Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody and welcome back to another Top 40 Countdown. This week we will count down the 40 biggest hits in the country from the week ending September 7, 1985. We are smack-dab in the middle of our favorite decade. At this date, I was just beginning my sophomore year of high school. Honestly, that wasn’t my favorite high school year. Sure, my freshman year was nerve-wracking. But it was still exciting because it was something new. I finally came out of my shell by my junior year, and my classes were a little more fun. And my senior year…well, the end of school was in sight. And I didn’t need to take any math or science classes anymore, and got to take more fun classes like cooking and the brand new computers class. But, sophomore year was no-man’s land. I was settled in to high school and had all horrible classes. But, there was still some great music playing on the radio and MTV. So, let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and enjoy the hottest music this week.

40. “Spanish Eddie” by Laura Branigan

Great way to begin a countdown! I love Laura Branigan. She had an awesome voice, and I had quite the crush on her. I was sad when she died from an aneurysm on August 26, 2004. But, she left us with some great music, and this is among my many favorites of hers.

39. “I Wonder If I Take You Home” by Lisa Lisa, Cult Jam & Full Force

This was Lisa Lisa’s first hit. I had never heard of this one. This was just before Lisa Lisa broke through with the smash hit, “All Cried Out“. This song isn’t a bad freestyle song.

38. “I Got You Babe” by UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

Here’s a remake of the 1965 Sonny and Cher hit that really did not need to be remade.

37. “Do You Want Crying” by Katrina & The Waves

The only Katrina and the Waves song I had remembered was Walking On Sunshine. But, I like this song, which was a folloow-up, a lot. It really should get more airplay on the ’80s shows/stations.

36. “No Looking Back” by Michael McDonald

Alright, I think I’m going to have to finally admit that I am a Michael McDonald fan. I keep saying that I never liked his music, but I love every song I play by him on these countdowns. Alright Michael, you win, you win! I had no idea that he did this song. I was only aware of the Kenny Loggins version, which I also love. This song was on the album of the same name, which was McDonald’s second solo album. Michael McDonald actually wrote this song with Kenny Loggins (and Ed Sanford).

35. “You Spin Me Around (Like a Record)” by Dead or Alive

This is classic ’80s all the way! It sounds like it could have been a hit earlier in the decade. Dead or Alive did not have too many hits, but the ones they had were really good.

34. “C-I-T-Y” by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

I may be a little partial on this, but I love this song by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, who are from my hometown.

33. “Dancing in the Street” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie

Here’s a remake of the 1964 Martha and the Vandellas hit that did not need to be remade.

Van Halen’s version wasn’t bad the first few thousand times I heard it. But I’m sick of it now. And it did not take long form me to dislike this Jagger/Bowie version.

32. “Fortress Around Your Heart” by Sting

This song isn’t bad. But, I much prefer Sting with The Police.

31. “Who’s Holding Donna Now” by DeBarge

I did not remember this song. A lot of music by DeBarge got by me. I like this song. It is a good R&B song.

Well, that wraps up the songs for today. What were you doing this week in 1985? Am I the only one that did not enjoy the sophomore year of high school? What were your best and worst years? We will continue the countdown tomorrow. See you then!

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4 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 40-31”

  1. I don’t think I remember “Spanish Eddie.”

    ‘Bout time you jumped on the Michael McDonald wagon! Glad to have you on board.

    Hmmm, UB40 and Dead or Alive are in the countdown? Good thing you taught me that A-Team trick…

    Sting with the Police vs. Sting solo? That’s like arguing steak vs. lobster for me. I’ll have the surf and turf, please.

    Nice to see Lisa Lisa and DeBarge in the countdown. Their videos were more available on BET back in the day, but you could catch them on Night Tracks every so often.

    I’m not partial, and I like JC and the BBB as well.

    1. I might be on the Michael McDonald wagon now, but I’m not totally sold on him with the Doobie Brothers yet. I do like a song or two with them. But to me, he’s the Cousin Oliver of The Doobies. I am loving his solo stuff and duets though!
      By the way, I’m glad that the A-Team trick is working for you!

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