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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 5, 1986: Songs 10-1

Well we have arrived at our Top 10 of the week. If you missed the previous songs, check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. This has been a fun week so far. So, let’s get this going, and Return to the week ending April 5, 1986, and wrap up this week’s countdown! And as usual, if you’d like to listen to the song on YouTube, click on the song title. And if you want to listen or buy this song on Amazon, you can click on the album cover.


10. “Nikita” by Elton John

Ah, the good ole days of the Cold War. Too bad those days are over, right? Right? Well, maybe we’ll get a Nikita ’18 update version this year.
One cool thing about this song that I didn’t know, is that George Michael and Nik Kershaw are on the backing vocals.

 

9. “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer

This is one of the most iconic music videos ever. The five models in the video are Julie Pankhurst (keyboard), Patty Kelly (guitar), Mak Gilchrist (bass guitar), Julia Bolino (guitar), and Kathy Davies (drums). Andy Taylor of Duran Duran (and a bandmate of Palmer’s from The Power Station) provides lead guitar.

 

8. “Let’s Go All the Way” by Sly Fox

This very cool song was the only Top 40 hit for Sly Fox, making them a one-hit wonder.

7. “Manic Monday” by The Bangles

This worldwide smash hit was The Bangles’ first hit single. It was originally intended for the group Apollonia 6 in 1984. And yes, that means it was written by Prince.

 

6. “What You Need” by INXS

This was the first Top 10 hit for INXS in the U.S. At the Countdown Music and Video Awards for 1985, in Australia, this won for Best Video.

 

 

5. “These Dreams” by Heart

This was the first Heart single on which Nancy Wilson performed lead vocals instead of Ann. It would also be Heart’s first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

4. “Secret Lovers” by Atlantic Starr

This was was Atlantic Starr’s true breakthrough hit on the pop charts in both the US and UK.

 

 

3. “Kiss” by Prince & The Revolution

I still remember listening to the radio while playing a computer game, when the DJ said that they were going to play the new Prince song, “Kiss”, for the first time. It was exciting for me to be able to catch the debut of a song on the radio. I’ve been a fan of this song ever since.

2. “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” by John Cougar Mellencamp

This is a fun rocker by Mellencamp, who had quite a good run of hit songs throughout the ’80s.

1. “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco

And we have arrived at the #1 song of the week! Of course, it’s a song that will be stuck in your head the rest of the day. While Falco was wildly popular in Germany, his native Austria, and much of Europe, this was his only #1 hit in both the U.S. and U.K. With “Rock Me Amadeus”, Falco became the first German-speaking artist to be credited with a number-one single in all mainstream US pop singles charts: the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 Singles. Prior to Falco, “99 Luftballons” by Nena got to number one on Cashbox, but peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.


Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. What were some of your favorite songs this week? And get your passports ready! The next time, we will go back to the U.K. to do a Top 40 there! Until then, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 5, 1986: Songs 20-11

Welcome back as we continue the countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. The hits are getting bigger and bigger. However, there are still two songs on today’s list that I was unfamiliar with. That’s always exciting for me. Now, let’s Return to the week ending and move on with the countdown. And as usual, if you’d like to listen to the song on YouTube, click on the song title. And if you want to listen or buy this song on Amazon, you can click on the album cover.


20. “King for a Day” by Thompson Twins

If I were king for just one day, I would make sure this song gets played just as much as “Hold Me Now”.

 

 

 

19. “I Can’t Wait” by Stevie Nicks

This is the second song, on this countdown, with this name. This is defintely the superiour song. I love Stevie Nicks, and this is one of my favorites by her.

 

 

18. “Calling America” by Electric Light Orchestra

I didn’t realize that ELO was still around at this point. This would be their last U.S. hit, peaking right here at #18. I like this one.

 

 

17. “Beats So Lonely” by Charlie Sexton

Here is another pleasant surprise for me! And you would never know that this was a 16 year old that recorded this!

 

 

16. “Why Can’t This Be Love” by Van Halen

This was our introduction to the Van Hagar years. Great way to start them!

 

 

 

15. “Sara” by Starship

Awesome 80s power ballad. It was the band’s second number-one hit after the song “We Built This City”.

14. “Harlem Shuffle” by the Rolling Stones

This cover of the 1963 Bob & Earl song would go on to be a #5 hit. The animation, in the video, was directed by John Kricfalusi, who would go on to create The Ren & Stimpy Show.

13. “This Could Be the Night” by Loverboy

Another awesome power ballad. They don’t make ’em like they used to.

12. “West End Girls” by Pet Shop Boys

Classic ’80s tune that became a #q hit in both the U.S. and U.K.

11. “Tender Love” by Force M.D.’s

Very cool R&B song just before New Jack Swing music became big.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. Come back Friday as we wrap up this weeks awesome countdown!

 

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 5, 1986: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue the countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31. This has been a good countdown so far. So let’s Return to the week ending April 5, 1986, and continue the countdown.


30. “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder

I prefer Stevie Wonder’s music from the ’70s, but this is a pretty song. Love his voice!

 

 

 

29. “American Storm” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

This is one of my favorite Bob Seger songs. This is one of those misunderstood songs. It is not a patriotic song. It is about cocaine abuse. In an interview with the New York Times, Seger said, “I wrote it after reading ‘Wired,’ Bob Woodward’s biography of John Belushi. That was two and a half years ago, when there was a lot of publicity about cocaine abuse in show business. At the time, I thought that it was just a trend that would quickly die out and that the song would be out of date when it came time to record. But the situation has gotten worse. Maybe cocaine isn’t quite as fashionable on the East and West Coasts these days, but the plague has spread into the heartland — into the Middle West and the South. The key line in ‘American Storm’ is ‘You never feel the need.’ You never feel anything when you’re on drugs. You’re numb. You’re afraid to feel for one reason or another, and that’s why you turn to drugs. I want to see people not do that.”

 

28. “No Easy Way Out” by Robert Tepper

A great song from one of my favorite soundtracks – Rocky IV. And you know it’s good because it was featured in a Rocky training montage in the film.

27. “So Far Away” by Dire Straits

I’m not the biggest Dire Straits fan, so I wouldn’t mind if this song moved so far away from me.

 

 

 

26. “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston

On the other hand, I loved Whitney. She could do no wrong with me in the ’80s. I wish that she did know that crack is indeed wack. One of our great artists gone way too soon.

 

 

 

25. “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister

Mr. Mister’s follow-up to the smash hit, “Broken Wings”, was another #1 smash hit. They did have two other U.S. top 40 hits after this, but nobody remembers those.

 

 

 

24. “I Think It’s Love” by Jermaine Jackson

I don’t remember this song. Not one of my favorite Jermaine tunes, but it’s OK.

 

 

 

23. “Your Love” by The Outfield

The Outfield has other great songs that rarely get played. However, despite the fact that I’ve heard this song a few million times in my life, I still love it.

 

 

 

22. “Sanctify Yourself” by Simple Minds

If only this song was also featured in a John Hughes film like their other hit song.

 

 

 

21. “What Have You Done For Me Lately” by Janet Jackson

I loved Janet Jackson. But, whenever I hear this song, this is the first thing that comes to mind [keep in mind that this is Eddie Murphy. So if you’re listening at work, make sure your headphones don’t pop out]:

 

 


That wraps up today’s list of songs. I’m really liking this countdown so far! What do you think. Do you have any favorite songs so far. Any surprises you forgot about? Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown!

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 5, 1986: Songs 40-31

Welcome to a new week of Top 40 music! This week, we are back to the U.S. charts. This week, we are hopping in the Delorian, and heading to 1986. At this time in 1986, I was beginning to head towards the end of my Sophomore year of high school. Academically, this was a horrible time for me. But, there was great music, TV, and movies to help get me by.
As usual, if you want to listen to the song/watch the video, you can click on the song title. If you want to purchase or listen to the song on Amazon, you can click on the album cover. Now, let’s Return to the week ending April 5, 1986, and start the countdown!


40. “Greatest Love At All” by Whitney Houston

This cover of George Benson’s 1977 hit enters the Top 40 this week. This would be one of many iconic Whitney songs.

 

 

39. “I Can’t Wait” by Nu Shooz

Time to hit the dance floor!

 

 

 

38. “Something About You” by Level 42

Level 42 had about 42 top 40 hits in the U.K. OK, I may be exaggerating a bit. They actually had 20, but 42 would have been cooler. However, in the U.S., they only had 2 hits in the U.S., with this being the first. Maybe we’ll catch more Level 42 songs when we head back to the U.K.

 

37. “I Do What I Do… (Theme From “9-1/2 Weeks”)” by John Taylor & Jonathan Elias

This song, from the soundtrack of 9 1/2 Weeks, which starred Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, was John Taylor’s first solo singing performance during Duran Duran’s hiatus.

 

36. “For America” by Jackson Browne

I had never heard this song. It is a pretty good rocker. And it could be just as appropriate today as it was 32 years ago.

 

 

35. “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Iconic ’80s tune from an iconic ’80s movie – Pretty in Pink.

 

 

 

34. “Saturday Love” by Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal

Here is another music discovery for me. I’m loving this R&B hit!

 

 

33. “Bad Boy” by Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan

This was Miami Sound Machine and Gloria Estefan’s second English language hit, after “Conga”. This was the beginning of a long string of hits for Gloria Estefan.

 

 

32. “Live is Life” by Opus

Totally forgot about this one, from the Austrian group, Opus! na na na-na-na
The band name makes me miss the comic strip, “Bloom County”

31. “Take Me Home” by Phil Collins

Is it me, or does it seem like every released Phil Collins tune – either solo, or with Genesis – was iconic?

 

 

 


Well that wraps up today’s list of songs. Not too shabby! Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown!

Top 40 Songs This Week – December 13, 1986: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed them, you can check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. Personally, I think there have been better lists, but there are some classics here today. So, let’s Return to the week ending December 13, 1986, and wrap up this week’s countdown.

10. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King


25 years after Ben E. King hit it big with this 1961 hit, he ran up the charts with the same song again. He had a little help with the classic hit movie Stand By Me.

9. “Shake You Down” by Gregory Abbott

This was the first single released from Gregory Abbott’s debut album. It would also be his biggest hit. I never cared for this song. I don’t mind it as much now.

8. “Notorious” by Duran Duran

Duran Duran is making yet another run up the charts despite losing band members Roger and Andy Taylor. After a string of success, Roger was too exhausted to continue on with another album. And Andy left due to creative differences. The trio of Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, and Nick Rhodes continued on, and put out this classic song.

7. “To Be a Lover” by Billy Idol


Riiiiight! It’s time for some Billy Idol! This was his first single released off of his Whiplash Smile album.

6. “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi


This is the song that launched Bon Jovi into the stratosphere, making them a household name. This was the first single released off of the legendary Slippery When Wet album. It became the band’s first #1 hit.

5. “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” by Wang Chung

Everybody Wang Chung tonight! Whatever that means. This is a fun song though.

4. “The Next Time I Fall” by Peter Cetera & Amy Grant


Peter Cetera proved that “The Glory of Love” was no fluke for his solo career. This duet was a #1 hit. This song also brought Christian Music artist, Amy Grant, into the secular music world. This is one of my favorite duets of the ’80s.

3. “Hip to Be Square” by Huey Lewis & The News

This isn’t one of my favorite Huey Lewis songs, but it’s not bad either.

2. “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles

Anybody who has ever listened to music has heard this song. It was a staple on MTV and it was played on the radio almost as often as Taylor Swift is these days. Well, let’s not get too carried away. It may have been a tiny fraction of that. But still, it was a lot. However, I still liked the song, and I still like it, and don’t turn the station when it comes on. One cool thing about this song is that each band member got to sing a verse.

Before we find out what the #1 song is, let’s see what was topping some of the other charts this week in 1986.

Country – “Hell And High Water” by T. Graham Brown

R&B – “Love You Down” by Ready For The World

Rock – “I Want to Make the World Turn Around” by the Steve Miller Band

Dance – “Brand New Lover” by Dead or Alive

Album – Live/1975-85 by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

And the top Adult Contemporary song is also our number one song on the mainstream chart this week…

1. “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Ugh! I’ll try not to let this ruin the countdown for me. I do appreciate how he had a different sound from most music at the time, but I just don’t like it. One thing is for sure – it was this song was a smash hit for Brice Hornsby, and that’s just the way it is.

Well, that wraps up this week’s countdown. I thought it was a pretty solid week of music. I hope you feel the same. Until next time, “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.”

Top 40 Songs This Week – December 13, 1986: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs you can go back and check them out. As Casey used to say, as the numbers get smaller the hits get bigger. So, let’s Return to the week ending December 13, 1986, and continue the countdown.

30. “All I Wanted” by Kansas


I always liked Kansas a lot. But, I had never heard this song. I really like this one. Kansas was big in the ’70s and early ’80s. They had disbanded for a year and a half, then reunited for the 1986 album, Power. This song, “All I Wanted” would be their final Top 40 hit.

29. “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money

Totally classic ’80s song! This was the lead single released from Eddie Money’s Can’t Hold Back album, and helped earn him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal. In this song, when he sings the lyrics “just like Ronnie sang,” he is referring to Ronnie Spector, who then sings the chorus from the Ronettes’ hit, “Be My Baby” (on which Spector sang lead vocals).

28. “Someday” by Glass Tiger

This song was released off of Glass Tiger’s debut album The Thin Red Line. That album, and the band for that matter, are most known for their hit “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)“. However, I think this song holds it’s own. It would reach all the way up to #7 on the charts.

27. “Wild Wild Life” by the Talking Heads

Woah-oh-oh, this is probably my favorite Talking Heads song. The video is a lot of fun too. It won “Best Group Video” at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1987.

26. “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” by Timbuk3

This song was the opening track from Timbuk3’s debut album, Greetings from Timbuk3. It was the first single released, and would be the band’s only hit. While the title of the song makes you think that it is a positive song, it is really just the opposite. On VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s, singer/songwriter Pat MacDonald revealed that the bright future was referring to impending nuclear holocaust.

25. “(Forever) Live and Die” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

I was not really into synthpop in the ’80s, so I was unfamiliar with this song. The only song I know by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (also known as OMD by those in the know) is “If You Leave” from the movie Pretty in Pink. This song is ok. I could definitely see why I wouldn’t have liked it back then, but I don’t mind it now.

24. “Amanda” by Boston

Boston had two huge albums in the late ’70s – their 1976 self-titled debut album, and 1978’s Don’t Look Back. Then due to legal battles and technical difficulties, it took another 8 years for the band to release their 3rd album – Third Stage. I think it was worth the wait, since it was a great album. This power ballad would be the Boston’s only #1 hit.

23. “Love is Forever” by Billy Ocean


This is a nice ballad. I love Billy Ocean’s voice. This song would be the last of his #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart. It would go on to peak at #16 on the Hot 100 chart.

22. “True Blue” by Madonna

This was the third single released off of Madonna’s third album, True Blue. This song isn’t too bad. It feels like a little throwback song to the doo-wop days.

21. “Victory” by Kool & The Gang


I love this song by Kool & the Gang, as they approached the end of the road of their hit singles. This was off of Kool & the Gang’s seventeenth album, Forever. After that album, lead vocalist James “J.T.” Taylor would leave the group for a solo career.

Well, that wraps up today’s list. I don’t know about you, but I’m liking this countdown so far. We will be back for more hits tomorrow.

Top 40 Songs This Week – December 13, 1986: Songs 40-31

Hi everybody! Welcome to a new week of the Top 40! This is going to be a good week! We are going to take a trip to 1986. This was a good time in my life as I was in the middle of my junior year of high school. There were a lot of great movies (Stand By Me, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Top Gun), great television shows in their prime (Growing Pains, Family Ties, Cheers, Miami Vice), and of course music. So, let’s go back to the good ole days, and Return to the week ending December 13, 1986, and begin the countdown.

40. “Change of Heart” by Cyndi Lauper


Cyndi Lauper proved that she was no flash-in-the-pan by following up her legendary She’s So Unusual album with True Colors. “Change of Heart” was the second single released from that album, and remains one of my favorite Lauper tunes. If you listen to the backing vocals in this song, you will recognize that it is The Bangles.

39. “Falling in Love (Uh-Oh)” by Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan


This is one of those songs that I did not care for when it was first released. But, I like it more now that I’m older. This was the fourth single released from the very successful Primitive Love album.

38. “Open Your Heart” by Madonna

Madonna’s “Open Your Heart” breaks into the Top 40 this week. It would go on to top the charts on February 7, 1987, becoming Madonna’s fifth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. I kind of liked this song, but not as much as her earlier work.

37. “For Tonight” by Nancy Martinez


This is a really good freestyle song that I had forgotten about.

36. “Goldmine” by The Pointer Sisters


I love the Pointer Sisters, but I did not remember this song at all. I had heard of their 1986 album , Hot Together, but I don’t know any of the songs from it. Unfortunately, the Pointers’ days of dominating the charts was about over by now.

35. “Foolish Pride” by Daryl Hall


Here is another song that I was not familiar with. This song was released off of Daryl Hall’s solo album, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, which also featured his only solo Top 10 single, “Dreamtime.” I do like this song too.

34. “Coming Around Again” by Carly Simon


I did remember this song when I saw the title, but didn’t know that Carly Simon sang it. This was a comeback from Carly Simon, returning her to the charts. This song also earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

33. “I’ll Be Over You” by Toto

This is a great ballad by Toto, and one of my favorite songs by them. And of course, what is a Top 40 without Michael McDonald?! Here is his appearance as he provided backign vocals here.

32. “At This Moment” by Billy Vera & The Beaters


This song was originally released in 1981, where it peaked at #79 on the charts. OK, so how is it that all of us who were around during the ’80s know this song so well? Well, it appeared on a little television show called Family Ties, and was the love song for Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) and Ellen Reed (Tracy Pollan, whom Fox eventually married in real life). All of a sudden, the song became hot. Rhino Records re-released the song, which went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the Adult Contemporary charts. Tell me if I’m wrong, but when I hear the opening piano chords and then “What did you think I would do at this moment…”, the first thing that pops into most of our minds is Alex and Ellen slow dancing. They don’t make ’em like they used to. And when I say that, I’m referring to the television, the music, and the couple.

31. “You Be Illin'” by Run-D.M.C.


After Run-D.M.C. crossed over to Mainstream world, and helped relaunch Aerosmith’s career with the rap-rock crossover hit, “Walk This Way,” they followed up with this song. I’ve always loved Run-D.M.C., and I like this song a lot. I like their follow-up to this song – “ It’s Tricky” – better, but this one is fun too.

That wraps up today’s list. I’m really liking this so far, and it’s only going to get better. Tomorrow is going to be an awesome day, so make sure you Return for more of this week’s countdown!

Top 40 Songs This Week – August 16, 1986: Songs 10-1

Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous posts, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. Now let’s Return to the week ending August 16, 1986, and count down the 10 biggest hits in the country.

10. “The Edge of Heaven” by Wham!

We’ll begin the Top 10 with Wham!’s final hit before George Michael embarked on a successful solo career. And Andrew Ridgeley disappeared into music oblivion to join Jim Messina and Art Garfunkel.

9. “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin

I like a lot of Berlin’s songs, but this is not one of them.
This love theme from Top Gun was overplayed when it came out. I wasn’t too crazy about the song as it was. But the fact that I couldn’t escape it made it that much worse. I have a feeling that I’m in the minority in that opinion.

8. “Rumors” by The Timex Social Club

I liked this song a lot. But, this new jack swing marked the beginning of the end of the ’80s.

7. “Dancing On the Ceiling” by Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie’s hot streak continued with this awesome and fun song. I still love it. You can’t help but feel good when this song comes on.

6. “Venus” by Bananarama

This song was originally released in 1969 by Shocking Blue, and became a #1 hit.
Then one of our favorite trios of the ’80s, Bananarama, covered the song, making it a #1 hit once again.

5. “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart

Who remembers this – “We don’t have to take our clothes off to have a good time…Bullshit!”
This song may be a little preachy, but man does it have a fun, catchy beat!

4. “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood

This is not one of my favorite Steve Winwood songs. Not because I don’t like this song (I do like it..a lot!). It’s just that he has quite a few other great songs. This one really takes me back and makes me feel nostalgic for this time.

3. “Mad About You” by Belinda Carlisle

What a great debut song for Belinda Carlisle’s solo career!! She does still have a bit of the Go-Go’s sound in this song, which is not a bad thing. The song also features Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor on the guitar solo. So you girls get Andy in this video, and us guys get Belinda. Sounds like a win-win to me!

2. “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera

Speaking of awesome solo debuts, this was easily my favorite song for a long time after it was released. It doesn’t usually take long for me to get sick of a song if it gets played often. zBut I never got sick of this one. I felt bad that Peter Cetera was no longer in Chicago. But, I loved Cetera’s solo work, and I still loved Chicago (and still do).
This song was featured in The Karate Kid Part II, which was actually a pretty good movie.

1. “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna

And we have already reached the #1 song. This was Madonna’s 4th #1 hit. This is a really good video featuring Danny Aiello as Madonna’s father. Is it weird that I felt bad for Madonna back then, but now that I’m older, I’m on the father’s side?

Well, that wraps up this weeks countdown. I hope you enjoyed your trip down Memory Lane. We’ll be back with a new countdown in a week or two. In the meantime Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week – August 16, 1986: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown. If you missed the previous posts, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Today we have an interesting list of songs. The list includes two of the most overplayed songs of the ’80s. But the rest of the songs more than make up for it. So, let’s Return to the week ending August 16, 1986, and continue the countdown.

20. “Words Get In the Way” by Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan

This is a nice ballad. It was a change of pace for The Miami Sound Machine, which had just scored with the hits “Conga” and “Bad Boy“. “Words Get In the Way” set the path for Gloria Estefan to become a successful adult contemporary artist.

19. “All the Love in the World” by The Outfield

This song does not get the airplay that it deserves.

18. “Baby Love” by Regina

I had forgotten about this song, but remembered it as soon as I heard it. This sounds just like a Madonna song. There’s no truth to the rumor that Regina was heard saying, “Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn’t make me Madonna. Never will.”

17. “Suzanne” by Journey

A lot of people were disappointed with Journey’s Raised On Radio album. I love that album, and this is one of my favorite songs from it.

16. “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins

And here is overplayed song #1. I love Kenny Loggins, and I liked this song a lot when it came out. It just got played too much. I still like listening to it once in a while.

15. “Friends and Lovers” by Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson

I always loved this duet. Gloria Loring had been married to Alan Thicke, and is the mother of Robin Thicke. She and Alan had composed the theme songs for Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. She actually sang The Facts of Life theme song. Carl Anderson was best known for playing Judas in the film and stage versions of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Beginning in 1980, Loring played Liz Chandler on my mom’s favorite soap opera – Days of Our Lives. She was a singer on the show, so she performed several songs. One of them was “Friends and Lovers”. This song became the theme music for the couple Shane Donovan (played by Charles Shaughnessy, best known as Maxwell Sheffield on The Nanny) and Kim Brady. The song was so popular that it was released as a single and became a hit.

14. “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” by Jeffrey Osborne

Jeffrey Osborne rules!! I might be a little biased though. He is from my home state of Rhode Island. I do love his voice, and this is a really good song. “The Woo Woo Song” is in the title because his little daughter did not know the exact title, she identified the song saying “Daddy, sing “The Woo Woo Song!” So he nicknamed the song, “The Woo Woo Song”.
Jeffrey Osborne is still active in the community as he just hosted his annual celebrity golf tournament for charity, which just happened to be this week.

13. “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel

Ugh!!! I’m going to take a sledgehammer to my head if I hear this overplayed, overrated song ever ag…

12. “Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald

Whew, I came to just in time! I never cared much for Michael McDonald back in the day (I am warming up to all of his music now though), but I could never get enough of this song. It didn’t hurt that it was featured in the awesome Billy Crystal/Gregory Hines movie Running Scared. I may have liked this one regardless.

11. “Love Touch” by Rod Stewart

OK, I just realized that I do not have any Rod Stewart on my iPod. What the hell!?! I’ve loved every one of his songs that we have covered in all of these countdowns. I need to rectify this situation quick. This is a really good song from the Robert Redford/Debra Winger romantic comedy, Legal Eagles.

Wow, is it me or did that go by fast! We are already done with today’s songs. We’ll be back tomorrow to wrap up the countdown. There are going to be some more great songs. Ugh, and one that I really can’t stand. But, I’m probably in the minority. So, please come back and enjoy the music of the ’80s!

Top 40 Songs This Week – August 16, 1986: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s countdown. If you missed them, you can go back and check out songs 40-31. Let’s jump right into it today, and Return to the week ending August 16, 1986, and continue the countdown.

30. “Walk This Way” by Run DMC & Aerosmith

We’ll begin today with a song that made a strong impact in the music industry. Long time readers of this blog are probably aware of my love of old-school rap and my break dancing days. But by this point, I had fallen away from rap, and was way more into rock. But, “just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in!” This mashup of rap and rock reignited my interest in rap. I wasn’t going to break out the cardboard anytime soon. But, I loved just about everything Run DMC did. It also opened the door for more popular rap acts, such as The Fat Boys, The Beastie Boys, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, and MC Hammer.
Not only did this song bring rap into mainstream, but it also began Aerosmith’s legendary comeback.
They were huge in the ’70s, with their original version of “Walk This Way” among their hits. By the early to mid-’80s, drug issues and infighting just about ended this band. However, the success of this remake of their hit song paved the way to their huge album, Permanent Vacation. They then had a long string of some great hits through the rest of the ’80s, and well into the ’90s.

29. “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” by The Pet Shop Boys

This is one of those songs that stick with you for a while. This is my favorite song about a smart ugly guy, and a hot dumb girl.

28. “Rumbleseat” by John Cougar Mellencamp

I love John Cougar/John Cougar Mellencamp’s early stuff. But by this time, I wasn’t a huge fan. This song is OK. At least it wasn’t overplayed.

27. “Man Size Love” by Klymaxx

I didn’t remember this song. The only song I remember by Klymaxx is “I Miss You.” This song was from the awesome Billy Crystal/Gregory Hines movie, Running Scared. This is actually a pretty good song.

26. “Nasty” by Janet Jackson

Here is a great song by Michael’s baby sister. Man, Baby can dance!! Ooops. her first name “ain’t Baby, it’s Janet – Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.”

25. “That Was Then, This is Now” by The Monkees

Just as we have nostalgia for the ’80s now, back in the ’80s we had nostalgia for the ’50s and ’60s. The Monkees capitalized on that with a huge comeback. I remember that their ’60s television show was being reaired on Nickelodeon every day after school. The Monkees reunited, and had a huge sucessful tour (minus Michael Nesmith, who had prior commitments).
I still like this song a lot.

24. “Stuck With You” by Huey Lewis & The News

This was the first single released from the band’s Fore! album. I never really cared for this song. The video wasn’t bad though.

23. “Yankee Rose” by David Lee Roth

After David Lee Roth split with Van Halen, he had a couple of huge hits with covers of old pop songs, “California Girls” and “Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody”. I loved “California Girls.” “Just a Gigolo” – meh.
But now this is more like it!!! This is a great rock song. And I remember my mind being blown when Steve Vai made his guitar talk. And as usual, David Lee Roth’s video was very entertaining with the little skit before the song.

22. “One Step Closer To You” by Gavin Christopher

I hadn’t remembered this R&B song. I like it. This was Gavin Christopher’s biggest hit, peaking right here at #22.

21. “Invisible Touch” by Genesis

This is a great song, which is the title track to the classic Genesis album. This song really takes me back to the ’80s.

That wraps up today’s list of songs. I hope you’re enjoying your trip back to the ’80s!