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Top 40 Songs This Week – March 20, 1982: 10-1

I now present to you, the top-10 songs this week in 1982. If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs
40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. The top-10 is a great combination of pop and rock songs. So, lets Return to March 20, 1982, and finish this countdown.

10. “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia

A novelty song if there ever was one. At the height of “Pac-Man Fever” and the rest of the arcade craze, this song was released, and capitalized on that craze. It actually peaked at #9 on March 27, 1982 (next week).
The duo that performed the song was Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia. After the huge success of “Pac-Man Fever”, they signed a record deal with Columbia/CBS Records. They never wanted to become a novelty act known for songs based on video games. But when they signed the record deal, the company insisted on a full album of video-game songs, although the duo had intended to write mostly pop music. They caved in to the demands, and released a full album of Pac-Man Fever. Here is their playlist:

Pac-Man Fever (Pac-Man)
Froggy’s Lament (Frogger)
Ode to a Centipede (Centipede)
Do the Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong)
Hyperspace (Asteroids)
The Defender (Defender)
Mousetrap (Mouse Trap)
Goin’ Berzerk (Berzerk)

They never hit it big again.

9. “Shake It Up” by The Cars

Classic Cars tune. This song came out in the middle of their great run of hits.

8. “Mirror Mirror” by Diana Ross

This song is at #8, and I never heard of it before. Or if I did, I blocked it out. This song isn’t bad. At this point, I would probably rather listen to this one instead of “Upside Down” again. According to Wikipedia, “Mirror Mirror” is a 1982 rock-styled hit song. I think Wikipedia’s definition of rock, and my definition of rock are quite different. This is more of a pop song. You can just feel the disco fading away with this song. One other note about this song: It was written by Dennis Matkosky and Michael Sembello, who also wrote “Maniac” from Flashdance (and performed by Sembello). I’m not a Diana Ross fan by any stretch of the imagination. I was kind of dreading having to listen to this song, but it’s really not too bad. I’m not going to rush and buy it, but it’s OK.

7. “Make a Move On Me” by Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John was on of the first crushes I ever had. Just sayin’. This song was the follow-up to Newton-John’s smash hit “Physical”. I really like this song a lot too. At this point, I prefer “Make a Move On Me” over “Physical“.

6. “We Got the Beat” by The Go-Go’s

This instantly recognizable song is the The Go-Go’s signature song. “We Got the Beat” was originally released in the UK in 1980, and became popular in clubs in the UK and U.S. They went on to re-record the song for their debut album Beauty and the Beat, and was featured in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
“We Got the Beat” was the Go-Go’s biggest hit spending three weeks at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. There was one song that kept it from becoming #1. And that song is the #1 song from this week.
For what it’s worth, “We Got the Beat” was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. I haven’t looked at that list, but I would not be surprised if “Ice Ice Baby” was on there too.

5. “Sweet Dreams” by Air Supply

This is a typical Air Supply song. So, if you like Air Supply, you’ll like this. If you don’t like them, then you won’t like this song. I don’t remember this song from the radio. But, my parents had an Air Supply Greatest Hits album, and this song was on there. I fall in the camp that likes Air Supply. I did not listen to too many love songs when I was young, but when I did, it was usually Air Supply. I still have not seen them perform live yet, but I do hear that they put on a good show.

4. “That Girl” by Stevie Wonder

This is one last song that I had not heard of. I love Stevie Wonder’s voice, but I don’t like too many of his ’80s songs. I prefer his old music. “That Girl” was a new single on Wonder’s album-era greatest-hits compilation, Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I. At first listen, I’m not liking this song too much.

3. “Centerfold” by The J. Geils Band

Here is the second J. Geils Band song on the countdown this week. This smash hit had been at #1 for 6 weeks before this week. Now, like we did at a Rubix Kube concert, start singing The Smurfs theme, then click Play for this song…

2. “Open Arms” by Journey

The ultimate power ballad, by one of my all-time favorite bands. Most of you know the story about this song by now. Keyboardist Jonathan Cain began writing the song when he was with The Babys. But, singer John Waite wanted nothing to do with it. Not long after that, Cain was in Journey. He eventually finished the song with Steve Perry. It was actually almost left off of the Escape album because Neal Schon did not like it. Luckily, the song made it on the album, and was released as a single. It would go on to be their highest charting hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It was #2 for six weeks. It was kept out of the top spot by “Centerfold” as well as this week’s #1 song. Not too shabby. And after this song came out, other rock bands saw how successful this song was, so it almost became mandatory to have at least one power ballad on a rock album.

1. “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Here is this week’s #1 song. And I never heard of this one before! Just kidding. Anybody alive, at the time that this song came out, could not escape it. This is the song that put Joan Jett on the map. She is awesome. This song has been overplayed, but I still like her a lot.

One thing I did learn was that this is actually a remake. “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” was originally recorded and released by Arrows in 1975. Joan Jett first heard this song in 1976 when she was in England touring with The Runaways. Joan Jett made the song her own, and it became a Billboard Hot 100 number-one single for seven weeks, beginning with this week.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s countdown. With the positive feedback I’ve been getting, we’re going to keep on rolling and be back with a new countdown next week. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this: as a wise man once said…”Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 20, 1982: 20-11

Welcome back to the Top 40 of March 20, 1982. Today, we will find out which songs charted from 20-11. If you missed the beginning of the countdown, you can take a look and (listen) to songs
40-31 and 30-21.

The next 10 songs are a little heavy on the Easy Listening side. There are still a lot of songs left that you don’t hear too much of these days. So, lets Return to March 20, 1982, and continue the countdown.

20. “Tonight I’m Yours (Don’t Hurt Me)” by Rod Stewart

I was not familiar with this song. This is off of Rod Stewart’s album Tonight I’m Yours, which also featured the song “Young Turks“. “Tonight I’m Yours (Don’t Hurt Me)” has that similar sound. I like a lot of Rod Stewart’s music. However, I don’t like too much of his music after the ’80s. He should try going back to his roots instead of jamming Standards down our throats. Thankfully we can always Return to the ’80s, and listen to his good music all we want.

19. “Take Off” by Bob and Doug McKenzie

Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas created the characters Bob and Doug McKenzie for the show SCTV, eh.
Bob and Doug were dim-witted, beer-chugging brothers were on a very popular sketch on the show called the Great White North. Like most sketch comedy, they had some key catch phrases, such as “take off, you hoser!”, and ending “eh” to the end of their sentences. They became icons in Canadian culture, which led them to having their own movie, Strange Brew, and led them to recording albums. One of those albums was The Great White North. With the help of Geddy Lee, from the legendary band Rush, the single “Take Off”, from that album, became a big hit, eh.

18. “Freeze Frame” by The J. Geils Band

In 1981, The J. Geils Band released the album Freeze Frame. The first single off of that album, “Centerfold”, caused the band’s popularity to skyrocket. The song “Freeze Frame” was released as a single to follow up “Centerfold“, and became the second consecutive million-selling Gold-certified hit from the album. I like this song. The image I take away from this is the band throwing paint all over the place in the video.

17. “Should I Do It” by The Pointer Sisters

Just before the Pointer Sisters’ popularity soared in the ’80s with “I’m So Excited”, they had a very good album called Black & White. It had the hit song “Slow Hand“, which reached #2 on the charts. They also had a hit with this song, as it reached up to #13. “Should I Do It” is a mix of Country and Doo Wop/Old School Girl group. I Love it! The only reason that I already knew about this song is that I own the album.

16. “Take It Easy On Me” by The Little River Band

Here is another Easy Listening hit. I was not familiar with this song. I did not know who The Little River Band was until they came out with the 1990 album, <strong>Get Lucky. I loved the songs “As Long As I’m Alive” and “Listen to Your Heart” from that album. This led me to check out their older stuff. I did hear “Help is On the Way” and “Reminiscing” before, but never knew it was The Little River Band that performed them.
I don’t remember “Take It Easy On Me”. It’s probably on my iPod too. I like this song. It’s not a stand-out song, but it’s nice to listen to. It doesn’t hurt that George Martin produced this song.

15. “Leader of the Band” by Dan Fogelberg

This is an ultimate Soft Rock song. Dan Fogelberg write this song as a tribute to his father, Lawrence Fogelberg, a musician and the leader of a band, who was still alive at the time the song was released.

14. “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis

Good song – especially for an instrumental. Overrated movie. I have been getting back in to running, and training and running in races. I don’t have this song on my iPod. I wonder if I should try running to it. It would either help, or it would make me run in slow motion.

13. “Key Largo” by Bertie Higgins

Here is another Easy Listening song. I always forget that this was an ’80s song. For some reason, I always think of this is as a ’70s tune. In 2009, VH1 ranked “Key Largo” #75 on its program 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. I like this one a lot.

12. “Bobbie Sue” by The Oak Ridge Boys

The year before this song was released, the Country legends, The Oak Ridge Boys crossed over to mainstream with their smash hit, “Elvira“. This song reached #1 on the Country Singles chart, and did pretty well on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking right here at #12. This is a fun Country song, with a little feel for late ’50s/early ’60s rock-and-roll.

11. “Spirits in the Material World” by The Police

The Police had a short, but very successful run. They released a total of 5 studio albums in 5 years, and they hit it big every time. “Spirits in the Material World” was the first single released off of their penultimate album, Ghost in the Machine. Classic Police.

Well, that’s the end of this portion of the countdown. The next time, we will wrap up with the top 10 songs. Are there any surprises with the 10 songs you just saw/listened to? The top 10 is going to be fun. There is going to be something for everybody. There will be some rock ‘n’ roll that you will love, a novelty song that actually ate up the competition and landed in the top 10, and still some more Easy Listening hits, which may or may not put you to sleep and cause you to have some sweet dreams. In the meantime, I’ll see you next time we Return to the ’80s.

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 20, 1982: 30-21

The countdown continues as we take a look back at the Top 40 songs from the week ending March 20,1982. In case you missed it, you can check out songs 40-31. Songs 30-21 are an awesome variety. This completes the first half of the countdown, and there are still quite a few songs that are new to me. See if you discover new music with me now as we Return to March 20, 1982…

30. “Harden My Heart” “Find Another Fool” by Quarterflash

Sorry about that. I got a little confused. I thought “Harden My Heart” was the only song Quarterflash ever recorded. Attention 80s on 8, and any other radio station that plays ’80s music: Permanently delete “Harden My Heart” from your playlist, ASAP. And play this one instead! What a great rockin’ song!! Great way to start this part of the countdown.

29. “Through the Years” by Kenny Rogers

These days, he may be more known for the bad plastic surgery on his face (eeesh), but in the late ’70s/early ’80s Kenny Rogers was one of the biggest stars on the planet, with good reason. His Country-Crossover music was a perfect fit for the time. This hit is a great ballad. My mom picked this song out for the Mother-Son dance at my wedding.

28. “My Guy” by Sister Sledge

This song I’m very familiar with, but I did not know that Sister Sledge covered it. Sister Sledge, best known for 1979’s “We Are Family”, remade this 1964 Mary Wells classic. They did a good job with it. It sounds pretty close to the original.

27. “When All Is Said and Done” by Abba

Abba is best known for their smash hit songs in the ’70s. However, I think they songs that they had in the early ’80s were just as good, and maybe even better – this one included. A lot of people stick their nose up to Abba when all they think of is “Dancing Queen”. But I challenge them to listen to “The Winner Takes It All” and “Thank You for the Music“. And check out this one. It’s a very good song that does not get airplay.

26. “One Hundred Ways” by Quincy Jones Featuring James Ingram

This is song that I was not familiar with. When I saw that it was a James Ingram song (along with uber-producer Quincy Jones), I was looking forward to listening to it – and was not disappointed! This song and “Just Once” appeared Quincy Jones’s album The Dude, which earned him triple Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. “One Hundred Ways” won him the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

25. “Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)” by Stevie Nicks

I love just about everything Stevie Nicks does, and this is one of my favorites.

24. “Don’t Talk to Strangers” by Rick Springfield

Great song that came out in the middle of Springfield-mania.

23. “Daddy’s Home” by Cliff Richard

I did not know anything about this song. Cliff Richard was a very successful singer from 1958-1963. Does the year 1963 ring a bell? Yes, that marked the beginning of Beatlemania. When the Beatles arrived, many, many acts were affected, including Ciff Richard’s. He had some other hits throughout the ’60s, but nowhere near the level where he once was. In the late ’70s Richard had a little resurgence that ran throughout the ’80s. This song is a throwback to late-50s music.

22. “(Oh) Pretty Woman” by Van Halen

Van Halen was pretty successful at remaking some classic songs (“You Really Got Me“, “Dancing in the Street“), and this was one of them. The Roy Orbison original is great, and Van Halen made this version their own.

21. “Do You Believe In Love” by Huey Lewis and the News

And we’ll close out the countdown today with one of my all-time favorite Huey Lewis and the News songs. I get sick of a lot of songs, but for some reason, I still enjoy this one a lot.

What did you think of today’s countdown? Any surprises? We’ll be back with songs 20-11. I just did a sneak peak, and there are still several songs that I don’t know/remember. I’m looking forward to the next 10 songs, and I hope you are too!

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 20, 1982: 40-31

Well, the Top 40 This Week series went over pretty good, so we’ll do another one this week. This week, we’ll go back a little earlier in the decade, and Return to 1982. I was not a regular listener of Top 40 radio back then. We did not have cable TV yet (hence, no MTV), so the only music I
was famliar with was what my parents listened to, and the rock music I listened to (Van Halen and AC/DC).
At first glance of this top 40 list, I am only familiar with 23. There may be some more songs that I remember when I hear them, but I have a feeling I’m going to discover new old music. And I hope you do too. So let’s Return to the week ending March 20, 1982, and check out the bottom 10 songs of the Top-40, and see how many we remember.

40. “Just Can’t Win ‘Em All” by Stevie Woods

Right off the bat, here is a song I was not familiar with. This song prevented Stevie Woods from being known as a one-hit wonder, as he had a previous top-40 hit with “Steal the Night”. After “Just Can’t Win ‘Em All”, Woods did not have another hit in the U.S. After his fame fizzled in the U.S., he moved to Germany. He died in Berlin of diabetes-related complications on January 28, 2014.
This song isn’t bad, but it’s not something I’m going to hurry up and buy.

39. “Don’t Let Him Know” by Prism

This is another song that I didn’t know. What a pleasant surprise! Prism was a Canadian rock band. I hadn’t heard of them, but they did win the Canadian music industry Juno Award for Group of the Year in 1981.
“Don’t Let Him Know” is a very good song. It also happens to be co-written by a pre-fame Bryan Adams, who also contributed to several Prism songs.

38. “Goin’ Down” by Greg Guidry

This makes the 3rd song in a row that I did not know. Greg Guidry was an American singer-songwriter. He wrote songs for Climax Blues Band, Robbie Dupree, Exile, Johnny Taylor, Sawyer Brown, and Reba McEntire.
He released the album Over the Line, which produced two hit singles, “Goin’ Down” (US #17, US AC #11) and a duet with his sister Sandy, “Into My Love” (US #92). After this, he continued to write songs, but he did not release another album until 2000. Greg Guidry died in a fire on July 28, 2003. Boy, this top 40 is starting off pleasantly.
Here is the Easy Listening hit “Goin’ Down”.

37. “Love in the First Degree” by Alabama

The streak is over! I am very familiar with this song. I didn’t listen to much Country music in the ’80s. But, Alabama was always one of my favorite bands. “Love in the First Degree” is a nice ballad and it was the group’s fifth straight No. 1 single (and second multi-week No. 1) on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.

36 47 ’65 LOVE AFFAIR –•– Paul Davis (Arista)-4 (36)

36. “’65 Love Affair” by Paul Davis

Well, that was short lived. I was not familiar with this song either. This was Paul Davis’ highest charting hit, but I am more familiar with two of his other songs – “I Go Crazy” (1977) and “Cool Night“, which was recorded at the same time as “’65 Love Affair”.

I like “’65 Love Affair” a lot. It reminds me of old school Hall & Oates. I’ll try to get over the fact that 3 out of the first 5 artists are dead (Paul Davis died on April 22, 2008 – one day after his 60th birthday) and enjoy this song. This is another one I’ll have to buy.

35. “Nobody Said It Was Easy (Lookin’ For the Lights)” by Le Roux

This is another new song for me. LeRoux is a pop/rock band from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This countdown is going to cost me a lot of money! This is another one I’ll have to buy. This song reminds me of the late-’80s country band Restless Heart, but a little more rock sound.

34. “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone

You know the song. You’ve dialed the number. An ultimate, awesome ’80s tune. I still like it today.

33 34 TELL ME TOMORROW (Part 1) –•– Smokey Robinson (Tamla)-10 (33)

33. “Tell Me Tomorrow (Part 1)” by Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson is a Motown legend, but I’m not a big fan. This song is alright. But, while you’re listening to this, I’m going call 867-5309 again.

32. “On the Way to the Sky” by Neil Diamond

I know this song because my mother is one of the biggest Neil Diamond fans on earth. I was not a big fan of this phase of his career. I much prefer his older, rockin’ music. This song is OK. If you like Easy Listening music, then this is for you.

31. “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner

We’ll wrap up the first 10 songs with my favorite Foreigner song. They were on top of their game here. This is off of their classic 4 album. If I hear “Hot Blooded” or “I Want to Know What Love Is” one more time, I may pull my hair (or what’s left of it) out! But this one I can listen to more than any of their other songs.

Are some of these songs new to you? I thought this was a good combination of easy listening and rock. We’ll be back tomorrow for songs 30-21.

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 10, 1984: 10-1

Here are the top songs from this week in 1984. If you need a recap, you can see what we had for songs 40-31 this week in 1984, songs 30-21, and 20-11.
Let’s Return to the week of March 10, 1984, and enjoy the top-10 songs.

10. “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club

Culture Club had a string of big hits, but this was their biggest hit in the US. It had spent three weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1984. At this point it was still in the top 10.

My memory of “Karma Chameleon is from when I was in Junior High school. I was some place (maybe a school bazaar) where there was a raffle for all different items. You buy a bunch of tickets, and put them in the cans in front of the items. One of the items I threw a ticket in for was 45s of “Karma Chameleon” and Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long”. These 45’s were the first things I ever won in my life.

9. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

This is one of the most recognizable songs by the King of the ’80s Soundtracks. Kenny Loggins could make a movie so much better with his music. The Footloose soundtrack had a lot of great songs, and this was a stand-out track. Personally, this is my second favorite Loggins tune on the soundtrack – “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” is my favorite. I heard the music and saw the music videos way before I saw the actual movie. So, I was a little confused with the warehouse dance scene when Ren (Kevin Bacon) was dancing to a different song (“Never” by Moving Pictures) instead of “Footloose” like the video showed on MTV.

8. “Here Comes The Rain Again” by the Eurythmics

I should write an article about the songs/bands that I did not care much about when they came out, but appreciate them much more now. This would be in that list. I like this song a lot now. Annie Lennox has an amazing voice.

7. “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis & The News

Huey Lewis & The News had some moderately successful hits in the early ’80s. When their third album, Sports, was released, it launched them into the stratosphere. Their first single off of that album, “Heart and Soul”, was a top-ten hit. This song was their follow-up, and it also reached the top-ten reaching all the way to #6 at some point. Unfortunately, like all the other singles released from the Sports album, radio stations and MTV played this over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over….again until we got sick of it….and-over-and-over-and-over. (You want a new drug? I want a new song!) and-over-and-over-and-over.
When this song started to fade away, then came “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. The melody sounded so much like “I Want a New Drug” that Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker Jr. for plagiarism.

6. “Nobody Told Me” by John Lennon

This song was recorded, but not completed, shortly before John Lennon’s death. The song was later completed by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in 1983 and released as the first single from Lennon and Ono’s album Milk and Honey in 1984.

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5. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell

This was the debut single for Rockwell, who is the son of Motown CEO Berry Gordy Jr. This was his only hit. And this may not have even been a hit if it wasn’t for that familiar voice that is heard in the chorus.

4. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

And here is that familiar voice from the previous song. “Thriller” was quite the event when it debuted on MTV. There was nothing like it at all at the time that this came out. Not only was the video legendary, but the song itself isn’t too shabby.

Here is the normal length song:

Here is the full video:

3. “99 Luftballons” by Nena

It doesn’t matter if you prefer your ballons luft or your balloons red. In either German or English, this was a great, classic ’80s tune.

Here is the original German version:

And here is the English version:

2. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

This song introduced Cyndi Lauper to the world. This is the “unusual” one’s signature hit. If this would have been Lauper’s only song, she would have still been an ’80s icon. But, she went on to record so many other great songs. This was a fun song and video. You can’t go wrong if you have Captain Lou Albano in a video, even if he does have rubber bands dangling from his cheek.

1. “Jump” by Van Halen

The number 1 song this week in 1984. Eddie Van Halen is considered to be one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived. So, of course his band’s only number 1 hit features Eddie mainly playing…keyboards. At the time, this was easily my favorite song. It took radio and MTV longer than usual to get me sick of it. I even like the song “1984” from the album because it would lead into “Jump”. On the bus, our indoor track team was traveling to a meet, and we were listening to the 1984 album on somebody’s boombox. When “1984” was on, somebody yelled out, “Alright! The song that gets you psyched for Jump!” For some reason, that stuck with me.

The video always cracked me up. Eddie has got to be on something good, because he has a weird grin through the whole entire video!

Well this was a lot of fun. We’ll take a look back at a different year next time. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 10, 1984: 20-11

The countdown continues for the week ending March 10, 1984! If you need a recap, you can see what we had for songs 40-31 this week in 1984, and songs 30-21.
Let’s Return to the week of March 10, 1984, and enjoy the next 10 songs on the countdown.

20. “Give it Up” by KC

When I saw the title of this song, I thought I had never heard of this one before. But as soon as KC starts singing, it totally came back to me. This is a good song! This is actually KC and the Sunshine Band, but it is just credited as KC. KC and the Sunshine Band were in the center of the Disco movement. Then came the Disco Hatred movement, with the “Disco Sucks” catchphrase and record burning events. Many of the Disco acts disappeared.
But KC and the Sunshine Band had a comeback hit with this song. The comeback was short lived as this was the last of the band’s big hits.

19. “Joanna” by Kool and the Gang

This is a really good ballad that came out between Kool & The Gang’s signature hit “Celebration” and their album Emergency, which had the hits “Misled”, “Fresh”, and “Cherish”.

18. “An Innocent Man” by Billy Joel

The title track from Billy Joel’s hugely successful album. Throughout the whole album, Joel paid homage to different styles of music. This one is an homage to Ben E. King and The Drifters. Joel was quoted in a 1997 interview describing a high note he sang during the song: “I had a suspicion that was going to be the last time I was going to be able to hit those notes, so why not go out in a blaze of glory?” That was the end of Billy’s high note. This is one of my favorites from the album.

17. “Adult Education” by Hall & Oates

This isn’t one of my favorite Hall & Oates songs. It’s OK. When artists release a greatest hits compilation, in most cases there are a couple of new songs included. This was one of those songs. It was featured on Hall & Oates’ second compilation album, Rock ‘n Soul Part 1.

16. “The Language of Love” by Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg is mainly known for his hits “Longer”, “Same Old Lang Syne” and “Leader of the Band”. But this is the first song that made me take notice. I saw the video on MTV, and really loved the song. But, it did not get to much airplay. So it was a treat whenever I got to hear it. Now it’s on my iPod, so I can listen to it whenever I want.

15. “Automatic” by The Pointer Sisters

I love, love, love The Pointer Sisters. I never get sick of their songs, and this is no exception. Ruth provided the deep lead vocals, and as usual the harmonies are incredible.

14. “Got a Hold On Me” by Christine McVie

This is one of those songs that I didn’t care for when it came out, but like it a lot now. I preferred Stevie Nicks’ and Lindsay Buckingham’s songs with Fleetwood Mac more than Christine McVie’s. But, I appreciate her more now. She has a lot of soul.

13. “Let the Music Play” by Shannon

This landmark song was Shannon’s only US Top 40 hit. This song was the birth of the Freestyle Dance-Pop era. This also came out in the middle of my Break Dancing phase. Yes, I used to bust out the cardboard! Our favorite songs to Break to were “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “Rockit” by Herbie Hancock, and this one.

12. “New Moon On Monday” by Duran Duran

This came out in the middle of Duran Duran’s great run in the ’80s. Classic.

11. “Wrapped Around Your Finger” by The Police

Awesome song from the last studio album of The Police – Synchronicity. “Every Breath You Take” is my least favorite of the singles that were released from that album, and “Synchronicity II” was my favorite. This one is in the middle, which is still better than most songs by other artists. Sting has some good songs as a solo artist, but I like him a million times better with The Police. I (like most people) wish they could just get along!

We’ll finish the top 10 tomorrow. Unfortunately, there are not going to be any surprise hits. Anybody who has eyes and ears in 1984 knows every one of the upcoming songs very well. But it’s still fun to take the trip back.

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 10, 1984: 30-21

The countdown continues for the week ending March 10, 1984! If you need a recap, you can see what we had for songs 40-31 this week in 1984.

The next ten songs are another mix of rarely heard songs along with classic songs you know and love (and possible sick of).

Now let’s Return to March 10, 1984, and continue the countdown with songs 30-21…

30. “Let’s Stay Together” by Tina Turner

I sense a comeback!! Tina’s remake of Al Green’s 1972 classic was the first single released from her Private Dancer album. This song was actually released in November 1983, and the album did not come out until May 1984. This song gets forgotten due to her other monster hits off of this album – “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “Better Be Good To Me” and “Private Dancer”. But “Let’s Stay Together” is a classic in its own right.

29. “Runner” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

This was a pleasant surprise for me! I did not remember this song. I only knew Manfred Mann’s “Blinded By the Light”. I vaguely remember this one now that I hear it, and I love it! I’ll be purchasing this song for my iPod. See Prince? YouTube works. You should allow your songs to be on there some day!

28. “Back Where You Belong” by .38 Special

I don’t know what it is with .38 Special. I love their songs, and I never get sick of them.

27. “Miss Me Blind” by Culture Club

This was the 3rd single released off of Culture Club’s smash album Colour by Numbers.
I did not care that uch for them back in the day, but I like their music much more now.

26. “The Politics of Dancing” by Re-Flex

This isn’t a bad New Wave song. I discovered this song from the One Hit Wonders series a couple of years ago.

25. “Almost Over You” by Sheena Easton

Whatever happened to Sheena Easton? I really liked her a lot. This is a really nice/sad ballad.

24. “Hold Me Now” by Thompson Twins

This is a song that was always on the radio and MTV. I like it a lot now. It was the Thompson Twins’ biggest selling single. Was I the only one that was annoyed by the name though? There are 3 of them, and none of them are twins! Arggh!!!

23. “This Woman” by Kenny Rogers

Here’s another song you never hear on the radio. It’s not bad. It’s kind of reminiscent of Kenny when he was with The First Edition.

22. “That’s All” by Genesis

This was my introduction to Genesis. It was in heavy rotation on MTV when we got cable TV for the first time.

21. “Yah Mo B There” by James Ingram & Michael McDonald

We’ll wrap up with song #21. I like James Ingram a lot, but not such a great fan of Michael McDonald. There are some songs I like by him, and this is one of them.

Well, I hope you enjoyed today’s countdown. I’ll be back tomorrow with songs 20-11 tomorrow. I just did a sneak peak, and while there are more and more familiar songs making their way in, there are some good songs that don’t get much airplay.

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 10, 1984: 40-31

Over the next few days, I will show the top 40 from the week ending March 10, 1984. I tend to like the songs that didn’t rank as high because you don’t hear them too often. The top 10 list are usually songs that we already heard a million times, and are now engrained in our DNA.
Here are the songs that were ranked 40-31 this week, 30 years ago:

40. “Don’t Let Go” by Wang Chung

This is what I’m talking about. I don’t even remember this song, and it’s pretty good. Better than hearing “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” come on the radio 3-4 times a day every single day!

39. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes

And then there are the songs toward the bottom of the charts that were at the top for a while. I like this song, and I really like Yes. But they have so many other great songs. However, nobody knows about them because this one gets all the airplay. Still a classic though.

38. “Girls” by Dwight Twilley

Not only did I not know this song, but I never heard of Dwight Twilley before. I thought it was going to be a Country song, but this is more pop/rock. Not bad. This is probably around the right ranking in the countdown.

37. “Hello” by Lionel Richie

This song and video got just a little bit of airplay in its day. Ugh!

36. “Talking in Your Sleep” by The Romantics

Ultimate ’80s song. When I hear this song, the first thing that comes to mind is the hair!

35. “Radio Ga Ga” by Queen

Best. Band. Ever.

34. “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins

Like all Phil Collins songs, this was a good one which the radio stations (and MTV) immediately overplayed. It took almost 20 years of avoiding it to finally not be sick of it anymore. Now this song is performed in every single season of every singing competition. Whoever sings this should automatically be eliminated.

33. “Livin’ In Desperate Times” by Olivia Newton-John

Two of a Kind was a forgettable movie, but the soundtrack was great. It featured “Ask the Lonely” by Journey as well as “Twist of Fate” by Newton-John. This is also a great one>

32. “Come Back and Stay” by Paul Young

I had totally forgotten this one. The title didn’t sound familiar, but this is one of those songs that you hear and say “Oh, now I remember that song!”

31. “New Song” by Howard Jones

And we’ll wrap up today’s part of the countdown with ’80s legend, Howard Jones. Another really good song that does not get much airplay.

 

I hope you enjoyed this countdown. Seriously. Because I’ll be back with 30-21 tomorrow.

What do you think about this countdown? Do these songs bring back memories, or are you liking, or not liking, some of the unfamiliar ones?