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Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: Final Four

Wow! What a finish to the Elite 8! There were two blowouts, and two tight matches. And one of those matches had to go into overtime! And the overtime was very exciting. I posted the overtime poll on Twitter, the 80s Fans Unite!!! Facebook group, and the Return to the ’80s Facebook group. “Kiss On My List” defeated “You Make My Dreams” by the narrow margin of 23-22. On the the 80s Fans Unite!!! page, “Dreams” squeaked by 5-4. The tie breaker was on the Return to the ’80s Facebook group page where “Dreams” won handily 6-0, moving it on to the next round. We’re getting down to the nitty gritty now! You can place a vote in each bracket

Out of Touch Maneater

Out of Touch (1) def Method of Modern Love (2) (14-3)

Maneater (1) def One on One (2) (14-2)

You Can’t Make My Dreams Go for That (No Can Do)

I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) (2) def Private Eyes (1) (10-7)

You Make My Dreams (3) def Kiss on My List (1) (9-9 regulation, 33-27 in overtime)

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Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: Elite Eight

Daryl Hall (left) and John Oates in New Haven, CT, in March 1985. (Glenn Osmundson/Inquirer File Photo)

Welcome back to the Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament! It took me all weekend to try to come up with these brackets. There are so many incredible songs to choose from, so it was difficult. While all Hall & Oates songs are great, we are now getting into the elite. So, things are about to get very interesting.

Speaking of interesting, while listening to podcasts yesterday, I got to Martha Quinn’s totally awesome podcast Talk Talk with Martha Quinn. On this particular latest episode, Martha had none other than John Oates as a guest! It was a phenomenal interview. Hall & Oates is going to be touring with the group Train. So they spoke on that. And John Oates also has a brand new solo album out called Arkansas. It is a great album all the way through! It doesn’t have that classic Hall & Oates sound. This particular album has a kind of old school country/western feel, but blended with a modern sound. It reminded me of the first part of Van Halen’s “Ice Cream Man”. It is very cool, and I suggest you check it out. And if you are reading this, I would highly suggest that you listen and subscribe to Martha Quinn’s podcast, Talk Talk with Martha Quinn. You can also listen to Martha every single morning from 6am – 10am Pacific time on iHeart80s @ 103.7.

OK, let’s move on to the Elite 8. Just like yesterday, you can vote for a song in each bracket. You can also click on the song title to get the YouTube video. This poll will be open for 24 hours. Please share this with all your friends. The more votes there are, the more exciting this will get.

Bracket 1

Out of Touch (1) def. How Does It Feel to Be Back (51-7)
Method of Modern Love (2) def. Did It in a Minute (30-24)

Bracket 2

Maneater (1) def You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (39-15)
One on One (2) def Adult Education (35-19)

Bracket 3

Private Eyes (1) def. Everything Your Heart Desires (48-7)
I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) (2) def. Family Man (46-6)

Bracket 4

Kiss on My List (1) def. Your Imagination (47-4)
You Make My Dreams (3) def. Say It Isn’t So (30-17)

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Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: Sweet 16

Hi Everybody! This year, I decided to hop on the March Madness bandwagon. Hall & Oates was the biggest duo of the ’80s, and one of the biggest acts, period. Between 1981 and 1984, they had five #1 hits, and 21 Top 40 hits, with most of them reaching the Top 10. So, let’s see what your favorite is. There is only 24 hours until the next round, so vote early, and please share with as many people as you can, so we can get a great voter turnout. I appreciate your vote. Just pick one song from each of the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Brackets below. You can click on the song title to listen to the song on YouTube if you’d like.

Bracket 1

(1) Out of Touch
(4) How Does It Feel to Be Back
(2) Method of Modern Love
(3) Did It in a Minute

 

Bracket 2

(1) Maneater
(4) You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
(2) One on One
(3) Adult Education

 

Bracket 3

(1) Private Eyes
(4) Everything Your Heart Desires
(2) I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
(3) Family Man

 

Bracket 4

(1) Kiss on My List
(4) Your Imagination
(2) Say It Isn’t So
(3) You Make My Dreams

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Top 40 Songs This Week – November 27, 1982: Songs 10-1


Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown!!! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. We are down to our top 10 songs. We have some true classic songs coming up, so let’s get to it. Let’s Return to the week ending November 27, 1982, and wrap up this week’s countdown.


10. “Muscles” by Diana Ross

This song earned Diana Ross her twelfth Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Oh BTW, this was written and produced by someone you may or may not heard of – Michael Jackson.

 

9. “The Girl is Mine” by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

Speaking of Michael Jackson, this was the first single released from his up and coming album, Thriller. At least he got the worst song out of the way! It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for all that yapping at the end.

 

8. “Steppin’ Out” by Joe Jackson

Love this song by Joe Jackson! It peaked at #4, and was Jackson’s highest charting hit in the U.S. This song received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year in 1983 but lost to “Rosanna” by Toto, which is fine by me.

 

7. “Maneater” by Daryl Hall and John Oates

This song, from Hall & Oates’ eleventh studio album, H2O, was a smash hit, hitting #1 and staying there for four straight weeks. This was a staple on MTV.

 

 

6. “Mickey” by Toni Basil

This iconic ’80s tune was Toni Basil’s only hit. But, boy was it ever a hit, reaching the top of the charts. The legendary Cheerleader video is considered the very first choreographed dance video.

 

5. “Heartlight” by Neil Diamond

Unfortunately, I am all too familiar with this song. My mom is the biggest Neil Diamond fan, so this was my life. I do like his early stuff a lot. But, I didn’t care much for his easy listening music. This song was written by Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager and her then-husband Burt Bacharach. They were inspired by the blockbuster movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which Diamond, Bayer Sager and Bacharach had all seen together.

 

4. “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

This classic duet is from the film, An Officer and a Gentleman (which I have yet to see). The movie’s producer, Don Simpson, demanded “Up Where We Belong” be cut from An Officer and a Gentleman, saying, “The song is no good. It isn’t a hit.” (Sounds like a Trump tweet. Oh shit, here come the comments and emails!). It’s a good thing Simpson was a movie producer, and not a music producer. The song was a #1 hit in the US for three weeks, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It also won the BAFTA Film Awards for Best Original Song in 1984. Cocker and Warnes also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1983.

3. “Heart Attack” by Olivia Newton-John

This is one of those new songs that was placed on a Greatest Hits album. And this song definitely belongs there! I love this ONJ song! It was the first single released off of Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

 

2. “Gloria” by Laura Branigan

I have always loved Laura Branigan’s voice, and I had a huge crush on her. I was devastated when she died in 2004 from a brain aneurysm. This was Branigan’s signature song. It peaked right here at #2, and remained her for three weeks.

 

1. “Truly” by Lionel Richie

“Hello” seems to get all the love out of Lionel Richie’s ballads. But, this one is my favorite. This was also Richie’s debut solo single. It was the first single released off of his self-titled debut album. The song won a Grammy Award for Richie in the category Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Not a shabby start for a solo career.


That wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. Did you have any favorite songs this week? Are there any that you got sick of hearing? I’d love to hear from you. Until next time, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

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Remember That Song: 10/12/17

Can you name the artist and song:

That’s how it’s gotta be now
‘Cause I don’t have no use
For what you loosely call the truth


Last Song: “Adult Education” by Hall & Oates from the album Rock’N Soul Part 1 (1983)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

And long halls and the gray walls
Are gonna split apart
Believe it or not
There’s life after high school

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Top 40 Songs This Week – October 17, 1981: Songs 10-1

Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top 40. If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. This has been a great week of music so far. And there are some classics here today. And don’t forget, you can click on the song title to get to the YouTube video to listen to the song. Now, let’s Return to the week ending October 17, 1981, and wrap up this week’s countdown.


10. “The Night Owls” by The Little River Band

We begin the top 10 with a decent rock song. This is off of The Little River Band’s Time Exposure album. The album was produced by George Martin. This was the band’s last album with Glen Shorrock on lead vocals until 1988, and with lead guitarist David Briggs.

9. “Hard To Say” by Dan Fogelberg

This was Dan Fogelberg’s third Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. This song is notable for featuring the late (I still can’t believe I’m saying that) Glenn Frey.

8. “Who’s Crying Now” by Journey

download-1This was the first single released from the legendary Escape album. This began the hugely successful commercial run of Journey, 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees. Do hear more about Journey, check out the first episode of the Return to the ’80s Podcast:

7. “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

This was the first single from Stevie Nicks’ debut solo album, Bella Donna. It was written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, inteneded to be a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song. However, Jimmy Iovine, who was also working for Stevie Nicks at the time, arranged for her to sing on it. This was a good call, because these two unique voices sound great together.

6. “Private Eyes” by Daryl Hall and John Oates

How could a song with a handclap in the chorus be bad? This classic Hall & Oates tune was a staple on MTV. It would go on to be a #1 hit, holding that top position for 2 weeks.

5. “Step by Step” by Eddie Rabbitt

This country-crossover hit was also the #1 song on the country chart this week, and would peak right here at #5 on the Billboard 100.

4. “For Your Eyes Only” by Sheena Easton

This was the theme song of the 12th James Bond movie of the same name. Easton is the only artist (to date) to be seen singing the theme song to a Bond movie during its opening titles. This song was also nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1982.

3. “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones

This song was my introduction to The Rolling Stones. I didn’t have MTV yet, but I did see the song on the television show, Solid Gold. The basic track of this song was written during the 1978 sessions for the Rolling Stones’ album Some Girls. It was at first cut as a reggae-rock track named ‘Never Stop’, but after dozens of takes the band stopped recording it and it was shelved. In 1981, with the band looking to tour, engineer Chris Kimsey proposed to Mick Jagger that archived songs could be put in the set. It was re-worked to the classic that we now know, and was recorded for the Tattoo You album.

2. “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

This is Lionel Richie’s third entry on this countdown. This was recorded as the title track of the film adaptation of Scott Spencer’s novel Endless Love. The song ended up being a bigger hit than the movie, reaching number 1 on the Hot 100, where it stayed for nine weeks from August 15 to October 10, 1981.


Before we reveal the #1 song, let’s see what was topping some of the other charts this week.

The #1 R&B song this week was “When She Was My Girl” by The Four Tops.

Topping the Dance charts was “Do You Love Me” by Patti Austin.

The #1 album this week was Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones

And the #1 Adult Contemporary tune is also the #1 song on the top of the pop charts this week…

1. “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” by Christopher Cross

And we have another movie soundtrack song. Coming off his mega-successful self-titled debut album, Christopher Cross followed up with this smash hit. This would be a #1 hit for 3 weeks. The song also won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Although his music was still great, Christopher Cross’ popularity faded away quickly once everybody started getting their MTV. This was definitely his high point.


Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. Let me know your thoughts on this list, and on any part of the countdown. We’ll count down a different year in the near future. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

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Remember That Song: 10/12/16

Can you name the artist and song:

I’ve been thinking about my own protection
It scares me to feel this way


Last Song: “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates from the album Voices (1980)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Twist and shout my way out
And wrap yourself around me
‘Cause I ain’t the way you found me

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Remember That Song: 6/28/16

Can you name the artist and song:

It’s so good
Baby when you’re at the wheel
I can’t believe the way I feel
It’s such a rush
Just being with you


Last Song: “Method of Modern Love” by Hall & Oates from Big Bam Boom (1984)

I believe love will always be the same
Ways and means are the parts subject to change

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Remember That Song: 1/29/16

Hair’s to Friday!!!

Can you name the artist and song:

I am everybody
And everyone that I know is me
Everyone that I know
Won’t see


Last Song: “Private Eyes” by Hall & Oates from the album Private Eyes (1981)

Great job 8ts (@jeffmarcum741)

I see you, you see me
Watch you blowin’ the lines
When you’re making a scene

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Top 40 Songs This Week – May 28, 1983: Songs 20-11

Welcome back as we continue the countdown! If you missed the previous articles, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. I think this has been a great countdown this week already. But, today’s list features quite a few of my favorite bands of all time! These songs may be familiar to most of us, but it is really nice to go back to the time when these hits were new to us. So, let’s Return to the week ending May 28, 1983, and continue the countdown.

20. “She’s a Beauty” by The Tubes

What better way to start the day than some classic ’80s! This was the biggest hit for The Tubes, topping out at #10. The disturbing music video was directed by Kenny Ortega. Ortega was the choreographer on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing, as well as directing Michael Jackson’s This is It.

19. “I Won’t Hold You Back” by Toto

Here is an awesome ballad by an awesome band! This song came off the album Toto IV, which also provided us with “Rosanna” and “Africa“. [I’m pausing the countdown right now as I listen to “Africa”. If this countdown is late, you’ll know why. Oooh, shiny object!]

18. “Der Kommissar” by After the Fire

Yet another classic ’80s tune! This countdown is a great time capsule for ’80s music. This song was originally performed by Falco. Falco’s version is in German, so it wasn’t a big a hit in the U.S. as it was in Europe. However, a year later, After the Fire recorded this song in English, and made it a smash hit, topping out at #5 on the charts.

17. “Family Man” by Hall & Oates

I think we would be hard-pressed to find a countdown in the early-to-mid ’80s that didn’t have at least one Hall & Oates tune. This song was written, and originally performed by Mike Oldenfield, featuring Maggie Reilly on main vocals. A year later, Hall & Oates took the song, and made it a huge hit, reaching up to #6 on the charts. I prefer the Hall & Oates version, but the original is also really good.

16. “Photograph” by Def Leppard

One of my all-time favorite bands of all-time! Incredible song off of an incredible album. Def Leppard is still going strong today, as they just released a new, self-titled, album. If you are interested in Def Leppard at all, you really need to check out that album. It’s probably their best since Hysteria, in my humble opinion.

15. “Jeopardy” by The Greg Kihn Band

This was a very cool ’80s song…until Weird Al ruined it for me. Now, whenever I hear this song, I can’t get Weird Al’s “I Lost On Jeopardy” out of my head, complete with Don Pardo telling Weird Al that he doesn’t win a year supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat, he doesn’t get to come back tomorrow, he doesn’t even get a lousy copy of the home game. He’s a complete loser!

14. “Don’t Let It End” by Styx

Another one of my favorite bands, and their second entry on the countdown this week. This is a very nice Dennis DeYoung ballad from Styx’s Kilroy Was Here album. I knew that this was a great hit, but I didn’t know that it charted as high as #6.

13. “Faithfully” by Journey

Yet another one of my favorite bands! Queen and Journey are my #1 and #2 bands. This song is one of Journey’s most recognizable hits. It is such a great ballad. Between Steve Perry’s incredible vocals, Jonathan Cain’s awesome keyboard riff, and Neal Schon’s classic guitar solo, this is perfection. When I saw Journey in concert in 1999 for their comeback with Steve Auggeri, they closed out the concert with this song. I had never been to a rock concert that closed out with a ballad. It was very classy.

12. “Always Something There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes

And we have yet another classic ’80s song that is also a cover. This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the ’60s. It reached up to #49 on the charts in 1964 by Lou Johnson. And just as Naked Eyes has that classic ’80s sound, Lou Johnson has that classic ’60s soft rock sound. The Naked Eyes version was a big hit in the U.S., topping out at #8.

11. “Affair of the Heart” by Rick Springfield

We’ll wrap up today with some Rick Springfield! And it’s not “Jessie’s Girl”! This is an outstanding rock song. It was actually nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1984. But, just like anybody else who released any songs between 1982 and 1984, he lost to Michael Jackson.


Well, that’s it for today. We’ll close out this awesome countdown on Friday. Again, feel free to leave a comment about your thoughts of any of the music we’ve covered so far.

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