Top 40 This Week – Week Ending November 5, 1988: Songs 40-31

Time for another Top 40 countdown! With Election Day tomorrow, I decided to go with the week of an Election Day from the 80s. I had already done 1984 for this week. So, we will go towards the end of the Reagan era. This Presidential race was George H. W. Bush against Michael Dukakis. This was the first election I voted in.

I had graduated earlier in the year, and was now attending Community College. Well actually, I was registered at the Community College of Rhode Island. However, I attended DG’s Arcade instead of actual college classes. 3 months later I was heading to Great Lakes, in the dead of winter, for Navy boot camp.

Now, let’s Return to the week ending November 5, 1988, and see what songs may have come on the radio in my 1981 Chevy Citation, on the way to the arcade.

As usual, you can click on the song title to get the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to check out this song on Amazon.


40. “Spy in the House of Love” by Was (Not Was)

This is a pretty good song with a funky beat. But, I spend the entire song waiting for them to burst out singing about walking a dinosaur.

 

 

39. “I’ll Always Love You” by Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne burst on to the scene in 1987 with her debut album, Tell It to My Heart. She was one of the hottest acts around in the late ’80s/early ’90s. This was the 3rd song released from her debut album, and first ballad. It got Taylor Dayne nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal, was also nominated for Best R&B Song.

38. “Time and Tide” by Basia

This song from Basia’s debut album of the same name, is her biggest hit.

 

 

 

37. “Small World” by Huey Lewis and the News

This is the title track of Huey Lewis and the News’ last album released release on Chrysalis. The album did not sell as well as the band’s previous albums, Sports and Fore!.

 

36. “True Love” by Glenn Frey

This forgotten gem (well, I had forgotten about it anyway), was released off the late great Glenn Frey’s third studio solo album Soul Searchin’.

 

35. “Finish What Ya Started” by Van Halen

According to the book, Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, Van Halen’s OU812 album was complete (or so they thought), Eddie came up with the riff at 2 in the morning and went down to his then-neighbor Sammy Hagar to show it. Hagar let Eddie in, and the two played guitars in his balcony until they had a completed song.

34. “Dance Little Sister” by Terence Trent D’Arby

This is a pretty cool, funky song. I would have never listened to it back when it was originally released. That may explain why I don’t remember this song at all.

 

 

33. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses

This is probably one of the most iconic hard rock songs of the ’80s.

 

 

 

32. “Domino Dancing” by Pet Shop Boys

This seems like a little different sound for the Pet Shop Boys. The music is a freestyle dance style. Before the vocals come in, this sounds like it could be a song by Exposé, Sweet Sensation, or the Cover Girls.

 

31. “Downtown Life” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Hall and Oates seem to have a different perspective of the city than Guns N’ Roses! Even though Hall & Oates had their best years behind them as far as climbing the charts is concerned, this is a pretty good tune. If it was released in 1982, it may have been a bigger hit.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. Not a bad start. Come back tomorrow to check out songs 30-21.

Remember That Song – 11/5/18

Can you name the artist and song:

When I first saw him standing there
I longed to speak but did not dare


Last Song: “Don’t Be Cruel” by Bobby Brown from Don’t Be Cruel (1988)

Great job Melissa and Retrorev 1984 (@ShermerHigh84)!!!

I thought I was being real good to you
I treat you sweet, take you out at night
But you never say thanks, girl, that ain’t right

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Remember That Song – 11/2/18

Can you name the artist and song:

I thought I was being real good to you
I treat you sweet, take you out at night
But you never say thanks, girl, that ain’t right


Last Song: “Sowing The Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears from the album The Seeds of Love (1989)

Great job Melissa, SteveO (@SteveODonnell5) and Tim (@burrowsjon)!!!

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Quote of the Day: Xanadu

Kira: Listen, if you’re gonna dance, you have to wear something, eh…

Sonny: That looks special! You need some, eh…

Kira: Glitz!

Danny McGuire: Glitz?

Sonny: Something sharp looking.

Kira: You know, something with a bit of pizzaz to it. Hot!

If you’d like to rent, watch, or buy this movie from Amazon, click on the movie poster below:

Remember That Song – 11/1/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes


Last Song: “Freaks Come Out at Night” by Whodini from the album Escape (1984)

Discos don’t open ’till after dark
And it ain’t ’til twelve ’til the party really starts
And I always had to be home by ten
Right before the fun was about to begin

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