Welcome back as we continue this week’s Top 40 Countdown. You can go back and check out songs 40-31 if you missed them. Yesterday’s 10 songs were quite the variety, and we will continue that trend today. So, lets Return to the week ending May 29, 1982, and continue on with the countdown.
30. “When It’s Over” by Loverboy
Good way to start the countdown today. I have a soft spot with rock bands that featured keyboards, like Journey, Styx, and Bon Jovi. This was not one of Loverboy’s biggest hits, but it’s still a very good song.
29. “Hurts So Good” by John Cougar
You can’t go wrong with some early John Cougar! This was early in this song’s rise up the countdown. It peaked at #2, and it spent 16 weeks in the top 10, the longest time for any song in the ’80s.
28. “Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)” by Franke and the Knockouts
Franke and the Knockouts was a short-lived band, formed in New Jersey. They had a few top 40 hits, including this one. But they were more successful at writing a couple of other songs that were performed by somebody else: Eric Carmen’s 1987 hit single “Hungry Eyes” as well as the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” (both of which were featured in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing).
27. “Wake Up Little Susie” by Simon and Garfunkel
Simon and Garfunkel have said that the Everly Brothers were a big influence on their music. Simon and Garfunkel’s live version of “Wake Up Little Susie,” recorded in their concert in New York’s Central Park on September 19, 1981, reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, and is the duo’s last Top 40 hit.
26. “Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard On Me” by Juice Newton
Next up is a hit by Country crossover star Juice Newton. This song will eventually peak at #7 and earn Newton a Grammy nomination for Best Female Vocalist in the Pop category. The video is pretty funny. It was actually awarded Video of the Year by the American Video Association in 1982.
25. “My Girl” by Donnie Iris
When I saw the title of this song, I thought it was a cover of the Temptations’ classic. But, it’s a totally different song. This kind of sounds like a John Lennon type song. This song was Donnie Iris’ highest charting hit single, the last of three which reached the Top 40. The only Donnie Iris song I was familiar with was “Ah! Leah!“. He continues to release new material and tours throughout the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Youngstown and Cleveland, Ohio areas.
24. “Let It Whip” by The Dazz Band
We can’t have a Top 40 in the early ’80s and not have a Funk song! “Let It Whip” was The Dazz band’s biggest hit, peaking at number one on the R&B chart for five non-consecutive weeks. The single also reached number two on the Dance chart and number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1983.
23. “Fantasy” by Aldo Nova
“Fantasy” is the debut single by Canadian rock musician Aldo Nova, and was his biggest hit. It climbed to #3 on the Mainstream rock chart, and #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
22. “Still In Saigon” by The Charlie Daniels Band
The Charlie Daniels Band is yet another Country crossover star, best known for the smash hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia“. “Still In Saigon” is a bit of a rocker, and stands the test of time. It is about a Vietnam Vet who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This song could be released today, substituting Vietnam with Iraq or Afghanistan.
21. “Body Language” by Queen
We’ll wrap up the countdown today with one of my all time favorite bands. This song is different from anything else they had done at this point. They were ahead of their time with this song. Way before Madonna, this the video for this song was so racy that MTV wouldn’t play it. This was also a controversial song among hardcore Queen fans. It was closer to a disco sound than rock, as was a lot of songs on the Hot Space album. At the time, whenever the band played this song or other songs from that album in concert, they were sometimes being booed. And some fans went as far as making signs saying “Disco Sucks!” I don’t have a problem with this song. One of the things I love about Queen was their willingness to experiment with their music.
Well, that wraps up the songs for today. I hope you’re enjoying this countdown as much as I am. We will continue this countdown tomorrow.Follow @returntothe80s