Top 40 Songs This Week – May 29, 1982: Songs 40-31

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 29, 1982. I’m sorry I was out last week. And Shadoe Stevens was nowhere to be found to fill in. And Ryan Seacrest was too busy. This is going to be another great week of music. There some really good early ’80s soft rock songs, some awesome rock songs, and some timeless, ultimate ’80s songs.
So, let’s Return to the week ending May 29, 1982, and begin the countdown.

40. “Friends In Love” by Dionne Warwick and Johnny Mathis

Three years before Dionne Warwick sang about what friends are for, she performed this song with Johnny Mathis. This song was written by Grammy winning songwriter Jay Graydon (“Turn Your Love Around“, “After the Love Has Gone“), legendary producer David Foster, and Chicago keyboardist/singer Bill Champlin.

39. “Only The Lonely” by The Motels

Classic ’80s tune! This was The Motels’ big breakthrough song, which was released off of their 3rd studio album, All Four One. The song was written by lead singer, Martha Davis. In an interview on Retro Junk, Davis was asked about the inspiration behind the lyrics. She said,

“Only the Lonely” was one of those songs that was just there when I picked up my guitar. It was just there, lyrics, chords arrangement, just waiting for me. My job was to transcribe. I will probably never be 100% sure of the emotion that manifested its spontaneous arrival. I think in hind sight it had to do a lot with ‘living the dream’…. being signed to a label, touring, driving around in limos, performing in foreign countries, and at the same time feeling very unhappy and lost.

38. “Circles” by Atlantic Starr

This song was Atlantic Starr’s first song to hit the Billboard Hot 100.

37. “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

The last time we visited the countdown in 1982, this was the #1 song. Many weeks later it is still in the top 40!

36. “I Don’t Know Where to Start” by Eddie Rabbitt

Nice, easy listening song by Country crossover star, Eddie Rabbitt.

35. “Play The Game Tonight” by Kansas

Awesome song by classic rockers, Kansas. And I think my ears just got music whiplash going from a nice, easy song by Eddie Rabbitt to this rockin’ song! I don’t mind though.

34. “Any Day Now” by Ronnie Milsap

Whip! back to another easy listening song by a Country crossover star – the legendary Ronnie Milsap. This countdown is all over the place, and I love it! This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard in 1962. It was originally done by Chuck Jackson in 1962. Before Ronnie Milsap covered this song, it was also covered by Elvis in 1969.

33. “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell

Here is another classic ’80s tune. And one of the weirdest videos I’ve ever seen.

32. “When He Shines” by Sheena Easton

Beautiful ballad by Sheena Easton.

31. “Caught Up In You” by .38 Special

I love .38 Special. This was their first single released off of their Special Forces album. It became the band’s first number-one single on the Billboard Top Tracks rock chart. It also became one of the band’s two top ten pop hits, reaching number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. Their other Top 10 single, “Second Chance“, reached #6 in 1989.

Well, not a bad way to start a top 40! Did you have any favorites today? What were you doing back in 1982? I was wrapping up 6th grade around now, and getting ready for the big jump to Junior High School. We’ll be back tomorrow to continue this awesome countdown!

6 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – May 29, 1982: Songs 40-31”

    1. I know a band called America originally did that song. Maybe Kansas did a version of it. I can’t find it anywhere though. I bet they would sound good doing that song.


  1. I very distinctly remembering seeing the video for “The Motels” song “Only The Lonely” on MTV. I think I was maybe seven at the time, and I just remembered thinking how sad the song sounded.


  2. Nice variety today!

    “Friends In Love” definitely has that David Foster/Chicago vibe to it.

    I liked watching the record go around the turntable in that “Circles” video. And it was a good song, too. Wonder if anyone’s videoed a cassette tape’s wheels turning during a song…if not, I should do that.

    Eddie Rabbitt AND Ronnie Milsap in the countdown! I’m glad their great voices got a wider audience than just the country stations.

    Either “Tainted Love” or “Caught Up In You” are my favorites, so I’ll let the videos be the tiebreaker. .38 Special pulls away in overtime for a decisive win.

    I was making the transition from junior high to high school that year, Sonny. 😉


  3. LOL, There are a lot of videos that just show an album spinning. There was no video for that song, and I thought that it was appropriate for a song named “Circles” to have a video of something moving around in circles. I have never seen a video of a cassette playing. So if you do that, you’ll have that market cornered!

    I’m glad you liked the songs today. Every day of the countdown this week is going to be like this.
    That’s pretty cool that we were both going through transitional years at the same time.


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