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Top 40 Songs This Week: August 27, 1983 – Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this weeks Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go back and check them out. At the time of this countdown, I was about to enter my teen years. My 13th birthday was less than a week away. I would get my very own little black & white TV. It didn’t matter that I did not have cable on it. It was my very own TV, and I loved it.

What were you doing at this time in 1983? Now let’s Return to the week ending August 27, 1983, and continue the countdown.

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30. “Far From Over” by Frank Stallone

Oh, hell yeah! Great way to start today’s countdown! If I thought there were a such thing as a guilty pleasure, this would be one of mine. This is also one of many cases where a song from a movie was better than the movie itself. See, even in the ’80s we had crappy remakes and sequels. It’s not a new thing. The difference is that today’s movies don’t have awesome music like this!

29. “Dead Giveaway” by Shalamar


Before Shalamar went “Dancing in the Sheets” with Footloose, they had a hit with this song from their album, The Look, which was the last one to feature Jody Watley as part of the group.

28. “(She’s) Sexy + 17” by The Stray Cats


27. “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” by Laura Branigan


I love Laura Branigan. She has a beautiful voice, and she was beautiful, period. I was so sad when she died in 2004. But, every time I hear this song, all that comes to mind is somebody coming to our school, before prom season, to explain the dangers of drunk driving. The speaker was talking about how his brother died in a drunk driving accident, and this song played for us. It was so sad, it made me want to drink.

26. “Making Love Out of Nothing At All” by Air Supply


A lot of Air Supply songs sound the same to me. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, there are some exceptions and this is one of them. And there is a good reason for this. It was written by Jim Steinman. Steinman wrote all of Meat Loaf’s biggest hits. There is another non-Meat Loaf Jim Steinman song coming up on this week’s countdown. And I love that one too. “Making Love Out of Nothing At All” is one of those ballads that I never got sick of.

25. “Rock of Ages” by Def Leppard


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And so began my love affair of rock music. And I have not looked back since. Def Leppard was a great band from the beginning, and they just kept getting better and better. They are still incredible in concert, and even released new studio album a couple of years ago. And unlike a certain contemporary of theirs who still puts out albums, and who shall remain nameless, Def Leppard can still rock your face off!

24. “Promises, Promises” by Naked Eyes


We can’t have an early ’80s countdown without a British New Wave band! This was Naked Eyes’ second hit, reaching up to #11.

23. “After the Fall” by Journey


Very underrated Journey song, off of the Frontiers album. I don’t even remember seeing this video on MTV.

22. “Flashdance…What A Feeling” by Irene Cara


One of my crushes! I love Irene Cara! She has several other great songs besides this and “Fame”. But, both “Flashdance…What A Feeling” and “Fame” still get me pumped up.

21. “Human Touch” by Rick Springfield


This is my favorite Rick Springfield song. My mom had the Living in Oz album (on vinyl of course), and I always listened to this song. Great way to finish things today!


That wraps up today’s list of songs. This is an awesome week of great music! Come back tomorrow as we check out the next 10 songs.

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Top 40 Songs This Week: August 27, 1983- Songs 40-31

Hey Gang! We’re back with another Top 40 this week! This time, we go back to a time when MTV was coming into full swing, as cable television was coming into more and more homes. There were some acts that still did not catch on to the music video trend, and others full embraced it, and reaped the rewards. Now, let’s Return to August 27, 1983, and begin the countdown!

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40. “Saved By Zero” by The Fixx


This song was released just before The Fixx released their signature hit, “One Thing Leads to Another”. “Saved By Zero” was used in a 2008 Toyota campaign. OK, I just realized that when those commercials came out, I already had my current Toyota Corolla for 4 years – and I still have it to this day! Sure, you all have touch screens, and cameras in your car now. But, I bet you don’t have a cassette tape deck like I do!

39. “You’re Driving Me Out Of My Mind” by Little River Band


The Little River Band began changing musical direction here. Meh. It’s kind of like how Saturday Night Live has a great run, then goes into a transitional phase, which sucks, before they go on another great run.

38. Lady Love Me (One More Time)” by George Benson


Oh man! You can’t go wrong with the smooth sound of George Benson! This really brings me back to the early 80s. This song is a classic.

37. “King of Pain” by The Police


Another classic! This song from their Synchronicity album, was the final original single released by the band.

36. “All Time High” by Rita Coolidge


This is from MY James Bond movie. Cable TV was new in our house, and we had HBO, where I watched Octopussy several times a week. I’m not sure if this is a good song or not, but I do love it because it brings me back to that time.

35. “Kiss The Bride” by Elton John


This is my favorite Elton John song of the ’80s, if not of all time. What a great rocker!

34. “Don’t You Get So Mad” by Jeffrey Osborne


I love early ’80s R&B! And it doesn’t hurt that this song is by Rhode Island’s own, Jeffrey Osbourne. He is an awesome guy who does a lot of great charity work. So, he can be forgiven for letting The Bachelor use his signature song, “On the Wings of Love” in 2010.

33. “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sérgio Mendes (with Joe Pizzulo & Leza Miller)


Classic early ’80s ballad that is awesome! I still listen to this.

32. “True” by Spandau Ballet


Classic early ’80s ballad that irritates me! I couldn’t stand this song when it was first released. I do like it now, as it does make me feel nostalgic about a better time.

31. “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant


This is one of those songs that come to mind when you mention ’80s music. I loved this when it came out. Then got sick of it, after the constant radio and MTV airplay – even after he released the better “Romancing the Stone” single. But, I like it again now, and limit how many times I listen to it.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. What do you think? Do you have any favorites, or any “I forgot about that one!” moments. This is going to be great week, so come back tomorrow to check out the next 10 songs!

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Remember That Song: 8/28/17

Can you name the artist and song:

You know it’s always cold at night
It’s always lonely until the dawn


Last Song: “Dancing In The Sheets” by Shalamar from the album Heartbreak as well as the Footloose Soundtrack (1984)

Great job Brent (@jonbrent13)!!!

I caught you smiling
I know I’ve seen you here before
How come you’re hiding
Hey don’t you want to hit the floor

 

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Remember That Song: 8/24/17

Can you name the artist and song:

I caught you smiling
I know I’ve seen you here before
How come you’re hiding
Hey don’t you want to hit the floor


Last Song: “I’ve Done Everything for You” by Rick Springfield (who turned 68 yesterday) from the album Working Class Dog (1981) as well as Sammy Hagar (who wrote the song) from the album All Night Long (1978)

Well, I’m givin’ up on love this time
Me and my friends, we’ll do just fine

Rick Springfield:

 

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Sammy Hagar:

 

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Martha’s Mix Tape


I love this! This was Martha’s Mix Tape on today’s Martha Quinn Show on iHeart80sRadio (103.7 San Francisco). Do you know what these 3 songs have in common? 1. Super Freak 2. The Heart of Rock & Roll 3. Jungle Love.

Feel free to cheat and check out Martha’s Facebook page and/or Twitter account to find the answer. And if you know the answer, what other songs would you add to this list?

Also, I would highly recommend listening to Martha’s show. It is on from 6:00am-10:00am Pacific Time. You can listen on the 103.7 web site or on the iHeartRadio app. Make sure you choose the 103.7 station.

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Quote of the Day: Stand By Me


Gordie: Do you think I’m weird?
Chris: Definitely.
Gordie: No man, seriously. Am I weird?
Chris: Yeah, but so what? Everybody’s weird.

River Phoenix was born on this day in 1970. He would have turned 47. Sadly, he died on October 31, 1993.

 

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Remember That Song: 8/23/17

Can you name the artist and song:

Well, I’m givin’ up on love this time
Me and my friends, we’ll do just fine


Last Song: “Two Of Hearts“by Stacey Q from the album Better Than Heaven (1986)

When we’re together it’s like hot coals in a fire
Oh baby
My body’s burning so come on heat my desire
Come on come on

 

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Remember That Song: 8/22/17

Can you name the artist and song:

When we’re together it’s like hot coals in a fire
Oh baby
My body’s burning so come on heat my desire
Come on come on


Last Song: “Throwing It All Away” by Genesis from the album Invisible Touch (1986)

We cannot live together
We cannot live apart
That’s the situation
I’ve known it from the start

 

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Quote of the Day: Dirty Dancing

Johnny: Look, spaghetti arms. This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine. You gotta hold the frame.

Patrick Swayze was born on this day in 1952. He would have turned 65. He passed away on September 14, 2009. R.I.P.

 

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Remember That Song: 8/18/17

Can you name the artist and song:

We cannot live together
We cannot live apart
That’s the situation
I’ve known it from the start


Last Song: “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle from the album Heaven On Earth (1987)

Great job Andy (@Torahguy) and Kids Inc Daily (@kidsincdaily)!!!

When you walk into the room
You pull me close and we start to move
And we’re spinning with the stars above

 

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