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. I think this has been a pretty good week of songs. And today is a solid top 10. Now, on with the countdown as we Return to the week ending July 30, 1983.
10. “Our House” by Madness
This was the English band’s biggest hit in the U.S. It didn’t hurt that the song got plenty of airplay on MTV. There is no mistaking that this is an ’80s song. Good way to start the top 10.
9. “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks
One of Stevie Nicks’ signature songs. This proved that Stevie Nicks didn’t need Fleetwood Mac to continue on with a successful career.
8. “She Works Hard For the Money” by Donna Summer
The “Queen of Disco” did a great job transitioning into the MTV generation with this song and video.
7. “Wanna Be Startin Somethin'” by Michael Jackson
This fun dance song was the fourth single to be released off of the legendary Thriller album.
6. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” by The Eurythmics
This was one of the Eurythmics’ biggest hits. At the time, I got very sick of this song, and it made me not like The Eurythmics. I have since gotten over that. I love Annie Lennox’s voice. This is not one of my favorite songs by them, but it is a little more bearable for me now.
5. “Is There Something I Should Know” by Duran Duran
This was Duran Duran’s eighth single, and it was their first #1 hit in the UK. It also became a big hit here in the US. Some people may know this song better as “Please Please Tell Me Now.”
4. “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sergio Mendes
And here’s a song for everybody who has been missing the Easy Listening music this week. I love this song. It sounds like it could be a ballad for a movie from the early ’80s. Sergio Mendes was a Brazilian musician and bandleader, and this song was actually sung by Joe Pizzulo and Leza Miller.
3. “Flashdance… What a Feeling” by Irene Cara
Here is Irene Cara’s only #1 hit. Long time readers know about my love for Irene Cara. But, this is one of those songs that you see coming up, and say “Oh no, not again.” But, then when it starts playing you get into it.
2. “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant
Here is another classic ’80s song.
1. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
We have arrived at this week’s #1 song. This hit from The Police’s Synchronicity album would go on to be the #1 song of the year. I’m not a fan of this song. It’s probably one of my least favorite Police songs that got released as a single. However, I still like it more than most of Sting’s solo work.
Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. There were quite a few classics this week. I hope you enjoyed it this week. We’ll be back next week with a new countdown. Until then, Until then, Keep Your Feet On the Ground, and Keep Reaching for the stars.
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