Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can check out songs 40-31, 30-21 , and 20-11. Now, let’s Return to the week ending June 7, 1986, and finish the countdown.
10. “A Different Corner” by George Michael
This was George Michael’s first solo single to be a top 10 hit. He was technically still in Wham! at this time. But he and Andrew Ridgeley had announced that they would split in the summer after a farewell single, album and concert. Although “A Different Corner” was a George Michael solo song, it appeared on Wham!’s final album Music from the Edge of Heaven.
9. “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” by Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean has such a great voice. This song is from his Love Zone album, and would eventually reach the number 1 spot.
8. “Crush On You” by The Jets
The Wolfgramm family (aka The Jets), from Minneapolis, Minnesota, broke through with this top 10 hit. They would go on to have several more hits, but faded away by 1990. They were really good while they lasted.
7. “Something About You” by Level 42
This was the awesome British jazz-funk band’s biggest hit in the U.S. In my opinion, this is a very underrated band. And I know for a fact that I’m not the only one who feels that way. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine wrote an article for this site – “One-Hit Wonders? Not Level 42!“. Jim wrote a great piece about them, and included some great songs and an incredible bass solo by Mark King. Be sure to check out the article if you want to learn more about Level 42.
6. “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
This was OMD’s biggest hit, due in no small part to the fact that it was featured in the John Hughes movie Pretty in Pink. According to a New York Times article about OMD, The band wrote “If You Leave” after John Hughes decided to change the ending to Pretty in Pink after poor test audience reactions. Hughes had asked the band for a song for the new ending two days before they were due to begin a tour, and “If You Leave” was written and recorded in under 24 hours as a result. The original ending featured another OMD song, “Goddess of Love“, which was released on the band’s album The Pacific Age later in 1986.
5. “All I Need Is a Miracle” by Mike + The Mechanics
This is a nice upbeat song from Mike + The Mechanics’ self-titled debut album. Mike + The Mechanics had two lead vocalists – Paul Carrack and former Sad Café vocalist Paul Young (not to be confused with the Paul Young who sings “Every Time You Go Away“). Paul Carrack usually did the slow songs, such as “The Living Years“. Paul Young did the lead vocals on this song.
4. “I Can’t Wait” by Nu Shooz
Here is a forgotten hit. This is a fun, freestyle dance song.
3. “Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston
My heart breaks every time I play a Whitney Houston song. I loved this song when it came out. It usually didn’t take me long to get sick of listening to a song over and over. But, this song is a rare exception. I never got sick of this one, and I still love it.
2. “On My Own” by Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald
This song was written and produced by Burt Bacharach and his former wife Carole Bayer Sager. It was originally recorded by Dionne Warwick, and it was supposed to be on her album, Friends. But for some reason, it was not included on the album.
Instead, it was performed by Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald, and included on LaBelle’s first platinum album, Winner in You. It would go on to be the biggest single ever for both singers as it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
1. “Live To Tell” by Madonna
And we have reached the #1 song this week. Ah, the good ole days when Madonna was relevant! Even her harshest critics liked this song. Many consider it to be her best ballad. This song was used for Madonna’s then-husband Sean Penn’s film At Close Range. This was Madonna’s third number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and her first number-one on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s countdown as much as I did. Some of these songs really bring back some memories. Feel free to share some of your memories here. Did you have any favorite songs this week. Well, until next week, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.Follow @returntothe80s