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!
Hi Everybody, this week we will Return to another Top 40 countdown. We will count down the biggest hits in the country from this week in 1987. At this time, it was summer vacation, and I was getting ready for my senior year of high school. Let’s Return to the week ending July 11, 1987, and begin the countdown.
40. “Sweet Sixteen” by Billy Idol
This song is less “Rebel Yell“, “Dancing With Myself“, and “White Wedding“, and more like Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire“. Not exactly the most exciting song in the world.
And, can you believe it’s been a “Sweet Sixteen” years since The Wedding Singer was in theaters, and that was probably the last time I’ve seen him. However, he will be coming out with a new album this October around the same time that his autobiography “Dancing with Myself,” will be released.
39. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by Kim Wilde
Kinm Wilde’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” is a cover a The Supremes’ hit. Wilde re-worked the song, and made it her own. It would go on to be her biggest hit, reaching all the way to #1 in the U.S. and Australia, and peaking at #2 in her home country of England.
38. “Meet Me Halfway” by Kenny Loggins
The “King of ’80s Soundtracks” is at it again. This one is a very good ballad from Sylvester Stallone’s arm wrestling flick, Over the Top.
37. “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi
Not exactly my favorite Bon Jovi tune. It did have a distinct sound that would carry over to Jon Bon Jovi’s Young Guns II soundtrack project.
36. “Flames of Paradise” by Jennifer Rush and Elton John
This song was a pleasant surprise for me. I don’t remember this one, and I like it a lot. This song was on Jennifer Rush’s third album, Heart Over Mind. This duet was Jennifer Rush’s first top 40 hit in the U.S.
35. “Hearts On Fire” by Bryan Adams
You can’t go wrong with Bryan Adams in the ’80s. This song was partially written at the time that Adams’ Reckless album was being written and recorded. But, “Hearts On Fire” was not completed in time to appear on the album. So, it was included on his next album, Into the Fire. It was a nice transition between the two albums.
34. “Seven Wonders” by Fleetwood Mac
Stevie Nicks took the lead on this song, which was on Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night album.
33. “Don’t Mean Nothing” by Richard Marx
This was Richard Marx’s breakout song. It was the first single released from his debut album. It was a great start to his career. It hit #1 on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart and #3 on the Hot 100. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Vocal Performance – Solo.”
32. “Rock Steady” by The Whispers
This was the biggest hit for the R&B group, The Whispers, peaking at #7. This song was produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface.
31. “Back in the High Life Again” by Steve Winwood
This was a huge hit for Steve Winwood from his album Back in the High Life, becoming a #1 hit for three weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart, and peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. James Taylor provides the backing vocals on this song.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the songs so far. I don’t think they were too shabby, myself. As always, feel free to leave any ’80s memories – especially from the summer of 1987. And if you would like to send in a long distance dedication, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Ah, the Easy Bake Oven. A nice safe alternative for kids to bake without getting hurt or burning the house down. Amateurs!! In 1973, two housewives, Betty Morris and Kate Bloomberg, invented Shrinky Dinks as a Cub Scout project with their sons. Now, kids could go back in the kitchen and gather around the real oven!
Shrinky Dinks hit the height of their popularity in the ’80s. They came in plastic sheets that could be colored on with felt-tip pens, acrylic paint, or colored pencils. There were normally popular characters on the sheets that kids could color in. They could then be cut out, placed on a cookie sheet, and put in the oven for a few minutes. The plastic would curl up and shrink to about 5/8 of it’s original size and become thicker. The characters could then be used as toys, jewelry, key chains, ornaments, or game pieces.
This was usually a good rainy day activity. And I’m sure that the plastic or ink did not give off any toxic chemicals in the oven. At least I don’t think it changed the taste of the meatloaf that was cooked in the oven afterward. All these years later, I’m not suffering any dain bramage. Here are some commercials that you may remember. For some reason, I don’t remember any of these: