagger’s solo work does not get too much airplay. I really like this one a lot.

15. “All She Wants to Do is Dance” by Don Henley

This is a good song from Henley’s classic Building the Perfect Beast album. This song was refreshing after getting pummeled to death with “The Boys of Summer“.

14. “Somebody” by Bryan Adams

This is one of my favorite Bryan Adams songs. This was on his incredible Reckless album.

13. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon

Here is REO Speedwagon’s huge power ballad. It would be a #1 hit for three weeks in a row. I still like this song a lot.

12. “One Night In Bangkok” by Murray Head

I love this song every time I hear it. I still don’t have it on my iPod though. This song was written by Abba’s
Benny Andersson and Björn K. Ulvaeus, as well as Tim Rice.

11. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds

And what a way to close out the countdown today! The ultimate ’80s song from the ultimate ’80s movie. You can’t help but be brought back to The Breakfast Club when this song comes on. This is the rare song that I like that gets overplayed.

Did anybody else like those 10 songs? You can Return tomorrow to catch the top 10 songs of the week. That list isn’t too shabby either. It’s going to be fun!

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Remember That Song – 4/10/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Gold watch, diamond ring,
I ain’t missin’ not a single thing


Last Song: “Mexican Radio” by Wall of Voodoo from Call of the West (1982)

I hear the rhythms of the music
I buy the product and never use it
I hear the talking of the dj
Can’t understand just what does he say?

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