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Madonna March Madness – Wild Card Round

Madonna March Madness

Hi Everybody! It’s that time of year again! This will be the 3rd annual Return to the ’80s March Madness. If you are new to this site, each year one artist is chosen for the March Madness Tournament. We pit their own hit songs against each other. There will be a slight change this year. In previous years, voting was done on the web site right here, as well as Twitter, and Facebook. This year, we are going to keep things simple, and keep all the voting done right here.

The first year featured Hall & Oates, and last year featured Prince.
This year, we feature one of the biggest icons of the ’80s – Madonna! The only problem is that she had too many big hits in the ’80s! I like to start each tournament with the Sweet Sixteen. So, a Wild Card round will take place in order to fill the final slot.

This poll will be left open for a full week. It will close at noon next Monday, March 9.

Here are the songs that will be doing battle this week. You can vote on the poll at the bottom. You can click on the song title to get the YouTube video

Angel

This was the third single released off of the Like a Virgin album. This was Madonna’s fifth Top-5 single on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #5, and reached the top of its dance charts.

Dress You Up

This was the final single released off of the Like a Virgin album. It would peak at number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number 34 on Adult Contemporary, number three on Hot Dance Club Songs and number 64 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Holiday

This was the third single released from Madonna’s self-titled debut album. It became Madonna’s first mainstream hit single in the United States, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also became her first top-ten single in several countries, including Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Causing a Commotion

This is the most successful song, commercially, of the bunch here. It was the second single released off of the Who’s That Girl soundtrack, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Dance Club Songs chart.


This is just the Wild Card round, folks! If you think this is tough, wait til the full tournament begins! Which song would you like to see in the main tournament? Vote below, and please spread the word to your friends! There are a lot of Madonna fans from a younger generation who may not be all that familiar with most 80s music, but do know Madonna’s 80s music.

Thanks so much!

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Remember That Song – 9/23/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Messages keeps gettin’ clearer
Radio’s on and I’m movin’ ’round my place
I check my look in the mirror
Wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face


Last Song: “Lucky Star” by Madonna from the album Madonna (1984)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000) and Lisa (@gabbyg89)!!!

And when I’m lost you’ll be my guide
I just turn around and you’re by my side

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

Remember That Song – 8/19/19

Can you name the artist and song:

I don’t love her
I tried to tell myself
But you can see it in my eyes


Last Song: Cherish” by Madonna from the album Like a Prayer (1989)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000), S(@myfinesthour123), and DJ Murray Boston (@djmurrayboston)!!!

Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way I bet
So don’t underestimate my point of view

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

Remember That Song – 4/12/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Candles fade like the dark
Now I see how
Lovely the feelings are


Last Song: “La Isla Bonita” by Madonna from the album True Blue (1987)

Great job Adora 2000 (@Adora2000), Cody (@bandit5160), and Lisa (@gabbyg89)!!!

Beautiful faces, no cares in this world
Where a girl loves a boy, and a boy loves a girl

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

Coming Soon: Return to the ’80s March Madness Tournament

It’s coming up on that time of year again! Since last year’s inaugural Return to the ’80s March Madness Tournament was a success, we will make this an annual thing. Last year was all about Hall & Oates (with “Out of Touch” being their most popular song among Return to the ’80s readers.

For those of you who discovered this site within this past year, here’s how this works. We take an artist, and place their 16 biggest hits in brackets, and have the same format as the NCAA basketball tournament. Two songs will be pitted against each other for several days, and the winner moves on in the tournament. We keep narrowing it down, until we have a winner. You can vote on this site, as well as on Twitter, and the main Facebook page and the Facebook group page. I will add the votes together.

This year I’m going to need your help to get this started. I am having a difficult time choosing which artist to cover. This is where you come in. I have listed some of the top musical icons of the ’80s. So, please vote for the artist who you would like to see in this year’s tournament. I will leave the voting open for a week. You can vote here, and in the Facebook Group. The Facebook page and Twitter don’t allow enough options, so those pages won’t be used until the actual tournament begins. I have listed Phil Collins (his solo and duet stuff – not Genesis), Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, and Bon Jovi. I should also note that only the singles that charted in the ’80s will be in the actual tournament. I have also allowed the option to write in somebody that is not on the list.

Thank you so much for your help! This should be fun! And unlike any political election, no matter who wins, we all win.

Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – January 12, 1985: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to the Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the previous posts, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. I hope you’ve been enjoying these songs this week. There will be quite a few familiar ones today. So let’s Returh to the week ending January 12, 1985, and see what was topping the charts in the U.K.


10. “The Power of Love” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

I had never heard this song in my life. However, it had topped the charts in the U.K. This was Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s third single, aft “Relax” and “Two Tribes”. This song is often regarded as a Christmas song, even though it doesn’t reference Christmas in the song lyrics. But, the video and the single cover are kind of Christmas themed

9. “Everything Must Change” by Paul Young

Paul Young had a handful of hits in the U.S>, including the #1 smash, “Every Time You Go Away”. But, he was even bigger in the U.K. This was his 5th top 10 hit there, and “Every Time You Go Away” hadn’t even been released as a single yet! I was unaware of this song, but I am liking it now.

8. “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.

Wow, this worldwide smash hit had staying power in the U.K. It had been the #2 song for three weeks in September the previous year, and is still in the Top 10 here! The song even re-entered the UK Top 75 on November 2, 2008, at No. 49.

 

7. “Shout” by Tears for Fears

This is one of the most recognizable songs of the mid-80s, and was a worldwide smash hit, hitting the top 10 in 25 countries.

 

 

6. “Nellie the Elephant” by Toy Dolls

You Brits are mad! I love this! This 1956 children’s song was made into a punk rock song by Toy Dolls. It became a #4 hit.

 

 

5. “We All Stand Together” by Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus

And this is another children’s song from the animated film Rupert and the Frog Song. Except this isn’t a punk song. This is the early-mid 80s Paul McCartney style that sticks in your head whether you want it to or not.

 

4. “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner

We all know this power ballad by Foreigner. It was a Top 10 hit in many countries, and #1 in some of them. We’ve heard this song millions of times. But to mix things up, the YouTube link goes to the newly recorded version featuring Shriners Hospitals For Children patients. This is very cool! And the proceeds from this version, which was just released on January 1, 2019, go to Shriners Hospitals For Children. You can donate at https://showthemlove.org/.

3. “Like a Virgin” by Madonna

Here is yet another worldwide smash. This was the lead single from the Like a Virgin album.

 

 

2. “Last Christmas” by Wham!

I love this song. However, when you start hearing it in stores in September and October, it’s a little ridiculous. I know it is after Christmas now, but I can understand that it is still charted this high at this point, because it was released in December. Wham! thought they would have had the Christmas song market cornered in December 1984. And they would have too, if it wasn’t for…

1. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid

I still love this song, and it was for such a great cause. It is so funny to see how young everybody looks in the video! And I just figured this out. In this song, these awesome British artists asked to “Feed the World”. Later on in the year, U.S. artists came out and proclaimed “We Are the World”. Were they expecting to get fed? Greedy bastards! I am just kidding of course. Both songs, as well as Wham!’s “Last Christmas”, raised money for the people suffering the famine in Ethiopia.


Well, that’s a wrap. The next countdown will be back in the U.S. Until next time, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Quote of the Day: Desperately Seeking Susan

Gary: Susan! What are you doing?

Susan: I’ve got good news and bad news. Which do you want to hear first?

Gary: You said you were going to leave!

Susan: All right, good news first. Roberta’s not working with the greaseball.

Gary: My wife just got picked up on the lower east side escaping from her gun-toting pimp.

Susan: He’s not a pimp. Problem is, he’s probably going to try to kill her because he thinks she’s me.

Happy 60th Birthday Madonna!!!

If you’d like to watch, rent, or buy this movie from Amazon, click on the movie poster below:

Quote of the Day: Who’s That Girl

Nikki Finn: C’mon Lounde, haven’t you ever done anything you were proud of?

Louden Trott: Well, I used to be really good at fencing.

Nikki Finn: See? There you go. I knew ya’ had it in ya’.

Louden Trott: Yeah, but of course my father would never come watch me.

Nikki Finn: Why would your father wanna watch you turn over stolen goods? You’re twisted!

The film, Who’s That Girl, was released on this day 31 years ago (August 7, 1987)

If you’d like to watch, rent, or buy this movie from Amazon, click on the movie poster below:

Remember That Song – 4/19/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Now we pray for rain and with every drop that falls
We hear, we hear your name


Last Song: “Like A Prayer” by Madonna from Like A Prayer (1989)

Great job Tori (@toristeele57ke1), Drew (@ChristiedDrew), and Steve (@ToSleepOnceMore)!!!

It’s like a dream, no end and no beginning
You’re here with me, it’s like a dream

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

Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out 40-31 and 30-21. Here are some fun facts about 1987:

– Average Cost of new house $92,000
– Average Income per year $24,350.00
– Average Price for new car $10,3055.00
– 1 gallon of gas 89 cents
– The Food and Drug Administration approves anti-AIDS drug AZT.
– The First Criminal convicted using DNA Evidence Robert Melias in England
– Work on the Channel Tunnel joining UK and France begins
– Clive Sinclair launches the Z88 Portable Computer weighing under 2 LBS
– 1987 is shortened by 1 second to adjust to the Gregorian calender
– Disposable Contact Lenses became available for commercial distribution

Now, let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and continue the countdown.


20. “Brand New Lover” by Dead or Alive

You better spin me right round, baby, right round, or I’m gonna find a brand new lover. I know “You Spin Me Round” gets all the attention, but I like this song better. Very underrated New Wave song.

19. “Open Your Heart” by Madonna

Good song. Madonna never looked better. Creepy-ass video.

18. “Stop to Love” by Luther Vandross

The R&B legend crossed over to the mainstream charts with this awesome, upbeat song.

17. “I Wanna Go Back” by Eddie Money

This is a poignant song for us ’80s kids. But, no worries. Anytime you want to go back to the ’80s, you can come over here.

16. “Nobody’s Fool” by Cinderella

Speaking of going back, nothing brings me back more than a “hair band” power ballad!

15. “Let’s Wait Awhile” by Janet Jackson

Beautiful ballad, especially important amidst the AIDS crisis back then.

14. “I’ll Be Alright Without You” by Journey

The ballads continue. A lot of people gave Journey crap for their Raised on Radio album. But, I loved that album, and this was a great ballad off of it. I also liked the concert videos they released at the time, including this one.

13. “Love You Down” by Ready For The World

Once again, we have a song that I had forgotten about. We were in a really mellow mood at this time, as this is yet another ballad. Another awesome one, I may add.

12. “Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Eh boy. I can’t explain it, but for some reason I just can’t take this music. Although, back in 1987 I would have rated this a 1 out of 5, but now I give it a 2.

11. “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” by Samantha Fox

Right back at ya, Samantha. Right back at ya. Although I was a huge rock fan back then, I did love all of Samantha Fox’s songs. There wasn’t a bad song on her first three albums. So, let’s sum things up:
Samantha Fox > Bruce Hornsby. There, I said it!


That wraps up today’s list of songs. I hope you’re still enjoying this countdown. Tomorrow we will find out what the biggest hits on the Billboard 100 were this week, 31 years ago. As usual, I would love to hear your thoughts on this music, and what you were doing at this time.