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Top 40 Songs This Week – November 8, 1986: Songs 40-31

dj-casey-kasem-1987-10-17-american-top-40-80s-165Welcome to a brand new week of the Top 40 Countdown! It’s been too long since the last one. It is always fun to go back and reminisce with songs from the ’80s, and rediscover songs we may have forgotten about, or discover new old songs we may have missed the first time around. This week, we will Return to 1986. This was right in the middle of high school for me. I had just begun my junior year. This was an ancient time when we actually celebrated Halloween and Thanksgiving, and didn’t just jump from Labor Day to Christmas. Right now, we are between Halloween and Thanksgiving. In high school, we were beginning to wrap up our Fall sports. I did Cross Country, so it was starting to get a little too cold to run in tank tops and those pre-Michael Jordan ’80s shorts. Soccer and Field Hockey were wrapping up, and we were ramping up for the big Thanksgiving Day football game.
Now, let’s Return to the week ending November 8, 1986, and listen to what was on the radio back then. You can click on the song title to get the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to check out the song on Amazon.


40. “Shake You Down” by Gregory Abbott

We begin the countdown with Gregory Abbott’s debut into the Top 40. This lead single from Abbott’s debut album Shake You Down was his biggest hit, and would go on to hit the top of the charts. Gregory Abbott is still out there releasing music – most recently, 2019’s “My Heart Has Found a Home“.

 

 

39. “You Know I Love You…Don’t You?” by Howard Jones

This was from Jones’ third studio album One to One. It didn’t hit the Top 40 in the U.K., peaking at #43. However on this chart, it would peak all the way up to #17.

 

 

 

38. “Wild Wild Life” by Talking Heads

This is one of my all-time favorite Talking Heads songs. Released as the lead single from their seventh studio album True Stories, it would peak at #25. The video is also a lot of fun, and won “Best Group Video” at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1987.

 

 

 

37. “Don’t Get Me Wrong” by The Pretenders

This song would eventually peak at #10. The Pretenders were in a major transitional period at this point. This was the first single off of the Get Close album. A few years earlier, original members James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon died of drug overdoses. During the recording of this album, Chrissie Hynde found that Martin Chambers’ drumming had deteriorated, still struggling after losing his 2 best friends. So Hynde let him go, leaving her as the only original Pretenders member. The album turned out to be a success. Chambers reunited with The Pretenders for their 1994 album Last of the Independents (which produced the smash single “I’ll Stand By You“), and has been there ever since. I saw them open for Journey and Def Leppard in the summer of 2018, and they still rocked. Look for them touring with Journey in the summer of 2020!

 

36. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel

This is easily my favorite Peter Gabriel tune. It would only peak at #26 on this chart, but was a #1 hit on the Mainstream Rock chart. This came of Gabriel’s smash album So. However, it will forever be linked with the iconic scene in the 1989 movie, Say Anything…, as John Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler is holding a boombox, over his head, with this song blaring outside of Diane Court’s (Ione Skye) bedroom.

 

35. “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” by Glass Tiger

This classic by the Canadian rock group, Glass Tiger, was starting to drop out of the countdown, falling from 28 to 35. But, it was a smash hit in Canada and in the U.S., hitting #1 and #2, respectively. And yes, that is fellow Canadian Bryan Adams on backing vocals.

 

 

34. “(Forever) Live and Die” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD)

This song by the English electronic band was climbing up the charts this week. It would go on to peak at #19 in the US, #11 in the UK, and it would break into the Top 10 in several other countries.

 

 

 

33. “What About Love” by ‘Til Tuesday

Yes, ‘Til Tuesday had other songs besides “Voices Carry“. And somebody else besides Heart did a song called “What About Love“. This song isn’t as good as either. But Aimee Mann has a great voice, and this song isn’t too bad.

 

 

32. “Two of Hearts” by Stacey Q

Here is another song on the way out of the countdown, dropping from 23 to 32 this week. But not before becoming a huge hit, peaking at #3, and becoming one of the highest selling singles of 1986. The song was ranked number twenty-seven in VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the ’80s.

 

 

31. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

This 1961 Ben E. King hit song was re-released to coincide with the classic 1986 movie of the same name. It peaked at #4 in 1961 and peaked at #9 in 1986. In the ’80s, there was a lot of ’50s and ’60s nostalgia in movies, television, and music. There were many ’60s covers in the ’80s. And there were several re-releases, including this one.

 


That wraps up today’s list of songs. Let me know what you think so far. What were you doing this week in 1986? Any favorite memories you’d like to share? We’ll be back tomorrow to continue the countdown.

Remember That Song – 6/11/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Only emptiness remains
It replaces all the pain


Last Song: “No One Is To Blame” by Howard Jones from the album Dream Into Action (1986)

Great job Colleen (@ColleenIrishRo1), Fluffy Toy Toad (@28daysnotice), and Lisa (@gabbyg89)!!!

You can see the summit but you can’t reach it
It’s the last piece of the puzzle but you just can’t make it fit

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, click on the album cover below

Remember That Song – 8/29/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Some guys will promise you a
Marriage made in heaven
But I’m gonna stick to my guns


Last Song: “Life in One Day” by Howard Jones from the album Dream into Action (1985)

Great job GoodSport09 (@GoodSport09) and Karen (@dovey_karen)!!!

Try and enjoy the here and now
The future will take care of itself somehow
The grass is never greener over there
Time will wear away the stone
Gets the hereditary bone

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

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Remember That Song: 4/6/17

Can you name the artist and song:

’cause in the space of a year
I’ve watched the old me disappear
All of the things I once held precious
Just don’t mean anything anymore


Last Song: “Life in One Day” by Howard Jones from the album Dream Into Action (1985)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Try and enjoy the here and now
The future will take care of itself somehow
The grass is never greener over there

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Remember That Song: 2/24/16

Can you name the artist and song:

You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time
And there’s nothing you and I won’t do


Last Song: “What Is Love?” by Howard Jones from Human’s Lib (1984)

Sometimes I find you doubt my love for you
But I don’t mind
Why should I mind
Why should I mind

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Remember That Song: 2/24/15

Can you name the artist and song:

His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day’s events


Last Song: “Everlasting Love” by Howard Jones from Cross That Line (1989)

Great job Candy (@candyissodandy)!!!

He didn’t want someone who walked straight off the TV
She needed someone with an interior smile

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Remember That Song – 3/21/14

Hair’s to Friday!
Can you name the artist and song:

Babe, it wasn’t easy to leave you alone
It’s getting harder each time that I go
If I had the choice, I would stay


Last Song: “No One is to Blame” by Howard Jones. The song appeared on 2 albums. The original raw version was on Dream into Action (1985). The radio version, that most of us are familiar with, appeared on One to One (1986).

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)!!

Some break the rules
And live to count the cost
The insecurity is the thing that won’t get lost

Here is the original raw version:

And here is the radio version from 1986:

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Remember That Song: 9/18/12

Can you name the artist and song/lyrics:

_____ ______ ____ ____
Staring at your photograph
And I know it won’t be long
An’ I know you’re coming back


Last Song: “Things Can Only Get Better” by Howard Jones:

Great job Jim, Kids Inc. Daily (@kidsincdaily), and Frank (@rizzo4sj)!!

And do you feel scared – I do
But I won’t stop and falter
And if we threw it all away

And courtesy of Kids Inc. Daily (@kidsincdaily), here is Martika from the show:

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Remember That Song – 2/24/12

Can you name the artist, song, and complete the lyrics:

The head nurse spoke up, and she said leave this one alone
She could tell right away, ____ _ ___ ___ __ ___ ____


Last Song: “No One is to Blame” by Howard Jones:

You can dip your foot in the pool but you can’t have a swim
You can feel the punishment but you can’t commit the sin

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Remember That Song? – 12/21/11

I’m sorry, but I can’t help myself.

Name the artist and complete the lyrics:

In a world that don’t know Romeo and Juliet
Boy meets girl and promises we can’t forget
We are cast from Eden’s gate with no regrets
Into the fire we cry
___ ___ ___ ___
___ ___ ___ ___


Last Song: “Everlasting Love” by Howard Jones:

He wasn’t looking for a pretty face
She wasn’t searching for the latest style
He didn’t want someone who walked straight off the TV
She needed someone with an interior smile

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