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Remember That Song – 5/1/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Every memory repeats
Every step I take retreats
Every journey always brings me back to you


Last Song: “The Other Woman” by Ray Parker Jr. from the album The Other Woman (1982)

Great job Miss Poppy Kox (@blondasabat) and Cassandra (@GreekAyala)!!!

I’m just the average guy
I fooled around a little on the side
Never thought it would amount to much
Never met a girl whose love was so tough

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

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.

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Remember That Song – 5/7/18

Can you name the artist and song:

C’mon girls, let’s go show the guys that we know
How to become number one in a hot party show


Last Song: “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr. from the Ghostbusters Soundtrack (1984)

When it comes through your door
Unless you just want some more

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: January 19, 1985 – Songs 20-11

Hey Everybody! Welcome 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. We had an amazing list of songs yesterday. Will it be just as good today? Let’s Return to the week ending January 19, 1985, and continue the countdown to find out.


20. “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters

I love the Pointer Sisters! If this song doesn’t get you pumped and moving, you have no soul.

19. “Valotte” by Julian Lennon

It’s kind of chilling how much Julian sounds like his father, vocally.

18. “Do What You Do” by Jermaine Jackson

A downside of being Michael’s brother is that songs like this get overlooked.

17. “Jamie” by Ray Parker, Jr.

A downside of having a hit called “Ghostbusters” is that songs like this get overlooked.

16. “Loverboy” by Billy Ocean

This was a huge hit for Billy Ocean. It peaked at #2, and was kept out of the top spot by “Careless Whisper”.

15. “Cool It Now” by New Edition

A boy band that I can tolerate!

14. “I Would Die 4 U” by Prince & The Revolution

And the hits keep on coming from the Purple Rain soundtrack. Further proof that this was one of the most iconic albums of the ’80s.

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

Or does Billboard not know that it isn’t Christmas anymore? Or that it is 340 days til Christmas at this point in 1985? It doesn’t matter. I still love this song anyway.

12. “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley

Billboard really had their seasons screwed up! It’s not Christmas anymore (see last song), and this deep freeze we’re in now tells me that we are nowhere near summer either! Wishful thinking, I guess.

11. “Sea of Love” by The Honeydrippers

Meh. I prefer Plant teamed with Paige.

 

 

 


That concludes today’s list of songs. We are almost at the top of the charts. I think this is one of my favorite countdowns so far. Come back tomorrow as we wrap up the countdown.

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Remember That Song – 5/2/14

Hair’s to Friday!!

Can you name the artist and song:

When there’s lightning,
You know it always brings me down
‘Cause it’s free and I see that it’s me
Who’s lost and never found


Last Song: “The Other Woman” by Ray Parker Jr. from the album The Other Woman (1982)

My life was fine, yes, it was
(Life was fine)
‘Til she blew my mind

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Remember That Song – 5/2/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Don’t want to face life
Feel I’ve been betrayed
I want you to tell me
Where our love went astray


Last Song: “The Other Woman” by Ray Parker Jr. who turned 59 yesterday.

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

I’m just the average guy
I fooled around a little on the side
Never thought it would amount to much

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Daily Trivia – 3/29/11

Question: What McDonald’s product bore the slogan, “The hot stays hot and the cool stays cool.”?


 

Last Question: What artist had a #1 hit with the theme from the movie Ghostbusters?
 

Answer: Ray Parker Jr.

Ray Parker, Jr.’s smash hit “Ghostbusters”, from the film of the same name, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11 in 1984, and stayed there for three weeks. It also peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart on 16 September 1984, where it stayed for three weeks. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, but lost to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You”.

Producers of the Ghostbusters movie had first approached Huey Lewis & the News to develop the theme song for the movie. The band decided not to, so Ray Parker Jr. was selected.

According to The Mad Music Archive, later in 1984, Huey Lewis & the News sued Parker, citing the similarities between the Ghostbusters theme song and their earlier hit, “I Want a New Drug”. According to Huey Lewis and the News, this was especially damaging to them since the Ghostbusters theme song was so popular, rising to #1 on the charts for three weeks. Parker and Lewis later settled out of court. Huey Lewis has stated that his experiences with the producers of Ghostbusters may have been indirectly responsible for getting his band involved with the movie Back to the Future.

On his 2001 Behind the Music special, Huey Lewis stated: “The offensive part was not so much that Ray Parker Jr. had ripped this song off, it was kind of symbolic of an industry that wants something — they wanted our wave and they wanted to buy it. [I]t’s not for sale. …In the end, I suppose they were right. I suppose it was for sale, because basically, they bought it.”

As a result of this statement, Ray Parker Jr. has filed a suit against Huey Lewis, claiming he violated the lawsuit’s confidentiality agreement and seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney fees. The lawsuit is ongoing.

I had never heard about the lawsuits, and I never had noticed the similarities before. I liked both songs anyway.

Here is the “Ghostbusters” music video:

And here is “I Want a New Drug” just in case you want to compare: