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Top 40 Songs This Week: January 19, 1985 – Songs 10-1

Hey Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. When I began this week, I had no idea that this would be one of the best, if not THE best countdown I’ve covered so far. Let’s see if this streak continues today. Let’s Return to the week ending January 19, 1985, and wrap up the countdown.


10. “Careless Whisper” by Wham! Featuring George Michael

We start the top 10 with one of the most iconic sax riffs of the ’80s. This is one of the few Wham! songs co-written by Andrew Ridgeley (the other member of Wham!, kids).

9. “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen

One of the most patriotic songs ever. Right President Reagan. Only if you consider a song about how Vietnam veterans were mistreated, to be patriotic. Oops.

8. “We Belong” by Pat Benatar

One of my favorite Pat Benatar songs. It was the lead single off of her Tropico album and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

7. “The Wild Boys” by Duran Duran

Awesome song. Crazy-ass video.

6. “Run to You” by Bryan Adams

Lead single from one of my favorite albums, Reckless.

5. “Easy Lover” by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins

What do you get when you combine one of the most successful musicians of the ’80s with a lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire? Pure perfection.

4. “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner

Great ballad that would be one of Foreigner’s signature songs.

3. “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago

Classic Chicago ballad, made memorable by the fake Madonna and fake Billy Idol in the video.

2. “All I Need” by Jack Wagner

General Hospital knew how to churn out the musicians!Landing at #2 isn’t too shabby for a soap opera actor!

1. “Like a Virgin” by Madonna

Madonna was at the top of her game here as one of the biggest ’80s icons.

 

 

 


Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. Until next time, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week: January 19, 1985 – Songs 20-11

Hey Everybody! Welcome to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. We had an amazing list of songs yesterday. Will it be just as good today? Let’s Return to the week ending January 19, 1985, and continue the countdown to find out.


20. “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters

I love the Pointer Sisters! If this song doesn’t get you pumped and moving, you have no soul.

19. “Valotte” by Julian Lennon

It’s kind of chilling how much Julian sounds like his father, vocally.

18. “Do What You Do” by Jermaine Jackson

A downside of being Michael’s brother is that songs like this get overlooked.

17. “Jamie” by Ray Parker, Jr.

A downside of having a hit called “Ghostbusters” is that songs like this get overlooked.

16. “Loverboy” by Billy Ocean

This was a huge hit for Billy Ocean. It peaked at #2, and was kept out of the top spot by “Careless Whisper”.

15. “Cool It Now” by New Edition

A boy band that I can tolerate!

14. “I Would Die 4 U” by Prince & The Revolution

And the hits keep on coming from the Purple Rain soundtrack. Further proof that this was one of the most iconic albums of the ’80s.

13. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid

Or does Billboard not know that it isn’t Christmas anymore? Or that it is 340 days til Christmas at this point in 1985? It doesn’t matter. I still love this song anyway.

12. “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley

Billboard really had their seasons screwed up! It’s not Christmas anymore (see last song), and this deep freeze we’re in now tells me that we are nowhere near summer either! Wishful thinking, I guess.

11. “Sea of Love” by The Honeydrippers

Meh. I prefer Plant teamed with Paige.

 

 

 


That concludes today’s list of songs. We are almost at the top of the charts. I think this is one of my favorite countdowns so far. Come back tomorrow as we wrap up the countdown.

Top 40 Songs This Week: January 19, 1985 – Songs 30-21

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31. At this time in 1985, I was in the middle of the 2nd quarter of my Freshman year of high school. Indoor track was in high gear. This also means I was doing horrible in school. For some reason, the 2nd quarter was always the time when I got my worst grades. Maybe it’s because the freshness wore off by now. Then the last 2 quarters I had to buckle down to get my grades back up. Why the hell am I talking about school?!? Let’s get to some music! Now, let’s Return to the week ending January 19, 1985, and continue the countdown.


30. “Jungle Love” by The Time

Oh-we-oh-we-oh! Great start today, as we get our funk on, riding high with Morris Day and The Time from Purple Rain.

29. “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan

One of my favorite starts of any song. Chaka, Chaka, Chaka, Chaka Khan

28. “Foolish Heart” by Steve Perry

Great song by one of the greatest singers of all time. Boring video.

27. “Operator” by Midnight Star

Back to some Funk to get us moving! This was Midnight Star’s only top 40 hit.

26. “Call to the Heart” by Giuffra

Power ballad and big hair. Perfect ’80s combination!

25. “Solid” by Ashford & Simpson

Solid. Solid as a rock. That’s what this song is.

24. “Understanding” by Bob Seger

If you like Bob Seger, you’ll like this song. If you don’t like Bob Seger, it’s understandable that you don’t like this song.

23. “Love Light in Flight” by Stevie Wonder

This song from The Woman in Red may have flown by you as the airwaves were being flooded with “I Just Called to Say I Love You”.

22. “Out of Touch” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Classic song by the best duo of the ’80s.

21. “Method of Modern Love” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Do I have to spell it out for you? Hall & Oates are so soulful that T-H-E-Y C-A-N S-P-E-L-L T-H-R-O-U-G-H T-H-E E-N-T-I-R-E S-O-N-G A-N-D I-T W-I-L-L S-T-I-L-L S-O-U-N-D G-O-O-D.

 


That wraps up today’s list of songs. What do you think so far, now that we are halfway done? Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

Top 40 Songs This Week: January 19, 1985 – Songs 40-31

Welcome back to a new week of the Top 40 countdown! This will be a slightly different format. My comments will be limited to 1 or 2 sentences. If you would like to hear the song/see the video on YouTube, you can click on the song title. If you’d like to listen or buy the song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover. We are in the heart of the 80s for this countdown, so there will be some great songs this week. So, let’s Return to the week ending January 19, 1985, and begin the countdown.


40. “The Old Man Down the Road” by John Fogerty

Remember when we had to hidey-hide, and jump and run because the old man was down the road? Well fellas, the table has turned. 32 years later, we are the old man down the road.

 

39. “Mistake No. 3” by Culture Club

Mistake No. 1 = “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”
Mistake No. 2 = Thinking Boy George was a woman, despite his name

 

38. “In Neon” by Elton John

Maybe things would be less depressing if we Returned to a time where we dress in neon again. It would make world a brighter place.

 

37. “The Heat is On” by Glenn Frey

The world would also be a less depressing place if we had fun songs like this.

 

 

 

36. “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton

My innocence was lost when I discovered that Sheena Easton was singing about her poontang in this Prince-penned song.

35. “No More Lonely Nights” by Paul McCartney

Great song from a not so great movie.

34. “Money Changes Everything” by Cyndi Lauper

I’ll take your word for it, Cyndi.

33. “Tender Years” by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

The other song from Eddie and the Cruisers.

32. “Misled” by Kool & The Gang

My favorite Kool & The Gang song.

31. “Bruce” by Rick Springfield

I never knew this existed. And yes, it is about THE Bruce.

 

 

 


That wraps up today’s list of songs. I’m liking this countdown so far. Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 9, 1985: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. Well, I think this has been a really solid countdown this week. And there are going to be some ’80s classics in this Top 10. So, let’s Return to the week ending March 9, 1985, and wrap up this week’s countdown.

10. “Misled” by Kool & the Gang


Once again, a great way to begin the countdown today! This is one of my favorite Kool & the Gang songs. This was off of Kool & the Gang’s biggest selling album, Emergency.

9. “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton

I love Sheena Easton, but this isn’t one of my favorite songs by her. It does have that classic ’80s synth-pop sound though. This song was composed by Prince, and you can totally hear it.

8. “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner

This classic power ballad by Foreigner was a #1 hit. It was also overplayed. But, after avoiding it for a while, it sounds good to me again.

7. “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters

This is a great fun song by the Pointer Sisters, with Ruth as the lead singer. It was included on their great album, Break Out. However, it’s inclusion on the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack may have helped it become a huge hit. The song went so perfectly with the awesome chase scene at the beginning of the movie.

6. “Too Late For Goodbyes” by Julian Lennon

This was Julian Lennon’s biggest hit. I could not get over how much he looked and sounded like his father, John. Back then, I was kind of hoping the Beatles would reunite, with Julian taking his father’s place. But, I could not even imagine the pressure he already must have felt. So, that may have been unfair to him. I kind of like this song, and it really brings me back.

5. “Material Girl” by Madonna

I do love me some classic Madonna! I even had a little crush on her back then. It was nice when she was relevant. By the way, did you know she has a new studio album out? I didn’t, until I just went to iTunes for something else. Oh well. After this song, Madonna would sometimes be called the Material Girl in the headlines of newspapers and magazines. She did have a hit with “Like a Virgin“, but I notice she was never called Virgin Madonna. Anyway, “Material Girl” helped play a big part in helping Madonna become a pop icon of the ’80s.

4. “California Girls” by David Lee Roth

I loved this song when it came out! I much prefer DLR’s rockin’ music, but this was fun. He always has the strangest characters in his music videos.

3. “The Heat is On” by Glenn Frey

Another ’80s classic! And another smash hit from Beverly Hills Cop. This song would top out at #2, being held off by this week’s top song. However, it is the highest U.S. charting solo single by any member of The Eagles.


Now is the time of the countdown where we find out what was topping the other charts this week in 1985.

Topping the Country charts was “My Only Love” by the Statler Brothers

Topping the R&B charts was our #34 song on the Hot 100 – “Missing You” by Diana Ross.

The top Rock song this week was our #25 hit on the Hot 100 – “Just Another Night” by Mick Jagger.

The top Dance tune was “New Attitude” by Patti LaBelle.

The top album was Make It Big by Wham

And the top Adult Contemporary song this week is our #2 song this week:

2. “Careless Whisper” by Wham! Featuring George Michael

This was George Michael’s first solo hit, although he was still performing in Wham! at the time. The song was on Wham!’s Make It Big album. This is one of those songs that I did not like at all when it came out. But, I like it now.

1. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon

We have reached the top of the charts with this classic power ballad by REO Speedwagon. This was the first week of this song’s run as the #1 hit in the country. If you see any ’80s love song compilation, chances are very good that this song will be on it.


Top 40 Songs This Week – March 9, 1985: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21.
Well, as Casey used to say, the smaller the number, the bigger the hit. As we move on down the countdown, we will find more and more true ’80s classics. I hope you are enjoying this trip down memory lane as much as I am. Now, let’s Return to the week ending March 9, and continue the countdown.

20. “Method of Modern Love” by Hall & Oates

M-E-T-H-O-D-O-F-L-O-V-E
Yes, we begin the countdown with one of the best duos of the ’80s giving you an earworm! This is a good song to have stuck in your head, but not when there are 9 more songs to go today!

OK, time for a palette cleanser.

OK, now we can move on.

19. “Mr. Telephone Man” by New Edition

Before New Kids on the Block, New Edition was the big boy-band of the ’80s. This song isn’t too bad. It was written by Ray Parker, Jr.

18. “Only the Young” by Journey


Journey was one of my favorite bands of the ’80s, and I love this song by them. It was originally intended to be on the Frontiers album. But, it was pulled in favor of the songs “Back Talk” and “Troubled Child“. It eventually was included on the Vision Quest soundtrack, was released as a single, and cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

17. “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, had a short,but great run in the ’80s. “Frankie Says” t-shirts were seen everywhere in the mid-80s.

16. “Easy Lover” by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins

What happens when you put together the lead singer of Genesis with the lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire? Total awesomeness!! This fun duet won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.

15. “Private Dancer” by Tina Turner


Tina Turner had an incredible comeback in the ’80s with her Private Dancer album. This title track was the 5th single released from that album. It was written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, and was actually meant to be on their album Love over Gold. However, Knopfler felt that it wasn’t suitable for a male to sing, so it was not put on the album. Tina Turner took it and ran with it.

14. “One More Night” by Phil Collins


Phil Collins is back again – this time with a solo song. This would go on to be his second #1 hit (after “Against All Odds“). This is a nice slow song from his No Jacket Required album.

13. “The Old Man Down the Road” by John Fogerty

This was the lead single from John Fogerty’s comeback album, Centerfield. It became a top 10 hit, peaking at #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was a #1 hit for three weeks on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. This song is just classic Fogerty.

12. “Lovergirl” by Teena Marie

As far as I’m concerned this is a very underrated song that does not get enough airplay. “Lovergirl” would be Teena Marie’s biggest hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

11. “Loverboy” by Billy Ocean

I love Billy Ocean, and this is a great, fun, upbeat song.


I hope you are all enjoying this countdown from the heart of the ’80s. On Friday, we’ll be back with the Top 10 songs. See you then!

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 9, 1985: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs yesterday, you can go ahead and check them out. Some of these songs bring back memories. At this time in 1985, I was in the second half of my freshman year of high school. I enjoyed making new friends in high school, but did not do too well in classes. While I was struggling with my studies, there were some awesome songs to lean back on and use as an escape. Let’s enjoy some of this music now, by Returning to the week ending March 9, and move on with the countdown.

30. “Jungle Love” by The Time

How about we start the countdown today with a little funk?!? The Time, led by Morris Day, was a pop-funk band which was put together by Prince. You can definitely hear the influence in this song. Not long after this, Morris Day left, and went on to a solo career. They would reunite and break up several more times over the years. Currently, they are known as The Original 7ven.

29. “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen


Oh boy, I’m torn on this song now. Before I started the Springsteen project (a.k.a. “Who’s the Boss?”), I would have said that a song with the word “Fire” in the title needs to have screaming in it.
[Possible Spoiler Alert: This song may or may not be on the Live 1975-85 album I’m reviewing right now. And I may or may not express that sentiment as my initial reaction on said review]
But, as I become a Springsteen student, I am beginning to like this song more each time I listen to it. I may not be on fire about this song, but I am warming up to it. What can I say? I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!

28. “Nightshift” by the Commodores

With this song, the Commodores finally showed that it may be possible to move on without Lionel Richie. It was their first hit after Richie went solo. “Nightshift” was written by the lead singer at that time, Walter Orange, (along with with Dennis Lambert and Franne Golde). It was a tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, who both died in 1984. The Commodores won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group for this song.

27. “Somebody” by Bryan Adams

Great song from the classic album Reckless. This song topped the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

26. “Solid” by Ashford & Simpson

The husband and wife songwriting-production team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson had their biggest hit, as performers, with this song. It would go on to peak at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

25. “Just Another Night” by Mick Jagger

I don’t usually like Mick Jagger’s solo stuff, but this is a good song. It was the first single released from Jagger’s debut solo album, She’s the Boss.

24. “Keepin’ the Faith” by Billy Joel

A year and a half after Billy Joel’s An Innocent Man album was released, he was still scoring some hits off of it. This would be the last single released from that album. This is a nice, fun song.

23. “Naughty Naughty” by John Parr

What a great rocking song! This was John Parr’s first hit in the U.S. In 1985, he and his band, The Business, toured with Toto. At the end of the tour, he was approached by super-producer David Foster, who requested Parr to record a song for the film “St. Elmo’s Fire“. And the rest is history.

22. “High On You” by Survivor

This hit came off of one of my favorite albums of the ’80s – Vital Signs. This wasn’t my favorite song from the album though. I feel that this song did get overplayed. But, years removed, I do enjoy hearing this once in a while.

21. “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran

We wrap up the countdown today with an interesting song. “Save a Prayer” was released in the U.K. in August of 1982 from the album, Rio. It had not been released in the U.S. as a single. The video did get play on MTV, though. Then in 1985, a special U.S. version of the song was cut with the live version from the Arena album on the flip side. This live version hit the charts, and climbed all the way up to #16.


Well, that’s the end of the countdown for today. I hope you’re enjoying this week’s songs so far. They are just going to keep on getting better! So, please come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 9, 1985: Songs 40-31

Welcome to the Return of the Top 40!!! And what a week to jump back into this! These were the biggest hits in the U.S. 30 years ago this week. There are going to be some true classics this week. Remember, you can click on the song title to see the video. This is going to be exciting, so let’s get to it, and Return to the week ending March 9, 1985, and begin the countdown.

40. “Along Comes a Woman” by Chicago

What better way to Return to the countdown than to begin with one of my favorite Chicago songs. Not only is this a fun, upbeat song, but the video is totally awesome! The first half is Indiana Jones-like, and the second half was influenced by Casablanca.

39. “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley

Boy, summer does sound good about now! This classic Don Henley song went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The video won the Video of the Year at the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards, and also won that year’s awards for Best Direction, Best Art Direction, and Best Cinematography.

38. “The Borderline” by Jeffrey Osborne

It’s always great to hear Jeffrey Osborne, who is from my home state of Rhode Island. This song is off of his 3rd album, Don’t Stop. I had never heard this song before. It is more uptempo than most of his other songs that have been released. I’m liking this one!

37. “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge

This is a very fun dance song by the family DeBarge. This song was written by legendary songwriter Diane Warren. This song reached all the way up to #3 on the Hot 100 charts, making it the biggest hit by DeBarge.

36. “Why Can’t I Have You” by The Cars

This was the fifth and final single released from the classic album, Heartbeat City. This is another song that I was unfamiliar with. This ballad isn’t too bad. Not one of my favorites by them, but not too bad.

35. “This is Not America” by David Bowie & Pat Metheny Group

This collaboration between David Bowie and the jazz fusion band the Pat Metheny Group, was recorded for the soundtrack to the film The Falcon and the Snowman – a movie I never heard of, which starred Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn. This has that classic David Bowie new wavey sound to it.

34. “Missing You” by Diana Ross

This is a nice song, written, composed, and produced by Lionel Richie as a tribute to Marvin Gaye, who had died earlier in the year. This is one of those songs that I remembered as soon as I heard it. This song was Diana Ross’ last major hit on the US pop singles chart, hitting the Top 10 in the spring of 1985.

33. “Take Me With U” by Prince & The Revolution

Well, I’m getting better at digging up these Prince videos! If you are new to these countdowns, Prince usually makes an appearance. However, he is about the only artist that does not allow their music on YouTube, or just about anywhere else on the internet, for that matter. So I normally substitute it with another song. The is the second Prince song in a row I was able to find. This song was the final single to be released from the Purple Rain soundtrack.

32. “Obsession” by Animotion

This awesome song is about as ’80s as you can get! I think I remember this synth-pop classic as the opening theme to one of the WWF shows. Hulk Hogan always comes to mind when this song comes on.

31. “Turn Up the Radio” by Autograph

Turn it up!! Now, we’re in my wheelhouse! This was the lead single released from Autograph’s debut album, Sign in Please. It would be their only Top 40 hit, reaching No. 29 in the Billboard 100. In 1985, Guitar Player magazine awarded Steve Lynch “Guitar Solo of the Year” for this song.


Well, that wraps up the countdown for today. It will continue tomorrow. Did you like these first 10 songs so far? Even though I was 14 at the time of this countdown, I only remembered about half of these songs. I would have thought it would have been more. Did you discover any new music here? Give me your thoughts on the countdown, and what you were doing at this time in 1985.

Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. We will wrap up the countdown today. So, let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and check out the top songs.

10. “Pop Life” by Prince & The Revolution

I don’t remember this song. And since Prince doesn’t want us to listen to his music, we’ll listen to a different (and maybe better) song.

9. “You’re Only Human (Second Wind)” by Billy Joel

This song originally appeared on Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits album. A bit presumptuous if you ask me. But, he was right to include it on that album as it did indeed become a hit, peaking right here at #9.

8. “Don’t Lose My Number” by Phil Collins

This is a great song from Phil Collins’ classic No Jacket Required album. Some artists at this time, such as Phil Collins and David Lee Roth, told long stories in their music videos before the music actually started. This is one of those videos:

But, if you don’t have much time, but still want to listen to the song, here is a shorter version of the video that jumps right into the song:

I have been listening to Casey’s Top 40 on iHeart Radio lately, and I had forgotten that towards the end of every countdown, he would tell us what was topping the other music charts. So we’ll do the same here.

This week, at the top of the Country charts was “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me” by Rosanne Cash

This week’s top R&B song was “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston, which we have already seen at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 countdown.

This week’s top Rock song was another song we have already seen here at #25 – “Lonely Ol’ Night” by John Cougar Mellencamp

The top Dance tune was “Trapped” by Colonel Abrams

And this week’s top Album was Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits

7. “Cherish” by Kool & The Gang

And this week’s #7 song was also the #1 Adult Contemporary song. This is a nice ballad that was probably a popular wedding song at that time.

6. “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits

This is one of the most over-rated songs of the ’80s. The first 45 seconds of the song is outstanding. After that, I kind of space out. Much like Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” the only thing this song had going for it was it’s creative, groundbreaking video. But, it was a #1 hit for three weeks and won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986.

Another reason that this song was such a big hit, and got tons of airplay was probably it’s reference to MTV. If I knew anything about writing music, I would write a song that mentions iTunes, YouTube, or Pandora. This would assure me a #1 hit. So any songwriters or musicians out there reading this – You’re Welcome. And don’t forget to mention me when you’re accepting your Grammy.

5. “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams

Classic ’80s tune! This is probably Bryan Adams’ signature hit.

4. “Freeway of Love” by Aretha Franklin

This smash hit was the first single released off of the “Queen of Soul”‘s Who’s Zoomin’ Who? album. It won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. And that is Clarence Clemons, from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, playing sax in the song.

3. “We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner

This is a great song by Tina Turner, which was the theme song for the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. There is going to be another Mad Max movie coming out soon. If they want it to be a surefire hit, maybe they could get Tina to do the theme song for it.

2. “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News

Besides being the first #1 hit for Huey Lewis & The News, this song was also featured in the blockbuster movie, Back to the Future. Not to make anybody feel old, but next year is going to be 30 years since Marty McFly went WAY, WAY BACK in time – 30 years back to 1955.

1. “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” by John Parr

Movie soundtracks were the way to go this week! We finish up the top of the countdown with the third consecutive soundtrack song. This is a great rocker by John Parr, for the movie St. Elmo’s Fire.
Booga-booga-booga! Ah-ah-shoot me. Other than that stupid part, I loved the movie. And this theme song was a great song on an outstanding soundtrack.

Well, that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. We’ll be back soon for a new week. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Guess what day it is! It’s a day of great music! Let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and continue the countdown.

20. “What About Love” by Heart

What a great way to start they day! This was Heart’s big comeback hit, which made them one of the most popular rock bands throughout the rest of the ’80s. They also received a little help from Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas, co-lead vocalists of Starship at the time, as they provided backing vocals.
I love learning new things while writing for this blog. Today’s lesson is that this song is actually a remake. “What About Love” was originally recorded in 1982 by a Canadian group called Toronto (which I never heard of). This Toronto version is also outstanding. Man, I’m going to have to look more into that band! They sound good.
But, it was Heart who brought the song to worldwide fame, as it became their first top 10 hit in five years.

19. “Life In One Day” by Howard Jones

I had forgotten about this song. I like it a lot. And no, there is nothing wrong with your computer. The video is deliberately crazy. I don’t know if this is supposed to be artistic or not, but I find it very annoying. See for yourself.

Here is the album version so you can actually enjoy the song.

18. “Oh Sheila” by Ready For The World

I really enjoy this R&B dance song.

17. “Dress You Up” by Madonna

Kids, this one time, in the ’80s, Madonna actually had really good pop songs. Let’s Return to that time to listen to her final single released from the Like a Virgin album.

16. “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” by Mötley Crüe

This is a pretty good cover of Brownsville Station’s 1973 hit. It was Mötley Crüe’s first Top 40 hit. To this day, I have never take a drag of a cigarette (or anything else you can light up). But, I could relate to this song from living vicariously through my friends.

15. “Dare Me” by The Pointer Sisters

I love most of the Pointer Sisters’ songs, and this is one of my favorites.

14. “Never Surrender” by Corey Hart

This is an incredible, soaring, and inspirational power ballad.

13. “Shout” by Tears for Fears

This is one of Tears for Fears’ signature hits. They have other songs that I like more, but this is a good one too. It definitely has that classic ’80s sound.

12. “Freedom” by Wham!

This is one of my all-time favorite Wham! songs.

Here is the video. It takes a little over a minute to actually start the song.

11. “Invincible” by Pat Benatar

And we end today’s list with a great rock song by Pat Benatar. This was also used as the theme song for the 1985 movie, The Legend of Billie Jean.

Well, that wraps up the countdown for today. I loved today’s songs much more than yesterday’s. We’ll be back on Friday to count down the 10 biggest hits. See you then!