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Top 40 Songs This Week – February 11, 1989: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go ahead and check them out. As I look at this countdown, one thing that really stands out to me is the variety of the different genres of music in one countdown. And it was like this throughout the entire decade. It is something you would never hear today. Now, let’s go back to that glorious time, and Return to the week ending February 11, 1989, and continue the countdown.

And don’t forget, 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.


30. “Girl You Know It’s True” by Milli Vanilli

This is the song that will live in music-world infamy, as it was the song that was playing when Milli Vanilli were exposed as lip synchers. Up to that point, they were wildly popular, and even won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist (which they had to return). The sin wasn’t just that they were lip synching, but they were lip synching to somebody else’s vocals. Milli Vanilli get all the attention for the scandal. But, what I want to know is, what ever happened to the real singers, and how ugly could they have been in order to not be allowed to be seen?! They had a lot of great hits, so you would think they would have come out of the shadows, and performed for real.

29. “Don’t Tell Me Lies” by Breathe

This song did not sound familiar at all to me. It was actually Breathe’s debut single. It was released in the UK in early 1986. However, it did not chart very high at all, peaking at #77. But, after Breathe’s international success with “Hands to Heaven” and “How Can I Fall?”, “Don’t Tell Me Lies” was reissued, and became much more successful the second time around. It would become their third top 10 hit in the U.S., peaking at #10.

28. “Shake for the Sheik” by Escape Club

This is a song that I had forgotten about, but remembered when I just started playing it. It sounds very similar to “Wild Wild West”. It would peak right here at #28.

 

27. “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” by Rod Stewart

This was the highest charting single of Rod Stewart’s awesome Out of Control album, peaking at #4. It had originally been written for Barbara Mandrell to cover, but Rod Stewart took it instead. This song also features Duran Duran and Power Station guitarist, Andy Taylor.

 

26. “All She Wants Is” by Duran Duran

As the decade was coming to a close, Duran Duran’s sound started changing a bit. Some of it may be due to the musical climate, and some of it may also be that they were now without Andy Taylor. This was Warren Cuccurullo’s first full album with Duran Duran after Andy Taylor’s departure.

25. “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses

This is my favorite Guns N’ Roses tune. “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child o’ Mine” rocked. But, they got way overplayed for me. But, I never got sick of this song at all. Each band member really stands out in this song.

 

24. “Holding On” by Steve Winwood

Here is another song that I had forgotten about. I wish this got more airplay. It would be Steve Winwood’s fourth and final #1 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart, and would peak at #11 on this chart. The music video was directed by famed director, David Fincher.

 

23. “Roni” by Bobby Brown

This is the second time we see Bobby Brown this week. This is a slower tempo song. It would reach all the way up to #3. The song was written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

 

22. “Two Hearts” by Phil Collins

I bought the 45 of this song as soon as it was released. There was no need of that. You could not turn on the radio, or put on MTV, without hearing this song. I got so sick of this. This is another one that I like more now after I haven’t listened to it in a while. It was featured on the Buster soundtrack. Between this song, and “A Groovy Kind of Love” from that movie, I would have thought the movie would have been a smash hit. I don’t know a single person who has seen it, and I’m not even sure if it was released in the U.S.

21. “The Living Years” by Mike + The Mechanics

This world-wide smash hit would top the U.S. charts next month. This is a very moving song, with Paul Carrack on vocals, as it addresses a son’s regret over unresolved conflict with his now-deceased father. It would be nominated for four Grammy awards in 1990, including Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Video.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. We are halfway through the countdown. What do you think so far? Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

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Remember That Song – 4/3/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Yeah they got you where they want you
There’s a better life, and you dream about it, don’t you?


Last Song: “The Living Years” by Mike + The Mechanics from Living Years (1989)

Great job Mark (@SWDbigworm) and Simply Sasha (@imoutonceamonth), and Peter (@AndrewRaffety)!!!

You say you just don’t see it
He says it’s perfect sense
You just can’t get agreement
In this present tense

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

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Top 40 Songs This Week – August 11, 1990: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. While there have been really good songs scattered throughout this countdown, there have been a lot of songs that I’m not too crazy about. See, we’re only in 1990, with grunge being a little ways away, and I’m already missing the ’80s! Let’s battle though, and Return to the week ending August 11, 1990, and continue the countdown.

20. “When I’m Back On My Feet Again” by Michael Bolton

In the ’90s, Michael Bolton became a punchline in the music world. But early on, he had some pretty good songs – especially on his Soul Provider album. I like this one a lot. It doesn’t hurt that it was written by Diane Warren.

19. “Hold On” by En Vogue

En Vogue was formed in Oakland in 1989 – the same time I was there! They wasted no time on hitting it big, as their debut single (from their debut album, Born to Sing) shot all the way up to #2 on the Billboard charts, and was a #1 hit on the Hot Black Singles chart and the U.S. Dance chart. It was also #1 on the Billboard Year-End chart for 1990.

18. “Girls Nite Out” by Tyler Collins


Here’s another R&B song. I had never heard of this song or of Tyler Collins. She has a good voice. I like this song. I’m not blown away, but it is pretty good.

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17. “Release Me” by Wilson Philips

This is another band (along with Nelson) that blew up just before I left for the Gulf War. I loved every song on their debut album. But, when I got home from the Gulf, just like Nelson, everybody was trashing them, and they had the reputation of being a “mall band”. I still liked them. The music is nice, and their harmonies are incredible. I highly recommend their 2004 album, California. It is an album of some pretty good covers. As far as “Release Me” goes, it was one of my favorite songs on their debut album, and spent 2 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


And now, it’s time for our Long Distance Dedication. This week, we received a letter from Robert. It says,
Dear Casey,

My long distance dedication is for someone who has always been one of the most important parts of my life. I grew up on army bases my whole life. My father was an army sergeant and we were forced to move around many times. Soon after high school and completing basic training, my father was sent sent overseas to Fountainbleu, France. After just a few months of my father’s arrival, the French government removed all U.S. troops and he was sent to Holland. This was lucky for me because this was where he met the woman he would marry and would become my mother. Shortly after I was born in Heerlen, the Netherlands. This was the beginning of what would become many moves. I have lived in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Texas and Frankfurt, Germany. When I was 8, my father was sent to Korea for a year without us. This was when I started to realize how important he was to me. We were close and always made the best of any place we were living. We stayed in Germany for six years. Because my mother was Dutch, the military allowed my father to extend our stay overseas. We were supposed to move back to the States after my junior year of high school, but my father applied for and was granted one more extension – he knew how difficult it would be for me to go to a new school for just my senior year. I did not ask for this, he just did it. Eventually, we all moved back. I went to college in Nebraska as the rest of my family moved to central Missouri, Fort Leonard Wood. Things were going well for all of us: my father retired from the Army after 26 years of service, I finished my degree in education and started to teach high school English. Then tragedy struck. One night I received a call that my father had a heart attack and passed away instantly- he was only 50 years old. I still miss him. He was always an important part of my life. I have had to move on without him, but I have never forgotten him. Casey, would you please play “The Living Years” by Mike + Mechanics for my father Ron. This song captures how I feel about him and how much I miss him.

Robert, here is your long distance dedication…

That was “The Living Years” by Mike + The Mechanics from their 1988 album, Living Years. Thanks Robert.
Now, on with the countdown…


16. “Could This Be Love” by Seduction

Time for some freestyle. I had never heard of this song or group before. This is a nice ballad.

15. “Epic” by Faith No More

I always thought this song came out in the mid-nineties. It definitely has more of that ’90s rap/rock vibe than ’80s rock. This song would peak at #9, and be Faith No More’s biggest hit. I like this song, but can quickly get sick of it if I listen to it too often.

14. “Make You Sweat” by Keith Sweat

When I first saw this song title, even though I know who Keith Sweat is, I was expecting “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C + C Music Factory. Man, was I disappointed! I do like Keith Sweat’s voice, but I’m not crazy about this song.

13. “Blaze of Glory” by Jon Bon Jovi

This was the theme song from Young Guns II. I bought the soundtrack just before I left for the Gulf, and liked every song on the album. This song got kind of played out though. Supposedly, Jon Bon Jovi recorded this song because Young Guns II star, Emilio Estevez, requested that Bon Jovi’s song “Wanted Dead or Alive” be on the soundtrack. But, Bon Jovi did not think the lyrics, about the band constantly touring, fit the theme of the Western movie. However, the request inspired him to write “Blaze of Glory” with lyrics relevant for the movie.

12. “Have You Seen Her” by M.C. Hammer

It may be hard to believe, but at one time, M.C. Hammer was king of the rap world. He was very well respected. Then he had mainstream success with his huge album, Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em, which featured “U Can’t Touch This“. Then there was a shift in the rap world. It became more gritty and vulgar thanks to the likes of NWA and 2 Live Crew. M.C. Hammer’s clean lyrics and image was not cool anymore. But he did have a pretty good run for a while.
He followed the smash hit, “U Can’t Touch This”, with this cover of the Chi-Lites 1971 hit song, “Have You Seen Her”. I had forgotten about this song. But, it was another big hit for him, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the UK Singles Chart.

11. “Jerk Out” by The Time

Time to get your funk on! This debut single from The Time’s album Pandemonium would go on to be a #1 R&B hit, and reach #9 on the Hot 100. This song was written by Prince, and you can hear him in this song.


Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. We’ll be back to wrap up the countdown on Friday.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – March 25, 1989: Songs 10-1

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous posts, you can check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. Well, there are no more hair bands the rest of the way. But, we do have some of the best ballads of the year right here in this top 10. Now, let’s Return to the week ending March 25, 1989, and wrap up the countdown.

10. “You’re Not Alone” by Chicago


This is one of my favorite songs on the great album that is Chicago 19. I love Bill Champlin’s vocals in every song he does.

“You’re Not Alone” on Amazon

9. “Roni” by Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown was white hot at this time. This ballad was the third single released from his incredible Don’t Be Cruel album. This hit, written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, would peak at #3 on the Hot 100.

“Roni” on Amazon

8. “Walk the Dinosaur” by Was (Not Was)


Boom boom acka-lacka lacka boom
Boom boom acka-lacka boom boom
Oh man, I feel like I shouldn’t like this song, but I think it’s so much fun. I do like a lot of funk songs though. And this song does stay with you. Now, Open the door, get on the floor /
Everybody walk the dinosaur

“Walk the Dinosaur” on Amazon

Now is the part of the countdown where we see what was topping some of the other charts this week:

The #1 Country song was “New Fool at an Old Game” by Reba McEntire.

Topping the R&B chart was “Closer Than Friends” by Surface.

“I’ll Be You” by The Replacements topped the Rock charts (not to be confused with “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts).

The top Adult Contemporary tune was our #16 hit on the Hot 100 – “You Got It” by Roy Orbison.

The best album in the country this week was Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson.

Finally, the #1 Dance song is our #7 song on the Hot 100 this week…

7. “She Drives Me Crazy” by The Fine Young Cannibals

I never cared for this song. It got so much airplay that it drove me crazy. But, if given the choice to listen to this either song, or most current songs on the radio today, I would pick this one.

“She Drives Me Crazy” on Amazon

6. “Lost In Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson

Even though my music taste leans heavily towards rock, I have never hidden my love for Debbie Gibson on this site. This is her signature hit. Even people, who look down on her, do like this song. This had been a #1 hit for three straight weeks.

Lost In Your Eyes on Amazon

5. “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” by Rod Stewart

Since it seems like all Rod Stewart has done for well over a decade was release his Great American Songbook series, I always forget how good he really is. His 1988 album, Out of Order, is outstanding. This song, from that album, is a nice ballad and was the highest charting song from that album. It peaked at #4.

“My Heart Can’t Tell You No” on Amazon

4. “The Look” by Roxette

I love this Swedish duo so much!! This song was their global breakthrough hit. It would hit number 1 in several countries, including the U.S. This is a really good rock song from Roxette’s awesome Look Sharp! album.

“The Look” on Amazon

3. “Girl You Know It’s True” by Milli Vanilli


This was a huge pop hit at the time. I didn’t hate it, but it’s not something I would be able to listen to on a regular basis. This was the song that exposed Milli Vanilli as lip synchers. While “performing” this song at a concert in Connecticut, the album began skipping and repeating on the same lyric. This was a huge scandal at the time, which destroyed Milli Vanilli. If this happened today, it would be called just another Friday.

“Girl You Know It’s True” on Amazon

2. “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles


This classic love ballad is one of The Bangles’ signature songs. With this song and “Walk Like an Egyptian“, the Bangles became only the third girl group to score multiple number-ones in the United States, after the Supremes and the Shirelles.

“Eternal Flame” on Amazon

1. “The Living Years” by Mike + The Mechanics

What a way to finish the countdown! This is easily my favorite song by Mike + The Mechanics, and one of my favorite songs of the decade. Paul Carrack sings lead vocals on the song. This is an emotional song about a tumultuous father/son relationship and the son’s regret of the unresolved issues after his father died. After all, It’s too late when we die / To admit we don’t see eye to eye

The lyrics are great and the music is great.

“The Living Years” on Amazon


Well, that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. The next countdown will be earlier in the decade to more of the classic ’80s music we all know and love. Until then, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

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Remember That Song: 1/22/15

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

I wonder if you’re really happy
And if you saw me, would you ____ __ ____


Last Song: “All I Need is a Miracle” by Mike + The Mechanics from the album Mike + The Mechanics (1985)

Great job Jim, (@mishouenglish) and Andy (@andytorah)!!!

But it’s always the same old story
You never know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone
If I ever catch up with you
I’m gonna love you for the rest of your life

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Hits of the ’80s – Horrible and Great

Here is a wrap-up of the Horrible and Great hits of the ’80s. I threw all the songs from my previous lists of each year, and picked my least favorite and favorite songs of the decade.
So, this is basically a Greatest Hits compilation of the Hits – Horrible and Great series.

The Horrible Hits came quite easy to me, and fell right into place. My favorites were a little tougher. They are always rotating in and out. Since I love so much ’80s music, it is difficult leaving some songs off the list.
Well, without further adieu:

Horrible

10. If This Is It – Huey Lewis and The News

Stick with the up-tempo songs, Huey! I loved every song on the Sports album – except for this one. It’s slow, boring, and there’s no feeling in it.

9. Harden My Heart – Quarterflash

This is one of the most overplayed ’80s songs out there. I’ve heard this song more in the past couple of years than I did during the entire ’80s decade! And it’s not even on my iPod! This may not have made the list if it were not so overplayed. This song is a little to slow for me, but not slow enough to be a good ballad. I can’t change the station fast enough when it comes on the radio.

8. Two Hearts – Phil Collins

I love Phil Collins, but this was probably the most overplayed among his overplayed songs.

7. Smooth Operator – Sade

The Stuck in the 80s guys were told to keep this song off their Horrible list. It did sound like they wanted it on there though. So, I will place it on my list yet again. Is this even a song? It is more like slow torture! Slow, slow torture.

6. True – Spandau Ballet

Ah, Ah-Ah-ah, AAAAAAARRRGGGHHHH!!! I can’t stomach this song. It is too boring, and it high on some kind of wuss factor. I’ll have to admit that it was funny seeing Steve Buscemi singing this song at the end of The Wedding Singer:

Unfortunately, since the song was included in the movie, it was also included on the movie’s soundtrack. Why didn’t they leave this song off, and put on “Do You Believe In Love”?

5. Stand – R.E.M.

This song is like a whiny “Hokey Pokey”. The only song I liked by R.E.M. was “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”, and then they disappeared.

4. Red Red Wine – UB40

Neil Diamond was a great songwriter. But, this was not one of his better songs, that’s for sure! I don’t know why it was remade, and I don’t understand why this was a hit. This is another song that comes on, and I can’t change the station fast enough.

3. Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby and the Range

Bruce Hornsby has a unique sound on his piano. Unfortunately, every song I’ve heard by him sounds exactly the same. And they are all horrible. I can’t turn this song off fast enough as soon as I hear it.

2. The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

Two of the greatest music artists of all time took the biggest dump on the biggest album of all time! Uggh, this song makes me want to rip my ears off and rip all the skin off my face! The “doggon” song bites the big one! Especially when they start yapping in the song. This song should be taken off of all copies of Thriller, and be replaced by “Say, Say, Say”.

1. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

How can I be happy when this crap comes on the radio!? Don’t tell me what to do, Bobby McFerrin! I was perfectly happy until this song came on and annoyed the crap out of me. Ooooooo! There’s no instruments. He makes all the sound effects with his mouth! Impressive! If I want that, I don’t have to subject myself to this dreck. I’ll just put on some Police Academy to watch Michael Winslow.


Great

10. Lost In Your Eyes – Debbie Gibson

My favorite Debbie Gibson song. Even people who weren’t into the teen music, at the time, liked this song. It is still great today.

9. Hard Habit to Break – Chicago

I still love this Chicago ballad! This was in the middle of their comeback during the David Foster years. I got sick of “You’re the Inspiration”, but I never got sick of this song. Unfortunately, the band became known more for their ballads. Their rock songs are just as good. But, “Hard Habit to Break” is one of my all time favorite Chicago songs.

8. Down Under – Men At Work

This song was a breakthrough for Men At Work, and basically introduced the U.S. to Australia and vegemite sandwiches. This is a fun song, and Colin Haye has a great unique voice. The band had a great string of hits. Will they get back together already?!

7. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran

This song got a lot of people into Duran Duran. The exposure on MTV didn’t hurt either. I liked it when it came out because the video reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But, even without the video, the song itself is really good.

6. Like a Prayer – Madonna

This was Madonna at the peak of her career. This is my favorite song by her.

5. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

This is a great song without the video. But, much like “At This Moment” is linked with Family Ties, “Here I Go Again” will forever be linked with the video and Tawny Kitaen. How many of us guys wished that we were that car?!? 24 years later I still love this song. It stands the test of time for me.

4. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

A perfect rock anthem. This is a fun song, that really rocks, and is still popular today. With all the great smash hits that Def Leppard has, this is one of the best.

3. The Living Years – Mike and the Mechanics

A really emotional song that packs quite a punch. Paul Carrack sounds great. The music and message are just awesome.

2. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

The ultimate ’80s song from the ultimate ’80s movie. You can’t think of one without the other. It even has staying power as this song is played while the losing American Idols are being booted. This song does get played alot, but somehow I cannot get sick of it.

1. Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey

“Don’t Stop Believin'” is one of my all time favorite songs, even after all these years. Everybody still gets into this song. And a new generation has even found it, as it became extremely popular from the television show Glee. Don’t Stop Believin’ this song will live on forever.

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Hits of 1989 – Horrible and Great

Well, here is the final Hits of the Decade – Horrible and Great.
I hope you all enjoyed the articles as much as I enjoyed compiling them. In case you missed any, here are the links to each of the years. Feel free to comment on them, and leave your own lists:

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988

On 8/6/10, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1989 podcast. Here is their list:

10. Hangin’ Tough – New Kids On The Block
9. Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry
8. If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher
7. Girl You Know Its True – Milli Vanilli
6. Toy Solider – Martika
5. Stand – R.E.M.
4. If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Simply Red
3. Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird – Will To Power
2. I’ll Be There for You, Bon Jovi
1. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

Here is my list of Horrible Hits:

10. The End of the Innocence – Don Henley

This song sounds too much like a Bruce Hornsby song, which I am not fond of. “The Heart of the Matter” was a way better song off of this album.

9. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses

Much like “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, this is the type of song that should be in my wheelhouse. But I just didn’t like it at all. It just gives me a headache.

8. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

This is a little too sappy for me – and I didn’t even see “Beaches” (the movie from which this is from). Sheena Easton did a way better version of this song.

7. Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry

This song did nothing for me. I don’t know why it was a hit.

6. Real Love – Jody Watley

Ditto. Real Blah

5. Stand – R.E.M.

Although the last couple of songs were “blah”, I would prefer “blah” to annoying!
It’s like a whiney “Hokey Pokey”. The only song I liked by R.E.M. was “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”, and then they disappeared.

4. Girl You Know Its True/Blame It On The Rain – Milli Vanilli

These poor saps. If they came on the scene more recently, instead of 20+ years ago, all they would have needed was autotune. Then they would have been just as successful. Which is not a good thing.

3. Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird – Will To Power

I don’t even like the Peter Frampton version, let alone this one!

2. If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Simply Red

Boring! “If you don’t know me byzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

1. Two Hearts – Phil Collins

I love Phil Collins, but this was probably the most overplayed among his overplayed songs.


There were also some great hits that year:

10. Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses

Now we’re talking! One of my all-time favorite Guns ‘N’ Roses songs. This was the perfect song for them. Axl sounds like this song belongs to him, Slash is awesome. And now that I’ve been watching Celebrity Rehab, I am very impressed with Steven Adler’s drumming in this song.

9. The Look – Roxette

Roxette burst on to the scene with this song. This was a fun and unique song. Roxette’s first 2 albums were great.

8. Eternal Flame – The Bangles

A great ballad by this awesome band. Susanna Hoffs sounds great.

7. After All – Cher and Peter Cetera

These two unique voices sound great together. Cetera was still going strong post-Chicago, and Cher was in the middle of one of her several comebacks. One of my favorite duets of the decade.

6. Look Away – Chicago

I had the cassingle of this song, and played it over and over. I kind of ruined the song for myself, but I could not get enough of it. “Look Away” was my favorite Chicago song for a while.

5. Surrender To Me – Ann Wilson and Robin Zander

Another great duet from this year. Ann Wilson has such an incredible voice. And Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander sounds really good with her.

4. Poison – Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper was great in the ’70s. But he had a pretty good revival in the late ’80s. This is probably my favorite song by him.

3. Like a Prayer – Madonna

This was Madonna at the peak of her career. This is my favorite song by her.

2. Lost In Your Eyes – Debbie Gibson

My favorite Debbie Gibson song. Even people who weren’t into the teen music, at the time, liked this song. It is still great today.

1. The Living Years – Mike and the Mechanics

Not only was this my favorite song of the year, but it may be one of my favorite songs of the entire decade. A really emotional song that packs quite a punch. Paul Carrack sounds great. The music and message are just awesome.

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Remember That Song? – 6/29/11

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

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six-foot-four and full of muscles
I said, “Do you speak-a my language?”
He just ______ ___ ____ __ _ _______ ________


The last “Remember That Song?”” “The Living Years” by Mike + the Mechanics

I know that I’m a prisoner
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I’m a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I Could Have Told Him In The Living Years

Hits of 1986 – Horrible and Great

On January 11, 2010 Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1985 Podcast (Episode 187). Here is their list:

10. We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
9. Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and The News
8. Spies Like Us – Paul McCartney
7. All Cried Out – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
6. Sleeping Bag – ZZ Top
5. Love Touch – Rod Stewart
4. Crush On You – The Jets
3. Holding Back the Years – Simply Red
2. Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
1. That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick and Friends

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

This was another tough one for me. I didn’t have too much of a problem with the Horrible songs. But there were so many songs that I liked, I had a hard time narrowing it down. If I compiled a list again for this year next week, there could be 10 totally different songs on the list. But, this is what I have right now.
First, the Horrible:

5. Kiss – Prince and The Revolution

I think that only dogs can hear Prince singing this song. It is waaaay to high pitched for me, and gives me quite the headache. I much prefer his Purple Rain songs, and a few others. But this song just goes right through me.

4. Take My Breath Away – Berlin/h3>

The Top Gun soundtrack had some great songs, such as Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”, “Playing With the Boys” (despite the association with that horrific volleyball scene in the movie), and Loverboy’s “Heaven in Your Eyes”. This Berlin song just ruins the whole thing. It’s long, boring, droning song. “Heaven In Your Eyes” should have been the only ballad on this soundtrack – unless they got Soundtrack King Kenny Loggins to record one.

3. Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and The News:

This song spent 3 weeks at number 1! Are you kidding me!?! I think they were still be rewarded for their Sports album. This song was off of the Fore album. For me, “Stuck With You” feels like “If This Is It, Part 2”. And if you look at my list of 1984 Horrible Hits, you will notice that I didn’t think too much of that song either.

2. Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

Much like Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing”, this song was probably a huge hit because of it’s innovative video. This song was way too overrated. I love Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”, but I could never change the station fast enough when this crappy song came on.

1. Nikita – Elton John

I love a lot of Elton John’s songs. But, he also has many horrible songs. And this clunker is the bottom of the barrel for me. I like some of Elton’s 80s songs. But it’s songs like “Nikita” that make me prefer his songs from the ’70s.

And here are the Great hits of 1986:

10. Burning Heart – Survivor: This song was on the Rocky IV Soundtrack. It wasn’t as big a hit as “Eye of the Tiger”, but it’s still a really good song. Great for working out or running to at the time.

9. Something About You – Level 42: Level 42 is a very underrated English band. This is their best known song in the U.S., and I still like it today.

8. Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen: This was the first Van Halen song with Sammy Hagar as the lead singer. They proved that they could be successful without David Lee Roth. There was not a bad song on the 5150 album. And “Why Can’t This Be Love” proved that they could perform great ballads as well as rockers.

7. No One Is to Blame – Howard Jones: This is a nice song that is easy on the ears.

6. Your Love – The Outfield: The Outfield’s popularity exploded in the U.S. with the release of this song. This is a fun song that I enjoy a lot.

5. All I Need Is A Miracle – Mike + The Mechanics

This Supergroup was formed by Mike Rutherford of Genesis, and featured Paul Carrack and Paul Young (not to be confused with the Paul Young who sang “Every Time You Go Away”) on vocals. This is a really good, upbeat song. “The Living Years” is probably my favorite song from the ’80s, but this song isn’t too bad itself.

4. Amanda – Boston

After having a string of great songs in the late ’70s, Boston hadn’t had anything new for 7 years. Then they finally came back in 1986 with their Third Stage album, and “Amanda” was the lead single. The song went number one for 2 weeks in a row. Boston was consistenly great, and this is no exception.

3. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean

“When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” was the theme song for the Romancing the Stone sequel, Jewel of the Nile. Billy Ocean has a great voice, and this was a fun song.

2. You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi was a pretty good rock band, with two albums under their belt, when they released Slippery When Wet. When “You Give Love a Bad Name” was released as the first single, the band’s popularity went through the stratosphere. This was a great song as people that were into rock liked it, and people that were more into pop were still drawn to this.

1. Glory of Love – Peter Cetera

I was always a Chicago fan, so I was sad when Cetera left the band. But the band went on to continue being successful, and Peter Cetera didn’t do to shabby himself. “Glory of Love” was Cetera’s first solo song, and it was a smash hit. It was on his album Solitude/Solitaire, and was the theme song for The Karate Kid Part II. I could not get enough of this song when it came out.

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