Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous 10 songs, you can check them out. There were quite a few songs from yesterday and today that I did not know or remember. One of the best parts of the early part of these countdowns is discovering music that you don’t remember, or hearing songs that don’t get much airplay. Now, let’s Return to the week ending July 30, 1983, and continue the countdown.
30. “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John
There are a lot of Elton John songs from the ’80s that I don’t like. But, this is one of my favorites. This is the song that introduced me to Elton John’s music. I may have heard some of his early stuff on the radio station that my parents listened to, but I wouldn’t have known it was him. This was when I was really discovering my own music. Of course, MTV was a huge contributor to my music education. And this song was played often in those early days of MTV.
29. “Stop in the Name of Love” by The Hollies
I never knew that The Hollies covered this Supremes hit. And I did not know that they were around after the ’70s. I was more familiar with their songs “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother“, “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” and “The Air That I Breathe“. But, this song was a pleasant surprise.
28. “Lawyers in Love” by Jackson Browne
I like a lot of Jackson Browne’s music. This is a good song.
27. “All This Love” by DeBarge
This isn’t a bad R&B song.
26. “Puttin’ On the Ritz” by Taco
This was Taco’s cover of the Irving Berlin song, which was from the 1930 movie, Puttin’ On the Ritz. Taco made it a hit again over 50 years after that movie. What a long time! But, now that I think about it, that would be like somebody covering a Beatles song these days. Maybe that’s not too long ago after all. Now, let’s put on the ritz while I’m feeling old.
But first, even though this was from the ’70s, many of us remember the song from this part of the Mel Brooks classic, Young Frankenstein:
And of course, here is our ’80s version by Taco:
25. “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” by Culture Club
This is a good song from Culture Club’s debut album, Kissing to be Clever.
24. “Rock ‘N’ Roll is King” by Electric Light Orchestra
This song by ELO is a throwback to ’50s music.
23. “Take Me to Heart” by Quarterflash
Back in March, when I covered the countdown from 1982, I was surprised that Quarterflash had another song besides “Harden My Heart“, when I discovered their hit “Find Another Fool“. I really like that song a lot.
And here is another winner! I used to cringe when I heard the name Quarterflash. But, now that I am discovering that they had other songs besides “Harden My Heart” which are way better than that way overplayed earworm, I am really liking this band a lot.
22. “Saved By Zero” by The Fixx
This was the lead single from The Fixx’s second album, Reach the Beach. This was a big hit for the band, but it would be overshadowed by the follow-up single, “One Thing Leads to Another.”
21. “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo
What a splash Kajagoogoo made! This was the first single released from their debut album White Feathers. This is a signature song of the ’80s.
I hope you guys are enjoying this countdown so far. We’ll be getting into more familiar territory for the rest of the countdown. There are some really awesome songs to come.Follow @returntothe80s