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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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