Hi everybody! Welcome to a new week of the Top 40! This is going to be a good week! We are going to take a trip to 1986. This was a good time in my life as I was in the middle of my junior year of high school. There were a lot of great movies (Stand By Me, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Top Gun), great television shows in their prime (Growing Pains, Family Ties, Cheers, Miami Vice), and of course music. So, let’s go back to the good ole days, and Return to the week ending December 13, 1986, and begin the countdown.
Cyndi Lauper proved that she was no flash-in-the-pan by following up her legendary She’s So Unusual album with True Colors. “Change of Heart” was the second single released from that album, and remains one of my favorite Lauper tunes. If you listen to the backing vocals in this song, you will recognize that it is The Bangles.
This is one of those songs that I did not care for when it was first released. But, I like it more now that I’m older. This was the fourth single released from the very successful Primitive Love album.
Madonna’s “Open Your Heart” breaks into the Top 40 this week. It would go on to top the charts on February 7, 1987, becoming Madonna’s fifth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. I kind of liked this song, but not as much as her earlier work.
I love the Pointer Sisters, but I did not remember this song at all. I had heard of their 1986 album , Hot Together, but I don’t know any of the songs from it. Unfortunately, the Pointers’ days of dominating the charts was about over by now.
Here is another song that I was not familiar with. This song was released off of Daryl Hall’s solo album, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, which also featured his only solo Top 10 single, “Dreamtime.” I do like this song too.
I did remember this song when I saw the title, but didn’t know that Carly Simon sang it. This was a comeback from Carly Simon, returning her to the charts. This song also earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
This is a great ballad by Toto, and one of my favorite songs by them. And of course, what is a Top 40 without Michael McDonald?! Here is his appearance as he provided backign vocals here.
This song was originally released in 1981, where it peaked at #79 on the charts. OK, so how is it that all of us who were around during the ’80s know this song so well? Well, it appeared on a little television show called Family Ties, and was the love song for Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) and Ellen Reed (Tracy Pollan, whom Fox eventually married in real life). All of a sudden, the song became hot. Rhino Records re-released the song, which went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the Adult Contemporary charts. Tell me if I’m wrong, but when I hear the opening piano chords and then “What did you think I would do at this moment…”, the first thing that pops into most of our minds is Alex and Ellen slow dancing. They don’t make ’em like they used to. And when I say that, I’m referring to the television, the music, and the couple.
After Run-D.M.C. crossed over to Mainstream world, and helped relaunch Aerosmith’s career with the rap-rock crossover hit, “Walk This Way,” they followed up with this song. I’ve always loved Run-D.M.C., and I like this song a lot. I like their follow-up to this song – “ It’s Tricky” – better, but this one is fun too.
That wraps up today’s list. I’m really liking this so far, and it’s only going to get better. Tomorrow is going to be an awesome day, so make sure you Return for more of this week’s countdown!Follow @returntothe80s