Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Guess what day it is! It’s a day of great music! Let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and continue the countdown.

20. “What About Love” by Heart

What a great way to start they day! This was Heart’s big comeback hit, which made them one of the most popular rock bands throughout the rest of the ’80s. They also received a little help from Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas, co-lead vocalists of Starship at the time, as they provided backing vocals.
I love learning new things while writing for this blog. Today’s lesson is that this song is actually a remake. “What About Love” was originally recorded in 1982 by a Canadian group called Toronto (which I never heard of). This Toronto version is also outstanding. Man, I’m going to have to look more into that band! They sound good.
But, it was Heart who brought the song to worldwide fame, as it became their first top 10 hit in five years.

19. “Life In One Day” by Howard Jones

I had forgotten about this song. I like it a lot. And no, there is nothing wrong with your computer. The video is deliberately crazy. I don’t know if this is supposed to be artistic or not, but I find it very annoying. See for yourself.

Here is the album version so you can actually enjoy the song.

18. “Oh Sheila” by Ready For The World

I really enjoy this R&B dance song.

17. “Dress You Up” by Madonna

Kids, this one time, in the ’80s, Madonna actually had really good pop songs. Let’s Return to that time to listen to her final single released from the Like a Virgin album.

16. “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” by Mötley Crüe

This is a pretty good cover of Brownsville Station’s 1973 hit. It was Mötley Crüe’s first Top 40 hit. To this day, I have never take a drag of a cigarette (or anything else you can light up). But, I could relate to this song from living vicariously through my friends.

15. “Dare Me” by The Pointer Sisters

I love most of the Pointer Sisters’ songs, and this is one of my favorites.

14. “Never Surrender” by Corey Hart

This is an incredible, soaring, and inspirational power ballad.

13. “Shout” by Tears for Fears

This is one of Tears for Fears’ signature hits. They have other songs that I like more, but this is a good one too. It definitely has that classic ’80s sound.

12. “Freedom” by Wham!

This is one of my all-time favorite Wham! songs.

Here is the video. It takes a little over a minute to actually start the song.

11. “Invincible” by Pat Benatar

And we end today’s list with a great rock song by Pat Benatar. This was also used as the theme song for the 1985 movie, The Legend of Billie Jean.

Well, that wraps up the countdown for today. I loved today’s songs much more than yesterday’s. We’ll be back on Friday to count down the 10 biggest hits. See you then!

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