Top 40 Songs This Week – December 4, 1982: Songs 40-31

Hi everybody, after a little time off, we are finally back with a new Top 40! This week, we will return to 1982. We were still in the very early days of MTV. Ah, everything was so fresh and new. Now let’s Return to the week ending December 4, 1982 and enjoy the glory days.

40. “Let’s Go Dancin’ (Ooh La, La, La)” by Kool and the Gang

We’ll begin the countdown with a song that I was familiar with. This was post-“Celebration,” but before their great “Emergency!” album.

39. “Shock the Monkey” by Peter Gabriel

This was Peter Gabriel’s first top 40 hit in the U.S. I’m not a big Peter Gabriel fan, but I don’t mind this song.

38. “You Got Lucky” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

This was the first single released from Petty and the Heartbreakers Long After Dark album. The video was pioneering, in the early days of MTV, as it takes over a minute before the song itself actually starts. That is a hovercar from Logan’s Run that Tom Petty and Mike Campbell are in at the beginning of the video.

37. “What About Me” by Moving Pictures

I love this ballad by the Australian band, Moving Pictures. This was their first #1 single in Australia. It spent 6 consecutive weeks at the top of those charts. The success of the song helped bring it to the U.S., where it became a hit as well.

36. “A Penny For Your Thoughts” by Tavares

Well, this Rhode Islander is embarrassed! I had never heard of Tavares, and they are originally from Providence, RI. To make matters worse, the fact that they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame this year got by me. Tavares is an R&B, funk and soul band consisting of four brothers. They had their most success in the ’70s with #1 R&B hits “It Only Takes a Minute” (1975) and “Whodunit” (1977). In 1974, they also scored a #1 hit with Hall & Oates’She’s Gone.”
This song, “A Penny For Your Thoughts” was the last hit song for Tavares, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group (they lost to “Wanna Be With You” by Earth Wind & Fire).

35. “Everybody Wants You” by Billy Squier

Classic Billy Squier. This song flat-out rocks!

34. “The Other Guy” by The Little River Band

Australia is represented once again. I like The Little River Band, and this is a good song. In early 1982, one of the founding members, Glenn Shorrock, was forced out of the group. This was the first single featuring new lead singer, John Farnham.

33. “Hand To Hold On To” by John Cougar

I was unfamiliar with this song. However, this was from the classic American Fool album which also featured “Jack and Diane” and “Hurts So Good.” So, you could see how this would get lost in the shuffle. If you like those songs, then you will probably like “Hand To Hold On To.” It has a similar sound.

32. “On the Wings of Love” by Jeffrey Osborne

Rhode Island is represented once again! I always loved this song. Jeffrey Osborne has an outstanding voice. This was a great song from his self-titled debut album.

31. “Baby, Come to Me” by Patti Austin with James Ingram

This is a nice duet by Patti Austin and James Ingram. And we can’t have a countdown without Michael McDonald somewhere in it! He provided the backing vocals to this song. This song was a minor hit earlier in the year, peaking at #73. But, then it’s popularity exploded as it became the romantic theme song for Luke Spencer on General Hospital. Warner Brothers decided to re-release the song, and it went on to become a #1 smash hit. Ah, the power of ’80s television!


Well, that wraps up today’s countdown. I didn’t think that was too shabby. This is going to be one of those weeks where the songs just keep getting better and better. We’ll be back tomorrow to continue the countdown.

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2 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – December 4, 1982: Songs 40-31”

  1. Great way to start this countdown! Hadn’t heard “A Penny For Your Thoughts” and “The Other Guy” in forever. And I’m with you…Jeffrey Osborne has a great great voice.

    1. “A Penny For Your Thoughts” was a pleasant surprise for me. I really like that a lot. I own The Little River Band’s Greatest Hits, so “The Other Guy” comes up on my iPod a lot. I actually had that one on cassette, and converted it to mp3 to put on my iPod.

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