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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – March 6, 1983: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody, as promised, we are back with another countdown this week! The twist this week is that this will be a Top 40 from the U.K. charts. I have a lot of friends from the U.K., so I wanted to do a little something for them. And I thought it would be pretty cool for those of us in the U.S. There were a lot of awesome songs in other countries that did not make it over here for some reason or other. I have a feeling that a lot of us will be discovering new music this week. And ’80s kids from the U.K. will get to relive their glory days. As usual, if you’d like to purchase the song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover. And to watch the video/listen to the song, you can click on the song title. So, let’s get to it, Return to this week in 1983, and begin this week’s countdown from the U.K.


40. “Garden Party” by Mezzoforte

Right off the bat, we a get a song like I have never heard on a U.S. top 40 countdown. The closest may be Kenny G. Mezzoforte is an instrumental jazz-funk fusion band from Iceland. This would actually be the band’s biggest hit, and would chart all the way up to #17 on the U.K. charts. I am loving this song, and it’s a great way to kick off this countdown.

 

39. “Maggie” by Foster and Allen

Foster and Allen are a musical duo from Ireland consisting of Mick Foster and Tony Allen. This definitely has an Irish feel to it. But, it also sounds like an old school country song.

 

38. “Joy” by Band AKA

Despite this band being from Los Angeles, I had never heard of them. This is little disco/funk tune.

 

 

 

37. “Fields of Fire (400 Miles)” by Big Country

This is the first band I know of so far. However, I have never heard this song. If you like the song, “In a Big Country”, then you will like this one. It has a very similar sound.

 

36. “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” by Indeep

This is another U.S. based group (out of New York) that I had not heard of. This is a cool disco/funk song. Now I can see why I never heard of this song. While it would land all the way up to #13 on the U.K. charts, it topped out at #103 on the U.S. charts.

 

35. “Midnight Summer Dream” by The Stranglers

When I saw the band name, I was hoping this was a punk rock band. I was correct. However, at this time, The Stranglers decided to change direction, so this is more of a new wavey sound. The music itself sounds like it could come from a Tarentino film. But, the “singer” talks through the entire song. Then almost 5 minutes in somebody is singing the same lyrics in the background as the narrator who is speaking. No thanks.

 

34. “Christian” by China Crisis

This song brought this new wave band into prominence in the U.K. as it went up to #12 on the charts. This is good if you like slow new wave music. I would have hated it back in the day, but I’m liking it now.

 

33. “Soweto” by Malcolm McLaren

I’m kind of digging this song. I never heard of Malcolm McLaren, but he sounded like quite the character. He was a visual artist, performer, musician, clothes designer and boutique owner. He was best known for being the promoter and manager of bands such as the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols. This song sounds like it has an upbeat reggae beat.

 

32. “Down Under” by Men At Work

The first song I know! Do I really need to say anything about this? I’ll just smile and give you a Vegemite sandwich.

 

 

 

31. “Run for Your Life” by Bucks Fizz

Great way to end today’s list! I thought this was going to be a cover of the Beatles classic. But, it’s a different song. It sounds like Abba covering an ELO song. Very cool! I may need to look more into this group.

 


Well, that was a very cool start of the week. What do you think so far? If you know any interesting facts about the artists we have seen here, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you, and be educated. It’s looking like we will continue the countdown on Wednesday. Hope to see you then!

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Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. This has been a great week of music so far, and it continues today. It was so good, that we will be coming back with another countdown next week, with a twist! We will Return to the top 40 countdown for the week of March 6-12, from the UK! I know there is a huge following here of folks from the U.K. So they will get to relive their past, and 80s fans from the U.S. may discover music that did not make it over here for one reason or another. But first thing’s first. Let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and check out the top 10 songs of this week.


10. “Ballerina Girl” by Lionel Richie

This was the end of Lionel Richie’s run in the ’80s. A sweet song to end it. Supposedly, it was written for Lionel’s daughter, Nicole.

9. “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel had some groundbreaking videos in the late ’80s. Which means that they were on MTV every other song. Which also means that I couldn’t stand it! I was dreading listening to this again, but now I’m liking it a little more.

8. “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party!)” by the Beastie Boys

You got my rock in your rap! You got your rap in my rock! What?! Mmmm, delicious. Two great genres that go great together.

7. “Respect Yourself” by Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis hopped on that actors-turned-singers bandwagon. And he did a very respectful job of it, in my opinion.

6. “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram

At this time, I was too cool to watch cartoon movies. So, I’ve never seen An American Tail. But, I do love this song. Such a perfect duet with two incredible voices.

5. “You Got It All” by The Jets

Nice ballad from The Jets, written by Rupert Holmes (“Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”), and sung by 13-year-old Elizabeth Wolfgramm.

4. “Will You Still Love Me?” by Chicago

If Chicago is asking us if we will still love them after the departure of Peter Cetera, the answer is Yes!

3. “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” by Georgia Satellites

Between this, and Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait Awhile” earlier in the countdown, all we need to do is substitute Samantha Fox’s “Touch Me” with Jermaine Stewart’s “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”, and we would have a perfect countdown for a Catholic school dance.

2. “Jacob’s Ladder” by Huey Lewis & The News

Hands down, this is my favorite Huey Lewis and the News song. “All I want from tomorrow is to get it better than today.” That’s all anybody can ask.

1. “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi had a huge hit with “You Give Love a Bad Name”. But, this ’80s anthem is the one that changed them forever. When you say the words “’80s music” to somebody, this is one of a handful of songs that would immediately come to mind. This is totally deserving of the #1 spot, and a great way to end the countdown.


That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed this countdown. Please let me know your thoughts. And as I mentioned earlier, we will be coming right back next week with the UK Top 40 from 1983. Until then, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out 40-31 and 30-21. Here are some fun facts about 1987:

– Average Cost of new house $92,000
– Average Income per year $24,350.00
– Average Price for new car $10,3055.00
– 1 gallon of gas 89 cents
– The Food and Drug Administration approves anti-AIDS drug AZT.
– The First Criminal convicted using DNA Evidence Robert Melias in England
– Work on the Channel Tunnel joining UK and France begins
– Clive Sinclair launches the Z88 Portable Computer weighing under 2 LBS
– 1987 is shortened by 1 second to adjust to the Gregorian calender
– Disposable Contact Lenses became available for commercial distribution

Now, let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and continue the countdown.


20. “Brand New Lover” by Dead or Alive

You better spin me right round, baby, right round, or I’m gonna find a brand new lover. I know “You Spin Me Round” gets all the attention, but I like this song better. Very underrated New Wave song.

19. “Open Your Heart” by Madonna

Good song. Madonna never looked better. Creepy-ass video.

18. “Stop to Love” by Luther Vandross

The R&B legend crossed over to the mainstream charts with this awesome, upbeat song.

17. “I Wanna Go Back” by Eddie Money

This is a poignant song for us ’80s kids. But, no worries. Anytime you want to go back to the ’80s, you can come over here.

16. “Nobody’s Fool” by Cinderella

Speaking of going back, nothing brings me back more than a “hair band” power ballad!

15. “Let’s Wait Awhile” by Janet Jackson

Beautiful ballad, especially important amidst the AIDS crisis back then.

14. “I’ll Be Alright Without You” by Journey

The ballads continue. A lot of people gave Journey crap for their Raised on Radio album. But, I loved that album, and this was a great ballad off of it. I also liked the concert videos they released at the time, including this one.

13. “Love You Down” by Ready For The World

Once again, we have a song that I had forgotten about. We were in a really mellow mood at this time, as this is yet another ballad. Another awesome one, I may add.

12. “Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Eh boy. I can’t explain it, but for some reason I just can’t take this music. Although, back in 1987 I would have rated this a 1 out of 5, but now I give it a 2.

11. “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” by Samantha Fox

Right back at ya, Samantha. Right back at ya. Although I was a huge rock fan back then, I did love all of Samantha Fox’s songs. There wasn’t a bad song on her first three albums. So, let’s sum things up:
Samantha Fox > Bruce Hornsby. There, I said it!


That wraps up today’s list of songs. I hope you’re still enjoying this countdown. Tomorrow we will find out what the biggest hits on the Billboard 100 were this week, 31 years ago. As usual, I would love to hear your thoughts on this music, and what you were doing at this time.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check them out. We were off to a great start yesterday. So, let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and see if it continues to be just as good.


30. “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Understandibly, this is Europe’s signature song. This is the epitome of ’80s rock, complete with keyboards, guitar, soaring vocals, and big hair. But, Europe is so much more than this song. They have several other great songs (just on this album alone).

 

29. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Corey Hart

This is the umpteenth version of this song. And I still haven’t heard a version I didn’t like. This is a slow ballad version.

 

 

28. “Candy” by Cameo

Time for some pop funk!

 

 

 

27. “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” by Genesis

Another smash hit from the legendary Invisible Touch album.

26. “Talk to Me” by Chico DeBarge

I totally forgot about this one! I remembered it as soon as I heard it. This sounds like a Prince song.

25. “Change of Heart” by Cyndi Lauper

Very underrated song by Cyndi from her True Colors album.

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

Thank you Family Ties! This 1981 tune got renewed interest and became a smash hit thanks to Alex P. Keaton and Ellen Reed slow dancing and ripping the hearts out of ’80s kids.

23. “Come Go With Me” by Exposé

Often imitated, but never duplicated, Exposé took the freestyle world by storm in the late ’80s. This was the 3rd single released from their classic debut album Exposure.

22. “Lean On Me” by Club Nouveau

Outstanding dance version of the 1972 Bill Withers classic. Club Nouveau’s version hit number 1 for two weeks, and won a Grammy award in 1987 for Bill Withers, as the writer, for Best R&B Song.

21. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship

I still love this worldwide smash hit from Starship. It was featured in the movie Mannequin. Yesterday, in my opening segment, I mentioned having a girlfriend at this time. We went to see Mannequin in the theater. However, we were in the back of the theater making out most of the time, so I have no idea what happened. I’ll have to go check out that movie again.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. So far I’m loving it this week! How about you? Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody! We are back this week with another Top 40 Countdown! This week, we Return to 1987. This was one of the best periods in my life. I was in my junior year of high school. I was actually doing decent in school, finally. I had met a girl who would be a great girlfriend around this time. And music, movies, and TV shows were outstanding. So, “let’s go”, and Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and begin the countdown. As usual, you can click on the song title to watch the video, and you can click onthe album cover to listen or purchase the song on Amazon.


40. “That Ain’t Love” by REO Speedwagon

Very cool rocker by REO, who were still going strong, as this song cracked the Top 40 this week, and would go on to be a top 20 hit.

39. “Don’t Need a Gun” by Billy Idol

Yeesh, this is a timely song title right now. I had forgotten about this song. This song also mentions the album title – Whiplash Smile. I always thought it was cool when there was no title track, but a song on the album had the title in the lyrics.

38. “C’est La Vie” by Robbie Nevil

This was a huge hit for Robbie Nevil, reaching all the way up to #2 on the Hot 100. I was very much into rock at this point, so I didn’t care much for it. It didn’t help that it was constantly on the airwaves.

37. “Midnight Blue” by Lou Gramm

Great song that was Lou Gramm’s debut solo single. It would be his biggest solo hit, reaching #5. Still love this song to this day!

36. “As We Lay” by Shirley Murdock

I never heard of this song in my life. It’s a good R&B slow jam song. This would go well on the soundtrack of a Tyler Perry movie.

35. “We Connect” by Stacey Q

Another song I had forgotten about. Stacey Q performed this on an episode of The Facts of Life. I kind of dig the guitar solo in this!

34. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House

This worldwide smash hit by Australia’s own Crowded House, reached all the way to #2 in the U.S.

33. “We’re Ready” by Boston

I love Boston! They were on fire in the late ’70s with back-to-back smash albums. However, it then took 8 years to release their 3rd album, Third Stage. It was another great album. But, what I remember most was when I bought the cassette, and in the liner notes, there were all kinds of excuses of why it took so long to release this album. Even back then, I thought that was strange.

32. “Let’s Go” by Wang Chung

My favorite Wang Chung song! No matter how down I am, this song always seems to lift me up.

31. “Facts of Love” by Jeff Lorber Featuring Karyn White

We’ll close out today with another song I had never heard of before. I’ve been missing out! This song was off of Jeff Lorber’s Private Passion album. In 1988, Karyn White would go on to release her debut album, and had a great run as a solo artist.


Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. Any favorites so far, or any forgotten hits for you? What were you doing at this time in 1987? I’d love to hear from you! Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

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Remember That Song: 2/7/18

Can you name the artist and song:

You had your time, you had the power
You’ve yet to have your finest hour


Last Song: “Together Forever” by Rick Astley from the album Whenever You Need Somebody (1987)

Great job Karen (@dovey_karen) and Andy (@Torahguy)!!!

It’s never changing
Can’t you hear me, I’m saying
I want you for the rest of my life

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Remember That Song: 2/6/18

Can you name the artist and song:

It’s never changing
Can’t you hear me, I’m saying
I want you for the rest of my life


Last Song: “Life In A Northern Town” by The Dream Academy from the album Dream Academy (1985)

Great job Karen (@dovey_karen) and Andy (@Torahguy)!!!

They sat on the stony ground
And he took a cigarette out
And everyone else came down
To listen

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Remember That Song: 2/5/18

Can you name the artist and song:

They sat on the stony ground
And he took a cigarette out
And everyone else came down
To listen


Last Song: “The Look Of Love” by ABC from the album Lexicon of Love (1982)

Great job Paul (@PaulEdwinCook)!!!

All I’m saying
It takes a lot to love you
All I’m doing
You know it’s true
All I mean now
There’s one thing yes one thing that turns this
Gray sky to blue

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Remember That Song: 1/31/18

Can you name the artist and song:

All I’m saying
It takes a lot to love you
All I’m doing
You know it’s true
All I mean now
There’s one thing yes one thing that turns this
Gray sky to blue


Last Song: “Don’t You Want Me” by Jody Watley from the album Jody Watley (1987)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

But then you seemed to change your mind
You looked away like you were, oh, so shy
Is the game you’re playing hard to get
Won’t you tell me

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Remember That Song: 1/30/18

Can you name the artist and song:

But then you seemed to change your mind
You looked away like you were, oh, so shy
Is the game you’re playing hard to get
Won’t you tell me


Last Song: “You Dropped A Bomb On Me” by The Gap Band from the album Gap Band IV (1982)

You turn me out, you turn me on
You turned me loose then you turned me wrong

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