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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – March 6, 1983: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody, as promised, we are back with another countdown this week! The twist this week is that this will be a Top 40 from the U.K. charts. I have a lot of friends from the U.K., so I wanted to do a little something for them. And I thought it would be pretty cool for those of us in the U.S. There were a lot of awesome songs in other countries that did not make it over here for some reason or other. I have a feeling that a lot of us will be discovering new music this week. And ’80s kids from the U.K. will get to relive their glory days. As usual, if you’d like to purchase the song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover. And to watch the video/listen to the song, you can click on the song title. So, let’s get to it, Return to this week in 1983, and begin this week’s countdown from the U.K.

40. “Garden Party” by Mezzoforte

Right off the bat, we a get a song like I have never heard on a U.S. top 40 countdown. The closest may be Kenny G. Mezzoforte is an instrumental jazz-funk fusion band from Iceland. This would actually be the band’s biggest hit, and would chart all the way up to #17 on the U.K. charts. I am loving this song, and it’s a great way to kick off this countdown.


39. “Maggie” by Foster and Allen

Foster and Allen are a musical duo from Ireland consisting of Mick Foster and Tony Allen. This definitely has an Irish feel to it. But, it also sounds like an old school country song.


38. “Joy” by Band AKA

Despite this band being from Los Angeles, I had never heard of them. This is little disco/funk tune.




37. “Fields of Fire (400 Miles)” by Big Country

This is the first band I know of so far. However, I have never heard this song. If you like the song, “In a Big Country”, then you will like this one. It has a very similar sound.


36. “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” by Indeep

This is another U.S. based group (out of New York) that I had not heard of. This is a cool disco/funk song. Now I can see why I never heard of this song. While it would land all the way up to #13 on the U.K. charts, it topped out at #103 on the U.S. charts.


35. “Midnight Summer Dream” by The Stranglers

When I saw the band name, I was hoping this was a punk rock band. I was correct. However, at this time, The Stranglers decided to change direction, so this is more of a new wavey sound. The music itself sounds like it could come from a Tarentino film. But, the “singer” talks through the entire song. Then almost 5 minutes in somebody is singing the same lyrics in the background as the narrator who is speaking. No thanks.


34. “Christian” by China Crisis

This song brought this new wave band into prominence in the U.K. as it went up to #12 on the charts. This is good if you like slow new wave music. I would have hated it back in the day, but I’m liking it now.


33. “Soweto” by Malcolm McLaren

I’m kind of digging this song. I never heard of Malcolm McLaren, but he sounded like quite the character. He was a visual artist, performer, musician, clothes designer and boutique owner. He was best known for being the promoter and manager of bands such as the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols. This song sounds like it has an upbeat reggae beat.


32. “Down Under” by Men At Work

The first song I know! Do I really need to say anything about this? I’ll just smile and give you a Vegemite sandwich.




31. “Run for Your Life” by Bucks Fizz

Great way to end today’s list! I thought this was going to be a cover of the Beatles classic. But, it’s a different song. It sounds like Abba covering an ELO song. Very cool! I may need to look more into this group.


Well, that was a very cool start of the week. What do you think so far? If you know any interesting facts about the artists we have seen here, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you, and be educated. It’s looking like we will continue the countdown on Wednesday. Hope to see you then!

Remember That Song – 3/13/13

Can you name the artist and song:

A higher voice has called the tune
Two hearts that lost the beat will now resume

Last Song: “Walk On Water” by Eddie Money

Great job Kim (@soeightiesgirl) Kickin’ It Old School (@oldschool80s)!!

Well I’m no angel, now, I’ll admit
I made a few bad moves I should regret
I hurt you once or so you said
Just one more chance is all you get

Remember That Song – 3/12/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Well I’m no angel, now, I’ll admit
I made a few bad moves I should regret
I hurt you once or so you said
Just one more chance is all you get

Last Song: “Love Is Alright Tonight” by Rick Springfield

I’m working hard, I don’t know why
I’m like a working class dog
And I just get by

Remember That Song – 3/11/13

Can you name the artist and song:

I’m working hard, I don’t know why
I’m like a working class dog
And I just get by

Last Song: “Queen of Hearts” by Juice Newton

Great job Kickin’ It Old School (@oldschool80s)!!

Laying out another lie
Thinkin’ ’bout a life of crime
‘Cause that’s what I’ll have to do
To keep Me Away From You

Remember That Song – 2/19/13

Let’s try Remake Week.
Can you name the song and the ’80 artist and original artist

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

Last Song: “Shadows of the Night” by Pat Benatar

Great job Kickin’ it Old School (@oldschool80s) and Christa (@buttercup081474)

You can cry tough baby, it’s all right
You can let me down easy, but not tonight

Remember That Song – 2/14/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Ooh you’re like the sun,
Chasing all of the rain away,
When you come around you bring a brighter day

Last Song: “Crush On You” by The Jets

Great job Kickin’ it Old School (@oldschool80s), Kids Inc Daily (@kidsincdaily) and @RICANROLL!!

Shes always talkin when she should be listenin’
Can’t keep a secret
To save her life
But still I trusted her with all I felt inside

And courtesy of @kidsincdaily:

The 10 Best Love Songs From ’80s Movies

Stuck in the ’80s found a list of The 10 Best Love Songs From ’80s Movies at the site Flavorwire. Here is the list from Flavorwire:

10. “Up Where We Belong” — Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes [An Officer and a Gentleman, 1984]
9. “Edge of Forever” — Dream Academy [Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986]
8. “Cry Little Sister” — Gerard McMann [Lost Boys, 1987]
7. “In the Air Tonight” — Phil Collins [Risky Business, 1983]
6. “If You Leave” — OMD [Pretty in Pink, 1986]
5. “Power of Love” — Huey Lewis & The News [Back to the Future, 1985]
4. “Don’t You Forget About Me” — Simple Minds [The Breakfast Club, 1985]
3. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” — Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes [Dirty Dancing, 1987]
2. “Take My Breath Away” — Berlin [Top Gun, 1986]
1. “In Your Eyes” — Peter Gabriel [Say Anything, 1989]

You can check out the Stuck in the ’80s page to get their thoughts on each song from the list.

Instead of commenting on these songs, I decided to create my own list:

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” – Starship [Mannequin, 1987] – This #1 smash hit was my favorite song at the time it came out. Until I overplayed it.

Crazy For You” – Madonna [Vision Quest, 1985] – Oh how we long for the days when Madonna won us over with her talent instead of relying too much on shock value.

Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)” – Christopher Cross [Arthur, 1981] – Christopher Cross had an incredible start to his career, which peaked with this song. This instantly brings me back to the early ’80s. Love it!

Surrender to Me” – Ann Wilson and Robin Zander [Tequila Sunrise, 1988] – Awesome combination of powerhouse Ann Wilson of Heart and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick. One of my favorite duets of the ’80s. I liked this song a million times more than the movie itself.

Heaven in Your Eyes” – Loverboy [Top Gun, 1986] – Berlin had the smash hit ballad from Top Gun with “Take My Breathe Away” – which I never understood. I love Berlin, but hate that boring song. I much prefer this ballad from Loverboy.

St. Elmo’s Fire Love Theme (For Just a Moment)” – David Foster [St. Elmo’s Fire, 1985] – The instrumental version of this song was the one that was played on the radio. But, I love the song with the lyrics. This was also the theme song for our Junior prom, so I have a soft spot for this.

If You Leave” – OMD [Pretty in Pink, 1986] – Great, classic ’80s sound.

Almost Paradise” – Mike Reno and Ann Wilson [Footloose, 1984] – The second song with Ann Wilson in a movie ballad duet. This was a great song off of a great soundtrack. Ann sounds awesome with Loverboy’s Mike Reno.

The Glory of Love” – Peter Cetera [The Karate Kid Part II, 1986] – Wow, Peter Cetera and Chicago could co-exist separately! I could not get enough of this song when it came out. I remember constantly listening to this song at the beach throughout the summer of ’86.


In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel [Say Anything, 1989] – The ultimate ’80s love song from an ultimate ’80s movie. You don’t need to know how to play guitar and sing in order to serenade a girl. Just pop this song in your boombox, blast it, hold the radio over your head, and hope for the best.

So what are some of your favorite love songs from ’80s movies?

Remember That Song: 2/4/13

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

You will be what you will be
You will reap everything you sow
Just don’t tell me that you love me
_______ _ ___ _____ _____

Last Song: “The Kid Is Hot Tonight” by Loverboy

Great job Kickin’ It Old School (@oldschool80s) !!

We heard he opened up a brand new door
Well you know that’s what I’m lookin for
Well have to wait and see if it makes you shout for more

Remember That Song: 1/30/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Daddy’s girl learned fast
All those things she couldn’t say

Last Song: “Calling On You” by Stryper

Great job Frida (@carrjam94)!!

You, You make my life complete
You give me all I need
You help me Through and Through,
I’m Calling On You

Remember That Song: 1/29/13

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

You, You make my life complete
You give me all I need
You help me _______ ___ _______,
___ _______ __ ____

Last Song: “Church of the Poison Mind” by Culture Club

Great job Leviathon (@80sunleashed)!!

Who would be the fool to take you
Be more than just kind
Step into a life of maybe
Love is hard to find