Welcome back to this week’s countdown. If you missed them, you can go back and check out songs 40-31. Let’s jump right into it today, and Return to the week ending August 16, 1986, and continue the countdown.
30. “Walk This Way” by Run DMC & Aerosmith
We’ll begin today with a song that made a strong impact in the music industry. Long time readers of this blog are probably aware of my love of old-school rap and my break dancing days. But by this point, I had fallen away from rap, and was way more into rock. But, “just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in!” This mashup of rap and rock reignited my interest in rap. I wasn’t going to break out the cardboard anytime soon. But, I loved just about everything Run DMC did. It also opened the door for more popular rap acts, such as The Fat Boys, The Beastie Boys, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, and MC Hammer.
Not only did this song bring rap into mainstream, but it also began Aerosmith’s legendary comeback.
They were huge in the ’70s, with their original version of “Walk This Way” among their hits. By the early to mid-’80s, drug issues and infighting just about ended this band. However, the success of this remake of their hit song paved the way to their huge album, Permanent Vacation. They then had a long string of some great hits through the rest of the ’80s, and well into the ’90s.
29. “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” by The Pet Shop Boys
This is one of those songs that stick with you for a while. This is my favorite song about a smart ugly guy, and a hot dumb girl.
28. “Rumbleseat” by John Cougar Mellencamp
I love John Cougar/John Cougar Mellencamp’s early stuff. But by this time, I wasn’t a huge fan. This song is OK. At least it wasn’t overplayed.
27. “Man Size Love” by Klymaxx
I didn’t remember this song. The only song I remember by Klymaxx is “I Miss You.” This song was from the awesome Billy Crystal/Gregory Hines movie, Running Scared. This is actually a pretty good song.
26. “Nasty” by Janet Jackson
Here is a great song by Michael’s baby sister. Man, Baby can dance!! Ooops. her first name “ain’t Baby, it’s Janet – Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.”
25. “That Was Then, This is Now” by The Monkees
Just as we have nostalgia for the ’80s now, back in the ’80s we had nostalgia for the ’50s and ’60s. The Monkees capitalized on that with a huge comeback. I remember that their ’60s television show was being reaired on Nickelodeon every day after school. The Monkees reunited, and had a huge sucessful tour (minus Michael Nesmith, who had prior commitments).
I still like this song a lot.
24. “Stuck With You” by Huey Lewis & The News
This was the first single released from the band’s Fore! album. I never really cared for this song. The video wasn’t bad though.
23. “Yankee Rose” by David Lee Roth
After David Lee Roth split with Van Halen, he had a couple of huge hits with covers of old pop songs, “California Girls” and “Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody”. I loved “California Girls.” “Just a Gigolo” – meh.
But now this is more like it!!! This is a great rock song. And I remember my mind being blown when Steve Vai made his guitar talk. And as usual, David Lee Roth’s video was very entertaining with the little skit before the song.
22. “One Step Closer To You” by Gavin Christopher
I hadn’t remembered this R&B song. I like it. This was Gavin Christopher’s biggest hit, peaking right here at #22.
21. “Invisible Touch” by Genesis
This is a great song, which is the title track to the classic Genesis album. This song really takes me back to the ’80s.
That wraps up today’s list of songs. I hope you’re enjoying your trip back to the ’80s!
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