Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go ahead and check them out. Unfortunately for me, today’s list is not all that great. That’s bound to happen once in a while. There will be a few good songs though. So, let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and you be the judge.

30. “Every Step of the Way” by John Waite

I like John Waite, but this song is “meh.” I own his greatest hits album, which has 17 songs, and this is not one of them. That should say something.

29. “Everytime You Go Away” by Paul Young

Ugh! A lot of people might like this song, but long-time readers of this blog know that I have my own reasons for not liking this song. The fact that Daryl Hall wrote this does score some points with me though.

28. “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” by Sting

This is the second day in a row that we have a hit by Sting. I’m not much of a fan of him without The Police, and I like yesterday’s song, “Fortress Around Your Heart” better. Sorry, Sting. I used to love you with The Police, but now I’m going to have to set you free.

27. “Mystery Lady” by Billy Ocean

I love most of Billy Ocean’s songs. But, this is another one that’s just “meh” to me. I also have a Billy Ocean greatest hits album. Unlike John Waite, this song is actually on there. However, this song did not sound familiar to me, so I must skip over it when it comes on.

26. “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)” by The Eurythmics

In the ’80s, I was not a fan of The Eurythmics. However, I love them now. This song did not sound familiar to me, so I got my hopes up thinking I was going to discover another gem that I missed the first time around. Unfortunately, this song joined the “meh” bandwagon with all the other songs on today’s list so far.

25. “Lonely Ol’ Night” by John Cougar Mellencamp

We have reached the halfway point of today’s list, and we have finally hit I song that I like. The further we got into the decade, the less I was liking John Cougar Mellencamp’s music. But, I really like this one. This was on his Scarecrow album, which is outstanding.

24. “Cry” by Godley & Creme

Well, that moment of glory was short lived. I’m bored again!

23. “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston

The countdown is saved!! This classic earned Whitney her first Grammy Award – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The first time I remember hearing this song was when she performed it on Silver Spoons:

Here is the music video:

22. “Shame” by The Motels

This is another song that I did not know about. I like The Motels, so I was hoping that this would be a pleasant surprise. And this song did not disappoint!! We are ending strong.

21. “Take On Me” by A-Ha

And we wrap up with a true ’80s classic! This was already a good song. But, the video really made it’s popularity soar. The video killed at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. It won six awards—Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer’s Choice.

Well, that wraps up today’s countdown. As disappointed as I was, it did end strong. And the momentum will carry over to the rest of the countdown. Tomorrow’s list of songs is going to be incredible, so I am psyched about that. Definitely come back, and check them out with me!

2 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 30-21”

  1. I liked this countdown much more than you did. Maybe someday you’ll come around to solo Sting the way you did for Michael McDonald.

    Sorta remembered “Every Step Of The Way,” but I don’t remember that video. Not bad.

    Sorry, I love Paul Young’s song. It brings back good memories for me as well, so it’s in my 80s hall of fame. We’re in agreement on “Cry,” though.

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  2. Yeah, I can’t see me coming around on Sting’s solo work unless he starts rocking again. I like exactly 2 songs by him – “Fortress Around Your Heart” and “Fields of Gold.” There’s more of a chance of me coming around on “Everytime You Go Away” than coming around on Sting. I think that if I only listen to the Hall & Oates version, then I’ll come around on that one.

    I am so glad that you liked this countdown. I was hoping people would like these songs more than I did. I’m loving the next 10 songs, so I’m hoping everybody will like them as much as I do.


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