Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top 40 Countdown. This has been a great week of music from 1982, and the Top 10 does not disappoint. You can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11 if you missed them. Now, let’s Return to the week ending May 29, 1982, and count down the top 10 songs.
10. “Get Down On It” by Kool and the Gang
Get your back up off the wall, dance, come on! What a great way to start the top 10. This is a nice combination of funk and pop.
9. “Did It In A Minute” by Daryl Hall and John Oates
This is a great song fom Hall & Oates’ Private Eyes album.
8. “Always On My Mind” by Willie Nelson
And once again, we have a Country corssover hit in the Top 40. This is a beautiful ballad by the legendary Willie Nelson. The song was written by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, and performed by dozens of artists. Willie’s version won 3 Grammy Awards:
Songwriters Christopher, James and Carson won Song of the Year and Best Country Song; in addition, Nelson won for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
7. “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League
Classic ’80s tune by the sythpop group, The Human League.
6. “’65 Love Affair”by Paul Davis
The great hits continue! Paul Davis, mainly known for his soft rock hits, “I Go Crazy” and “Cool Night“, changed things up a bit here. This sounds like it could be a Hall & Oates song.
This made Paul Davis very successful. However, he was disgusted with going commercial, so he opted out of his record contract with Arista, and signed with Razor & Tie Record Company, a label on which Davis never charted on the Hot 100.
5. “The Other Woman” by Ray Parker Jr.
Yes, Ray Parker Jr. had another song besides “Ghostbusters“. This is a really good funky pop song.
4. “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone
Another ultimate ’80s hit. This is the phone number everybody knows by heart.
3. “I’ve Never Been To Me” by Charlene
This song was originally on Charlene’s self-titled 1977 album. It had barely cracked the Top 100, peaking at #97. Motown, Charlene’s record company, decided not to release a second album due to the lack of success of the first one. So, Charlene left the music industry, met and married an Englishman. They stayed in England, and she took a job at a candy store in Ilford.
In 1982, a disc jockey at a Tampa radio station began playing “I’ve Never Been to Me” track off the Charlene album. It was a big hit among the local listeners. The DJ, Scott Shannon, contacted Motown to let them know that the song had potential to be a hit. Motown president, Jay Lasker, personally contacted Charlene, and invited her to re-sign, and re-release “I’ve Never Been To Me.” She did so, and the song became a big hit. The re-release debuted at #84 – 13 notches above the peak of the song’s original release. And it reached it’s true peak this week at #3.
2. “Don’t Talk To Strangers” by Rick Springfield
In the early ’80s, Rick Springfield was one of the most popular people in the entertainment industry. He was Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital. And he could actually sing. Really well! Of course he was very popular with the ladies. But, most people really enjoyed his music. And this song is classic Springfield.
1. “Ebony and Ivory” by Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
And we have arrived at our #1 song this week. This song gives the not-so-subtle message about the keys on the piano. Oops, I mean racial harmony. Whenever I hear this song, I can’t help but think of the classic Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo skit on Saturday Night Live as they performed this song, with different lyrics, as Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra respectively.
“Ebony and Ivory” was a huge hit, seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Well that concludes this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoiyed it as much as I have. I don’t think there was any song on here that I did not like. We’ll be back next week with a new countdown from a different year. Until then, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.