Welcome back to the Top 40 Countdown. If you missed the previous posts, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. This has been a very good week so far, and today is no different. So, let’s Return to the week ending October 22, 1983, and continue the countdown.
20. “Big Log” by Robert Plant
I like most of Led Zeppelin’s music. This song was Robert Plant’s first solo hit. And it is soooo boring to me.
19. “Say Say Say” by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
This song came out at the height of Thrillermania (I just made that word up). However, this song was not on Thriller. It was on McCartney’s fourth solo album, Tug of War. If this had been on the Thriller album instead of the McCartney/Jackson song “The Girl is Mine“, then it would have made the legendary album even better.
18. “Modern Love” by David Bowie
This is one of my favorite David Bowie songs. It is from the great Let’s Dance album, which reignited Bowie’s career.
17. “Tonight, I Celebrate my Love” by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
This is a really nice duet.
16. “If Anyone Falls” by Stevie Nicks
This is one of my favorite Stevie Nicks tunes. I think it is very underrated.
15. “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel
This was a fun song from Billy Joel’s classic An Innocent Man album. It is famous for it’s video, which featured Joel’s future wife Christie Brinkley.
14. “(She’s) Sexy + 17” by The Stray Cats
Time for some Rockabilly! The Stray Cats are one of those bands that I didn’t appreciate when I first heard them. But, I like them a lot now.
13. “Tell Her About It” by Billy Joel
Well that didn’t take long. Here’s Billy Joel again! This was his first hit from An Innocent Man. I think this was the first Billy Joel song I was aware of. I’m sure I had heard his earlier hits before, but I didn’t know singers names at the time. Now that I was listening to my own music, and thanks to MTV, I became very well aware of Billy Joel.
12. “Suddenly Last Summer” by The Motels
There is just something about this song that is so mesmerizing to me. I love it! Very ’80s.
11. “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats
Speaking of being “very ’80s”, could this song have been released in any other decade? I think not! Totally ’80s sound, and a lot of fun. Not to mention, a crazy video. Any video that features a Maypole is a lot of fun!
That wraps up today’s list. We will finish up the countdown tomorrow with some classic ’80s tunes!
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