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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!

Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go ahead and check them out. Unfortunately for me, today’s list is not all that great. That’s bound to happen once in a while. There will be a few good songs though. So, let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and you be the judge.

30. “Every Step of the Way” by John Waite

I like John Waite, but this song is “meh.” I own his greatest hits album, which has 17 songs, and this is not one of them. That should say something.

29. “Everytime You Go Away” by Paul Young

Ugh! A lot of people might like this song, but long-time readers of this blog know that I have my own reasons for not liking this song. The fact that Daryl Hall wrote this does score some points with me though.

28. “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” by Sting

This is the second day in a row that we have a hit by Sting. I’m not much of a fan of him without The Police, and I like yesterday’s song, “Fortress Around Your Heart” better. Sorry, Sting. I used to love you with The Police, but now I’m going to have to set you free.

27. “Mystery Lady” by Billy Ocean

I love most of Billy Ocean’s songs. But, this is another one that’s just “meh” to me. I also have a Billy Ocean greatest hits album. Unlike John Waite, this song is actually on there. However, this song did not sound familiar to me, so I must skip over it when it comes on.

26. “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)” by The Eurythmics

In the ’80s, I was not a fan of The Eurythmics. However, I love them now. This song did not sound familiar to me, so I got my hopes up thinking I was going to discover another gem that I missed the first time around. Unfortunately, this song joined the “meh” bandwagon with all the other songs on today’s list so far.

25. “Lonely Ol’ Night” by John Cougar Mellencamp

We have reached the halfway point of today’s list, and we have finally hit I song that I like. The further we got into the decade, the less I was liking John Cougar Mellencamp’s music. But, I really like this one. This was on his Scarecrow album, which is outstanding.

24. “Cry” by Godley & Creme

Well, that moment of glory was short lived. I’m bored again!

23. “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston

The countdown is saved!! This classic earned Whitney her first Grammy Award – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The first time I remember hearing this song was when she performed it on Silver Spoons:

Here is the music video:

22. “Shame” by The Motels

This is another song that I did not know about. I like The Motels, so I was hoping that this would be a pleasant surprise. And this song did not disappoint!! We are ending strong.

21. “Take On Me” by A-Ha

And we wrap up with a true ’80s classic! This was already a good song. But, the video really made it’s popularity soar. The video killed at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. It won six awards—Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer’s Choice.

Well, that wraps up today’s countdown. As disappointed as I was, it did end strong. And the momentum will carry over to the rest of the countdown. Tomorrow’s list of songs is going to be incredible, so I am psyched about that. Definitely come back, and check them out with me!

Top 40 Songs This Week – September 7, 1985: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody and welcome back to another Top 40 Countdown. This week we will count down the 40 biggest hits in the country from the week ending September 7, 1985. We are smack-dab in the middle of our favorite decade. At this date, I was just beginning my sophomore year of high school. Honestly, that wasn’t my favorite high school year. Sure, my freshman year was nerve-wracking. But it was still exciting because it was something new. I finally came out of my shell by my junior year, and my classes were a little more fun. And my senior year…well, the end of school was in sight. And I didn’t need to take any math or science classes anymore, and got to take more fun classes like cooking and the brand new computers class. But, sophomore year was no-man’s land. I was settled in to high school and had all horrible classes. But, there was still some great music playing on the radio and MTV. So, let’s Return to the week ending September 7, 1985, and enjoy the hottest music this week.

40. “Spanish Eddie” by Laura Branigan

Great way to begin a countdown! I love Laura Branigan. She had an awesome voice, and I had quite the crush on her. I was sad when she died from an aneurysm on August 26, 2004. But, she left us with some great music, and this is among my many favorites of hers.

39. “I Wonder If I Take You Home” by Lisa Lisa, Cult Jam & Full Force

This was Lisa Lisa’s first hit. I had never heard of this one. This was just before Lisa Lisa broke through with the smash hit, “All Cried Out“. This song isn’t a bad freestyle song.

38. “I Got You Babe” by UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

Here’s a remake of the 1965 Sonny and Cher hit that really did not need to be remade.

37. “Do You Want Crying” by Katrina & The Waves

The only Katrina and the Waves song I had remembered was Walking On Sunshine. But, I like this song, which was a folloow-up, a lot. It really should get more airplay on the ’80s shows/stations.

36. “No Looking Back” by Michael McDonald

Alright, I think I’m going to have to finally admit that I am a Michael McDonald fan. I keep saying that I never liked his music, but I love every song I play by him on these countdowns. Alright Michael, you win, you win! I had no idea that he did this song. I was only aware of the Kenny Loggins version, which I also love. This song was on the album of the same name, which was McDonald’s second solo album. Michael McDonald actually wrote this song with Kenny Loggins (and Ed Sanford).

35. “You Spin Me Around (Like a Record)” by Dead or Alive

This is classic ’80s all the way! It sounds like it could have been a hit earlier in the decade. Dead or Alive did not have too many hits, but the ones they had were really good.

34. “C-I-T-Y” by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

I may be a little partial on this, but I love this song by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, who are from my hometown.

33. “Dancing in the Street” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie

Here’s a remake of the 1964 Martha and the Vandellas hit that did not need to be remade.

Van Halen’s version wasn’t bad the first few thousand times I heard it. But I’m sick of it now. And it did not take long form me to dislike this Jagger/Bowie version.

32. “Fortress Around Your Heart” by Sting

This song isn’t bad. But, I much prefer Sting with The Police.

31. “Who’s Holding Donna Now” by DeBarge

I did not remember this song. A lot of music by DeBarge got by me. I like this song. It is a good R&B song.

Well, that wraps up the songs for today. What were you doing this week in 1985? Am I the only one that did not enjoy the sophomore year of high school? What were your best and worst years? We will continue the countdown tomorrow. See you then!

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 13, 1985: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s Top-40 Countdown! Today we will count down the 10 biggest hits this week in 1985. If you need to catch up this week, you can check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11 first. I think this is another good list. A lot of top-10’s have songs that have gotten played over and over through the years. But there are some songs on this list that I have not heard since the ’80s. Let’s take a look at the top 10 songs from the week ending April 13, 1985.

10. “Missing You” by Diana Ross

This is a nice way to start a top 10. This song does not get much airplay. I haven’t heard it in years. I already liked the song. But I just found out that the song was written, composed, and produced by Lionel Richie as a tribute to Marvin Gaye, who had died on April 1, 1984. Ross and Gaye were lifelong friends and label mates, having both joined Motown in 1961, and recorded a duet album together, Diana & Marvin, in 1973, later recording two more duets in 1978. Sadly, the day before his 45th birthday, Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father. His death rocked the music world. This song is a classy tribute.

9. “Obsession” by Animotion

Classic ’80s song. And I can’t help but think of the WWF when I hear this song. I believe this was the theme song for one of the wrestling shows – either the WWF show that aired on Saturday mornings, or for their Saturday Night’s Main Event.

8. “Lover Girl” by Teena Marie

This was the “Ivory Queen of Soul”, Teena Marie’s biggest hit. I did not know this song until she died in 2010. She had a really good voice, and I like this song.

7. “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge

Here’s a guilty pleasure! I liked this song when it came out. Then it got overplayed and I could not listen to DeBarge anymore. Now I like it again, although it’s still not on my iPod. This is a fun upbeat song.

6. “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen

Meh. This was the fourth single released off of Springsteen’s blockbuster Born in the U.S.A. album. I expect a song with “fire” in it to be a rocker. This is kind of boring to me. At least it’s not as much of a snoozefest as “Streets of Philadelphia“.

5. “Material Girl” by Madonna

This was my favorite song from the Like a Virgin album. Madonna admired Marilyn Monroe, so the video was inspired by “Diamonds Are a Girl’s best Friend” from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

4. “Nightshift by Commodores

This was the Commodores’ biggest hit after Lionel Richie left the band. This is the second song in the top 10 that paid tribute to Marvine Gaye. It also paid tribute to Jackie Wilson, who also died in 1984. This is another really good song.

3. “Crazy For You” by Madonna

Madonna’s on a roll! This is her second song in the top 5 this week. This song, along with the Like a Virgin album made Madonna an icon of the ’80s. I just recently wrote about this song in the Vision Quest Soundtrack article.

2. “One More Night” by Phil Collins

This is a nice ballad, which was the lead single off of Phil Collins’ great album, No Jacket Required.

1. “We Are the World” by USA for Africa

And we have arrived at the final song of the countdown! USA for Africa, or United Support of Artists for Africa, was comprised of 48 predominantly U.S. artists, led by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. How many of the artists in the video can you name? And what/who is your favorite part? And what the heck is Dan Aykroyd doing there!?! He should have at least dressed in his Elwood Blues outfit instead of having the nerdy Rick Moranis look!

Well, our countdown has come to a close. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have! We’ll be back next week with a new week and new year. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 13, 1985: Songs 20-11

Hey Gang, welcome back to the continuation of this week’s Top-40 countdown! I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now, and this is probably my favorite 10 so far. There isn’t a song on here that I don’t like. If you need to catch up this week, you can check out songs 40-31, and 30-21 first. Now let’s Return to the week ending April 13, 1985, and continue on with songs 20-11.

20. “Too Late For Goodbyes” by Julian Lennon

This was Julian Lennon’s biggest hit. Man, he looked and sounded just like his father! It would have been incredible if there was a Beatles reunion, and he replaced John. But, that would have been unfair to Julian. Unfortunately, Julian Lennon would not come close to the success that he had with this song. He did get nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1985 for this song, and the title track from his debut album, “Valotte“.

19. “High On You” by Survivor

Vital Signs was always one of my favorite albums. I love every song on it, which includes this one. I did like “I Can’t Hold Back” better, but this one seemed to get more airplay. This is still a really good song though, and it does bring me back to my freshman year in high school.

18. “Along Comes a Woman” by Chicago

Here is another one of my all-time favorite bands. This is one of my favorite Chicago songs. Unfortunately, that dastardly Radio mainly focused on Chicago’s ballads. Their ballads are great, but they have some awesome rock songs that you may not know about unless you bought the albums. “Along Comes a Woman” was the rare upbeat Chicago song that got airplay post-Terry Kath. I love this song, and the video is a lot of fun too, as they jumped on the Indiana Jones bandwagon.

17. “Some Like It Hot” by The Power Station

Wow, what’s going on here?! This is 4 songs in a row that I like! “Some Like It Hot” was the first single released from the supergroup’s debut album. I like Robert Palmer’s vocals more in this song than his solo work. Power Station also had former Chic drummer Tony Thompson, as well as Duran Duran’s John (bass) and Andy (guitar) Taylor.

16. “Just Another Night” by Mick Jagger

Here is another really good song. I had forgotten about this one. It was Mick Jagger’s first single from his debut solo album, She’s the Boss. I don’t think I’ve heard this song since it came out. Jagger’s solo work does not get too much airplay. I really like this one a lot.

15. “All She Wants to Do is Dance” by Don Henley

This is a good song from Henley’s classic Building the Perfect Beast album. This song was refreshing after getting pummeled to death with “The Boys of Summer“.

14. “Somebody” by Bryan Adams

This is one of my favorite Bryan Adams songs. This was on his incredible Reckless album.

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

Here is REO Speedwagon’s huge power ballad. It would be a #1 hit for three weeks in a row. I still like this song a lot.

12. “One Night In Bangkok” by Murray Head

I love this song every time I hear it. I still don’t have it on my iPod though. This song was written by Abba’s
Benny Andersson and Björn K. Ulvaeus, as well as Tim Rice.

11. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds

And what a way to close out the countdown today! The ultimate ’80s song from the ultimate ’80s movie. You can’t help but be brought back to The Breakfast Club when this song comes on. This is the rare song that I like that gets overplayed.

Did anybody else like those 10 songs? You can Return tomorrow to catch the top 10 songs of the week. That list isn’t too shabby either. It’s going to be fun!

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 13, 1985: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to the Top-40 Countdown from this week in 1985. You can check out songs 40-31 if you missed them. Songs 30-21 are a great variety of rock, pop, and some “smooth” music. Now, let’s Return to the week ending April 13, 1985, and listen to the next 10 songs of the countdown.

30. “Everything She Wants” by Wham!

This is already Wham!’s second song on the countdown. As I mentioned yesterday, I was not a huge Wham! fan back in the day, but I appreciate their music more now. This was the third song from their classic Make It Big album to reach #1. The others were “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper“. My favorite song from the album, “Freedom” peaked at #3. I do think “Everything She Wants” is a good song now. Are there any songs that you did not like when they came out, but do like them more now?

29. “New Attitude” by Patti Labelle

This is the second song on the countdown from the Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack. This is probably my favorite song from that soundtrack, and is my favorite song by Patti LaBelle. This was Patti LaBelle’s first music video.

28. “Radioactive” by The Firm

I did not remember this song, but when I just heard it now, it sounds vaguely familiar to me. I have heard of The Firm though. They were a super group consisting of bassist Tony Franklin, drummer Chris Slade (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Asia), the legendary guitarist Jimmy Page, and lead singer Paul Rogers (Free,Bad Company). I didn’t fall off my chair with excitement when this song came on. But, after listening closely, they do sound really great together. Each instrument (and of course, Paul Rogers’ voice) are incredible.

27. “Rock and Roll Girls” by John Fogerty

I didn’t recognize the song title when I saw it, but as soon as I heard the song, I knew and remembered it. This was off of John Fogerty’s third solo album, Centerfield. The song “Centerfield” was the most popular song from that album, by far. I didn’t realize it, but “The Old Man Down the Road” was also on the album. “Rock and Roll Girls” is a very good song that I probably had not heard since the ’80s.

26. “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” by Hall & Oates

This song came out in the middle of Hall & Oates’ great run in the ’80s. This was off of the Big Bam Boom album, which had more popular songs than this one, such as “Out of Touch” and “Method of Modern Love“.
This isn’t a bad song though. Not one that I’ll run out and buy.

25. “Don’t come Around Here No More” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

I don’t like too much of Tom Petty’s music. But there are actually a few songs I do like by him, and this is one of them. This song was written by Tom Petty and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics. When I hear this song, I can’t help but think of this video with the Alice in Wonderland theme.

24. “Private Dancer” by Tina Turner

This was the title track to Tina Turner’s classic album. I liked this song a lot when it came out. One thing I just learned about this song: It was written by Mark Knopfler, the lead singer of Dire Straits. This song was originally going to be included on the Dire Straits album Love over Gold. After the song was recorded, however, the vocals were not added. Mark Knopfler considered that they were not suitable for a male to sing, so the track was cut from the final mix. They eventually remade the track for Tina Turner.

23. “The Heat Is On” by Glenn Frey

Beverly Hills Cop is really invading this countdown! This is the third song from the soundtrack in this countdown. This song got overplayed when it came out. I’m still a little sick of it. But, I do like it in the movie a lot. This song would peak at #2 behind REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling“. I like this video too because it shows some scenes from the movie.

22. “Smooth Operator” by Sade

This is another song that I did not like at all when it came out. zzzzzzzzzzz. Of course my taste of music leaned more towards Def Leppard, Van Halen, Motley Crue, and Quiet Riot back then. This song is on the total opposite side of the spectrum. I do like Jazz a lot more now, so this is tolerable to me now.
And do I feel stupid! I thought Sade was a solo artist. It turns out that Sade is a band! Please tell me that I’m not the only one that didn’t know that! The lead singer’s name is Sade Adu, so that explains my confusion a little. I didn’t know this was a band named after her.

21. “That Was Yesterday” by Foreigner

This is probably my favorite Foreigner song post-4. I love the keyboard lick in this song. and Lou Gramm’s singing is awesome as usual.

I hope you enjoyed those songs. Not too shabby. The next 10 songs are going to be even better! So please come back! Also, feel free to leave comments about what you think of the songs, or the whole Top-40 Countdown series I’ve been covering lately. And as I mentioned earlier, are there any songs (not necessarily on this list) that you used to not like, but do like more now?

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 13, 1985: Songs 40-31

Welcome to this week’s Top-40 Countdown. This week, we will catch the best songs this week in 1985. At this time, we were in the middle of the ’80s. I was approaching the end of my freshman year of high school. By this time, disco was gone, and there were not as many Country crossover songs. We were also several years away from Grunge. So, this week we were in the heart of ’80s music. We know a lot of these songs, but hopefully there will be several songs on this list that you have not heard in a while. So, let’s Return to the week ending April 13, 1985, and check out songs 40-31.

40. “Only the Young” by Journey

OK, this is like Deja Vu! I Just wrote about this in my Vision Quest article. And the streak has ended. This is the first #40 song that I was familiar with. Journey was always one of my favorite bands, and I’ve always loved this song.

39. “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer

“Axel F” is the electronic instrumental theme from Beverly Hills Cop. The title comes from the main character’s name, Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy). This is such a perfect ’80s theme. When I hear the song, I can’t help but think of the “banana in the tailpipe scene”

Here is the full song:

38. “Suddenly” by Billy Ocean

This was the title track to Billy Ocean’s 1984 breakthrough album. This was his third big hit in a row off that album, following “Caribbean Queen” and “Loverboy“. This song is a nice ballad, and Billy Ocean has a great voice.

37. “Vox Humana” by Kenny Loggins

I know this song, but never knew that it was released as a single. This was the title track of the 1985 album, which I bought for the songs “Forever” and “No Lookin’ Back“. I liked this song a lot too.

36. “The Bird” by The Time

I did not remember this song from the title. But, I remembered it when I played it. This is a funk and dance-pop song. The Time was an ensemble band from Minneapolis. I’ll give you 1 guess as to who put this band together. You can totally hear the Prince influence in this song, along with some James Brown. I kind of like this song. I just can’t listen to it too many times, but it’s not bad.

35. “Careless Whisper” by Wham!

I was not a Wham! or George Michael fan at the height of their stardom in the ’80s. But I appreciate them more now. This is a nice ballad that totally brings you back to the ’80s – especially with the sax being played.

34. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears

In the U.S., “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” was the lead single from the Tears for Fears album Songs from the Big Chair. It would go on to be the band’s first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit. This is one of those hit songs that was almost never released. According to band member/singer, Roland Orzabal, he thought that this song was lightweight, and would not fit in with the rest of the songs on the album. However, producer Chris Hughes convinced him to record it anyway. It would go on to be one of their signature songs.

33. “Lucky” by The Greg Kihn Band

I had never heard this song before. The Greg Kihn Band is mainly known for the hit songs “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” (1981), and “Jeopardy” (1983). This song isn’t bad, but I like those other songs better.

32. “Keeping the Faith” by Billy Joel

This was the last single released from Billy Joel’s smash hit classic album, An Innocent Man. This is a fun song.

31. “Forever Man” by Eric Clapton

Again, if the Eric Clapton song is not “It’s In the Way That You Use It“, then it’s not for me. I did not recognize the title. But, as soon as I heard it I knew that I heard this a million times. Well, at least part of the song. I would probably change the station before it could get too far into the song. This may have been played in commercials too. I can’t remember which ones.

So what do you think of this countdown so far? Does it bring you back? There are some more really good songs on the way.