Top 40 Songs This Week – April 4, 1981: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Top-40 Countdown. We will go back to listen to songs 30-21 today from the week ending April 4, 1981. You can also check out songs 40-31 if you missed them. Today is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some really good songs on this list. On the other hand, there are several songs I never heard of, and would have been OK if it stayed that way. So, let’s Return to the week ending April 4, 1981, and start this part of the countdown off right.

30. “Treat Me Right” by Pat Benatar

To call Pat Benatar one of the best female rockers of all time, is not only obvious, but it is also a bit of disservice. Pat Benatar is one of the best rockers of all time – male or female. “Treat Me Right” is a great song from Benatar’s sophomore album, Crimes of Passion. This classic album held out #2 on the Billboard album chart for five weeks. The album that kept it out of the top spot? John Lennon’s Double Fantasy.

“Treat Me Right” is just pure, classic Benatar.

29. “Too Much Time On My Hands” by Styx

I love Styx, and this is a great song. There are people (or at least band members) that were either in Dennis DeYoung’s camp or Tommy Shaw’s camp. Personally, I like both member’s songs. This one is a Tommy Shaw song. The keyboard and guitar are awesome in this song.

28. “Time Out of Mind” by Steely Dan

This is one of those songs that I didn’t know at all – and wasn’t missing anything. I do know Steely Dan, mainly from their song “Reelin’ In the Years“. But this one’s “meh”.

27. “Take It On the Run” by REO Speedwagon

I like this song a lot. The last job I had before I joined the Navy was for our newspaper, The Providence Journal. I would deliver papers for routes that didn’t have paperboys. Or should I be more PC and say paper carriers. Nah, we’re in the ’80s – paperboys it is. And after I made the deliveries, I would have to go back to the office, and we would need to deliver papers to people who didn’t get them although they should have.
So, I spent a lot of time in my car, especially while delivering for the different routes. I played REO Speedwagon’s The Hits cassette all the time (along with Kiss’ Smashes, Thrashes, and Hits, and Chicago 19). Now whenever I hear any of The REO Speedwagon songs from that album, it brings me back to that time. And “Take It On the Run” was a song I really enjoyed.

26. “Ain’t Even Done With the Night” by John Cougar

This is another song that I didn’t know. This song is alright. John Cougar/John Cougar Mellancamp’s best work is yet to come at this point.

25. “Just Between You and Me” by April Wine

Here is another song I didn’t know. I have heard of April Wine, but I don’t know their music too well. I thought their music was a little heavier rock than this. Maybe it is. This is another song that is not one of my favorites.

24. “A Little In Love” by Cliff Richard

We’re really on a roll! This is yet another song that I was not aware of. This one isn’t too bad though. To me, it has that early ’80s country sound. I do like it a little. But, if I was listening to this countdown live, back in the day, I would be so bored by now.

23. “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt

I don’t love rainy nights, but I do love this song! I love a lot of Eddie Rabbitt’s music. This song was a huge crossover hit, topping the Hot Country Singles, Billboard Hot 100, and Adult Contemporary Singles charts in 1981. Which probably means that you could not avoid this song in 1981, and people probably got sick of it. I still like it though.

22. “Precious to Me” by Phil Seymour

Another song and artist I never heard of – not to be confused with the actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who just recently died tragically. This song is another OK one. Not great, not horrendous. To me it does sound like the song was influenced by The Beatles.

21. “Don’t Stop the Music” by Yarbrough and Peoples

And we’ll wrap up this portion of the countdown by sticking with today’s theme – a song that I never heard of, with good reason. This is not a memorable song. It’s not horrible either.

Well, what did you think of today’s countdown? While I’m a little disappointed, it is still interesting listening to music I never heard before.

Remember That Song – 4/2/14

Hey Everybody, the REAL ’80s are back! I gave that mutton chopped jerk the boot. Sorry about that. I was busy trying to fend off some depressed ’90s dude who was really hard trying to take over the site, and that 1880’s guy snuck in instead!

Anyway, it’s great to be back!

Can you name the artist and song:

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

Last Song: “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” by AC/DC from Back in Black (1980)

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

And be sure to vote in the Final 4 for the 1984 Movie Madness tournament created by Kickin’ It Old School. It is very interesting. Footloose vs. Sixteen Candles and The Karate Kid vs. Ghostbusters.

We’re just talkin’ about the future
Forget about the past
It’ll always be with us
It’s never gonna die, never gonna die

Mark Twain Quotes of the Week

Here are some great quotes from my favorite author:

  • Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.


  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind young.


  • Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.


  • Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself.


  • October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. Other dangerous months are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.


  • Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.


Remember These Songs – 4/1/14

As promised, I will introduce you to some songs from the ’80s that you should know. First up is “Polly Wolly Doodle”. It was first published in a Harvard student songbook in 1880.

“Polly Wolly Doodle” appears in the existing manuscript for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s These Happy Golden Years exactly as it is used in the published version.

Next is “Blow the Man Down”. This is a sea shanty. It was sung in the 1800’s. In 1879, George Haswell was passenger aboard another steamship, from London to Sydney, at which time he noted some of the shanties of the crew. He wrote an article about it, but it did not get a wide circulation. However, it did find its way into the hands of Laura Alexandrine Smith, whose own large collection of sailors’ songs, The Music of the Waters (1888), was one of the first to be widely available. Smith reprinted the lyrics gathered by Haswell. And the rest is history.

And the final song for the day is “Oh My Darling, Clementine” by Percy Montrose (1884).

Welcome to Return to the (18)80s

cover Howdy! I decided to write about the ’80s. So, I decided to give my writing the name: “Return to the ’80s”. But, what do you know! I come across this namby-pamby site already called Return to the ’80s! First of all, I don’t understand what these moving pictures are. And what you call music has me all balled up! How do yo listen to that!

Well, I have now taken over this site, so you can all learn about the real ’80s – the 1880s! I don’t care a continental if you don’t like it or not. You will be learned. But, don’t worry. This site will soon be in apple pie order, and you will enjoy it. I mean, how can you not?!

We had real music, which I will introduce you to in the next post. You people seem to like violence too. I saw some of these moving pictures with Arnold, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, and Bruce Willis. We had real characters in the 1880s with the likes of Billy the Kid, Jesse James, and don’t forget the big shootout at the OK Corral!

And you people are odd sticks for electing an actor as President. We had 4 – count ’em – 4 U.S. Presidents in the 1880s!

Last of all, don’t forget the marvels that were raised in the 1880s – The Brooklyn Bridge, The Washington Monument, The Statue of Liberty, and The Eiffel Tower.

So, I hope you stick around and enjoy the real ’80s! I have to skedaddle now, but I’ll be back soon.