Which would you pick?

This is a different type of post for me. This is something I would normally just share on Facebook. But I thought it would be fun to show here. I got this from Martha Quinn.

Desert island playlist pick! If you were to pick one SiriusXM Big 80s on 8 countdown, would it be 1980 or 1988??

Tough decision for me, but I’d have to go with ’88, my high school graduation year. Please don’t be shy! Leave a comment with your choice.


Remember That Song: 12/11/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Just when things went right
Doesn’t mean they were always wrong
Just take this song and you’ll never feel
Left all alone

Last Song: “Love Walks In” by Van Hagar Halen from 5150 (1986)

Familiar faces, familiar sights
Reach back, remember with all your might

Top 40 Songs This Week – December 13, 1986: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed them, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Today, we have a nice variety of some classic ’80s hits. So, let’s Return to the week ending December 13, 1986, and continue the countdown.

20. “Land of Confusion” by Genesis

Like almost every song on the Invisible Touch album, this was a great song that eventually got overplayed. This song is probably most remembered for it’s video which featured puppets from the British sketch television show, Spitting Image. After Phil Collins saw a caricatured version of himself on the show, he hired the show’s creators, Peter Fluck and Roger Law, to create puppets of the entire band, as well as all the many characters in the video. The video was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video of the Year in 1987, but lost to “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel. Yes, former Genesis lead singer, Peter Gabriel.

19. “You Know I Love You…Don’t You?” by Howard Jones

I had not remembered this song, even though it did crack the top 20 in the U.S. However, by this point in time, Howard Jones’ popularity was fading in the U.K. This did not even make the top 40 in the U.K. I like some of his other songs better, but this one isn’t too bad.

18. “Is This Love” by Survivor

I love this song by Survivor from the very underrated album, When Seconds Count. This song would go on to be a Top 10 hit, peaking at #9.

17. “Control” by Janet Jackson

This was a big hit off of Janet Jackson’s very successful third album of the same name. This song won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, beating out her brother Michael, Whitney Houston, and Jody Watley.
Like many of her brother’s videos, this one was highly produced. Janet plays a young singer preparing for her first gig, only to end up arguing with her parents because she wants to move out of the family home and live on her own. Ja’net Dubois, who costarred with Janet in the show Good Times, plays her mother in this video.

16. “Human” by The Human League

I love this song by the Human League. Unfortunately, now it is associated with Liberty Mutual Insurance commercials.

15. “War” by Bruce Springsteen

Until recently, I had not realized that Bruce covered this song. However, in preparation for an upcoming series that I will be doing on Bruce Springsteen, Kristin (from Rock Out Loud) had be listen to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Live/1975–85 album (By the way – mini spoiler alert –  I am really digging that album). That is where this song was released from. I think this is a perfect song for “The Boss” to cover. If you watch the video, the actual song starts at 2:12. So if you don’t want to listen to him talking, you can skip to the 2:12 mark in the song. It really rocks.
Fun fact: The original version of “War,” by Edwin Starr, was the #1 hit in the country the week I was born.

14. “C’est La Vie” by Robbie Nevil

This song would be pop singer Robbie Nevil’s signature (and biggest) hit, peaking at #2. This song isn’t on my iPod (yet), but I do like it.

13. “Don’t Get Me Wrong” by The Pretenders

As popular as The Pretenders were, this was only the group’s second top 10 hit (“Back on the Chain Gang” was the first). This is classic Pretenders.

12. “Word Up!” by Cameo

This is a fun R&B/Funk song by Cameo. The video is good too, as it features LeVar Burton who we all know from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Reading Rainbow, and Roots. He plays a detective trying to arrest the band.

11. “Love Will Conquer All” by Lionel Richie

Here is a great song that I had totally forgotten about! This song would be Richie’s tenth #1 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart. It would peak at #9 on this chart. To me, this song feels like it could have been released in the late ’70s/early ’80s.

That wraps it up for today. We’ll let the first 30 songs soak in for a day, and we’ll be back to finish the countdown on Friday.

Remember That Song: 12/10/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Familiar faces, familiar sights
Reach back, remember with all your might

Last Song: “Soldier of Love” by Donny Osmond, who turned 57 yesterday, from the album Donny Osmond (1989)

Like a thief in the night
Who can’t get enough
I am willing to fight
‘Cause I’m a Soldier of Love

Top 40 Songs This Week – December 13, 1986: Songs 30-21

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.

30. “All I Wanted” by Kansas

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.

29. “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money

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).

28. “Someday” by Glass Tiger

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.

27. “Wild Wild Life” by the Talking Heads

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.

26. “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” by Timbuk3

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.

25. “(Forever) Live and Die” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

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.

24. “Amanda” by Boston

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.

23. “Love is Forever” by Billy Ocean

This is a nice ballad. I love Billy Ocean’s voice. This song would be the last of his #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart. It would go on to peak at #16 on the Hot 100 chart.

22. “True Blue” by Madonna

This was the third single released off of Madonna’s third album, True Blue. This song isn’t too bad. It feels like a little throwback song to the doo-wop days.

21. “Victory” by Kool & The Gang

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.

Quote of the Day: Tough Guys

Harry Doyle (Burt Lancaster): Archie, the Gold Coast Flier is no armored truck. It’s a 70-ton train speeding at 100 miles per hour.

Archie Long (Kirk Douglas): That didn’t stop us the last time.

Harry Doyle: The last time we were 30 years younger and we got caught. We were put away for 30 years!

Archie Long: Now we’re 30 years smarter. We won’t make the same mistakes.

Happy 98th Birthday to Kirk Douglas!!!

Remember That Song: 12/9/14

Can you name the artist and song/lyrics

Like a thief in the night
Who can’t get enough
I am willing to fight
‘Cause I’m a _______ __ ____

Last Song: Wild Thing by Sam Kinison from Have You Seen Me Lately? (1988)

OH OH OHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Great job Frida (@carrjam94)!!!

You made me trust you
Then stuck the knife in my heart
You’re a lying, unfaithful, untrustable tramp
But I think, I love you

Top 40 Songs This Week – December 13, 1986: Songs 40-31

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.

40. “Change of Heart” by Cyndi Lauper

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.

39. “Falling in Love (Uh-Oh)” by Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan

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.

38. “Open Your Heart” by Madonna

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.

37. “For Tonight” by Nancy Martinez

This is a really good freestyle song that I had forgotten about.

36. “Goldmine” by The Pointer Sisters

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.

35. “Foolish Pride” by Daryl Hall

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.

34. “Coming Around Again” by Carly Simon

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.

33. “I’ll Be Over You” by Toto

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.

32. “At This Moment” by Billy Vera & The Beaters

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.

31. “You Be Illin'” by Run-D.M.C.

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!