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Remember That Song – 11/13/19

Can you name the artist and song:

So you think that it’s over
That your love has finally reached the end
Any time you call, night or day
I’ll be right there for you when you need a friend


Last Song: “Don’t Get Me Wrong” by The Pretenders from the album Get Close (1986)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000) and Lynne (@LynneAshton2)!!!

Suddenly, thunder showers everywhere
Who can explain the thunder and rain?
But there’s something in the air

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Quote of the Day: Back to the Future Part II

Western Union Man: Western Union. Actually a bunch of us at the office were hoping that you could shed a little light on the subject. You see, we’ve had this envelope in our possession for the past seventy years. It was given to us with explicit instructions that it be delivered to a young man of your description answering to the name of Marty at this exact location, at this exact time, November 12, 1955. We had a little bet to see if this “Marty” would actually be here. Looks like I lost.

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Remember That Song – 11/12/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Suddenly, thunder showers everywhere
Who can explain the thunder and rain?
But there’s something in the air


Last Song: “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” by Cinderella from the album Long Cold Winter (1988)

Great job Lisa (@gabbyg89), Drew (@ChristiedDrew), Romendy Dj (@romendy), and Ken (@KenKraal93)!!!

I can’t tell ya baby what went wrong
I can’t make you feel what you felt so long ago
I’ll let it show
I can’t give you back what’s been hurt

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Top 40 Songs This Week – November 8, 1986: Songs 10-1

dj-casey-kasem-1987-10-17-american-top-40-80s-165Hey, hey, baby, how you doin’, come on in here. Got some hot chocolate on the stove waitin’ for ya as we wrap up this week’s Top 40 Countdown! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. If you missed the previous songs, you can check out Songs 40-31,
Songs 30-21 and 20-11.
Remember, if you want to listen to the songs and see the YouTube video, you can click on the song title, and if you’d like to get the song on Amazon, you can click on the album cover.
Now let’s wrap up the countdown from the week ending November 8, 1986!
But first things first, let me hang up that coat…


10. “The Rain” by Oran “Juice” Jones

If there’s anybody who has taken more pleasure in catching his woman stepping out on him as Oran “Juice” Jones has, I’ve yet to see it. This was a one-hit wonder for Jones. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart for two weeks, making it the first #1 R&B hit issued by the then newly created Def Jam record label. Not to shabby. If you want to have a little extra fun with this, check out Pamala’s answer to this song with her own – “Walking in the Rain (Yes You Saw Me)“.

9. “Word Up” by Cameo

This great funky song was Cameo’s biggest hit. In the music video, that’s LeVar Burton as a police detective trying to arrest the band.

8. “Typical Male” by Tina Turner

This was the lead single from Tina’s Break Every Rule album. This would just miss the top of the charts, as it was held to the #2 spot by “When I Think of You” by Janet Jackson and “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper.

7. “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi

“Shot through the heart and your to blame! You give love a bad name!” And so begins Bon Jovi’s launch into superstardom. This was the lead single from the classic Slippery When Wet album. This #1 smash hit was actually originally written by Desmond Child for Bonnie Tyler under the title “If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)” with different lyrics. The song flopped, but Desmond Child thought he had something good here. So, he re-wrote the song with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, and the rest is history. Child talked about this on a recent episode of the Eddie Trunk Podcast, which I highly recommend

6. “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money

This was the lead single from the album Can’t Hold Back by the late, great Eddie Money. And if you’re going to have parts of the song “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes in it, why not include the real deal, and have the legendary Ronnie Spector sing on it?! Pure gold! This song would peak at #4.

5. “True Blue” by Madonna

Madonna was already locked in as an ’80s icon by this point, and the hits kept on coming. This song would peak at #3. This was the third single released from the True Blue album. The album did pretty well itself only becoming the world’s top-selling album of 1986, as well as the best-selling album of the ’80s by a female artist. With estimated sales of over 25 million copies worldwide, True Blue remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. All five singles released from the album reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, with “Live to Tell”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, and “Open Your Heart” peaking at number one.

4. “Human” by The Human League

This was the first single released by the British synth-pop band’s album Crash. It became their second #1 hit after 1981’s “Don’t You Want Me“.

3. “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper

This title track was the first single released from Cyndi Lauper’s sophomore album. No sophomore slump here as the song spent two weeks in the number one spot. It was her last single to do so.

2. “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” by Robert Palmer

This may be a little known fact, but this Robert Palmer hit is actually a cover. It was originally done by Cherrelle in 1984. Palmer’s version was a bigger pop hit, peaking right here at #2. But, Cherrelle’s version was a big R&B hit, peaking at #6 on the Dance Club chart and #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. Personally, I prefer Cherrelle’s version. But, I like Palmer’s version too. And he still had the robot girl models in his videos at this point.

1. “Amanda” by Boston

This power ballad by the ’70s rock icons, Boston, was the first single released from their Third Stage album. It was Boston’s biggest hit, topping the charts for two weeks. It took 8 years between singles, but it was worth it!


That wraps up this week’s countdown. I have to say that this was a great one! What did you think? Any favorite songs here? Any lost gems that you had forgotten about, or any newly discovered gems? It feels like it’s been 8 years since I did one of these. Was it worth it? Please let me know. And until next time, “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.”

Remember That Song – 11/8/19

Can you name the artist and song:

I can’t tell ya baby what went wrong
I can’t make you feel what you felt so long ago
I’ll let it show
I can’t give you back what’s been hurt


Last Song: “Party All The Time” by Eddie Murphy from the album How Could It Be (1985)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000) and Richard (@RichardAnsara)!!!

Girl, I can’t understand it why you want to hurt me
After all the things I’ve done for you

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Top 40 Songs This Week – November 8, 1986: Songs 20-11

dj-casey-kasem-1987-10-17-american-top-40-80s-165Welcome back as we continue this week’s Top 40 countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out Songs 40-31 and
Songs 30-21. A lot of times, this is the part of the countdown I love because there are great songs that may not have landed in the Top 10, which means that they don’t get much airplay on the ’80s radio stations and shows. This countdown does not disappoint.
If you’d like to listen to the song, you can click on the song title to get the YouTube video and click on the album cover to get the song on Amazon.
Now, let’s Return to the week ending November 8, 1986, and continue the countdown!


20. “I Am By Your Side” by Corey Hart

Wow, Corey Hart had another song besides “Sunglasses at Night” and “Never Surrender“?! You would never know it, but he actually had nine Top 40 hits in the U.S. This one, off of his Fields of Fire album, would peak at #18.

 

 

 

19. “When I Think of You” by Janet Jackson

This was the third single released from the iconic Control album, and was the first #1 song for Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty). It made her and her brother Michael Jackson the first, and so far only, siblings to both have solo number-one hits on the Hot 100. At the time she was 20 years old, making Janet the youngest artist since Stevie Wonder to top the Billboard Hot 100.

 

 

18. “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Climbing up from #27 to #18, this Bruce Hornsby & The Range tune would go on to be a #1 hit. This was the second single released from their debut album, The Way It Is. I was never a fan of this song, but some things will never change. That’s just the way it is.

 

 

17. “All Cried Out” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam With Full Force

This ballad would be Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam With Full Force’s first Top 10 hit, peaking at #8. They would later top the charts with “Head to Toe” and “Lost in Emotion“. We may not have heard the last of Lisa Lisa. In June of 2019 Lisa Lisa signed with Snoop Dogg’s Army, part of the Snoop Dogg Entertainment Company.

 

 

16. “Emotion in Motion” by Ric Ocasek

Great ballad by the recently deceased Ric Ocasek. This was the only solo hit by The Cars frontman. The song jumped from #22 to #16 this week, and would top out at #15. After the Cars released their Greatest Hits album in 1985, the group split up to pursue solo careers. Just as Ocasek had this one Top 40 hit, singer/bassist Benjamin Orr did the same with “Stay the Night“.

 

 

15. “Hip to be Square” by Huey Lewis & The News

Huey Lewis & The News did not rest on their laurels after their Sports album. They followed that classic album with another great one – Fore!. This was the second song released from that album, and would top out at #3. Fun fact: the song features Pro Football Hall of Famers and then-San Francisco 49ers Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott singing backup vocals.

 

 

14. “Love Will Conquer All” by Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie has so many smash hits that some get lost in the mix. This is one of them. I totally forgot about this one. It was a Top 10 hit, topping out at #9 on the Hot 100. It would also be Richie’s tenth number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.

 

 

 

13. “I’ll Be Over You” by Toto

Great ballad by Toto with legendary guitarist Steve Lukather on lead vocals along with guest vocalist Michael McDonald. Lukather recently published a book called The Gospel According to Luke which I would love to check out.

 

 

 

12. “The Next Time I Fall” by Peter Cetera & Amy Grant

Former Chicago bassist/singer Peter Cetera followed up his smash hit “The Glory of Love” with this awesome duet with Amy Grant. It was also a success, becoming another #1 hit. Bobby Caldwell and Paul Gordon wrote the song for Peter Cetera to sing, and did not know, at the time, that he was leaving the band Chicago. According to Caldwell, “We did indeed write the song for Chicago and their lead vocalist Peter Cetera. We had his voice in mind, but Paul and I were unaware that he was leaving Chicago at that time, and when we heard the news our hopes were dashed. However, a short time later, I got a call at home from Cetera himself who stumbled upon our demo cassette tape of the song in producer/arranger David Foster’s office. He loved the tune and wanted to record it as a duet. It was simply meant to be—the song landed with the singer we wanted.” This song would bring Contemporary Christian music artist Amy Grant to the mainstream.

 

11. “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker

This song was Anita Baker’s first big hit single, peaking at number two on the US Billboard R&B chart, number three on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. This song won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards.

 

 


That wraps things up for today. As the numbers get smaller, the hits get bigger! So, come back tomorrow, and see what the Top 10 hits of the week are from this week in 1986.

Remember That Song – 11/7/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Girl, I can’t understand it why you want to hurt me
After all the things I’ve done for you


Last Song: “Promises in The Dark” by Pat Benatar from the album Precious Time (1981)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000)!!!

Blinded by passion, you foolishly let someone in
All the warnings went off in your head
Still you had to give in

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Top 40 Songs This Week – November 8, 1986: Songs 30-21

dj-casey-kasem-1987-10-17-american-top-40-80s-165Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! Today’s songs bring me back to a great time. Well, I suppose any week of ’80s music brings us back to a great time.
If you want to listen to this great music, you can click on the song title to get the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to get the song on Amazon.

New, let’s return to the week ending November 8, 1986, and continue the countdown on, One, Two, One, Two, Three, Four!


30. “A Matter of Trust” by Billy Joel

We begin today’s list with the second single released from Billy Joel’s album, The Bridge, which happens to be my favorite Billy Joel album. This is a fun video featuring several cameos, including Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Joel’s then wife Christie Brinkley who is holding their baby daughter Alexa. The song would peak at #10.

29. “Throwing It All Away” by Genesis

Yet another smash hit by Genesis. This was the second single released from the classic Invisible Touch album. This song would reach #4 on the Hot 100 chart, and #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

28. “Heartbeat” by Don Johnson

There were a lot of big fads in the ’80s. Yesterday, I had mentioned our love of ’50s and ’60s culture. There was also a big wave of Australia that hit the U.S. And of course, we had famous actors trying their hand in singing. Most were successful. There was Bruce Willis, Eddie Murphy, Jack Wagner, and of course Miami Vice’s Don Johnson. This was a huge hit for Johnson, hitting the Top 10, landing at #5.

27. “Somebody’s Out There” by Triumph

I fell in love with this Canadian rock band in 1983 when I saw them perform at the US Festival. This would turn out to be one of my favorite songs by them. It was their most successful single in the U.S. landing at #27.

26. “Freedom Overspill” by Steve Winwood

I don’t remember this song at all. Yet, it was a #20 hit, and came off of Steve Winwood’s huge album, Back in the High Life. It was the second single released from the album, right between “Higher Love” and “Back in the High Life Again“. For some reason, I blocked it out. Maybe my brain can only hold so much information. Now that I’m familiar with this song, another song probably dropped out of my head.

25. “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles

Here’s another song I never heard of! What’s going on?!? Just kidding. If you have never heard of this song, you must have lived under a rock. This was the third single released off of the Bangles Different Light album. It as released in September 1986, and would hit number in December for four weeks, going into 1987. It would be the #1 song from 1987. This is the first song by an all-female group playing their own instruments to top the Billboard singles chart.

24. “Girl Can’t Help It” by Journey

Three years after Frontiers, Journey finally released a new studio album, called Raised On Radio. Steve Smith was replaced on drums by Larry Londin, and this is the only Journey album without bassist Ross Valory. As anybody who has watched American Idol knows, Randy Jackson played bass for Journey, and he won’t let you forget it. Even though Journey was a mess at this point, I still loved this album. This was the third single released, and it peaked at #17.

23. “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” by Wang Chung

This is a fun song by the British new wave group. It has become Wang Chung’s signature song. It would reach #2 on the chart, being held out of the top spot by “Walk Like an Egyptian”.

22. “To Be a Lover” by Billy Idol

This was Billy Idol’s lead single from his Whiplash Smile album. This was originally a soul ballad from 1968, by William Bell, called “I Forgot to Be Your Lover“. This song would be Billy Idol’s 2nd Top 10 hit, peaking at #6.

21. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by Aretha Franklin

I got so tired of both “Satisfaction” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones that if I hear either of them ever again, it would be too soon. However, Aretha makes this song so awesome! I cannot get enough of anything by Aretha Franklin. This song is perfect for her. It also features Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards on guitars, and Aretha on paino. This version of the song was used for the Whoopi Goldberg film Jumpin’ Jack Flash.


What a way to go out! What do you think of the countdown so far this week? Come back tomorrow as we continue this week’s countdown.

Quote of the Day: Absence of Malice

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Megan Carter: Are you gonna follow me?

Michael Colin Gallagher: Uh, not tonight.

Megan Carter: You said you wanted me to know you fast. You’re not interested?

Michael Colin Gallagher: Maybe I’d like to think it was my idea.

Megan Carter: I’d like that too. Gallagher, I’m 34 years old. I don’t need courting.

Michael Colin Gallagher: I’m from the Stone Age. I guess I do.

Megan Carter: I’ll send you a dozen roses.

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Happy 73rd Birthday to Sally Field!!!

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Remember That Song – 11/6/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Blinded by passion, you foolishly let someone in
All the warnings went off in your head
Still you had to give in

Last Song: “Somebody” by Bryan Adams from the album Reckless (1985)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000) and Lisa (@gabbyg89)!!!

I thought I saw the Madonna
When you walked in the room
Well your eyes were like diamonds
And they cut right through, oh they cut right through

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