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Top 40 Songs This Week – May 28, 1983: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown. If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go ahead and check them out. 1983 was an incredible year of music. The ’70s sound had pretty much disappeared, and ’80s music was building it’s own identity. At this time, I was 12 years old, and would become a teenager later in the year. I was wrapping up 7th grade, and getting ready for my final year of junior high. Now, let’s Return to the glorious week of May 28, 1983, and continue the countdown.

30. “The One Thing” by INXS

I did not know about INXS until later in the decade, when their Kick album came out. So I was unfamiliar with this song. It is classic INXS. I really like this one a lot. It may be 1983, but this sounds like it could have been from their incredible 1987 album.

29. “Mornin'” by Al Jarreau

Ahhh, the smooth sound of Al Jarreau! This definitely would not have been on my radar in 1983. But, I like it a lot now. This came off of Al Jarreau’s #1 Jazz album, Jarreau. This song was written by David Foster and Jay Graydon. It was originally supposed to be an instrumental that was to appear on David Foster’s 1983 album, The Best of Me. Jay Graydon produced many of Al Jarreau’s songs, so they gave the song to him.

28. “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John

This was my introduction to Elton John. Thank you MTV! I tend to favor Elton John’s ’70s songs over his ’80s songs, but I love this one. It’s so upbeat and fun.

27. “Try Again” by Champaign

I believe this R&B ballad has been on one of my countdowns before. I still like it. This is another one that would not have been on my radar back then, but I like it a lot now.

26. “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo

You know it. You love it. This is ’80s personified! This was Kajagoogoo’s only hit in the U.S., but they did have some other hits in the U.K.

25. “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant

There is no mistaking which decade this song is from! This was one of the biggest hits of 1983. The song’s lyrics refer to the 1981 Brixton riot, the title referring to Electric Avenue, a market street in the Brixton area of London.

24. “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sérgio Mendes (with Joe Pizzulo & Leza Miller)

Although I am a rocker at heart, I really love a lot of soft rock from the early ’80s. And this is one of the best. Sérgio Mendes is a bandleader, and does not sing in this one. That credit goes to Joe Pizzulo and Leza Miller.

23. “Stranger In My House” by Ronnie Milsap

Kenny Rogers may have been the king of country cross-over music in the ’70s and ’80s, but Ronnie Milsap is no slouch either. This particular song peaked at #5 on the Country charts, #8 on the Adult Contemporary charts, and right here at #23 on the Hot 100.

22. “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

I love this song, even though I can’t understand the lyrics, other than the title. This falls in the same category as “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen and “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly. This is great music, which is a lot of fun.

21. “Rio” by Duran Duran

Another ultimate ’80s song, by an ultimate ’80s band. Duran Duran was on top of the world at this time. And with songs like this, we can see why. Girls today have their One Direction. The girls of our generation had Duran Duran. Almost 35 years later, they are still going strong, having released a new album this past September, Paper Gods. And I think they sound the same today as they did in our glorious ’80s.


Well, classic Duran Duran is a good way to wrap up the countdown for today. Are you liking this countdown so far? And as the numbers get smaller, the hits get bigger. So, come on back tomorrow to check out the next 10 songs of the countdown.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – May 28, 1983: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody! We are long overdue for a new Top 40 Countdown. I am so excited for the NEW STAR WARS MOVIE, The Force Awakens, which will be released in a few weeks. New freakin’ Star Wars! As we count down the days of the release, I figure we can count down the top 40 hits from the week that the last Star Wars movie, of the original trilogy, was released. Return of the Jedi was released on May 25, 1983. This is going to be an incredible week of music. I snuck a peek at the list of songs, and I will go out on a limb and say that this may be the best Top 40 we’ve covered so far! So let’s get to it, and Return to the week ending May 28, 1983, and begin the countdown! And as with most of the music posts, you can click on the song title to listen to the song/watch the video.

40. “Our House” by Madness

This song totally brings me back to the early ’80s. It was in heavy rotation in the early days of MTV when we first got cable TV in “our house” (on the corner – not in the middle of our street). This was the lead single off of Madness’ fourth studio album, The Rise & Fall. It would be their biggest hit in the U.S., reaching up to #7.

39. “Looking For a Stranger” by Pat Benatar

The Queen of Rock is back in the countdown once again, with a little known hit. This song is off of Benatar’s Get Nervous album, which also had the hits “Shadows of the Night” and “Little Too Late“. “Looking for a Stranger” is a fun little rock song, which would fit in well for Robert’s new “Obscure hits” series if he covers Pat Benatar. She has a lot of hits that get a lot of airplay, but this is one does not get as much attention.

38. “All My Life” by Kenny Rogers

Not too many people were as big a star as Kenny Rogers in the late ’70s/early ’80s. This is another obscure hit that I love. My parents owned the We’ve Got Tonight album, which this song came off of. If I was in the mood for a good ballad, I would throw this album on the record player.

37. “Come Dancing” by The Kinks

This is another classic ’80s song that got heavy airplay in the early days of MTV. At the time it was released, I didn’t care for the song too much. But, since it was on MTV, my eyes were glued to the TV watching this video anyway. I do appreciate it a little more now. This song was also my introduction to The Kinks.

36. “No Time For Talk” by Christopher Cross

Before I started doing these countdowns, the only Christopher Cross songs I knew were all the songs from his legendary debut album as well as “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)“. But, he did have quite a few other hit songs, although I don’t believe many of them hit the top 10. This is a very good song I had not heard before. The very beginning reminds me of something that would be on a mid-’80s Sylvester Stallone movie soundtrack, until Cross starts singing. Then it is classic Christopher Cross (which is a good thing).

35. “All This Love” by DeBarge

The only song I thought I knew by DeBarge was “Rhythm of the Night” and El Debarge’s “Who’s Johnny“. But, I remembered this song as soon as it started. I didn’t know it was DeBarge. This is an outstanding R&B ballad.

34. “That’s Love” by Jim Capaldi

This was the biggest U.S. hit by British singer/songwriter Jim Capaldi, topping out at #28. That sounds about right. This song is ok. It’s not horrible, but not great either. Steve Winwood keyboards kick in in the second half of the song, which is cool. But, if I want to hear that, I may as well throw on some Steve Winwood.

33. “The Woman in You” by The Bee Gees

I love the Bee Gees! This is a pretty good upbeat song. In the ’80s, the Bee Gees did not perform too many songs. They mainly wrote hits for other singers. But, they did record this song for the movie Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Staying Alive was one of those movies where the soundtrack was way better than the movie itself.

32. “We Two” by The Little River Band

I enjoy a lot of songs by The Little River Band. This is a good one from the John Farnham years as lead singer. This song was from their seventh studio album, The Net. It topped out at #22 in the U.S. If you want to hear an outstanding John Farham solo tune, check out “You’re the Voice“.

31. “Mr. Roboto” by Styx

This huge iconic Styx hit was the beginning of the end of the band’s initial run. Styx was changing musical direction, which caused a divide in the band. I still really enjoy this song to this day. And it’s a great place to finish today’s list of songs.


Well, that wraps it up for today. Are you liking this so far? It’s just going to keep on getting better. Is anybody else looking forward to The Force Awakens? I’m one of the rare original Star Wars fans that never hopped on the prequel-hate bandwagon. I love the prequels! But, they tell a different story and have a different style. I have a feeling that JJ Abrams is going to capture the same spirit as the original. And it doesn’t hurt that the main characters, that we grew up with, are returning.
So, let’s talk Star Wars and music. And we’ll be back to continue the countdown tomorrow.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – June 18, 1983: Songs 10-1

Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top 40 Countdown. There have been some flat-out classics so far this week, and today is no different. You can go back and check out songs 40-31 30-21, and 20-11. Well, I think this has been one of the better Top 40 weeks, so let’s Return to the week ending June 18, 1983, and finish the countdown.

10. “Family Man” by Hall & Oates

Well, here’s a blast from the past. Hall & Oates were a staple of the ’80s music scene. But, this song is often overlooked. This song is actually a cover, originally done by Mike Oldfield (with Maggie Reilly on vocals) in 1982. Hall & Oates made it their own, and made it a big hit, topping out at #6 on the charts.

9. “Affair of the Heart” by Rick Springfield

Just like Hall & Oates, Rick Springfield had a great hot streak in the early-to-mid ’80s. This song, Springfield’s first single from his Living in Oz album, would be his fourth top 10 hit, peaking right here at #9. It was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1984, but lost to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”.

8. “There’s Always Something There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes

This synthpop song just screams ’80s! But, did you know that this was a cover? It was originally written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the ’60s. The original recorded version was released by Lou Johnson in 1964. Sandie Shaw also released a version of this song that same year, and it was a #1 hit in the U.K., Canada, and South Africa.
The 1964 versions and this ’80s version were each a product of their time. I like all the versions, but of course, I prefer Naked Eyes.

7. “Don’t Let It End” by Styx

This is a nice ballad by one of my favorite bands – Styx. This song is from their divisive album, Kilroy Was Here. This was the beginning of the end of the original run of Styx, but you wouldn’t know it here.

6. “My Love” by Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie immediately proved that he could have a successful career post-Commodores, with his incredible self-titled debut album. This ballad was the third single released from that album, and was his third top 10 hit in a row. Kenny Rogers, who often collaborated with Richie, provided the backing vocals on this song.

5. “Overkill” by Men At Work

Men At Work is just pure ’80s. They were on a hot streak at this time. The combination of Colin Hay’s voice and Greg Ham on sax, gave Men At Work a very unique sound. Everyone knows “Down Under“, but this is one of their better songs as well.

4. “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant

Electric Avenue Single Cover Speaking of unique sounding, this song was a worldwide smash hit. The song’s title refers to Electric Avenue, a market street in the Brixton area of London. You could not escape this song when it was first released, but man was it fun!

3. “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie

All week we have been hearing from artists who had been around for a while, but were introduced to me with the ’80s tunes in the countdown this week. This is another one. I remember first hearing this song on the radio while eating breakfast before school. This song was from the album of the same name, and was part of many of David Bowie’s reinventions. This is a great song from a great album.

2. “Time (Clock Of the Heart)” by Culture Club

Culture Club followed their world-wide smash hit debut, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, with this song. I like this one better. Culture Club was one of those bands that I didn’t care much for back then, but enjoy much more now.

Before we uncover this week’s #1 song, lets see what was topping some of the other charts this week:

The number one country song this week was – “You Can’t Run From Love” by the gone too soon Eddie Rabbitt

Topping the R&B charts was “Juicy Fruit” by Mtume. I never heard of the song or the band.

Sitting on top of the rock charts was this week’s #14 song, “Every Breath You Take” by The Police

The number one adult contemporary song was our #13 song this week – “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sergio Mendes

For the 17th, and final consecutive week, the #1 album was the legendary Thriller by Micahel Jackson

The #1 dance song brings us to our Hot 100 number one song this week:

1. “Flashdance…What a Feeling” by Irene Cara

What a Feeling! and what a way to end the countdown! A few years earlier, Irene Cara hit it big with the theme song for Fame. Somehow, she outdid herself with this classic from the movie, Flashdance. This song won all kinds of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Song, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. This is a well deserved #1 hit.


Well, that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. This has got to be one of the best countdowns we’ve covered so far. 1983 was such an incredible and pivotal year of music. Do you agree? We’ll be back with another countdown in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – June 18, 1983: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out 40-31 and 30-21.
So far, there may have been several songs that were new to you. Today, you probably have heard of one or two or all of the songs. Even though these are all instantly recognizable, it is always fun to go back and enjoy some classic ’80s music. So, let’s Return to the week ending June 18, 1983,and continue the countdown.


20. “She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby

There is no denying which decade this song is from! This song made Thomas Dolby a one hit wonder, as it was his only top 40 hit in the U.S. It ranked #13 on VH1’s “100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.”

 

19. “Come Dancing” by The Kinks

This MTV staple was my introduction to The Kinks. It sounds like something you would hear on a cruise ship. This song is a tribute that Ray Davies did for his sister, Rene. Rene visited her family around the time of Ray Davies’ 13th birthday, and gave him a Spanish guitar that he could not persuade his parents to get for him. On that evening, Rene, who had a weak heart as a result of a childhood bout of rheumatic fever, suffered a fatal heart attack (at the age of 31) while dancing at the Lyceum ballroom. This song would tie The Kinks’ highest charting song in the U.S. with “Tired of Waiting for You“, topping out at #6.

 

18. “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John

This was yet another MTV staple. And this is another song that introduced me to an artist who had been around for a while. I would say that MTV was just a bit relevant in those early days! There were so many songs and artists who I may not have paid attention to if it wasn’t for MTV. This song and video is fun and upbeat. This is a great song for people who have overcome obstacles in their life.

 

17. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” by Michael Jackson

Ironically, after I mention how influencial MTV was, we now have the biggest MTV singer of all time, with a song that never had a music video. This was the fourth single released from the legendary Thriller album. Even though it was on the Thriller album, it sounded more like something that would have been on his previous album, Off the Wall. This song would peak at #5 on the charts.

 


And now it’s time for a Long Distance Dedication. This week, the theme for me seems to be that this was a time when I was discovering music. So, this letter from Robert is so appropriate this week. Robert says:

Dear Casey,
I have had a long running feud with a friend about music. Mike and I met in junior high school. We had a few classes together and soon learned that we both loved music. Here is where the argument started. My favorite band is REO Speedwagon – Mike’s favorite band is the Police. We would go round and round, neither one of us giving an inch. REO guitarist is better – the Police experiment with different types of music – REO’s songs all sound the same – the Police are too confusing to understand. We went on and on and the argument lasted clear through the beginning of high school. Finally, we both agreed to listen to the other band’s complete catalog. I borrowed his Police albums and he borrowed my REO records. I listened to those Police albums many times over the next few days – and I made a startling discovery – they were good! I really started to enjoy most of their songs. I went out and bought my own copies and memorized all of the songs. I loved the lyrics and musical styles that the Police used. A few weeks later I went to Mike and admitted defeat. I still Loved REO, but I loved the Police, too. I do not even try to make distinctions among my favorite bands anymore – they are all great. Casey, please play “De Do Do Do De Da Da Da” by the Police for my friend Mike, who helped me open my ears to different kinds of music.

You’ve got it, Robert!

That was “De Do Do Do De Da Da Da” by the Police from their 1980 album Zenyatta Mondatta.

Now…on with the countdown.


16. “She’s a Beauty” by The Tubes

Minus “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”, it seems like the songs on today’s list were in this same rotation on MTV. I love this MTV staple. This was The Tubes’ biggest hit, topping out at #10 on the Hot 100, and #1 on the Mainstream Rock charts.

 

15. “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo

Kajagoogoo exploded on to the music scene with this ’80s classic! “Too Shy” was the band’s first single released from their debut album. But, that was about it, as it was the only hit in the U.S. They did have some more hits in the U.K. This song landed at #9 on VH1’s “100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.”

 

14. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police

This was the only #1 hit in the U.S. for The Police – and it was there for eight weeks! This song, from their classic album, Synchronicity, would go on to be a signature song for the band. I also remember, very clearly, listening to the year end countdown of 1983. This was the #1 song.

 

13. “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sergio Mendes (with Joe Pizzulo & Leza Miller)

And we have an Easy Listening song making an appearance today! I remember that whenever we drove anywhere, my parents would always have the Lite rock station on in the car. This is one song that I always enjoyed. I still like it a lot.

 

12. “Faithfully” by Journey

Journey was still at the height of their popularity when Frontiers came out. This power ballad from that album, written by Jonathan Cain, is one of Journey’s most recognizable songs.

 

11. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson

We wrap up today’s list with a lost track you may not have heard before. Just kidding. I don’t know if there is a single person in the world who does not recognize this song. Of course, most of us know that Eddie Van Halen provided the guitar solo. His record company prevented him from appearing in the video. And thanks to Robert, we found out recently that Toto’s Steve Lukather was on guitar for this song. Eddie just did the solo.
“Beat It” received the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, as well as two American Music Awards. It was also inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame.


Well that wraps up today’s list of songs. We’ll take a day off to recover from this ’80s greatness, and just soak it in. But, we’ll finish off the countdown on Friday.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – June 18, 1983: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go ahead and check them out. Today we have a good mix of classic ’80s music and songs that are rarely, if ever, heard today on the ’80s stations. Let’s jump right into it now, Return to the week ending June 18, 1983, and continue the countdown.

30. “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph Of You)” by A Flock Of Seagulls

We’ll begin today with some synth-pop New Wave music. I was not a fan back in the day. I do like A Flock of Seagulls more now. This isn’t one of their better songs, but it’s ok. I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to it. But, if I heard it come on the radio, I would enjoy my trip back to the ’80s.

 

29. “Straight From the Heart” by Bryan Adams

This was the lead single from Bryan Adams’ third studio album, Cuts Like a Knife. It was his big breakthrough song in the U.S. I have always loved this song. It is so great, and it takes me back. Bryan wrote this song in the late ’70s. Before he released it himself, it was covered by several people including Ian Lloyd and Rosetta Stone. And one month before Adams released it, Bonnie Tyler released it, and was featured on her album Faster Than the Speed of Night.

 

28. “That’s Love” by Jim Capaldi

This is a pretty generic soft rock tune. However, one thing that stands out with this song is that Steve and Nicole Winwood performed the backing vocals, and Steve also played all the synthesizers, including the solo.

 

27. “Baby Jane” by Rod Stewart


I love me some classic Rod Stewart! I can’t stand that big band crap he’s been doing for the past couple of decades. Geez, has it been that long since he’s done anything good? Man, time flies! This was Stewart’s final #1 hit in the UK. That kind of surprises me because he had some great songs throughout the ’80s, and into the early ’90s.

 

Here is an extra song that I would like to share. I came across it on the most recent episode of The Classic Rock and Metal Podcast. When you see the title, you’ll know why I’m sharing it (and the song lives up to it’s name:

“Another 80’s Rock Song (The Party Never Ends!)” by Madam X

 

26. “Little Red Corvette” by Prince


Wow, Prince two days in a row! I’m glad I was able to find the videos. This is one of my favorites by him, and I still love it today.

 

25. “All This Love” by DeBarge


I had never heard of this song before. I would have never listened to it back in the ’80s anyway. But, I really like it now. This is a nice R&B slow jam.

 

24. “The Woman in You” by The Bee Gees


In the ’80s, the Bee Gees were mainly either doing solo projects or writing songs for other people. But, they
did get together to record five songs for Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Their music was about as successful as the movie. I actually didn’t even know they recorded songs for that soundtrack. I was guessing that “Stayin’ Alive” was on there (it was). Other than that, all I knew was “Far From Over” by Frank Stallone.

 

23. “Try Again” by Champaign


Here is another R&B ballad. I like this one more than the DeBarge song. Before I started doing these countdowns, I never even heard of Champaign. After their 1991 album Champaign IV, they did not release another album until 2008. Since then, they’ve released 4 albums, with the most recent being last year – Eyes of the Spirit (2014).

 

22. “We Too” by The Little River Band

The Little River Band was big in the late ’70s. This was one of the band’s last singles to reach the top 40. This was a transitional time for the band. This is from their seventh studio album, The Net. This album featured a new lead vocalist and new guitarist. This song isn’t too bad. It’s kind of middle-of-the-road. It’s not bad at all, but nothing really stands out either.

 

21. “Our House” by Madness


This is the signature hit for Madness in the U.S. This one really brings me back to the early days of MTV.


Well that wraps up today’s list of songs. I hope you’re enjoying this so far. Tomorrow, we’ll be back to continue the countdown, which will feature another Long Distance Dedication.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – June 18, 1983: Songs 40-31


Hey Gang! Welcome to a new week of some Top 40 music! This week we will be checking out a Top 40 from 1983. At this time in 1983, I was just finishing up 7th grade, and getting ready for my last year of junior high school. A month from now, I would be going on one of my best childhood vacations. We went to Colorado to go see my grandparents for their 50th anniversary. That side of my family is scattered all over the country, so it’s always a great time when we all get together. We stayed with my aunt and uncle and 2 cousins. We had a blast! In addition to visiting my grandparents, we took several day trips, and hung out at a pool with a giant diving board. In between, when we were hanging out at the house, if Rocky III wasn’t on, then it was Six Pack, or The Who’s “final” concert. Those three shows seemed to be in heavy rotation on HBO at that time. We were constantly quoting Rocky III. Then the main event of the trip was my grandparents’ 50th anniversary party. All of my aunts and uncles, and most of my cousins were there, and it’s a time that I will always remember fondly.
As far as the music goes, that last remnants of ’70s music was gone, and we were beginning to start the classic ’80s sound. So, I personally think this is going to be a fun week of music. Now, let’s Return to the week ending June 18, 1983, and begin the countdown.

40. “No Time For Talk” by Christopher Cross

I did not remember this song at all. But, there is no mistaking which decade this song is from. The keyboards at the beginning, and a sax solo in the middle give it that classic ’80s sound.
Christopher Cross had an incredible debut in 1980. He followed that up with 1983’s Another Page. That album included his smash hit “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)“. It also had the song, “Think of Laura“, which was for the daytime soap opera General Hospital. I really enjoyed this song, “No Time for Talk”. It was a pleasant surprise for me, and a great way to begin the countdown.

39. “1999” by Prince

I’m so glad I’ve been able to finally find some Prince videos! This isn’t on YouTube, and it’s a little slower to load, but it’s worth it! I really enjoy Prince’s early work. This song was originally released in 1982. But, it did not crack the top 40. Then after “Little Red Corvette” came out, he gained many fans. So, “1999” was re-released and finally became a big hit, peaking at #12.

38. “The Closer You Get” by Alabama

Alabama was my gateway into country music. Throughout the ’80s, I hated country music – with the exceptions of Alabama and Kenny Rogers, and maybe a handful of songs. When I was in the Navy, almost everybody seemed to be a country music fan. It drove me crazy, and everybody was trying to get me to like it. But, we did find some common ground in the form of Alabama. The music is great, and their harmonies are just incredible. I eventually became a country music fan in the ’90s when rock and pop music were really sucking.
In the country music world, it seems like every song Alabama released became a number hit. “The Closer You Get” was no exception. I still like this one a lot.

37. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” by The Eurythmics

I do like The Eurythmics, but I did get sick of this song. It was always on MTV in those early days. This is not one of my favorites by them, but it is one of their signature songs.

36. “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks

This was the first time I had seen Stevie Nicks, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Stevie Nicks was hugely successful with Fleetwood Mac, and helped send them into the stratosphere of success. But, she has had just as successful solo career. In the early days of MTV, this is one of the songs that helped launch that career.

35. “Don’t Pay the Ferryman” by Chris DeBurgh

download This is the second surprise of the day. Due to his smash hit, “Lady in Red“, I always that of Chris DeBurgh as an easy listening/lite rock staple. But, this song rocks! I mean there’s no confusing this with Metallica, but this song still rocks pretty good.

34. “She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summer

Donna Summer stepped away from disco, and released this MTV staple which would become one of her signature songs.

33. “Roll Me Away” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

This is really good soulful song by Bob Seger. And one thing it has going for it is that it’s not the heavily overplayed “Old Time Rock and Roll” or “Like a Rock.”

32. “Is There Something I Should Know” by Duran Duran

Fans of the podcast, Stuck in the ’80s, are very familiar with this song as it is the theme for their PPTMN segment (Please Please Tell Me Now). “Is There Something I Should Know?” was Duran Duran’s first #1 hit in the U.K. It was also a big hit in the U.S., peaking at #4. Duran Duran is just a flat-out classic ’80s band. And this song has that classic, unique Duran Duran ’80s sound.

31. “Solitaire” by Laura Branigan

I cannot give Laura Branigan enough praise. I love all of her music, and she has an incredible voice. I think she is so underrated. This song was always one of my favorites by her. This song was the follow-up to “Gloria“, and became Branigan’s second consecutive Top Ten hit. I love these songs that start off low, and build up as the song goes on until the singer is really belting it out. It is done so well in this song.


Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. What do you think so far? Where were you at this time in 1983?
We’ll be back to continue the countdown tomorrow.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – October 22, 1983: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to the Top 40 Countdown. If you missed the previous posts, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. This has been a very good week so far, and today is no different. So, let’s Return to the week ending October 22, 1983, and continue the countdown.

20. “Big Log” by Robert Plant

I like most of Led Zeppelin’s music. This song was Robert Plant’s first solo hit. And it is soooo boring to me.

19. “Say Say Say” by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

This song came out at the height of Thrillermania (I just made that word up). However, this song was not on Thriller. It was on McCartney’s fourth solo album, Tug of War. If this had been on the Thriller album instead of the McCartney/Jackson song “The Girl is Mine“, then it would have made the legendary album even better.

18. “Modern Love” by David Bowie

This is one of my favorite David Bowie songs. It is from the great Let’s Dance album, which reignited Bowie’s career.

17. “Tonight, I Celebrate my Love” by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack

This is a really nice duet.

16. “If Anyone Falls” by Stevie Nicks

This is one of my favorite Stevie Nicks tunes. I think it is very underrated.

15. “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel

This was a fun song from Billy Joel’s classic An Innocent Man album. It is famous for it’s video, which featured Joel’s future wife Christie Brinkley.

14. “(She’s) Sexy + 17” by The Stray Cats

Time for some Rockabilly! The Stray Cats are one of those bands that I didn’t appreciate when I first heard them. But, I like them a lot now.

13. “Tell Her About It” by Billy Joel

Well that didn’t take long. Here’s Billy Joel again! This was his first hit from An Innocent Man. I think this was the first Billy Joel song I was aware of. I’m sure I had heard his earlier hits before, but I didn’t know singers names at the time. Now that I was listening to my own music, and thanks to MTV, I became very well aware of Billy Joel.

12. “Suddenly Last Summer” by The Motels

There is just something about this song that is so mesmerizing to me. I love it! Very ’80s.

11. “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats

Speaking of being “very ’80s”, could this song have been released in any other decade? I think not! Totally ’80s sound, and a lot of fun. Not to mention, a crazy video. Any video that features a Maypole is a lot of fun!

That wraps up today’s list. We will finish up the countdown tomorrow with some classic ’80s tunes!

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Top 40 Songs This Week – October 22, 1983: Songs 30-21

Hi Everybody, welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check them out. We have a nice variety of awesome ’80s music today. So, let’s Return to the week ending October 22,1983, and move on with the countdown.

30. “Sitting At the Wheel” by The Moody Blues

I had never heard this song before. Or at least I don’t remember hearing it. I really like it! It has a nice ’80s sound.

29. “Love is a Stranger” by The Eurythmics

This song was originally released in late 1982, and did not perform very well on the charts. Then came along “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” and The Eurythmics got the world’s attention. “Love is a Stranger” was re-released, and was a lot more successful the second time around – peaking at #23 in November.

28. “Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive” by Men at Work

This is a fun song by Men at Work. It felt like the band was around forever. But, this 1983 hit would be their last in the US Top 40. They weren’t around for very long. But, they made quite the impact when they were around.

27. “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Laura Branigan

Laura Branigan has such an incredible voice. She did a great job with this song. It was written by Doug James and Michael Bolton. Yes THE Michael Bolton. “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” was first performed by Lisa Hartman as a music video on Knots Landing. Michael Bolton recorded his own version of the song, which became a hit in 1990. I still prefer Branigan’s version of it.

26. “Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar

I love Pat Benatar, but this is my least favorite song of hers. I would have probably liked it more if it wasn’t played on MTV and the radio a few times an hour, every hour upon the song’s release.

25. “This Time” by Bryan Adams

While the last song was way overplayed, this song does not get enough airplay. I really like this song a lot, from Adams’ Cuts Like a Knife album.

24. “Far From Over” by Frank Stallone

I don’t remember watching the movie Staying Alive, but I’m sure this was the best part of it. I still love this song!

23. “Heart and Soul” by Huey Lewis & The News

I had never known that this song was a cover. It was originally performed by Exile in 1981. This was my introduction to Huey Lewis & The News, as this song was played often in those early MTV days.

22. “Promises, Promises” by Naked Eyes

This is a classic ’80s song.

21. “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot

I was a fan of rock music when I first started listening to my own music. I was already a fan of AC/DC and Ozzy at this point. But when “Cum On Feel the Noize” came out, there was no turning back! I could not get enough of this song. This was the first 45 I ever owned. And just before I started getting sick of this song, along came “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)“! My mind was blown. For quite some time, the only time I listened to pop music after that was if it happened to come on MTV, or if I was listening to the American Top 40.

That wraps up today’s list of songs. Are you guys liking this so far? The last song was the very first 45 I ever had of my own. Do you remember what yours was? We’ll be back tomorrow to continue the countdown.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – October 22, 1983: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to a new week of the Top 40 Countdown. This week, we will Return to 1983. This was the very early days of cable TV in my house. I may have had it for just about a year at this point. And I was still glued to MTV. Ah, the good ole days! I know that MTV gets a lot of crap for not playing videos anymore by a lot of people (especially me). But, I’ve been thinking about it. With the music that is out there these days, I would probably not be tuning in to MTV if they did show videos!
Let’s face it, we lived through the peak years of music videos. So, let’s Return to a glorious time – the week ending October 22, 1983, and begin the countdown.

40. “Miracles” by Stacy Lattisaw

R&B singer Stacy Lattisaw kicked off the last countdown we covered – October 4, 1980 – with her hit song “Let Me Be Your Angel“. 3 years later, at the age of 16, she still has an incredible voice.

39. “Tender is the Night” by Jackson Browne

This song really brings me back to the early ’80s. The video features Daryl Hannah, whom Browne was in a relationship with at the time.

38. “Send Her My Love” by Journey

Classic Journey tune from their Frontiers album.

37. “Everyday People” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Joan Jett knocks another out of the park with this cover of the 1968 Sly and the Family Stone hit song.

36. “Everyday I Write the Book” by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Elvis Costello was one of those singers who I didn’t really care for when I was younger. But, I do appreciate him more now.

35. “Puttin’ On the Ritz” by Taco

Back on our countdown of July 30, 1983, this song was #26. All these weeks later, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” is still hanging around in the top 40.

34. “Crumblin’ Down” by John Cougar Mellencamp

This classic Mellencamp song was the lead single off of his Uh-Huh album. This was the first song to use John’s real last name. I suppose that the Cougar was left in for now so we wouldn’t get confused?

33. “Can’t Shake Loose” by Agnetha Fältskog

This isn’t a bad song by the former ABBA singer. Her voice and the music kind of sounds a little like Olivia Newton-John.

32. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” by Michael Jackson

This was the sixth single released from Jackson’s legendary Thriller album. It was also his sixth top 10 hit from that album. Michael’s sisters Janet and LaToya provided backing vocals on this song.

31. “Foolin'” by Def Leppard

And we will wrap up today’s list with a rocker by one of my favorite bands – Def Leppard. The girl playing the harp is Perri Lister. Lister was Billy Idol’s girlfriend at the time. They were together for several years, and have a child together – Willem Wolf Broad. The couple broke up in 1989.
This is a great video. I remember watching it all the time in the early days of MTV, and I never got sick of it.

Well, so far so good. I liked every song so far, and the countdown is going to keep getting better! So come back this week, and Return to the ’80s!

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Top 40 Songs This Week – July 30, 1983: Songs 10-1

Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. I think this has been a pretty good week of songs. And today is a solid top 10. Now, on with the countdown as we Return to the week ending July 30, 1983.

10. “Our House” by Madness

This was the English band’s biggest hit in the U.S. It didn’t hurt that the song got plenty of airplay on MTV. There is no mistaking that this is an ’80s song. Good way to start the top 10.

9. “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks

One of Stevie Nicks’ signature songs. This proved that Stevie Nicks didn’t need Fleetwood Mac to continue on with a successful career.

8. “She Works Hard For the Money” by Donna Summer

The “Queen of Disco” did a great job transitioning into the MTV generation with this song and video.

7. “Wanna Be Startin Somethin'” by Michael Jackson

This fun dance song was the fourth single to be released off of the legendary Thriller album.

6. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” by The Eurythmics

This was one of the Eurythmics’ biggest hits. At the time, I got very sick of this song, and it made me not like The Eurythmics. I have since gotten over that. I love Annie Lennox’s voice. This is not one of my favorite songs by them, but it is a little more bearable for me now.

5. “Is There Something I Should Know” by Duran Duran

This was Duran Duran’s eighth single, and it was their first #1 hit in the UK. It also became a big hit here in the US. Some people may know this song better as “Please Please Tell Me Now.”

4. “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sergio Mendes

And here’s a song for everybody who has been missing the Easy Listening music this week. I love this song. It sounds like it could be a ballad for a movie from the early ’80s. Sergio Mendes was a Brazilian musician and bandleader, and this song was actually sung by Joe Pizzulo and Leza Miller.

3. “Flashdance… What a Feeling” by Irene Cara

Here is Irene Cara’s only #1 hit. Long time readers know about my love for Irene Cara. But, this is one of those songs that you see coming up, and say “Oh no, not again.” But, then when it starts playing you get into it.

2. “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant

Here is another classic ’80s song.

1. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police

We have arrived at this week’s #1 song. This hit from The Police’s Synchronicity album would go on to be the #1 song of the year. I’m not a fan of this song. It’s probably one of my least favorite Police songs that got released as a single. However, I still like it more than most of Sting’s solo work.

Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. There were quite a few classics this week. I hope you enjoyed it this week. We’ll be back next week with a new countdown. Until then, Until then, Keep Your Feet On the Ground, and Keep Reaching for the stars.

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