Top 40 Songs This Week – April 13, 1985: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to the Top-40 Countdown from this week in 1985. You can check out songs 40-31 if you missed them. Songs 30-21 are a great variety of rock, pop, and some “smooth” music. Now, let’s Return to the week ending April 13, 1985, and listen to the next 10 songs of the countdown.

30. “Everything She Wants” by Wham!

This is already Wham!’s second song on the countdown. As I mentioned yesterday, I was not a huge Wham! fan back in the day, but I appreciate their music more now. This was the third song from their classic Make It Big album to reach #1. The others were “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper“. My favorite song from the album, “Freedom” peaked at #3. I do think “Everything She Wants” is a good song now. Are there any songs that you did not like when they came out, but do like them more now?

29. “New Attitude” by Patti Labelle

This is the second song on the countdown from the Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack. This is probably my favorite song from that soundtrack, and is my favorite song by Patti LaBelle. This was Patti LaBelle’s first music video.

28. “Radioactive” by The Firm

I did not remember this song, but when I just heard it now, it sounds vaguely familiar to me. I have heard of The Firm though. They were a super group consisting of bassist Tony Franklin, drummer Chris Slade (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Asia), the legendary guitarist Jimmy Page, and lead singer Paul Rogers (Free,Bad Company). I didn’t fall off my chair with excitement when this song came on. But, after listening closely, they do sound really great together. Each instrument (and of course, Paul Rogers’ voice) are incredible.

27. “Rock and Roll Girls” by John Fogerty

I didn’t recognize the song title when I saw it, but as soon as I heard the song, I knew and remembered it. This was off of John Fogerty’s third solo album, Centerfield. The song “Centerfield” was the most popular song from that album, by far. I didn’t realize it, but “The Old Man Down the Road” was also on the album. “Rock and Roll Girls” is a very good song that I probably had not heard since the ’80s.

26. “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” by Hall & Oates

This song came out in the middle of Hall & Oates’ great run in the ’80s. This was off of the Big Bam Boom album, which had more popular songs than this one, such as “Out of Touch” and “Method of Modern Love“.
This isn’t a bad song though. Not one that I’ll run out and buy.

25. “Don’t come Around Here No More” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

I don’t like too much of Tom Petty’s music. But there are actually a few songs I do like by him, and this is one of them. This song was written by Tom Petty and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics. When I hear this song, I can’t help but think of this video with the Alice in Wonderland theme.

24. “Private Dancer” by Tina Turner

This was the title track to Tina Turner’s classic album. I liked this song a lot when it came out. One thing I just learned about this song: It was written by Mark Knopfler, the lead singer of Dire Straits. This song was originally going to be included on the Dire Straits album Love over Gold. After the song was recorded, however, the vocals were not added. Mark Knopfler considered that they were not suitable for a male to sing, so the track was cut from the final mix. They eventually remade the track for Tina Turner.

23. “The Heat Is On” by Glenn Frey

Beverly Hills Cop is really invading this countdown! This is the third song from the soundtrack in this countdown. This song got overplayed when it came out. I’m still a little sick of it. But, I do like it in the movie a lot. This song would peak at #2 behind REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling“. I like this video too because it shows some scenes from the movie.

22. “Smooth Operator” by Sade

This is another song that I did not like at all when it came out. zzzzzzzzzzz. Of course my taste of music leaned more towards Def Leppard, Van Halen, Motley Crue, and Quiet Riot back then. This song is on the total opposite side of the spectrum. I do like Jazz a lot more now, so this is tolerable to me now.
And do I feel stupid! I thought Sade was a solo artist. It turns out that Sade is a band! Please tell me that I’m not the only one that didn’t know that! The lead singer’s name is Sade Adu, so that explains my confusion a little. I didn’t know this was a band named after her.

21. “That Was Yesterday” by Foreigner

This is probably my favorite Foreigner song post-4. I love the keyboard lick in this song. and Lou Gramm’s singing is awesome as usual.

I hope you enjoyed those songs. Not too shabby. The next 10 songs are going to be even better! So please come back! Also, feel free to leave comments about what you think of the songs, or the whole Top-40 Countdown series I’ve been covering lately. And as I mentioned earlier, are there any songs (not necessarily on this list) that you used to not like, but do like more now?

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Remember That Song – 4/9/14

Can you name the artist and song:

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?


Last Song: “Piano In the Dark” by Brenda Russell from Get Here (1988)

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

I know I’m caught up in the middle
I cry just a little
When I think of letting go

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 13, 1985: Songs 40-31

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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Remember That Song – 4/8/14

Can you name the artist and song:

I know I’m caught up in the middle
I cry just a little
When I think of letting go


Last Song: “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” by Hall & Oates from Private Eyes (1981)

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

Also I would like to thank Kickin’ It Old School for creating that totally awesome 1984 Movie Madness tournament. The tournament has just wrapped up. Check out the Kickin’ It Old School site (http://oldschool.tblog.com/) to see who won the finals between Sixteen Candles and Ghostbusters.

Easy, ready, willing, overtime
Where does it stop
Where do you dare me
To draw the line

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Remember That Song – 4/7/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Easy, ready, willing, overtime
Where does it stop
Where do you dare me
To draw the line


Last Song: “Madalaine” by Winger from their self-titled album

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)and Frida (@carrjam94)

How in the world could it come to this
Couldn’t you see that you’ve gone too far
Saving your soul for that one last kiss
Living your wish upon a star

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 4, 1981: Songs 10-1

Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top-40 Countdown! I think this is a very good list. You can check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11 if you missed them. So, let’s Return to the week ending April 4, 1981, and count down the top 10 songs.

10. “What Kind of Fool” by Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb

“What Kind of Fool” was on Streisand’s Guilty album. The songs on the album were a collaboration between Streisand and all the members of the Bee Gees. Barry played the biggest role as he co-wrote and co-produced most of the tracks. He also sang on some of them with Babs, including this one. I am so torn with this. I cannot stand Barbra Streisand, but I love the Bee Gees. This song is OK. It’s an early ’80s Easy Listening tune. I probably would not like it at all if Barry Gibb wasn’t on it. I prefer their hit song “Guilty“.

9. “While You See a Chance” by Steve Winwood

Last week, Steve Winwood’s “The Finer Things” was in the countdown. That is one of my favorite songs by him. And this one is another one of my favorites.

8. “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon

This is REO Speedwagon’s second entry in the countdown this week. “Keep On Loving You” is one of REO’s best known hits, topping the charts in March of 1981.

7. “Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington Jr. (with Bill Withers)

Great, classic song! Grover Washingon Jr. was a saxophonist and legendary Smooth Jazz pioneer. This song appeared on his Winelight album. It was written and sung by Bill Withers (“Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Lean On Me”).

6. “Hello Again” by Neil Diamond

My mother’s favorite singer of all-time. So I basically grew up listening to everything Neil Diamond ever did. I much prefer his earlier rockin’ music than is later, glittery years. But, The Jazz Singer Soundtrack, which this song is from, was a good album. This song is OK. It’s better than some of his other slow songs. It’s a nice ballad.

5. “Crying” by Don McLean

Well, I heard of Don McLean. I didn’t know he did anything other than “American Pie“. And I know the Roy Orbison classic, “Crying” (my father is a Roy Orbison fan). This is a really good version of the song! I had never heard it before, and I’m impressed. Why am I not surprised that the only Don McLean song I ever hear on the radio is “American Pie”?! I mean his “Crying” was a top-10 hit, and I never even knew it existed! If I didn’t fire radio a couple of countdowns ago, they would be fired now!

4. “Kiss On My List” by Hall & Oates

Love the Hall & Oates!! This was the duo’s second #1 hit (after 1977’s “Rich Girl“). This song started Hall & Oates’ incredible run of hits throughout the ’80s, and made them one of the greatest duo’s of all time. They are even being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. Well, that doesn’t mean too much to me. If you think Radio irritates me, don’t even get me started with the people who make the selections for the Hall of Fame! Anyway, let’s get back to enjoying more great ’80s music, with this classic song.

3. “The Best of Times” by Styx

Styx is another one of my favorite bands, and this is one of their best power ballads. I still love it.

2. “Woman” by John Lennon

Great John Lennon song! This is off of his Double Fantasy album. There’s no truth to the rumor that this album is the reason why CD’s were created. I mean, CD’s did make it easier to skip songs. On this album, you could listen to a Lennon tune, then hit ‘skip’, listen to another song, hit ‘skip’ again, and so on. Those of you who know about the Double Fantasy album know what I’m talking about. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, listen to a John Lennon song, then step on a cat, and you will get a more pleasurable listening experience than listening to that album straight through. Just sayin’.

1. “Rapture” by Blondie

Today’s #1 hit is Blondie’s follow-up to their smash hit, “The Tide Is High”. I like this song a lot. The second half of the song turns into a rap song. This was technically the first rap video ever broadcast on MTV.

Look, all I’m sayin’ is that I’m so glad that all we saw was her goofy dancing at the Beatles 50th Anniversary Special, and that they didn’t bring her on stage to sing.

Well, I enjoyed that top-10. I hope you enjoyed this week’s countdown, and discovered new songs. Well be back next with a brand new countdown from 1980-something. In the meantime, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

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Remember That Song – 4/4/14

Hair’s to Friday!!
Can you name the artist and song:

How in the world could it come to this
Couldn’t you see that you’ve gone too far
Saving your soul for that one last kiss
Living your wish upon a star


Last Song: “I’ll Remember You” by Skid Row from their self-titled album (1989)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)and Frida (@carrjam94)

I’d stare a lifetime into your eyes
So that I knew that you were there for me
Time after time you were there for me

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 4, 1981: Songs 20-11

Hi Everybody, welcome back to the Top-40 Countdown. Today, we will be checking out songs 20-11 from the week ending April 5, 1981. You can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21 if you missed them. Unlike yesterday’s post, I know every song out of these 10. There was one that I wasn’t sure of, but I knew it as soon as I heard it. And also unlike yesterday’s post, I like most of these songs. So, let’s Return to the week ending April 5, 1981, and continue the countdown.

20. “Being With You” by Smokey Robinson

I don’t like most of Smokey Robinson’s music, but this song isn’t bad. “Being With You” was Smokey Robinson’s biggest solo hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, behind “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes.

19. “Somebody’s Knockin'” by Terri Gibbs

The title “Somebody’s Knockin'” and Terri Gibbs sounded familiar to me, but I did not know this song. But, I remembered it as soon as I played it. It was another one of those early ’80s Country/Pop crossover hits. This song was Terri Gibbs’ debut single. The song’s success led to Gibbs winning the 1981 Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist award, and the first Horizon (now New Artist) Award from the Country Music Association.

It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song.

18. “Her Town Too” by James Taylor and J.D. Souther

Next up is the soothing sounds of James Taylor. This would be Taylor’s last big hit single.

17. “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang

You all know this song. It was played to death when it came out, and still gets played to death today. Some people don’t consider weddings official until this song is played at the reception. When I saw “Celebration” on this list, the first thing that came to mind was how sick of this song I am. However, once it started playing, it put me in a good mood, and made me want to dance.

16. “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton

“9 to 5” was written by Dolly Parton for the comedy film of the same name, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Parton in her film debut.
This song earned Parton an Academy Award nomination and four Grammy Award nominations, winning her the awards for “Best Country Song” and “Best Country Vocal Performance, Female”. In February 1981, it went to number one both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary chart, respectively. Parton became only the second woman to top both the U.S. country singles chart and Billboard’s Hot 100 with the same single (the first being Jeannie C. Riley, who had done so with “Harper Valley PTA” in 1968).
As overplayed as this song is, I still like it a lot. I love this verse from the song:

They let you dream
Just to watch ’em shatter
You’re just a step
On the boss man’s ladder
But you got dreams he’ll never take away

15. “Angel of the Morning” by Juice Newton

Here is another country crossover hit. I like a lot of Juice Newton’s songs, including this one. “Angel of the Morning” has been covered many times, first by Merrilee Rush in 1968. Juice Newton had the most successful version of the song, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 22 on the Billboard country music chart, and spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in April.

14. “The Winner Takes It All” by Abba

This is one of my favorite Abba songs. It is so heart wrenching. This would be Abba’s last top 10 hit in the U.S.

13. “I Can’t Stand It” by Eric Clapton and His Band

I’m not an Eric Clapton fan at all, so I really don’t care for this song. The only song I like by him is “It’s In the Way That You Use It“. If an Eric Clapton song comes on, and it’s not that one, then “I can’t stand it.”

12. “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” by The Police

A great Police song. There was another version of this song re-recorded in 1986, which is much slower. But, this version is the one I prefer. The Police won the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for this song. Classic!

11. “Morning Train (Nine To Five)” by Sheena Easton

We’ll cap off the countdown today with the second Nine to Five song. I like this one as well. The title was originally just “Nine to Five”, and peaked at #3 in the U.K. in August 1980. However, by the time it was released in the U.S., the song needed to be retitled to “Morning Train” to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton’s smash hit. Easton’s song went to #1 on both the U.S. pop and adult contemporary charts. It remained at the top for two weeks on Billboard’s pop chart.

So, what did you think of the countdown today? A lot of familiar songs. We’ll wrap up tomorrow with the Top-10 songs of the week. There are some great songs that landed in the top 10, so I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow.

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Remember That Song – 4/3/14

Can you name the artist and song:

I’d stare a lifetime into your eyes
So that I knew that you were there for me
Time after time you were there for me


Last Song: “Nobody’s Fool” by Cinderella from Night Songs (1986)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)and Frida (@carrjam94)

I call you on the phone
But never get a rise
So sit there all alone
It’s time you realize

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