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Top 40 Songs This Week – October 17, 1981: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody! Let’s do another Top 40 Countdown! We go back to 35 years ago this week. At this time 6th grade was well underway. It’s Halloween season. This must have been getting towards the end of my trick-or-treating days. But it was, and still is, my favorite time of the year. So, let’s Return to the week ending October 17, 1981, and see what was hitting the U.S. charts at this time.


40. “Burnin’ For You” by Blue Öyster Cult

This classic rock band was big in the ’70s. After this point, the height of their popularity was fading away. This song was the biggest hit off their 1981 album, Fire of Unknown Origin.

39. “In The Dark” by Billy Squier

This was Squier’s follow-up single to “The Stroke” from his Triple Platinum 1981 album Don’t Say No.

38. “The Old Songs” by Barry Manilow

This one’s for you, you Fanilows! This old song was Manilow’s eleventh number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, spending three weeks at number one.
My parents were fans of Barry Manilow. It’s a miracle I made it through the rain of that period in my life. Could it be magic that helped me not want to rip my ears off every weekend in New England during the late ’70s? I mean, I’m envious of Tony from the Copacabana. But by daybreak, it looks like we made it, and now I can’t smile without you guys.

37. “Sausalito Summernight” by Diesel

I had never heard of this song before. Diesel is a Dutch pop/rock group that became one of the few Dutch acts to chart in the U.S. when this song hit the Top 40. This song sounds a lot like The Steve Miller Band’s Rockin’ Me Baby.

36. “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” by The Commodores

This is my favorite Commodores song, and it was one of the band’s last big hits before Lionel Richie left for his legendary solo career.

35. “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me” by Ronnie Milsap

As often happened in the early ’80s, we have a country-crossover hit. I was not really a country music fan until the ’90s (with the exception of Alabama). But, there were some crossover artists I really enjoyed, and Ronnie Milsap is one of them.

34. “The Beach Boys Medley” by The Beach Boys

In the ’80s, there was a craze of medley hits, beginning with “Stars on 45”. The Beach Boys hopped on this bandwagon, with some success. Here is a list of the songs in the medley:
“Good Vibrations”
“Help Me, Rhonda”
“I Get Around”
“Little Deuce Coupe”
“Shut Down”
“Surfin’ Safari”
“Barbara Ann”
“Surfin’ U.S.A.”
“Fun, Fun, Fun”

33. “Alien” by The Atlanta Rhythm Section

This song has that classic ear;y ’80s easy listening vibe. Not the most exciting song, but I really like the harmonies. They kind have an Eagles sound to them too.

32. “He’s a Liar” by The Bee Gees

Unfortunately, by this point, The Bee Gees were pigeonholed as a disco act after their incredible success with the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. They had some great rock songs before that point, and after that point, including this overlooked gem.

31. “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John

A lot of people slightly older than me, fell in love with Olivia Newton-John after her role as Sandy in Grease. I was a little late to the party, because this song was my introduction to ONJ, and I was in love. This is the first week “Physical” hit the top 40, and would climb all the way to the top of the charts.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. We are off to a damn good start! So let’s Return tomorrow to continue the countdown. What were you doing this week in 1981?

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Remember That Song: 12/16/15

’70s Week continues! We’ll do another triple-shot today. This time, there will be three different artists:

#1
Can you name the artist and song:

I been bad, I been good,
Dallas, Texas, Hollywood


#2
Can you name the artist and song:

As soon as you are able
Woman I am willing
To make the break that we
Are on the brink of


#3
Can you name the artist and song:

I look to the sea
Reflections in the waves spark my memory
Some happy, some sad
I think of childhood friends and the dreams we had


Yesterdays songs were all by The Bee Gees:
#1
“Jive Talkin'” from Main Course (1975)

Oh, my child
You’ll never know
Just what you mean to me
Oh, my child
You got so much
You’re gonna take away my energy


#2
“How Deep Is Your Love” from Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack (1977)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
When they all should let us be


#3
“Stayin Alive” from Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack (1977)

And now it’s all right. It’s OK.
And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand

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Remember That Song – 3/6/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Clock strikes upon the hour
And the sun begins to fade
Still enough time to figure out
How to chase my blues away


Last Song: “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton from Kenny Rogers’ album Eyes That See in the Dark (1983) and written by The Bee Gees

Great job Jim and @RetroGuava!!

You do something to me that I can’t explain
Hold me closer and I feel no pain

Here is the Bee Gees performing the song:

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Return the Artist, Song and Lyrics – 5/4/11

Return the lyrics and song from this artist who just had a guest spot this past Monday on the hit TV show “Hawaii Five-O”:

And she’s watching him with those eyes
And she’s lovin’ him with that body,
I just know it
Yeah ‘n’ he’s holding her
in his arms late,
late at night

You know, I wish ____ _ ___ ______ ____


Here is yesterday’s “Islands in the Stream” lyrics

Tender love is blind it requires a dedication
All this love we feel needs no conversation
We ride it together, uh huh
Makin’ love with each other, uh huh

Islands in the stream that is what we are
No one In Between, How Can We Be Wrong

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

The Bee Gees (who wrote this song)