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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – January 12, 1985: Songs 30-21

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to the countdown! If you missed yesterday’s list of songs, you can go ahead and check them out. Where were you at this time in 1985? I was 14 and midway through my first year of high school. The beginning of the school year was exciting. I went to a catholic school from 2nd through 8th grade. Then I went to a good size public school for high school. The change was exciting. I got to go to a different classroom for every class, and I didn’t have to wear a uniform! However by this point, the newness wore off, and I wasn’t liking school too much, and didn’t do to well. Even though I wasn’t enjoying school at all, this was still a great time for music, movies, and TV. There will be a few familiar songs on today’s list of songs that bring us back to that great time of music. For my good friends in the U.K., there may be even more songs that bring you back to that time. Now let’s Return to the week ending January 12, 1985, and either relive, or discover the great music of that time.

[Also, I should point out that you can click on the song title to listen/watch the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to get the song from Amazon]


30. “I Won’t Run Away” by Alvin Stardust

Before this artist became known as Alvin Stardust, he was known as Shane Fenton. He had success in the pre-Beatles era, hitting the UK top 40 with four singles in 1961–62. However, he became better known in the 70s and 80s with his Alvin Stardust persona. This song had reached up to #7 on the U.K. charts.

29. “Agadoo” by Black Lace

Love this! This is a novelty song that was a huge hit in the UK, peaking at #2, and spending 30 weeks in the Top 75. I am reading up on these songs before I listen to them, just so I can know the background. In a survey for dotmusic in 2000, this song was rated the 4th most annoying song of all time. That really got my attention! I just had to listen to it. This is from Wikipedia:

In a poll for Q magazine in 2003, a panel of music writers voted “Agadoo” as the worst song of all time, saying: “It sounded like the school disco you were forced to attend, your middle-aged relatives forming a conga at a wedding party, a travelling DJ act based in Wolverhampton, every party cliche you ever heard.” The panel also described it as “magnificently dreadful”.

No wonder I like this so much! I’d be one of those middle-aged relatives forming a conga, to this train wreck of a song, at a wedding reception.

28. “I Should Have Known Better” by Jim Diamond

When I first saw the song title, I thought this was going to be a Beatles cover. Instead, this is a very good power ballad.

 

 

27. “Teardrops” by Shakin’ Stevens

Here is a throwback song by the Welsh singer. This sounds like it came right out of the ’50s. It makes sense that this was a hit, as there was a lot of nostalgia for the 50s and 60s in the 80s.

 

26. “Soul Deep (Part 1)” by Council Collective

Very cool funk/R&B song. Council Collective was a collaborative effort put together by The Style Council. It was put together to raise money for striking miners. The proceeds also went to the family of David Wilkie, a Welsh taxi driver who was killed during the miners’ strike.

25. “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan

This song was my introduction to Chaka Khan, and was a big comeback hit for her. It has an iconic introduction by Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Oh by the way, this was written and originally performed by Prince. But, Chaka Khan made it her own, and was a smash hit in the U.S. and U.K. It also won Prince the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, as the songwriter.

24. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder

To say that this was a smash hit, is just putting it mildly. This was Stevie Wonder’s biggest hit, topping a record 19 charts. This was one of those cases where the song was much bigger than the movie that it was featured in. In this case, it came from the 1984 soundtrack album The Woman in Red. This was actually Wonder’s only #1 hit in the U.K. He made it count though, as it topped the charts for 6 weeks, and it became Motown Records’ biggest-selling single in the UK, a distinction it still holds today.

23. “The Wild Boys” by Duran Duran

This is the third song in a row that we all know. This was the first cassingle I ever owned. Whenever I hear this song, the Mad Max type video of this song comes to mind.

 

22. “Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)” by Eurythmics

Well, I learned something new, which I probably should have known. This song is from the album 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother), which was the soundtrack from the film Nineteen Eighty-Four. I never knew there was a soundtrack for that movie. I’m pretty sure I saw the movie, but I don’t remember it. There’s no need to go back and watch it, seeing that we are living it now.

21. “Invisible” by Alison Moyet

Great soulful song by the awesome Yazoo singer. In my opinion, she is very underrated (at least in the States).

 

 

 


Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. They seem to be getting better and better! What do you think so far? Also, feel free to email me at returntothe80s@gmail.com if you would like to make a long distance dedication. We’ll continue the countdown tomorrow.

Remember That Song – 1/8/19

Can you name the artist and song:

So I waited with high hopes, then she walked in the place
I knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her face


Last Song: “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” by Kenny Loggins from the Footloose Soundtrack (1984)

Great job Melanie (@melanieofoz)!!!

I’m shaking the past
Making my breaks
Taking control
If that’s what it takes

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

Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – January 12, 1985: Songs 40-31

Welcome back to a new Top 40 countdown! This week we will jump back over to the UK, and see what was charting over there at this time in 1985. There will be some familiar songs for the US audience, but there are also many songs that we may not have heard over here. Now, let’s Return to the week ending January 12, 1985, and begin the countdown!


<h3>40. “Atmosphere” by Russ Abbot

Well there is no denying which decade this song came from! This is definitely a song that will get stuck in your head. I had never heard of Russ Abbot, but it sounds like he was very popular in the U.K. Not only was he a musician, but he also had his own variety show that aired for 16 years. It started as Russ Abbot’s Madhouse in 1980 on ITV, then was renamed The Russ Abbot Show when it moved over to the BBC.

39. “Friends” by Amii Stewart

Next up, we get a good R&B song from Amii Stewart. Stewart is mainly known in the U.S. from her 1979 disco smash “Knock On Wood“. She did not have any other major hits in the U.S., but she had several in the U.K., including this one, which peaked at #12.

38. “Let It All Blow” by The Dazz Band

Oh yeah! Get your funk on! This is yet another act that had only 1 Top 40 hit on the US Hot 100, “Let It Whip”. I do love how we already have a variety of music in this countdown – Pop, R&B, and Funk.

 

37. “Say Yeah” by The Limit

Now, this sounds like a fusion of all three genres that I had just mentioned. There is not much information on The Limit, other than that they were composed of Dutch producers Bernard Oattes and Rob van Schaik. This song peaked at #17 here, and peaked at #7 on the U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play chart.

36. “Louise” by The Human League

This song did not chart in the US, but it peaked at #13 on the UK charts.

 

 

 

35. “Thank You My Love” by Imagination

Imagination was an English three piece band. They formed in the ’80s, but if you told me this song was released in the early ’70s, I’d believe you.

 

 

34. “I Know Him So Well” by Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson

Wow, I did not know this was a cover song when Whitney Houston recorded it with Cissy Houston for Whitney’s second album, Whitney! This original song was written by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus for the album and musical, Chess. This version definitely sounds like a Tim Rice/Abba joint. I have heard several covers of this song, and I’ve loved every one – including the version by Melanie C and Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls. (Don’t judge!)

33. “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top

Oh hell yeah!! The second video of the Eliminator video trilogy, this may be my favorite one. This is a great song, even without the video. But, you can’t really separate the two anymore. Awesome car, great rockin’ tune, and hot girls. What else could you ask for?!

32. “Since Yesterday” by Strawberry Switchblade

I had never heard of this song or band before. The band name sounds like something you would come up with after drinking a few rounds with your friends, and saying 2 random words in a sentence, and exclaim, “That would make a great band name!” So, I was expecting a punk rock sound. Instead, it’s a light synth-pop song. Strawberry Switchblade is a Scottish female duo, and this was their only major hit.

31. “Another Rock and Roll Christmas” by Gary Glitter

Here is a layover from the Christmas season. And this will be far from the last of them. This would be a fun song if it wasn’t sung by an evil pig, who has been convicted several times of sex crimes involving children.

 

Well, I don’t want to end today’s countdown on a sour note, so here is a more wholesome Christmas song for us to enjoy:


That wraps up today’s list of songs. I hope you are enjoying these so far. Let me know what you think. Do you have any favorites so far? Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

Remember That Song – 1/7/19

Can you name the artist and song:

I’m shaking the past
Making my breaks
Taking control
If that’s what it takes

Last Song: “When I See You Smile” by Bad English from the album Bad English (1989)

Great job Melissarob and BeagleLife72 (@TiffanyNGroce72)!!!

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

Remember That Song – 12/27/18

Can you name the artist and song:

‘Cause sometimes it seems
Like this world’s closing in on me
And there’s no way of breaking free
And then I see you reach for me


Last Song: “Cool It Now” by from the album New Edition (1984)

Great job Kickin’ It Old School (@OldSchool80s), Melissarob, and Lakeeta (@LaKeetaThomas1)!!!

Everyday I walk her home from school
And she tells me how she really feels
And there’s no doubt in my mind
That this girl is one of a kind

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

Remember That Song – 12/26/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Everyday I walk her home from school
And she tells me how she really feels
And there’s no doubt in my mind
That this girl is one of a kind


Last Song: “Christmas in Hollis” by Run D.M.C. from the album A Very Special Christmas (1987)

Great job blonde as a bat (@blondasabat)!!!

And I’m chilling and coolin’ just like a snowman
So open your eyes, lend us an ear
We want to say Merry Christmas an Happy New Year!

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

Remember That Song – 12/21/18

Can you name the artist and song:

And I’m chilling and coolin’ just like a snowman
So open your eyes, lend us an ear
We want to say Merry Christmas an Happy New Year!


Last Song: “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses from the album Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? (1982)

Great job sweetpurplejune and EsperJosh (@AgentEsper)!!!

You mean you forgot cranberries too?
Then suddenly we laughed and laughed
Caught on to what was happening
That Christmas magic’s brought this tale
To a very happy ending

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

Remember That Song – 12/20/18

Can you name the artist and song:

You mean you forgot cranberries too?
Then suddenly we laughed and laughed
Caught on to what was happening
That Christmas magic’s brought this tale
To a very happy ending


Last Song: “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Bob and Doug McKenzie from the album The Great White North (1981)

Great job sweetpurplejune and Brent (@jonbrent13)!!!

Okay, good day, this is our Christmas part of the album,
and you can play this at your Christmas parties, uh,
or to yourself on Christmas Eve, if there’s nothing else to do

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

Remember That Song – 12/19/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Okay, good day, this is our Christmas part of the album,
and you can play this at your Christmas parties, uh,
or to yourself on Christmas Eve, if there’s nothing else to do


Last song: “Undercover of the Night” by The Rolling Stones from the album Undercover (1983)

Great job Tony (@Seven_Soldiers) and Casey (@Cwilz99)!!!

Hear the screams from Center 42
Loud enough to bust your brains out
The opposition’s tongue is cut in two
Keep off the streets ’cause you’re in danger

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

Remember That Song – 12/18/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Hear the screams from Center 42
Loud enough to bust your brains out
The opposition’s tongue is cut in two
Keep off the streets ’cause you’re in danger


Last Song: “I Heard a Rumour” by Bananarama from from the album Wow! (1987)

Great job Bryan (@BryanBoo29) and Andy (@Torahpro)!!!

Who needs friends who never show
I’ll tell you what you wanna know
I could have saved a broken heart
If I’d found out long ago

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