Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 countdown!! If you missed the first ten songs, you can go back and check them out. We have quite a variety of awesome songs to listen to today. So let’s Return to the week ending July 11, 1987, and continue the countdown.
30. “Endless Nights” by Eddie Money
This is one of those songs I had forgotten about, but remembered it as soon as I heard it. This was off of Eddie Money’s Can’t Hold Back album. “Endless Nights” holds it’s own with “Take Me Home Tonight” and “I Wanna Go Back” from the same album.
29. “Luka” by Suzanne Vega
This classic, heartbreaking song about child abuse was ahead of it’s time. Before the female singer/songwriters of the ’90s like Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Joan Osborne, and Sheryl Crow, we had Suzanne Vega.
This song earned Vega nominations for several Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
28. “Only In My Dreams” by Debbie Gibson
Yesterday, we had the debut of Richard Marx. Now, we have the debut of Debbie Gibson. The talented Debbie Gibson not only played her own music, but she wrote it too. Not bad for a 16 year old. And even more impressive, Debbie actually wrote this song in 1984 when she was 13 or 14 years old!
27. “Moonlighting” by Al Jarreau
These days there are hardly any decent television theme songs, let alone any that are good enough to become a hit on mainstream radio. But, in the ’80s there were many theme songs that became hit songs onthe radio. This was one of them. Moonlighting, starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd ran from 1985-1989. The theme song’s music was written by Lee Holdridge and performed by Al Jarreau, who wrote the lyrics. It would go on to peak at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent one week at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song would even earn two Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.
26. “Diamonds” by Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert, best known for a lot of his instrumental work with Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, made a huge comeback in the ’80s with this song. Of course it doesn’t hurt that Janet Jackson sings this song. I had forgotten about this song until I just heard it. I thought of it as a Janet Jackson song and not Herb Alpert. I like this song a lot…when it eventually gets to the song around the 2:25 mark of this video.
25. “Wot’s It To Ya” by Robbie Nevil
Robbie Nevil is best known for his #2 hit (and debut single), “C’est La Vie”. But, “Wot’s It To Ya” did pretty well too, peaking at #10. By the early ’90s Nevil’s singing career faded away. But, he turned to writing and producing for acts such as Babyface, Jessica Simpson, and Destiny’s Child. In 2006, he collaborated with Matthew Gerrard on the Smash Mouth album Summer Girl. Gerrard had been writing for Disney for some time and their work led to a partnership working on Disney projects including The Cheetah Girls, High School Musical, and Hannah Montana franchises.
24. “Happy” by Surface
This is a lot better than the recent Pharrell song of the same name.
This song reminds me of something that I would listen to on an airplane radio station as I flew across the country. It is very smooth and relaxing. I like it a lot.
23. “I’d Still Say Yes” by Klymaxx
This song was written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. It would reach #7 on Billboard’s R&B chart, #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #8 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
22. “Cross My Broken Heart” by The Jets
This is a fun song by The Jets. I remember this song being on the Beverly Hills Cop II, which I had and listened to often.
21. “Lessons in Love” by Level 42
While Level 42 had a bigger hit in the U.S. with “Something About You“, “Lessons in Love” was the jazz-funk band’s biggest hit in the U.K., peaking at #3 there. Even though this song peaked at #12 in the U.S., it would be a top 10 hit in several other countries, and reached the #1 spot in some of them, such as Germany and South Africa.
Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. I’m enjoying these songs so far, and I hope you are too. I love re-discovering songs that I had long forgotten about. There will be more to come tomorrow. See you then!Follow @returntothe80s