Remember That Song: 9/17/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Watching and waiting
Ooh, she’s sittin’ with you
But her eyes are on the door


Last Song “Magic” by Olivia Newton-John from the Xanadu Soundtrack (1980)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and Candy (@candyissodandy)!!!

And if all your hopes survive
Your destiny will arrive
I’ll bring all your dreams alive
For you

Remember That Song: 9/16/14

Can you name the artist and song:

And if all your hopes survive
Your destiny will arrive
I’ll bring all your dreams alive
For you


Last Song: “Sunglasses At Night” by Corey Hart from First Offense (1983)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and Andrew!!!

While she’s deceiving me
She cuts my security
Has she got control of me
I turn to her and say

Remember That Song: 9/15/14

Can you name the artist and song:

While she’s deceiving me
She cuts my security
Has she got control of me
I turn to her and say


Last Song: “Bark At the Moon” by Ozzy Osbourne from the album Bark At the Moon (1983)

Screams break the silence
Waking from the dead of night
Vengeance is boiling
He’s returned to kill the light

Here is the studio version of the song:

Remember That Song: 9/12/14

Hair’s to Friday!!!

Can you name the artist and song?

Screams break the silence
Waking from the dead of night
Vengeance is boiling
He’s returned to kill the light


Last Song: “Borrowed Time” by Styx from Cornerstone (1979) in honor of Tommy Shaw who turned 61 yesterday.

Don’t look now, but here come the ’80s!
I was so cool back in sixty-five
I had it made ’cause I understood what to do to survive

Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. We will wrap up the countdown today. So, let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and check out the top songs.

10. “Pop Life” by Prince & The Revolution

I don’t remember this song. And since Prince doesn’t want us to listen to his music, we’ll listen to a different (and maybe better) song.

9. “You’re Only Human (Second Wind)” by Billy Joel

This song originally appeared on Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits album. A bit presumptuous if you ask me. But, he was right to include it on that album as it did indeed become a hit, peaking right here at #9.

8. “Don’t Lose My Number” by Phil Collins

This is a great song from Phil Collins’ classic No Jacket Required album. Some artists at this time, such as Phil Collins and David Lee Roth, told long stories in their music videos before the music actually started. This is one of those videos:

But, if you don’t have much time, but still want to listen to the song, here is a shorter version of the video that jumps right into the song:

I have been listening to Casey’s Top 40 on iHeart Radio lately, and I had forgotten that towards the end of every countdown, he would tell us what was topping the other music charts. So we’ll do the same here.

This week, at the top of the Country charts was “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me” by Rosanne Cash

This week’s top R&B song was “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston, which we have already seen at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 countdown.

This week’s top Rock song was another song we have already seen here at #25 – “Lonely Ol’ Night” by John Cougar Mellencamp

The top Dance tune was “Trapped” by Colonel Abrams

And this week’s top Album was Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits

7. “Cherish” by Kool & The Gang

And this week’s #7 song was also the #1 Adult Contemporary song. This is a nice ballad that was probably a popular wedding song at that time.

6. “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits

This is one of the most over-rated songs of the ’80s. The first 45 seconds of the song is outstanding. After that, I kind of space out. Much like Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” the only thing this song had going for it was it’s creative, groundbreaking video. But, it was a #1 hit for three weeks and won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986.

Another reason that this song was such a big hit, and got tons of airplay was probably it’s reference to MTV. If I knew anything about writing music, I would write a song that mentions iTunes, YouTube, or Pandora. This would assure me a #1 hit. So any songwriters or musicians out there reading this – You’re Welcome. And don’t forget to mention me when you’re accepting your Grammy.

5. “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams

Classic ’80s tune! This is probably Bryan Adams’ signature hit.

4. “Freeway of Love” by Aretha Franklin

This smash hit was the first single released off of the “Queen of Soul”‘s Who’s Zoomin’ Who? album. It won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. And that is Clarence Clemons, from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, playing sax in the song.

3. “We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner

This is a great song by Tina Turner, which was the theme song for the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. There is going to be another Mad Max movie coming out soon. If they want it to be a surefire hit, maybe they could get Tina to do the theme song for it.

2. “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News

Besides being the first #1 hit for Huey Lewis & The News, this song was also featured in the blockbuster movie, Back to the Future. Not to make anybody feel old, but next year is going to be 30 years since Marty McFly went WAY, WAY BACK in time – 30 years back to 1955.

1. “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” by John Parr

Movie soundtracks were the way to go this week! We finish up the top of the countdown with the third consecutive soundtrack song. This is a great rocker by John Parr, for the movie St. Elmo’s Fire.
Booga-booga-booga! Ah-ah-shoot me. Other than that stupid part, I loved the movie. And this theme song was a great song on an outstanding soundtrack.

Well, that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. We’ll be back soon for a new week. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Remember That Song: 9/11/14

Can you name the artist and song (Hint: the album was released in 1979, but the single was released in 1980. And one of the band members turns 61 today).

Don’t look now, but here come the ’80s!
I was so cool back in sixty-five
I had it made ’cause I understood what to do to survive


Last Song: “You Can Call Me Al” by Chevy Chase Paul Simon from Graceland (1986)

Great job Andrew (@andytorah)!!

A man walks down the street
It’s a street in a strange world

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!

Remember That Song: 9/10/14

Can you name the artist and song:

A man walks down the street
It’s a street in a strange world


Last Song: “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” by Sammy Hagar from Three Lock Box (1982)

And I can’t deny when I’m with you
That you step outside of all those fears locked up inside

Here is the album version

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!

Remember That Song: 9/9/14

Can you name the artist and song:

And I can’t deny when I’m with you
That you step outside of all those fears locked up inside


Last Song: “Voices Carry” by ‘Til Tuesday from the album Voices Carry (1985)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and Gretchen (@peacesong464)!!!

Oh, there must be something he’s thinking of to tear him away-a-ay
When I tell him that I’m falling in love why does he say-a-ay