Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s top 40 countdown. Every song in this top 10 is just pure classic ’80s. You can catch up if you missed songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. Now, let’s Return to the week ending May 12, 1984, and finish up the countdown.
10. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
A beautiful ballad from Cyndi’s debut album, She’s So Unusual. This song was nominated for Song of the Year at the 1985 Grammy Awards.
9. “Oh Sherrie” by Steve Perry
This was Steve Perry’s biggest solo hit, from his debut album Street Talk. This song was written by Perry for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford, who also appeared in the music video.
8. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
This is the second song from the Footloose soundtrack on this countdown. Out of the many soundtrack songs that Kenny Loggins performed in the ’80s, this is probably the most recognizable.
7. “You Might Think” by The Cars
The groundbreaking video for this song was one of the first videos to use computer graphics. This is one of the best music videos of the ’80s, and the song itself is outstanding as well.
6. “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
In this video, is Julio Iglesias overdressed, or is Willie Nelson underdressed?
5. “Love Somebody” by Rick Springfield
Awesome Rick Springfield song. This is from his Hard to Hold album, which was the movie soundtrack for Hard to Hold.
4. “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” by Deniece Williams
I’m thinking that Footloose had a pretty decent soundtrack! I got sick of this one pretty fast when it came out, but I like it a little more now. And it was featured in a great scene in the movie where Ren was teaching Willard how to dance. This song was a #1 hit and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.
3. “Hold Me Now” by Thompson Twins
This is an ultimate ’80s song. This is one of my favorite Thompson Twins songs, and I still love it.
2. “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” by Phil Collins
This classic Phil Collins tune got overplayed on the radio when it came out. There have been several covers ever since, and is constantly used in every singing competition show on television. Years removed from it’s initial release, I am liking this song once again.
1. “Hello” by Lionel Richie
Speaking of overplayed songs, we have now arrived at our #1 song. I love Lionel Richie. But, I don’t even think this is in his top 5 ballads. It’s still a great song, and one of Richie’s best known songs.
I don’t know about you, but I think this was a pretty good week of ’80s songs. 30 years later, these songs still sound great. We’ll be back next week with another round of a top 40 countdown. Until then, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.Follow @returntothe80s
3 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – May 12, 1984: Songs 10-1”
I think the reason I haven’t seen Footloose yet is because the soundtrack is a bit of a letdown for me. I love Loggins, but the title track is one of my least favorites of his. Same with Denice Williams and Shalamar. They’re not terrible songs…they just don’t move me the way their other songs do.
“Against All Odds” has always moved me! Never saw that movie either, though.
Nice to hear a Springfield song other than “Jesse’s Girl”!
I like “Hello,” but yeah, I did hear that one a lot.
I think the songs in Footloose are better when they are played in the movie than they are just listening to them on the radio. I never saw the Against All Odds movie either. I like a lot of Rick springfield’s music. “Human Touch” is probably my favorite by him.