Welcome back to the Top 40 Countdown. So far, each day has had quite a variety of music, and once again, today is no different. If you missed the previous songs, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Today the songs range from rock, to easy listening, to oldies/classic rock, to…classical? Hmm, curious. Let’s Return to the week ending May 29, 1982, and continue the countdown.
20. “The Beatles Movie Medley” by The Beatles
Well, this isn’t exactly an ’80s sounding song. But, any excuse to play some Beatles is just fine with me! This is basically clips of Beatles songs that were selected from Beatles films. The films are A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine and Let It Be. The songs are “Magical Mystery Tour”, “All You Need Is Love”, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”, “I Should Have Known Better”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Ticket to Ride” and “Get Back”.
This is the only Beatles single not released on CD.
19. “Making Love” by Roberta Flack
Now, we’ll move back to some easy listening music. Roberta Flack had a string of hits in the 1970s. This song would be her last Top 40 hit as a solo artist. She did have some hits later that were duets with other artists.
18. “Run for the Roses” by Dan Fogelberg
I had never heard this song before. Apparently, it was considered an unofficial theme for the Kentucky Derby. Dan Fogelberg wrote it in two days, recorded it in two days, and gave the song to ABC Sports. The song was commissioned by the ABC television network for the 106th running of the Derby in 1980. It premiered on the network’s Derby night special the night before.
Fogelberg included the song on his 1981 album, The Innocent Age. It was released as a single in 1982, and it peaked here at #18.
17. “Crimson and Clover” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
OK, let’s get things rockin’ now! The 1968 classic version of this song was one of my favorites by Tommy James and the Shondells. It is also one of my favorite songs by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
16. “Rosanna” by Toto
Classic hit by the awesome band, Toto. This was the opening track and the first single from their 1982 album Toto IV. This song won the Grammy for the Record of the Year at the 1983 award cermony.
I don’t usually show 2 videos of the same song, but, I’ll make an exception here. This is a really good live version.
15. “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle” by Deniece Williams
This is a good song by Deniece “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” Williams once you get past the yapping at the beginning.
14. “Man On Your Mind” by The Little River Band
This is a good song by The Little River Band. But I can see why they did not have too many videos.
13. “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) by Elton John
This was Elton John’s awesome tribute to his good friend, John Lennon. The song is titled “Empty Garden”, as Lennon’s last live performance was at Madison Square Garden (with Elton John in 1974).
12. “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis
This instrumental song was way better than the movie.
11. “Heat of the Moment” by Asia
And we’ll wrap up today with this great song by Asia. This was the first single released from Asia’s self-titled debut album.
What a great countdown this has been! I can’t even pick out a favorite song today. It’s a 3 way tie with “Crimson and Clover”, “Rosanna, and “Heat of the Moment.” We’ll finish up the countdown tomorrow, and those songs will also be great. So be sure to come back!
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