Welcome back for the conclusion of this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. Now, let’s Return to the week ending October 4, 1980, and wrap up the countdown.
10. “Xanadu” by Olivia Newton-John
Even though I never saw the movie, I always loved this title song by ONJ and ELO.
9. “Lookin’ For Love” by Johnny Lee
This was a good week for movie soundtracks! We had 2 songs from Fame, 2 from Xanadu, and this is the second from Urban Cowboy. Critics slammed this song. However, the public loved it, making it a smash hit, staying at the top spot of the Country Music charts for 3 weeks, and reaching number 5 on the Hot 100.
8. “I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins
The soundtrack songs continue to hit it big. Next up – Caddyshack! This was also the beginning of Kenny Loggins run as ’80s soundtrack king. He also got a little help from Eddie Money on the backing vocals.
7. “Woman In Love” by Barbra Streisand
I’m not a big fan of Babs. But, I do like this song. It doesn’t hurt that it was written by the Bee Gees. After the Bee Gees were on top of the world in the late ’70s, they spent most of the ’80s writing songs for other people. In 1980, Barbra asked Barry Gibb to write an entire album for her. The result was Guilty, which was her biggest selling album up to that point. “Woman In Love” was the lead single off of that album.
6. “Late in the Evening” by Paul Simon
This is a fun song by Paul Simon.
Now is the part of the countdown where I tell you what was topping the other charts this week in 1980.
Topping the Country charts was “Do You Wanna Go to Heaven” by T.G. Sheppard
This was the first of 4 straight weeks that “Funkin’ For Jamaica” by Tom Browne topped the R&B charts.
While Dionne Warwick’s “No Night So Long” was #23 on the Hot 100 this week, it topped the Adult Contemporary chart.
This week in 1980 was the second week at #1 on the Dance charts for Geraldine Hunt with “Can’t Fake the Feeling.” This would be a #1 Dance song for 7 straight weeks!
Now we’re talkin’!! The #1 album of the week was The Game by Queen.
Now, on with the countdown.
5. “Drivin’ My Life Away” by Eddie Rabbitt
I love Eddie Rabbitt! This is one of my favorites by him. This song had been a number 1 hit on the Country charts, and crossed over to the Hot 100, and peaked right here at #5.
4. “Give Me the Night” by George Benson
This is probably one of my favorite songs of the countdown this week.
3. “Upside Down” by Diana Ross
This was a huge worldwide hit for Diana Ross. I liked this song when it came out. But, I think this was the first song that I remember getting overplayed.
2. “All Out of Love” by Air Supply
I still love this song by Air Supply.
1. “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
And the #1 song this week is by one of my all-time favorite bands. And I don’t care what anybody else thinks, but Freddie Mercury has the best voice in rock history! I will be buying their new album, Forever when it comes out on November 10 this year.
That wraps up this week’s countdown. I tend to prefer the songs in the middle of the decade. But, I think this has been one of the better countdowns so far – even though there were barely any rock songs. I hope you enjoyed this countdown as well. We will be back with a new week soon. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.
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