Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown! If you missed songs 40-31, you can go ahead and check them out. This is a lot of fun discover new old music! It looks like there are 2 songs that I know today. The rest is a mystery right now. Hopefully there will be more pleasant surprises. So let’s Return to the week ending March 6, 1983, and find out! And don’t forget, you can click on the song title to listen/watch the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to purchase the song from Amazon.
30. “Oh Diane” by Fleetwood Mac
This single from the Mirage album, was a big hit in the U.K., but did not chart in the U.S. This Linsdsey Buckingham tune sounds like a ’50s song. It’s not bad. It can’t touch anything from Rumours, but it’s not bad.
29. “Drop the Pilot” by Joan Armatrading
I never heard of Joan Armatrading before. She had 3 Top 40 songs in the U.K., and none in the U.S. This is actually her highest charting single in the U.S. topping out at #78. I love this song! I need to listen to more of her music, and see why she didn’t hit it big. This definitely should have been a bigger hit in the U.S.
28. “We’ve Got Tonight” by Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton
Here is a familiar tune. It was a big hit in 1978 for Bob Seger, who also wrote the tune. But, Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton crushed it, making it a #1 hit in the U.S., and making it a world wide hit, including here in the U.K.
27. “Sign of the Times” by The Belle Stars
While this is considered to be The Belle Stars’ signature hit (according to Wikipedia anyway), I only knew them from their cover of “Iko Iko”. I like this one. It is a good pop song.
26. “Shiny Shiny” by Haysi Fantayzee
OK, I’ll admit that I was a little nervous bringing this video up on YouTube, thinking that with a name like Haysi Fantayzee, that I would have a stripper dancing on my work computer. Luckily, Haysi Fantayzee is a group and not a person. This is a good New Wave song, with a totally ’80s sound.
25. “Numbers/Barriers” by Soft Cell
While Soft Cell is basically know for “Tainted Love” in the U.S., they had a string of hits in the U.K. The double A-sided single “Numbers” / “Barriers” failed to reach the Top 20, breaking the duo’s run of five consecutive Top 5 singles in the UK. But, it’s still not too shabby, peaking right here at #25.
24. “You Can’t Hide Your Love From Me” by David Joseph
This is a very cool Funk song. But, I cannot find any information about this song or artist anywhere.
23. “Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)” by Wham!
Here is a song that made it over to the U.S. This is an awesome song, best known for being Wham!’s debut single.
22. “Rip It Up” by Orange Juice
Not to be confused with Oran “Juice” Jones, Orange Juice was a Scottish post-punk band. This would be their only Top 40 hit in the U.K.
21. “Waves” by Blancmange
I’m liking this song by this English synth-pop band. I feel like this could have been in a John Hughes film.
That wraps up today’s list of songs. Lotso New Wave songs. I would have been uninterested back then, but I’m loving it now. We are already halfway through the countdown. What do you think so far? I’d love to hear from you. Come back tomorrow for the next 10 songs.Follow @returntothe80s