Welcome to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! This week, we will Return to 1986. This was the summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school. I was listening to a lot of my own music by this time. But early in this countdown, there are quite a few songs that I didn’t remember. Let’s Return to the week ending August 16, 1986, and begin the countdown.
40. “Two of Hearts” by Stacey Q
This popular dance song made Stacey Q a one hit wonder. This was one of the highest selling singles of the year, and would reach all the way to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Stacey Q performed the song on the television show Facts of Life, in character as “Cinnamon”, a rival of Tootie’s.
39. “Dreamtime” by Daryl Hall
This was Daryl Hall’s debut song as a solo performer. He didn’t need John Oates for this song, as it would reach #5 on the charts. But, this was Hall’s biggest solo hit. So maybe he needed Oates after all. I always liked this song a lot.
38. “Take It Easy” by Andy Taylor
Here is another artist that was part of a mega-successful band who went solo for a bit. In 1985, Duran Duran went on hiatus. So, guitarist Andy Taylor, bassist John Taylor joined renowned session drummer and former Chic member Tony Thompson and Robert Palmer formed the band Power Station, which was a big success. Then Andy Taylor recorded this song, “Take It Easy” which would be the theme song to the movie American Anthem. I had forgotten about this song, and like it a lot.
37. “Modern Woman” by Billy Joel
Here is a great Billy Joel song that was on his classic album, The Bridge. It was also featured on the soundtrack to the Danny DeVito/Bette Midler film Ruthless People.
36. “Digging Your Scene” by The Blow Monkeys
I had heard of The Blow Monkeys. But for some reason, I was thinking that this was a punk band like The Dead Milkmen or something. They definitely are not a punk band. This is more like new wavey/pop rock.
Meh. After listening to this, I can see how it would not have been on my radar back then.
35. “Hanging On a Heart Attack” by Device
Here is another song that I didn’t remember. After listening to it, it sounds vaguely familiar. This would be Device’s only hit, peaking right here at #35.
34. “The Captain of Her Heart” by Double
This is the third song in a row that I didn’t remember. But I remember it now that I’m listening to it and I’m bored with it.
33. “Love Zone” by Billy Ocean
Now this is the way to do a love song. I always liked Billy Ocean. What a great voice!
32. “Taken In” by Mike + The Mechanics
I had forgotten about this song. I like Mike + The Mechanics a lot. This song needs to be played more often on ’80s radio.
31. “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” by Glass Tiger
I love this song by the Canadian rock band Glass Tiger. The thing I remember most about Glass Tiger, other than this song, is that they opened for Journey on the Raised On Radio tour.
Well, that wraps up today’s countdown. There were some hits and misses for me. What do you think? What were you doing this week in 1986? Any summer vacation memories? We’ll continue this countdown this week.Follow @returntothe80s