Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs you can go back and check them out. As Casey used to say, as the numbers get smaller the hits get bigger. So, let’s Return to the week ending December 13, 1986, and continue the countdown.
I always liked Kansas a lot. But, I had never heard this song. I really like this one. Kansas was big in the ’70s and early ’80s. They had disbanded for a year and a half, then reunited for the 1986 album, Power. This song, “All I Wanted” would be their final Top 40 hit.
Totally classic ’80s song! This was the lead single released from Eddie Money’s Can’t Hold Back album, and helped earn him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal. In this song, when he sings the lyrics “just like Ronnie sang,” he is referring to Ronnie Spector, who then sings the chorus from the Ronettes’ hit, “Be My Baby” (on which Spector sang lead vocals).
This song was released off of Glass Tiger’s debut album The Thin Red Line. That album, and the band for that matter, are most known for their hit “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)“. However, I think this song holds it’s own. It would reach all the way up to #7 on the charts.
Woah-oh-oh, this is probably my favorite Talking Heads song. The video is a lot of fun too. It won “Best Group Video” at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1987.
This song was the opening track from Timbuk3’s debut album, Greetings from Timbuk3. It was the first single released, and would be the band’s only hit. While the title of the song makes you think that it is a positive song, it is really just the opposite. On VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s, singer/songwriter Pat MacDonald revealed that the bright future was referring to impending nuclear holocaust.
I was not really into synthpop in the ’80s, so I was unfamiliar with this song. The only song I know by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (also known as OMD by those in the know) is “If You Leave” from the movie Pretty in Pink. This song is ok. I could definitely see why I wouldn’t have liked it back then, but I don’t mind it now.
Boston had two huge albums in the late ’70s – their 1976 self-titled debut album, and 1978’s Don’t Look Back. Then due to legal battles and technical difficulties, it took another 8 years for the band to release their 3rd album – Third Stage. I think it was worth the wait, since it was a great album. This power ballad would be the Boston’s only #1 hit.
I love this song by Kool & the Gang, as they approached the end of the road of their hit singles. This was off of Kool & the Gang’s seventeenth album, Forever. After that album, lead vocalist James “J.T.” Taylor would leave the group for a solo career.
Well, that wraps up today’s list. I don’t know about you, but I’m liking this countdown so far. We will be back for more hits tomorrow.Follow @returntothe80s