Hi Everybody! It’s that time of year again! This will be the 4th annual Return to the ’80s March Madness. If you are new to this site, each year one artist is chosen for the March Madness Tournament. We pit their own hit songs against each other. As with last year, voting will be done right here on the site and on Twitter – @Returntothe80s.
Previous winners have been:
2018 – “Out of Touch” in the Hall & Oates March Madness
2019 – “Purple Rain” in the Prince March Madness
2020 – “Crazy For You” in the Madonna March Madness
This year, I was going to go with Phil Collins, but with my busy schedule, I have to jump right into the elite 8. And Collins had way too many top 40 hits to limit it to just 8.
However, Whitney is the perfect fit this year. She had 7 straight number 1 hits. And now we can have 4 songs battle it out in this wild card for the final slot.
Voting will close on Sunday March 14.
Here are the songs that will be doing battle this week. You can vote on the poll at the bottom. You can click on the song title to get the YouTube video.
This was Whitney’s first single released from her debut album. And what a start! It didn’t top the mainstream chart, but it did land at #3. The song won Favorite Soul/R&B Single at the 13th American Music Awards, and was nominated for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female at the 28th Grammy Awards in 1986.
I was shocked to discover that “All At Once” was not released as an official single in the U.S. I think I remember hearing it on the radio a lot. This was always one of my favorites by her.
This song from Whitney’s sophomore album ended her streak of seven straight #1s. While it did not make the eight in a row, it still managed to hit the top 10, peaking at #9, despite the fact that there was no music video for the song.
And last, but certainly not least, here is the song for the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea. The song was Houston’s third number one in the UK Singles Chart, and reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100. I couldn’t name another Olympic theme song. Any of them would pale in comparison to this.
So there you have it. Let the voting begin!