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Top 40 Songs This Week: January 19, 1985 – Songs 10-1

Hey Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. When I began this week, I had no idea that this would be one of the best, if not THE best countdown I’ve covered so far. Let’s see if this streak continues today. Let’s Return to the week ending January 19, 1985, and wrap up the countdown.


10. “Careless Whisper” by Wham! Featuring George Michael

We start the top 10 with one of the most iconic sax riffs of the ’80s. This is one of the few Wham! songs co-written by Andrew Ridgeley (the other member of Wham!, kids).

9. “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen

One of the most patriotic songs ever. Right President Reagan. Only if you consider a song about how Vietnam veterans were mistreated, to be patriotic. Oops.

8. “We Belong” by Pat Benatar

One of my favorite Pat Benatar songs. It was the lead single off of her Tropico album and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

7. “The Wild Boys” by Duran Duran

Awesome song. Crazy-ass video.

6. “Run to You” by Bryan Adams

Lead single from one of my favorite albums, Reckless.

5. “Easy Lover” by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins

What do you get when you combine one of the most successful musicians of the ’80s with a lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire? Pure perfection.

4. “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner

Great ballad that would be one of Foreigner’s signature songs.

3. “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago

Classic Chicago ballad, made memorable by the fake Madonna and fake Billy Idol in the video.

2. “All I Need” by Jack Wagner

General Hospital knew how to churn out the musicians!Landing at #2 isn’t too shabby for a soap opera actor!

1. “Like a Virgin” by Madonna

Madonna was at the top of her game here as one of the biggest ’80s icons.

 

 

 


Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. Until next time, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

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Top 40 Songs This Week: January 19, 1985 – Songs 20-11

Hey Everybody! Welcome to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. We had an amazing list of songs yesterday. Will it be just as good today? Let’s Return to the week ending January 19, 1985, and continue the countdown to find out.


20. “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters

I love the Pointer Sisters! If this song doesn’t get you pumped and moving, you have no soul.

19. “Valotte” by Julian Lennon

It’s kind of chilling how much Julian sounds like his father, vocally.

18. “Do What You Do” by Jermaine Jackson

A downside of being Michael’s brother is that songs like this get overlooked.

17. “Jamie” by Ray Parker, Jr.

A downside of having a hit called “Ghostbusters” is that songs like this get overlooked.

16. “Loverboy” by Billy Ocean

This was a huge hit for Billy Ocean. It peaked at #2, and was kept out of the top spot by “Careless Whisper”.

15. “Cool It Now” by New Edition

A boy band that I can tolerate!

14. “I Would Die 4 U” by Prince & The Revolution

And the hits keep on coming from the Purple Rain soundtrack. Further proof that this was one of the most iconic albums of the ’80s.

13. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid

Or does Billboard not know that it isn’t Christmas anymore? Or that it is 340 days til Christmas at this point in 1985? It doesn’t matter. I still love this song anyway.

12. “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley

Billboard really had their seasons screwed up! It’s not Christmas anymore (see last song), and this deep freeze we’re in now tells me that we are nowhere near summer either! Wishful thinking, I guess.

11. “Sea of Love” by The Honeydrippers

Meh. I prefer Plant teamed with Paige.

 

 

 


That concludes today’s list of songs. We are almost at the top of the charts. I think this is one of my favorite countdowns so far. Come back tomorrow as we wrap up the countdown.

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Remember That Song: 1/25/18

Can you name the artist and song:

I’ve been sitting here so long
Wasting time, just staring at the phone
And I was wondering should I call you
Then I thought maybe you’re not alone


Last Song: “Heartlight” by Neil Diamond from the album Heartlight (1982)
Thanks for the suggestion Andy (@Torahguy). And Happy birthday to Neil Diamond who turned 77 yesterday.

A friend is someone you need
But now that he had to go away
I still feel the words that he might say

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Top 40 Songs This Week: January 19, 1985 – Songs 30-21

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31. At this time in 1985, I was in the middle of the 2nd quarter of my Freshman year of high school. Indoor track was in high gear. This also means I was doing horrible in school. For some reason, the 2nd quarter was always the time when I got my worst grades. Maybe it’s because the freshness wore off by now. Then the last 2 quarters I had to buckle down to get my grades back up. Why the hell am I talking about school?!? Let’s get to some music! Now, let’s Return to the week ending January 19, 1985, and continue the countdown.


30. “Jungle Love” by The Time

Oh-we-oh-we-oh! Great start today, as we get our funk on, riding high with Morris Day and The Time from Purple Rain.

29. “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan

One of my favorite starts of any song. Chaka, Chaka, Chaka, Chaka Khan

28. “Foolish Heart” by Steve Perry

Great song by one of the greatest singers of all time. Boring video.

27. “Operator” by Midnight Star

Back to some Funk to get us moving! This was Midnight Star’s only top 40 hit.

26. “Call to the Heart” by Giuffra

Power ballad and big hair. Perfect ’80s combination!

25. “Solid” by Ashford & Simpson

Solid. Solid as a rock. That’s what this song is.

24. “Understanding” by Bob Seger

If you like Bob Seger, you’ll like this song. If you don’t like Bob Seger, it’s understandable that you don’t like this song.

23. “Love Light in Flight” by Stevie Wonder

This song from The Woman in Red may have flown by you as the airwaves were being flooded with “I Just Called to Say I Love You”.

22. “Out of Touch” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Classic song by the best duo of the ’80s.

21. “Method of Modern Love” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Do I have to spell it out for you? Hall & Oates are so soulful that T-H-E-Y C-A-N S-P-E-L-L T-H-R-O-U-G-H T-H-E E-N-T-I-R-E S-O-N-G A-N-D I-T W-I-L-L S-T-I-L-L S-O-U-N-D G-O-O-D.

 


That wraps up today’s list of songs. What do you think so far, now that we are halfway done? Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

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Remember That Song: 1/24/18

Can you name the artist and song:

A friend is someone you need
But now that he had to go away
I still feel the words that he might say


Last Song: “Dare Me” by The Pointer Sisters from the album Contact (1985)

Great job Andy (@Torahguy)!!!

Baby, make your move
Step across the line
Touch me one more time

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Remember That Song: 1/23/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Baby, make your move
Step across the line
Touch me one more time


Last Song: “After The Fall” by Journey from the album Frontiers (1983)

You meant more to me
Than I let you see
You held on somehow
All your tenderness
And your sweet caress
I miss you now

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Remember That Song: 1/22/18

Can you name the artist and song:

You meant more to me
Than I let you see
You held on somehow
All your tenderness
And your sweet caress
I miss you now


Last Song: “Catch Me I’m Falling” by Pretty Poison from the album Catch Me I’m Falling (1988)

You came into my life
The look in your eyes
Took me by surprise
It’s you
And nobody else

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Remember That Song: 1/19/18

Can you name the artist and song:

You came into my life
The look in your eyes
Took me by surprise
It’s you
And nobody else


Last Song: “Hold Me Now” by Thompson Twins from the album Into the Gap (1984)

Great job Roy (@rbutt14) and Candy (@candyissodandy)!!!

You ask if I love you
Well, what can I say?
You know that I do
And that this is just one
Of those games that we play

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Remember That Song: 1/18/18

Can you name the artist and song:

You ask if I love you
Well, what can I say?
You know that I do
And that this is just one
Of those games that we play


Last Song: “Every Time You Go Away” by Paul Young from the album The Secret of Association (1985)

Great job Brent (@jonbrent13)!!!

I can’t go on sayin’ the same thing
‘Cause can’t you see, we’ve got everything
Do you even know you know?

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Remember That Song: 1/17/18

Can you name the artist and song:

I can’t go on sayin’ the same thing
‘Cause can’t you see, we’ve got everything
Do you even know you know?


Last Song: “She Drives Me Crazy” by The Fine Young Cannibals from the album The Raw & The Cooked (1989)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

I can’t get
Any rest
People say
I’m obsessed

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