Top 40 Songs This Week – December 4, 1982: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown! If you’d like, you can go back and check out songs 40-31. “I’m so excited” because there are some ’80s classic on today’s list. So, let’s Return to the week ending December 4, 1982 and move on with the countdown.

30. “I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters

This is one of The Pointer Sisters’ signatures songs. Upon this song’s initial release in 1982, from the album So Excited!, it peaked right here at #30. However, the song was re-released 2 years later, and included on their classic Break Out album. It would then go on to be a top 10 hit, peaking at #9.

29. “Be My Lady” by Jefferson Starship

In 1978, Grace Slick’s alcoholism was out of control. Her onstage antics got her kicked out of Jefferson Starship.
But in 1981, she was able to rejoin the band. 1982’s Wind of Change was Jefferson Starship’s first studio album after Slick’s return. They had some moderate hits, including this one. Eventually, the band would embrace MTV and go on to be mega-successful. And Grace Slick became the face of the band.
I don’t mind this song. It defintely has a late ’70s/early ’80s rock sound.

28. “You Can’t Hurry Love” by Phil Collins

This cover of The Supremes’ 1966 hit would be Phil Collins’ first #1 solo hit in the U.K. It would reach number 10 in the U.S.

27. “Africa” by Toto

This signature song by Toto would go on to be a #1 smash hit. I loved it when I first heard it, and it is still one of my favorites to this day.

26. “I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)” by Donald Fagen

This sounds like it could be a Sting solo track. I did not recognize Donald Fagen. It turns out that he was the leader of the ’70s rock band Steely Dan. I.G.Y. was the first track on Fagen’s debut solo album, The Nightfly.

25. “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash

Here is a classic ’80s tune by the punk rock band The Clash.

24. “You and I” by Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle

This country pop crossover smash hit would become a staple at wedding receptions throughout the ’80s.

23. “Missing You” by Dan Fogelberg

This is not exactly my favorite Dan Fogelberg song. It was an original song on his 1982 greatest hits album.

22. “Love Me Tomorrow” by Chicago

Here is another song that I loved when it first came out, and still love to this day. This was off of Chicago’s big comeback album – 16. After the incredible lead guitarist, Terry Kath, died in 1978 from a self inflicted gunshot wound, the band started to fade away commercially.
Then they brought in super producer David Foster as well as new keyboard player/lead singer Bill Champlin. Chicago’s sound was reinvented, and the band was super-successful throughout the rest of the ’80s.

21. “The Look of Love (Part 1)” by ABC

We will wrap up today’s list with a song that has that awesome classic ’80s sound. “The Look of Love” was on ABC’s debut album, The Lexicon of Love.

The entire single consists of four parts. Part One is the standard album version, which would go on to be the hit that we are all familiar with. Part Two is an instrumental version, Part Three (I can’t find a video for this online) is a vocal remix and Part Four is a short acoustic instrumental part of the song.

That wraps it up for today. Are you liking this countdown so far? As the numbers get smaller, the hits get bigger. So, come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown!

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One thought on “Top 40 Songs This Week – December 4, 1982: Songs 30-21”

  1. Oh yes I am liking this countdown!
    Always thought Mickey Thomas should have kept that mustache. I don’t remember “Be My Lady” but I sure liked hearing it.
    Can’t decide if Chicago or The Clash have my song of the day.

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