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Top 40 Songs This Week – November 8, 1986: Songs 20-11

dj-casey-kasem-1987-10-17-american-top-40-80s-165Welcome back as we continue this week’s Top 40 countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out Songs 40-31 and
Songs 30-21. A lot of times, this is the part of the countdown I love because there are great songs that may not have landed in the Top 10, which means that they don’t get much airplay on the ’80s radio stations and shows. This countdown does not disappoint.
If you’d like to listen to the song, you can click on the song title to get the YouTube video and click on the album cover to get the song on Amazon.
Now, let’s Return to the week ending November 8, 1986, and continue the countdown!


20. “I Am By Your Side” by Corey Hart

Wow, Corey Hart had another song besides “Sunglasses at Night” and “Never Surrender“?! You would never know it, but he actually had nine Top 40 hits in the U.S. This one, off of his Fields of Fire album, would peak at #18.

 

 

 

19. “When I Think of You” by Janet Jackson

This was the third single released from the iconic Control album, and was the first #1 song for Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty). It made her and her brother Michael Jackson the first, and so far only, siblings to both have solo number-one hits on the Hot 100. At the time she was 20 years old, making Janet the youngest artist since Stevie Wonder to top the Billboard Hot 100.

 

 

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

Climbing up from #27 to #18, this Bruce Hornsby & The Range tune would go on to be a #1 hit. This was the second single released from their debut album, The Way It Is. I was never a fan of this song, but some things will never change. That’s just the way it is.

 

 

17. “All Cried Out” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam With Full Force

This ballad would be Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam With Full Force’s first Top 10 hit, peaking at #8. They would later top the charts with “Head to Toe” and “Lost in Emotion“. We may not have heard the last of Lisa Lisa. In June of 2019 Lisa Lisa signed with Snoop Dogg’s Army, part of the Snoop Dogg Entertainment Company.

 

 

16. “Emotion in Motion” by Ric Ocasek

Great ballad by the recently deceased Ric Ocasek. This was the only solo hit by The Cars frontman. The song jumped from #22 to #16 this week, and would top out at #15. After the Cars released their Greatest Hits album in 1985, the group split up to pursue solo careers. Just as Ocasek had this one Top 40 hit, singer/bassist Benjamin Orr did the same with “Stay the Night“.

 

 

15. “Hip to be Square” by Huey Lewis & The News

Huey Lewis & The News did not rest on their laurels after their Sports album. They followed that classic album with another great one – Fore!. This was the second song released from that album, and would top out at #3. Fun fact: the song features Pro Football Hall of Famers and then-San Francisco 49ers Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott singing backup vocals.

 

 

14. “Love Will Conquer All” by Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie has so many smash hits that some get lost in the mix. This is one of them. I totally forgot about this one. It was a Top 10 hit, topping out at #9 on the Hot 100. It would also be Richie’s tenth number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.

 

 

 

13. “I’ll Be Over You” by Toto

Great ballad by Toto with legendary guitarist Steve Lukather on lead vocals along with guest vocalist Michael McDonald. Lukather recently published a book called The Gospel According to Luke which I would love to check out.

 

 

 

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

Former Chicago bassist/singer Peter Cetera followed up his smash hit “The Glory of Love” with this awesome duet with Amy Grant. It was also a success, becoming another #1 hit. Bobby Caldwell and Paul Gordon wrote the song for Peter Cetera to sing, and did not know, at the time, that he was leaving the band Chicago. According to Caldwell, “We did indeed write the song for Chicago and their lead vocalist Peter Cetera. We had his voice in mind, but Paul and I were unaware that he was leaving Chicago at that time, and when we heard the news our hopes were dashed. However, a short time later, I got a call at home from Cetera himself who stumbled upon our demo cassette tape of the song in producer/arranger David Foster’s office. He loved the tune and wanted to record it as a duet. It was simply meant to be—the song landed with the singer we wanted.” This song would bring Contemporary Christian music artist Amy Grant to the mainstream.

 

11. “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker

This song was Anita Baker’s first big hit single, peaking at number two on the US Billboard R&B chart, number three on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. This song won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards.

 

 


That wraps things up for today. As the numbers get smaller, the hits get bigger! So, come back tomorrow, and see what the Top 10 hits of the week are from this week in 1986.

Top 40 Songs This Week – November 8, 1986: Songs 30-21

dj-casey-kasem-1987-10-17-american-top-40-80s-165Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! Today’s songs bring me back to a great time. Well, I suppose any week of ’80s music brings us back to a great time.
If you want to listen to this great music, you can click on the song title to get the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to get the song on Amazon.

New, let’s return to the week ending November 8, 1986, and continue the countdown on, One, Two, One, Two, Three, Four!


30. “A Matter of Trust” by Billy Joel

We begin today’s list with the second single released from Billy Joel’s album, The Bridge, which happens to be my favorite Billy Joel album. This is a fun video featuring several cameos, including Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Joel’s then wife Christie Brinkley who is holding their baby daughter Alexa. The song would peak at #10.

29. “Throwing It All Away” by Genesis

Yet another smash hit by Genesis. This was the second single released from the classic Invisible Touch album. This song would reach #4 on the Hot 100 chart, and #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

28. “Heartbeat” by Don Johnson

There were a lot of big fads in the ’80s. Yesterday, I had mentioned our love of ’50s and ’60s culture. There was also a big wave of Australia that hit the U.S. And of course, we had famous actors trying their hand in singing. Most were successful. There was Bruce Willis, Eddie Murphy, Jack Wagner, and of course Miami Vice’s Don Johnson. This was a huge hit for Johnson, hitting the Top 10, landing at #5.

27. “Somebody’s Out There” by Triumph

I fell in love with this Canadian rock band in 1983 when I saw them perform at the US Festival. This would turn out to be one of my favorite songs by them. It was their most successful single in the U.S. landing at #27.

26. “Freedom Overspill” by Steve Winwood

I don’t remember this song at all. Yet, it was a #20 hit, and came off of Steve Winwood’s huge album, Back in the High Life. It was the second single released from the album, right between “Higher Love” and “Back in the High Life Again“. For some reason, I blocked it out. Maybe my brain can only hold so much information. Now that I’m familiar with this song, another song probably dropped out of my head.

25. “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles

Here’s another song I never heard of! What’s going on?!? Just kidding. If you have never heard of this song, you must have lived under a rock. This was the third single released off of the Bangles Different Light album. It as released in September 1986, and would hit number in December for four weeks, going into 1987. It would be the #1 song from 1987. This is the first song by an all-female group playing their own instruments to top the Billboard singles chart.

24. “Girl Can’t Help It” by Journey

Three years after Frontiers, Journey finally released a new studio album, called Raised On Radio. Steve Smith was replaced on drums by Larry Londin, and this is the only Journey album without bassist Ross Valory. As anybody who has watched American Idol knows, Randy Jackson played bass for Journey, and he won’t let you forget it. Even though Journey was a mess at this point, I still loved this album. This was the third single released, and it peaked at #17.

23. “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” by Wang Chung

This is a fun song by the British new wave group. It has become Wang Chung’s signature song. It would reach #2 on the chart, being held out of the top spot by “Walk Like an Egyptian”.

22. “To Be a Lover” by Billy Idol

This was Billy Idol’s lead single from his Whiplash Smile album. This was originally a soul ballad from 1968, by William Bell, called “I Forgot to Be Your Lover“. This song would be Billy Idol’s 2nd Top 10 hit, peaking at #6.

21. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by Aretha Franklin

I got so tired of both “Satisfaction” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones that if I hear either of them ever again, it would be too soon. However, Aretha makes this song so awesome! I cannot get enough of anything by Aretha Franklin. This song is perfect for her. It also features Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards on guitars, and Aretha on paino. This version of the song was used for the Whoopi Goldberg film Jumpin’ Jack Flash.


What a way to go out! What do you think of the countdown so far this week? Come back tomorrow as we continue this week’s countdown.

Top 40 Songs This Week – November 8, 1986: Songs 40-31

dj-casey-kasem-1987-10-17-american-top-40-80s-165Welcome to a brand new week of the Top 40 Countdown! It’s been too long since the last one. It is always fun to go back and reminisce with songs from the ’80s, and rediscover songs we may have forgotten about, or discover new old songs we may have missed the first time around. This week, we will Return to 1986. This was right in the middle of high school for me. I had just begun my junior year. This was an ancient time when we actually celebrated Halloween and Thanksgiving, and didn’t just jump from Labor Day to Christmas. Right now, we are between Halloween and Thanksgiving. In high school, we were beginning to wrap up our Fall sports. I did Cross Country, so it was starting to get a little too cold to run in tank tops and those pre-Michael Jordan ’80s shorts. Soccer and Field Hockey were wrapping up, and we were ramping up for the big Thanksgiving Day football game.
Now, let’s Return to the week ending November 8, 1986, and listen to what was on the radio back then. You can click on the song title to get the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to check out the song on Amazon.


40. “Shake You Down” by Gregory Abbott

We begin the countdown with Gregory Abbott’s debut into the Top 40. This lead single from Abbott’s debut album Shake You Down was his biggest hit, and would go on to hit the top of the charts. Gregory Abbott is still out there releasing music – most recently, 2019’s “My Heart Has Found a Home“.

 

 

39. “You Know I Love You…Don’t You?” by Howard Jones

This was from Jones’ third studio album One to One. It didn’t hit the Top 40 in the U.K., peaking at #43. However on this chart, it would peak all the way up to #17.

 

 

 

38. “Wild Wild Life” by Talking Heads

This is one of my all-time favorite Talking Heads songs. Released as the lead single from their seventh studio album True Stories, it would peak at #25. The video is also a lot of fun, and won “Best Group Video” at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1987.

 

 

 

37. “Don’t Get Me Wrong” by The Pretenders

This song would eventually peak at #10. The Pretenders were in a major transitional period at this point. This was the first single off of the Get Close album. A few years earlier, original members James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon died of drug overdoses. During the recording of this album, Chrissie Hynde found that Martin Chambers’ drumming had deteriorated, still struggling after losing his 2 best friends. So Hynde let him go, leaving her as the only original Pretenders member. The album turned out to be a success. Chambers reunited with The Pretenders for their 1994 album Last of the Independents (which produced the smash single “I’ll Stand By You“), and has been there ever since. I saw them open for Journey and Def Leppard in the summer of 2018, and they still rocked. Look for them touring with Journey in the summer of 2020!

 

36. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel

This is easily my favorite Peter Gabriel tune. It would only peak at #26 on this chart, but was a #1 hit on the Mainstream Rock chart. This came of Gabriel’s smash album So. However, it will forever be linked with the iconic scene in the 1989 movie, Say Anything…, as John Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler is holding a boombox, over his head, with this song blaring outside of Diane Court’s (Ione Skye) bedroom.

 

35. “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” by Glass Tiger

This classic by the Canadian rock group, Glass Tiger, was starting to drop out of the countdown, falling from 28 to 35. But, it was a smash hit in Canada and in the U.S., hitting #1 and #2, respectively. And yes, that is fellow Canadian Bryan Adams on backing vocals.

 

 

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

This song by the English electronic band was climbing up the charts this week. It would go on to peak at #19 in the US, #11 in the UK, and it would break into the Top 10 in several other countries.

 

 

 

33. “What About Love” by ‘Til Tuesday

Yes, ‘Til Tuesday had other songs besides “Voices Carry“. And somebody else besides Heart did a song called “What About Love“. This song isn’t as good as either. But Aimee Mann has a great voice, and this song isn’t too bad.

 

 

32. “Two of Hearts” by Stacey Q

Here is another song on the way out of the countdown, dropping from 23 to 32 this week. But not before becoming a huge hit, peaking at #3, and becoming one of the highest selling singles of 1986. The song was ranked number twenty-seven in VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the ’80s.

 

 

31. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

This 1961 Ben E. King hit song was re-released to coincide with the classic 1986 movie of the same name. It peaked at #4 in 1961 and peaked at #9 in 1986. In the ’80s, there was a lot of ’50s and ’60s nostalgia in movies, television, and music. There were many ’60s covers in the ’80s. And there were several re-releases, including this one.

 


That wraps up today’s list of songs. Let me know what you think so far. What were you doing this week in 1986? Any favorite memories you’d like to share? We’ll be back tomorrow to continue the countdown.

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.

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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!

 

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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!

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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!

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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.”

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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.

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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!

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