Hi Everybody. 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. Today’s list is still a little heavy on the soft rock side. Some of these were a little more familiar to me than yesterday’s list. So, let’s Return to the week ending October 4, 1980, and continue the countdown.
20. “Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Boz Scaggs
This classic soft rock song is from the John Travolta/Debra Winger movie Urban Cowboy. Boz Scaggs wrote this song with legendary composer/producer David Foster. The Eagles also provide backing vocals on this song.
19. “Don’t Ask Me Why” by Billy Joel
Classic Billy Joel tune from his Glass Houses album.
18. “Jesse” by Carly Simon
17. “Never Knew Love Like This Before” by Stephanie Mills
I always loved this song. I remember taping this song off of the radio. I think when it started, I thought it was a different song. But I was liking it, so I didn’t stop the tape. This song won Mills her first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
16. “Hot Rod Hearts” by Robbie Dupree
Robbie Dupree hit it big with his song “Steal Away,” which reached all the way to #6 on the charts earlier in the year. This follow-up single didn’t do too shabby either, peaking at #15. Unfortunately, he did not have any other big hits after this.
15. “He’s So Shy” by The Pointer Sisters
This was a big hit for the Pointer Sisters before they really hit it big with their Break Out album a few years later.
14. “You’ll Accomp’ny Me” by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
I was not familiar with this song from Seger’s Against the Wind album. Not too bad.
13. “All Over the World” by The Electric Light Orchestra
I received a ton of feedback when Olivia Newton-John’s “Magic” was a Remember That Song answer recently. The movie Xanadu was getting a lot of love. I have never seen that movie, but I love the songs, “Magic“, “Suddenly“, and the title track. I hadn’t heard of this song before. I figured I would like it since I like all the other songs from the movie that I had heard so far. I was wrong. I do like a lot of ELO songs, but I was not crazy about this one. Maybe I would have liked it better if I saw it in the movie back in the day. Or maybe this is one of those songs that may take a few listens.
12. “Fame” by Irene Cara
Here is the second song this week from an ’80s crush of mine – Irene Cara. I still love this song. It still gives me a boost of energy when I’m working out. This won the Academy Award, and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. This is a classic ’80s song.
Here is the song in the movie:
And here is Irene Cara performing:
11. “Real Love” by The Doobie Brothers
I’m not sure if we’ve had a countdown without Michael McDonald in one form or another. I used to never like Michael McDonald at all. ESPECIALLY with the Doobie Brothers. But, as Rocky wisely said (I bet you never thought you would see those words all in the same sentence) in Rocky IV, “If I can change, and you can change, everybody can change.”
Here are the Doobies performing the song live
And here is the studio version of the song
Well, that wraps up today’s list. I hope you are enjoying these songs so far. The top 10 is going to be even better! We’ll be back with the Top 10 on Friday.
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