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.
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