Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous posts, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. Now let’s Return to the week ending August 16, 1986, and count down the 10 biggest hits in the country.
10. “The Edge of Heaven” by Wham!
We’ll begin the Top 10 with Wham!’s final hit before George Michael embarked on a successful solo career. And Andrew Ridgeley disappeared into music oblivion to join Jim Messina and Art Garfunkel.
9. “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin
I like a lot of Berlin’s songs, but this is not one of them.
This love theme from Top Gun was overplayed when it came out. I wasn’t too crazy about the song as it was. But the fact that I couldn’t escape it made it that much worse. I have a feeling that I’m in the minority in that opinion.
8. “Rumors” by The Timex Social Club
I liked this song a lot. But, this new jack swing marked the beginning of the end of the ’80s.
7. “Dancing On the Ceiling” by Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie’s hot streak continued with this awesome and fun song. I still love it. You can’t help but feel good when this song comes on.
6. “Venus” by Bananarama
This song was originally released in 1969 by Shocking Blue, and became a #1 hit.
Then one of our favorite trios of the ’80s, Bananarama, covered the song, making it a #1 hit once again.
5. “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart
Who remembers this – “We don’t have to take our clothes off to have a good time…Bullshit!”
This song may be a little preachy, but man does it have a fun, catchy beat!
4. “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood
This is not one of my favorite Steve Winwood songs. Not because I don’t like this song (I do like it..a lot!). It’s just that he has quite a few other great songs. This one really takes me back and makes me feel nostalgic for this time.
3. “Mad About You” by Belinda Carlisle
What a great debut song for Belinda Carlisle’s solo career!! She does still have a bit of the Go-Go’s sound in this song, which is not a bad thing. The song also features Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor on the guitar solo. So you girls get Andy in this video, and us guys get Belinda. Sounds like a win-win to me!
2. “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera
Speaking of awesome solo debuts, this was easily my favorite song for a long time after it was released. It doesn’t usually take long for me to get sick of a song if it gets played often. zBut I never got sick of this one. I felt bad that Peter Cetera was no longer in Chicago. But, I loved Cetera’s solo work, and I still loved Chicago (and still do).
This song was featured in The Karate Kid Part II, which was actually a pretty good movie.
1. “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna
And we have already reached the #1 song. This was Madonna’s 4th #1 hit. This is a really good video featuring Danny Aiello as Madonna’s father. Is it weird that I felt bad for Madonna back then, but now that I’m older, I’m on the father’s side?
Well, that wraps up this weeks countdown. I hope you enjoyed your trip down Memory Lane. We’ll be back with a new countdown in a week or two. In the meantime Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.Follow @returntothe80s