Hi everybody! Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top 40. If you missed the previous posts, have no fear! You can check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. I was going to wrap up this week with a special long-distance dedication. Instead, I felt it would be more appropriate, and nostalgic to hear from the man himself. So, I present to you this YouTube video of Casey Kasem introducing and recapping several songs taken from throughout the ’80s. Enjoy!!
Now, let’s Return to the week ending June 20, 1981, and wrap up the countdown.
10. “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
This smash hit is one of the signature songs of the ’80s. “Jessie’s Girl” was actually a real person. According to Entertainment Weekly, Springfield was taking a stained glass class along with his friend Gary and Gary’s girlfriend. He initially wanted to use the actual name of the friend he was singing about, but instead decided to go with a different name — “Jessie”. He happened to see a girl in a softball jersey with the name “Jessie” on it and changed the name from Gary to Jessie, then recorded the song.
9. “You Make My Dreams” by Daryl Hall and John Oates
This is one of my all-time Hall & Oates songs.
8. “America” by Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond is my mother’s favorite singer, so I’ve heard The Jazz Singer soundtrack countless times in my life. And I still love this song. It is appropriate for this time of year as we approach the 4th of July.
7. “The One That You Love” by Air Supply
Out of all the hits that Air Supply had, this was the only number 1 hit. This is one of my favorites by them. By the way, what’s with the shirt in this video?
6. “Being With You” by Smokey Robinson
I was young when this song came out, so I had never heard of Smokey Robinson. I was surprised to find that it wasn’t a woman who was singing this song.
5. “All Those Years Ago” by George Harrison
A very touching tribute to John Lennon.
4. “A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)” by Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio
I had forgotten about this one! What a pleasant surprise!
3. “Sukiyaki” by A Taste Of Honey
This was a #3 hit!?!? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
2. “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes
This song spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Billboard’s biggest hit of the entire year for 1981. The recording won the 1982 Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
1. “Stars on 45”
Well my friends, we have arrived at our #1 hit of the week. This is actually a medley of songs. Actually, this is a medley of mostly Beatles songs (with some other songs thrown in the mix). This seemed to capitalize on nostalgia felt around the world after the death of John Lennon.
On the Billboard chart, the full name of the song is “Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I’ll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You’re Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45”, making it the longest titled song to ever chart in Billboard. This song interrupted Kim Carnes’ run at #1 after being on top for 5 weeks. She would regain the top spot again next week, and retain it for several weeks after.
Well, that wraps up this week’s countdown. We’ll be back with a new countdown in a couple of weeks. But, there will be more awesome 80sness over here next week. See you soon! In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.
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