Hello again everybody, and welcome to the Top 40 Countdown. We’ll count down the most popular songs in the USA straight off the Billboard Top 40 chart from the week ending May 12, 1984. By this time, MTV was well established. So there will be several well produced music videos. This is going to be an outstanding week of music. There is going to be quite a variety of awesome ’80s music.
Let’s Return to the week ending May 12, 1984 as our countdown begins….
40. “Modern Day Delilah” by Van Stephenson
Van Stephenson breaks into the Top 40 this week with his biggest hit, “Modern Day Delilah”. Stephenson, a singer-songwriter, was mainly known for writing songs for other artists such as Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers, Dan Seals, Janie Fricke, John Anderson, and Restless Heart. In the ’90s, Stephenson became tenor vocalist in the country music band BlackHawk. He had to leave the group in early 2000 to battle cancer. Sadly, he died on the morning of April 8, 2001 as a result of the disease. But, he did leave behind some good music, including this song, “Modern Day Delilah”.
39. “Stay the Night” by Chicago
Next up, another song breaking into the Top-40 this week. This is the song that put Chicago on my radar. While this is an outstanding song, the music video is even better. The first thing that comes to mind when I hear this song is Peter Cetera clinging to the hood of the red convertible and the incredible car-chases.
38. “Love Will Show Us How” by Christine McVie
As far as Fleetwood Mac members going solo, Stevie Nicks was the most successful, far and away. But, Christine McVie’s 1984 self-titled album was moderately succesful, as it featured “Got a Hold on Me” and this song, “Love Will Show Us How”.
37. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell
Next up is this week’s biggest drop, going from 24 to 37. Let’s face it, the only reason the song was in a position to be ranked so high in the first place (it actually peaked at #2 at one point), was a certain familiar voice that sings the chorus.
36. “My Ever Changing Moods” by The Style Council
Here is another Top-40 debut this week. “My Ever Changing Moods” would eventually be The Style Council’s biggest hit, peaking at #29. I only knew The Style Council from having the only song on the Vision Quest soundtrack that I would usually skip by – “Shout to the Top.”
This song isn’t too bad. Parts of it reminds me of Santana’s “Smooth.”
35. “Jump (For My Love)” by The Pointer Sisters
This song came out in the middle of The Pointer Sisters’ incredible string of hits in the ’80s. The original title of this song was just “Jump”. However the “(For My Love)” was added to avoid confusion with Van Halen’s smash hit that was released earlier in the year.
34. “Run Runaway” by Slade
Next up in the countdown, we have ourselves a glam metal band. Slade was probably best known for being a huge influence on other bands such as Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Def Leppard, Twisted Sister, and of course Quiet Riot. Quiet Riot’s big breakthrough came from covering Slade’s “Cum On Feel the Noize“. They also covered Slade’s and “Mama Weer All Crazee Now“.
With the resounding success of “Cum On Feel the Noize“, attention was given to Slade. So they began a comeback in the mid-’80s.
“Run Runaway” is a great song that has a Celtic Rock sound to it.
33. “You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)” by Joe Jackson
This is a good song that seems to have Jazz influences.
32. “It’s My Life” by Talk Talk
This song by the British synthpop band Talk Talk is probably better known from No Doubt’s successful remake. This is a very good song, no matter who performs it.
31. “Show Me” by The Pretenders
And we’ll wrap up the countdown today with “Show Me” from the Pretnders’ third album, Learning to Crawl.
Fun fact: Chrissie Hynde named the album “Learning to Crawl” because her daughter, Natalie Rae Hynde, was learning to crawl at the time that Hynde was trying to determine a name for the album.
Well, I hope you enjoyed today’s music. There will be more ’80s awesomeness as the week goes on.
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