Top 40 Songs This Week – May 3, 1980: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! Today we will continue on with songs 30-21. You can go back and check out songs 40-31 if you missed them. You may also want to go back to that one, or any other list from the countdown after you listen to this crap! Just to give you a fair warning, in my opinion, this is the worst list so far. It does recover a little bit towards the end. But, the damage is done. I’m cranky now, so even the few songs I like here may feel my wrath. If you dare, let’s Return to the week ending May 3, 1980 and continue the countdown.

30. “Off the Wall” by Michael Jackson

OK, this isn’t starting out too bad. But, this is not exactly Michael Jackson’s best.

29. “The Rose” by Bette Midler

Bette Midler had about three hit songs, and this was one of them. It is kind of sappy, but I don’t mind it. This song was recorded by Bette Midler for the soundtrack of the 1979 film The Rose in which it plays under the closing credits. Midler won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for this song. Not too shabby.

28. “I Pledge My Love” by Peaches and Herb

Ugh!! This is Peaches and Herb begging to have one of their songs played as a wedding song. I guess “Daddy’s Little Girl” was already taken, and Mother/Son songs aren’t too popular.

27. “Heart Hotels” by Dan Fogelberg

I like Dan Fogelberg. Just not this song! I was listening to this song, and then forgot that it was playing.

26. “Do Right” by Paul Davis

What the hell is going on here! I wanted to like this song because I like Paul Davis’ other songs, “I Go Crazy” and “Cool Night“. Too many boring songs in a row now.

25. “Too Hot” by Kool and the Gang

Another mellow song, but still better than the last few songs. I love Kool and the Gang, and this song isn’t too bad. It’s my favorite one today up to this point.

24. “Funky Town” by Lipps, Inc.

Oh, thank God!! This may technically be a Disco song, but this is a classic ’80s tune. Beginning May 31, this song would start a four week run as a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. This is a breath of fresh air on a list that has been pretty boring.

23. “Any Way You Want It” by Journey

We’re on a roll now! I did play this one to death, but I still do like it every time I hear it. This was the opening track of Journey’s Departure album, which was the first CD I ever bought.

22. “Breakdown Dead Ahead” by Boz Scaggs

Just like Dan Fogelberg and Paul Davis from earlier in this list, I like Boz Skaggs. So I did not get my hopes up for this song. But, I was not disappointed with this song. This list has made a nice recovery.

21. “Stomp!” by The Brothers Johnson

This is an OK Disco song. But, we better wrap this list up before it gets bad again.

So, did I overreact to how bad today’s list was? I can tell you that tomorrow’s list is going to be way, way better. And the top 10 is going to be even better than that! So today was only a small glitch for me. So, hopefully I’ll be fully recovered tomorrow after listening to today’s list. I’ll just have to remember the good times.

[Won’t you take me to…Funkytown!]

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2 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – May 3, 1980: Songs 30-21”

  1. “Off The Wall” is up there pretty high on my list of MJ’s songs.

    Not familiar with “I Pledge My Love.” And that was one of the oddest youtube clips I’ve ever seen. Q: What do you think of when you think of Peaches and Herb? A: None of that stuff!

    You didn’t overreact when it came to that Paul Davis tune. That’s my genre, and even I said, “Um, no.” That one and “The Rose” are the only two I’m not fond of. Give the others another listen sometime.

    Everything else I liked, especially “Stomp,” “Too Hot” and “Heart Hotels.” I always considered the Brothers Johnson to be more funk than disco, but I guess that song fits in both.

  2. I kind of liked Stomp, and I did like “Too Hot”. I have a Kool and the Gang greatest hits album on my iPod, so that song is probably on there. I’ll have to double check. Maybe I’ll give the Dan Fogelberg song another listen. The next 10 really are better. I think you’ll like it too.

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