Top 40 Songs This Week – January 5, 1980: Songs 30-21


Welcome back to this weeks Countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can still check them out. We have a pretty good variety of music today. We have Pop, Rock, and R&B. Oh, and maybe a little bit of…Disco [shudder]. So, let’s get to it, and Return to the week ending January 5, 1980. On with the countdown!

30. “Chiquitita” by Abba


Unfortunately, in the U.S., Abba is mainly known for “Dancing Queen.” But, they were much more than that. They were a very good pop band. This was a nice song, which was their first single from the Voulez-Vous album.

29. “Déjà Vu” by Dionne Warwick


I think Dionne Warwick had many other songs that were better than this one. But, this song did win her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In a couple of weeks from now, Dionne Warwick, along with Glen Campbell, would host a 2 hour special called Solid Gold ’79. It was a 2 hour special which counted down the top 50 songs of 1979. It was so successful that in the fall of this year, Solid Gold would become a weekly series, hosted by Dionne Warwick.

28. “Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was a Fool)” by Foghat


This isn’t a bad song by the classic rock band Foghat, from their Boogie Motel album. It’s definitely no “Slow Ride,” but it’s definitely a good late ’70s song.

27. “Damned if I Do” by The Alan Parsons Project

British prog-rock band The Alan Parsons Project were beginning to catch on in the States at this point. In the late ’70s/early ’80s, they were actually more popular in the U.S. than in their own home country. This is a pretty good song if you are into progressive rock.

26. “Take the Long Way Home” by Supertramp


I’m sorry, but for some reason, Supertramp really irritates me. They had a string of hits in the ’70s, but whenever they come on the radio, and can’t turn the station fast enough.

25. “Sara” by Fleetwood Mac

I love Fleetwood Mac, especially the Stevie Nicks songs. This is a nice ballad from the band’s Tusk album.

24. “Don’t Let Go” by Isaac Hayes

Yes kids, before he voiced Chef on South Park, Isaac Hayes was a huge Soul singer and songwriter. He co-wrote Dionne Warwick’s “Déjà Vu” from earlier in this countdown. He also co-wrote “Soul Man,” which was first performed by Sam & Dave, then further popularized by The Blues Brothers. And, of course, he is best known for providing the musical score for the 1971 movie Shaft, and won the Best Original Song Academy Award for the “Theme from Shaft.” This made him the third African-American, after Sidney Poitier and Hattie McDaniel, to win an Academy Award in any competitive field.

23. “Wait for Me” by Hall & Oates

Well you can’t go wrong with a countdown that has a Hall & Oates song. I was not familiar with this one, but I do like it. This was from their 8th studio album, X-Static.

22. “Don’t Do Me Like That” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

I kind of have to be in the mood for Tom Petty in order to listen to a lot of his music. After playing this song for the countdown, I discovered that I’m not in one of those moods today..

21. “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer

Let’s put it this way, this song finally gets better when the DISCO kicks in at the 1:45 mark. Yes, Disco actually improved this song. Thank you Donna Summer!

This song was recorded for Streisand’s album, Wet. It was also a new track on Donna Summer’s greatest hits album, On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2.


That wraps up the countdown for today. Today wasn’t a bad day, but I’m hoping tomorrow will be better. I know that I love 4 of the songs that are coming up tomorrow, and I’m not familiar with 6 of them. Maybe will discover more awesome music tomorrow. See you then!

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2 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – January 5, 1980: Songs 30-21”

  1. Don’t know if I’ve heard “Third Time Lucky” before…I like! Classic rock stations need to play more Foghat.

    Like you, I’m not a Supertramp fan. Unlike you, I like Christine a little more than Stevie. Nevertheless, “Sara” was a good palate cleanser after #26.

    “Don’t Let Go” is funktastic, bro.

    Love the boombox at the beginning of “Wait For Me”! That might be the best Hall & Oates song I don’t have on iTunes. I have it on LP but I need a new turntable.

    You should have linked to #21 so that it started at the 1:45 mark…

  2. I’m with you on Foghat. I usually only hear “Slow Ride.” But, even though that song gets overplayed, I still love it. It would be nice to hear more of their music on the radio though.
    I can’t believe that I have “Wait For Me” on my iPod, and didn’t realize it. It is on a Greatest Hits album that I downloaded. With over 13,000 songs on my iPod, I suppose that there are a lot that fell through the cracks. I just added it to my Favorites playlist.

    I almost decided to start the Streisand song at the 1:45 mark. But, then decided that if I had to suffer, then everybody else does too! 😉 Plus, there may be people out there that actually like that crap. I almost shut the song off when I was listening to it. But, I skipped ahead to see if it picked up. Good thing I did. I actually like it after it picks up, even though it’s disco-ish.

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