Top 40 Songs This Week – May 29, 1982: Songs 10-1

Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top 40 Countdown. This has been a great week of music from 1982, and the Top 10 does not disappoint. You can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11 if you missed them. Now, let’s Return to the week ending May 29, 1982, and count down the top 10 songs.

10. “Get Down On It” by Kool and the Gang

Get your back up off the wall, dance, come on! What a great way to start the top 10. This is a nice combination of funk and pop.

9. “Did It In A Minute” by Daryl Hall and John Oates

This is a great song fom Hall & Oates’ Private Eyes album.

8. “Always On My Mind” by Willie Nelson

And once again, we have a Country corssover hit in the Top 40. This is a beautiful ballad by the legendary Willie Nelson. The song was written by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, and performed by dozens of artists. Willie’s version won 3 Grammy Awards:
Songwriters Christopher, James and Carson won Song of the Year and Best Country Song; in addition, Nelson won for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

7. “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League

Classic ’80s tune by the sythpop group, The Human League.

6. “’65 Love Affair”by Paul Davis

The great hits continue! Paul Davis, mainly known for his soft rock hits, “I Go Crazy” and “Cool Night“, changed things up a bit here. This sounds like it could be a Hall & Oates song.
This made Paul Davis very successful. However, he was disgusted with going commercial, so he opted out of his record contract with Arista, and signed with Razor & Tie Record Company, a label on which Davis never charted on the Hot 100.

5. “The Other Woman” by Ray Parker Jr.

Yes, Ray Parker Jr. had another song besides “Ghostbusters“. This is a really good funky pop song.

4. “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone

Another ultimate ’80s hit. This is the phone number everybody knows by heart.

3. “I’ve Never Been To Me” by Charlene

This song was originally on Charlene’s self-titled 1977 album. It had barely cracked the Top 100, peaking at #97. Motown, Charlene’s record company, decided not to release a second album due to the lack of success of the first one. So, Charlene left the music industry, met and married an Englishman. They stayed in England, and she took a job at a candy store in Ilford.
In 1982, a disc jockey at a Tampa radio station began playing “I’ve Never Been to Me” track off the Charlene album. It was a big hit among the local listeners. The DJ, Scott Shannon, contacted Motown to let them know that the song had potential to be a hit. Motown president, Jay Lasker, personally contacted Charlene, and invited her to re-sign, and re-release “I’ve Never Been To Me.” She did so, and the song became a big hit. The re-release debuted at #84 – 13 notches above the peak of the song’s original release. And it reached it’s true peak this week at #3.

2. “Don’t Talk To Strangers” by Rick Springfield

In the early ’80s, Rick Springfield was one of the most popular people in the entertainment industry. He was Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital. And he could actually sing. Really well! Of course he was very popular with the ladies. But, most people really enjoyed his music. And this song is classic Springfield.

1. “Ebony and Ivory” by Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder

And we have arrived at our #1 song this week. This song gives the not-so-subtle message about the keys on the piano. Oops, I mean racial harmony. Whenever I hear this song, I can’t help but think of the classic Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo skit on Saturday Night Live as they performed this song, with different lyrics, as Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra respectively.

“Ebony and Ivory” was a huge hit, seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Well that concludes this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoiyed it as much as I have. I don’t think there was any song on here that I did not like. We’ll be back next week with a new countdown from a different year. Until then, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

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4 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – May 29, 1982: Songs 10-1”

  1. This top ten is up there with some of the finest! And overall, from 40 to 1, this might be the best countdown you’ve shared yet. There were a couple of “meh” songs for me, but none that I really disliked. Great variety!

    Either Hall and Oates or the Human League’s songs were my favorite today, with Kool & The Gang right behind them.

    Too bad a single DJ doesn’t have the freedom they used to when it came to playing songs. That was a great story about Scott Shannon and Charlene.

    If the original (and best) Battlestar Galactica hadn’t killed off Rick Springfield in the first 15 minutes, I wonder if the show would have lasted longer.

    Piscopo and Murphy really need to get together again!

    1. Thanks Jim! I think this was one of the best countdowns top to bottom (or is it bottom to top?) so far. I’m thinking that ’82-’84, maybe ’85 produced the best ’80s music. There were great songs every year, but those early MTV days had that classic ’80s sound.

      I’m with you 100% on the best songs today. And maybe Paul Davis is right on Kool and the Gang’s heels.

      I don’t think DJ’s pull the same kind of weight that they used to. A song or artist would more likely be successful from something going “viral” than from a DJ pushing a song. And I think the only time I’ve seen songs make a comeback years after their original release is after somebody dies, like Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston.

      Oh man, I want to watch the original Battlestar Galactica again! Damn, it’s not free on Amazon right now. I’ll have to keep an eye out. That would have been awesome if Rick Springfield at least made a cameo in the reboot. I did like that show too, but it was a totally different show. I prefer the original. I even liked Galactica 1980.

      That would be awesome if Piscopo and Murphy did something together. They had so many awesome skits together on SNL. The talent is there. I was so disappointed when Eddie pulled out of the Oscar hosting duties a year or 2 ago. I was rooting so hard for a comeback.

  2. You might be the first person I know of that liked Galactica 1980!

    Yeah, 82-85 is probably my pick for the best 80s music. That’s when the Night Tracks era began to give MTV some competition.

    DJs have no pull whatsoever now, unless they’re nationally syndicated. The remaining local ones stick to the playlist and try to avoid being automated out of a job. I miss the creativity.

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