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Remember That Song – 9/23/21

Can you name the artist and song:

She stepped off the bus out into the city streets
Just a small town girl with her whole life
Packed in a suitcase by her feet


Last Song: “Hard Habit To Break” by Chicago from Chicago 17 (1984)

Great job Craig (@cdennis0130), and Christa (@Christa30728891)!!!

I guess I thought you’d be here forever
Another illusion I chose to create


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Remember That Song – 5/14/21

Can you name the artist and song:

Touch was the heat too much
I felt I lost you from the start


Last Song: “If She Would Have Been Faithful” by Chicago from Chicago 18 (1987)

Great job David (@daviddwwalker) and This Angel Loves Simon (@AngelLovesSimon)!!!

I was thinking about her, visiting the past
Reconstructing details with old photographs
I was studying the faces with an objective point of view
Suddenly remembering doesn’t haunt me


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Remember That Song – 2/2/21

***Deep Track***
Can you name the artist and song:

So I’ll let it rain
‘Cause the rain ain’t gonna hurt me
And I’ll let you go
‘Though I know it won’t be easy


Last Song: “You’re The Inspiration” by Chicago from Chicago 17 (1985)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000), Craig (@cdennis0130), Bubblegum Smile(@B12345678__), Lynne (@LynneAshton2), Lori (@ThreezkyMusic), Jim (@imjlkr), Scorpion (@DianneR16469208), and Lisa (@gabbyg89)!!!

You should know
Everywhere I go
Always on my mind
In my heart, in my soul


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Remember That Song – 5/22/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Back then I thought that things were never gonna change
It used to be that I never had to feel the pain
I know that things will never be the same now


Last Song: “Look Away” by Chicago from Chicago 19 (1988)

Great job Craig (@cdennis0130)!!!

I tell you I’m fine
But sometimes I just pretend
Wish you were holdin’ me

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Remember That Song – 4/28/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Walkin’ through a gate that leads you down
Down to a pool fraught with danger
It’s a pool full of strangers


Last Song: “You’re Not Alone” by Chicago from Chicago 19 (1989)

Great job Drew (@ChristiedDrew), and Craig (@cdennis0130)!!!

Now loneliness fits you like a glove
You walk around in your cloak of darkness,
Too blind to see the light
Your wings are broken, now your spirit can’t take flight

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Remember That Song – 9/16/19

Can you name the artist and song:

I’d hold on to you
‘Til the stars no longer wink
I’d hold on to you
‘Til you figure out
Just what to think


Last Song: “Hard To Say I’m Sorry/Get Away” by Chicago from the album Chicago 16 (1982)

Great job Richard (@RichardAnsara), Lisa (@gabbyg89), BeagleLife72 (@TiffanyNGroce72), TB (@fruitynotes), and Ruth (@RuthMas82397116)!!!

Wouldn’t want to be swept away
Far away
From the one that I love

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Top 40 Songs This Week – February 11, 1989: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody! Time for a new Top 40 countdown! This week, we are Returning to 1989. This is one of the last countdowns that I would have heard before I left for Navy Boot Camp, and be cut off from all pop culture for a couple of months. This should be an interesting week. Some of these songs were new to the countdown, and they would be big hits as I was graduating boot camp. Other songs had been out for a bit, so I knew them very well. And of course there are songs that were new to the countdown, but would not last long, and would be gone by the time I left boot camp. So, let’s Return to the week ending February 11, 1989, and begin the countdown!

Also, you can click on the song title to listen to/watch the video on YouTube, and you can click on the album cover to get the song from Amazon.


40. “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles

This Bangles smash hit broke into the Top 40 right here. This ballad would eventually top the charts. After topping the charts with “Walk Like an Egyptian”, this song helped the Bangles be only the third all-female group to score multiple number-ones in the United States, after the Supremes and the Shirelles.

39. “Little Liar” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

This was the second single released from the Up Your Alley album (after “I Hate Myself for Loving You”). This is one of those awesome songs that I had forgotten about. It has that classic late ’80s/early ’90s rock sound. It had peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.

38. “The Love in Your Eyes” by Eddie Money

This is the second song in a row that I love, and had forgotten about! This came off of Money’s Nothing to Lose album, which had the big hit, “Walk on Water”.

 

 

37. It’s No Secret” by Kylie Minogue

Time to sound like a broken record…this is another one I vaguely remember. This was not as a big a smash as Minogue’s cover of “Locomotion”, but it is still a decent throwback to late ’80s pop. Kylie Minogue is still releasing new music to this day. She just released her 14th studio album, Golden, last year. Her single, “Dancing“, was a #1 hit on the U.S. Dance charts.

36. “Dreamin'” by Vanessa Williams

I remember this song, but didn’t realize it was from the ’80s. This was released from Vanessa Williams’ debut album, The Right Stuff, and was her first top 40 and first number-one hit on the Billboard R&B chart, where it stayed at the top of the chart for two weeks.

35. “Just Because” by Anita Baker

And now we have the second awesome R&B ballad in a row. This was off of Anita Baker’s #1 smash hit album, Giving You the Best That I Got.

 

 

34. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison

Unless you lived under a rock in the late ’80s, you know this song. It was Poison’s biggest hit, staying at the top of the chart for 3 straight weeks. I loved it when it was first released. But, it got exhausting hearing it everywhere all the time. Of course, some of that was self-inflicted, as I had the 45 of this song. After keeping my distance for a while, I do enjoy going back to this.

33. “You’re Not Alone” by Chicago

I always loved this song, from the great Chicago 19 album. I don’t remember the version from this video. There seems to be a lot of electric guitar in it, which is pretty cool. From September ’88 through this time of February ’89, I had a job working for the newspaper The Providence Journal. I would deliver papers for paper routes that did not have any paperboys. After that, I would go back to the office, and go back out and bring newspapers to people that called in, saying that they didn’t get their paper. So, while I was driving around delivering papers, Chicago 19 would be in heavy rotation in my car. Any of those songs immediately bring me back to that time.

32. “I Beg Your Pardon” by Kon Kan

I had totally forgotten about this song! It was the debut single of the Canadian synthpop band Kon Kan. I love this as it has that classic ’80s sound. It would be Kon Kan’s only top 40 hit inthe U.S.

 

31. “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown

Sadly, Bobby Brown is known more for his problems, including the train wreck involving the relationship between him and Whitney Houston. We forget how huge a star he was at this time in the late ’80s though. This song was a #1 hit. The album from which it came, Don’t Be Cruel, topped the Billboard 200 album charts, and spawned 5 top 10 hits. It was the best selling album of 1989.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. What do you think so far? What were you doing at this time in 1989? Also, feel free to email me a long distance dedication to Returnto80s@gmail.com. We’ll be back tomorrow, to continue the countdown.

Top 40 This Week – Week Ending November 5, 1988: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! I hope you are all enjoying it so far. Here are some famous quotes from 1988. Can you guess who made them:

“Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy”

“Read my lips: no new taxes”

“Just do it”

“It’s everywhere you want to be”

“I’m not bad- I’m just drawn that way”

Now let’s Return to the week ending November 5, 1988 and continue the countdown. Don’t forget, you can click on the song title to get the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to get the song from Amazon. Now, on with the countdown!


20. “I Don’t Want Your Love” by Duran Duran

Were the remaining 3 members of Duran Duran singing this to their former guitarist, Andy Taylor? I don’t know, but it’s a pretty cool tune.

 

 

19. “Don’t Be Cruel” by Bobby Brown

This is the second “Don’t Be Cruel” of the countdown. But, this one is a Bobby Brown original, when he was at the top of his game.

 

 

18. “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” by Cinderella

Only in the ’80s could you go from a great new jack swing song to an awesome glam metal power ballad in the same countdown! Yes ’80s, we didn’t know what we had till you were gone.

 

17. “Look Away” by Chicago

Chicago is one of my all-time favorite bands, and I could not get enough of this song. This power ballad, written by Diane Warren, is Chicago’s largest selling single. It topped the charts for two weeks, matching the chart success of the group’s “If You Leave Me Now” (1976) and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (1982).

 

16. “Another Lover” by Giant Steps

Giant Steps was a pop duo from England. This was their only top 40 hit. It came off of their lone album, The Book of Pride.

 

 

15. Kissing a Fool” by George Michael

This jazzy song was the seventh and final single to be released from the Faith album. It was also the least successful single of the album, only peaking at #5. Slacker.

 

 

14. “Chains of Love” by Erasure

The synthpop duo, Erasure, finally broke through in the U.S. with this song,as it peaked at #12. This was Erasure’s sixth consecutive U.K. Top 20 hit.

 

 

13. “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird” by Will to Power

This mashup of Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird” will soon top the charts (December 3, 1988). Kudos for taking two overplayed classic rock songs, and making them fresh again. Only to become overplayed itself. I’m liking it again, 30 years later.

 

12. “How Can I Fall?” by Breathe

Great ballad by the British pop group, Breathe. It would go on to peak at #3 on the Hot 100, and top the Billboard adult contemporary chart, Breathe’s only single to accomplish this feat.

 

 

11. “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?” by Steve Winwood

What is it with all the questions? This song is OK. But, I had gotten sick of it before it was officially released. It was used in a national TV commercial for Michelob.

 


This is shaping up to be a damn good countdown! We will wrap this up on Friday. See you then!

Episode 21: Summer Concert Series 2018

Welcome to a new episode of Return to the 80s! This was a hard fought battle to get this posted. Del and I had recorded another episode a week before this one, and it did not come out at all. So we had to have a do-over, and Robert was able to join us this time. In case you are wondering who Del is…he’s the one giving you the Remember That Song every day. He also hosts an 80s radio show, which we discuss in this episode.
Speaking of this episode, we each had gone to a concert, which we discuss in this episode.

– Welcome Del Roehling from 80s at 8 on 91.1 WEDM FM, and from the legendary Return to the 80s, “Remember That Song” fame
Stream WEDM at 8am on Saturdays and Sundays for Del’s show, 80s at 8
– Paul misses Def Leppard and Journey at Fenway Park
– Robert’s review of Rick Springfield, and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
– Del’s review of the band, Yacht Rock Review
– Paul’s review of Chicago and REO Speedwagon, and the great Chicago controversy

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Remember That Song – 7/12/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Nine a.m. on the hour hand
And she’s waiting for the bell
And she’s looking real pretty
Just waiting for her clientele


Last Song: “Stay the Night” by Chicago from the album Chicago 17 (1984)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk) and ΜΑΡΙΑ (@trustnoone1975)!!!

I don’t want you to misunderstand me
I just want to say what’s on my mind
No need to hit me with an attitude
Because I haven’t got the time

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