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Top 40 Songs This Week – May 28, 1983: Songs 20-11

Welcome back as we continue the countdown! If you missed the previous articles, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. I think this has been a great countdown this week already. But, today’s list features quite a few of my favorite bands of all time! These songs may be familiar to most of us, but it is really nice to go back to the time when these hits were new to us. So, let’s Return to the week ending May 28, 1983, and continue the countdown.

20. “She’s a Beauty” by The Tubes

What better way to start the day than some classic ’80s! This was the biggest hit for The Tubes, topping out at #10. The disturbing music video was directed by Kenny Ortega. Ortega was the choreographer on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing, as well as directing Michael Jackson’s This is It.

19. “I Won’t Hold You Back” by Toto

Here is an awesome ballad by an awesome band! This song came off the album Toto IV, which also provided us with “Rosanna” and “Africa“. [I’m pausing the countdown right now as I listen to “Africa”. If this countdown is late, you’ll know why. Oooh, shiny object!]

18. “Der Kommissar” by After the Fire

Yet another classic ’80s tune! This countdown is a great time capsule for ’80s music. This song was originally performed by Falco. Falco’s version is in German, so it wasn’t a big a hit in the U.S. as it was in Europe. However, a year later, After the Fire recorded this song in English, and made it a smash hit, topping out at #5 on the charts.

17. “Family Man” by Hall & Oates

I think we would be hard-pressed to find a countdown in the early-to-mid ’80s that didn’t have at least one Hall & Oates tune. This song was written, and originally performed by Mike Oldenfield, featuring Maggie Reilly on main vocals. A year later, Hall & Oates took the song, and made it a huge hit, reaching up to #6 on the charts. I prefer the Hall & Oates version, but the original is also really good.

16. “Photograph” by Def Leppard

One of my all-time favorite bands of all-time! Incredible song off of an incredible album. Def Leppard is still going strong today, as they just released a new, self-titled, album. If you are interested in Def Leppard at all, you really need to check out that album. It’s probably their best since Hysteria, in my humble opinion.

15. “Jeopardy” by The Greg Kihn Band

This was a very cool ’80s song…until Weird Al ruined it for me. Now, whenever I hear this song, I can’t get Weird Al’s “I Lost On Jeopardy” out of my head, complete with Don Pardo telling Weird Al that he doesn’t win a year supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat, he doesn’t get to come back tomorrow, he doesn’t even get a lousy copy of the home game. He’s a complete loser!

14. “Don’t Let It End” by Styx

Another one of my favorite bands, and their second entry on the countdown this week. This is a very nice Dennis DeYoung ballad from Styx’s Kilroy Was Here album. I knew that this was a great hit, but I didn’t know that it charted as high as #6.

13. “Faithfully” by Journey

Yet another one of my favorite bands! Queen and Journey are my #1 and #2 bands. This song is one of Journey’s most recognizable hits. It is such a great ballad. Between Steve Perry’s incredible vocals, Jonathan Cain’s awesome keyboard riff, and Neal Schon’s classic guitar solo, this is perfection. When I saw Journey in concert in 1999 for their comeback with Steve Auggeri, they closed out the concert with this song. I had never been to a rock concert that closed out with a ballad. It was very classy.

12. “Always Something There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes

And we have yet another classic ’80s song that is also a cover. This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the ’60s. It reached up to #49 on the charts in 1964 by Lou Johnson. And just as Naked Eyes has that classic ’80s sound, Lou Johnson has that classic ’60s soft rock sound. The Naked Eyes version was a big hit in the U.S., topping out at #8.

11. “Affair of the Heart” by Rick Springfield

We’ll wrap up today with some Rick Springfield! And it’s not “Jessie’s Girl”! This is an outstanding rock song. It was actually nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1984. But, just like anybody else who released any songs between 1982 and 1984, he lost to Michael Jackson.


Well, that’s it for today. We’ll close out this awesome countdown on Friday. Again, feel free to leave a comment about your thoughts of any of the music we’ve covered so far.

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Remember That Song: 10/16/15

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

I am counting on you
You know what you’ve got to do
_____ ___ ____ _____ every moment
Every minute every day


Last Song: “Love is Alright Tonite” by Rick Springfield from Working Class Dog (1981)

Tonight I’m crawling out from in it
And though we’re livin’ on the brink
Second by second by minute by minute

Album version:

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Top 40 Songs This Week – June 18, 1983: Songs 10-1

Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top 40 Countdown. There have been some flat-out classics so far this week, and today is no different. You can go back and check out songs 40-31 30-21, and 20-11. Well, I think this has been one of the better Top 40 weeks, so let’s Return to the week ending June 18, 1983, and finish the countdown.

10. “Family Man” by Hall & Oates

Well, here’s a blast from the past. Hall & Oates were a staple of the ’80s music scene. But, this song is often overlooked. This song is actually a cover, originally done by Mike Oldfield (with Maggie Reilly on vocals) in 1982. Hall & Oates made it their own, and made it a big hit, topping out at #6 on the charts.

9. “Affair of the Heart” by Rick Springfield

Just like Hall & Oates, Rick Springfield had a great hot streak in the early-to-mid ’80s. This song, Springfield’s first single from his Living in Oz album, would be his fourth top 10 hit, peaking right here at #9. It was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1984, but lost to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”.

8. “There’s Always Something There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes

This synthpop song just screams ’80s! But, did you know that this was a cover? It was originally written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the ’60s. The original recorded version was released by Lou Johnson in 1964. Sandie Shaw also released a version of this song that same year, and it was a #1 hit in the U.K., Canada, and South Africa.
The 1964 versions and this ’80s version were each a product of their time. I like all the versions, but of course, I prefer Naked Eyes.

7. “Don’t Let It End” by Styx

This is a nice ballad by one of my favorite bands – Styx. This song is from their divisive album, Kilroy Was Here. This was the beginning of the end of the original run of Styx, but you wouldn’t know it here.

6. “My Love” by Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie immediately proved that he could have a successful career post-Commodores, with his incredible self-titled debut album. This ballad was the third single released from that album, and was his third top 10 hit in a row. Kenny Rogers, who often collaborated with Richie, provided the backing vocals on this song.

5. “Overkill” by Men At Work

Men At Work is just pure ’80s. They were on a hot streak at this time. The combination of Colin Hay’s voice and Greg Ham on sax, gave Men At Work a very unique sound. Everyone knows “Down Under“, but this is one of their better songs as well.

4. “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant

Electric Avenue Single Cover Speaking of unique sounding, this song was a worldwide smash hit. The song’s title refers to Electric Avenue, a market street in the Brixton area of London. You could not escape this song when it was first released, but man was it fun!

3. “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie

All week we have been hearing from artists who had been around for a while, but were introduced to me with the ’80s tunes in the countdown this week. This is another one. I remember first hearing this song on the radio while eating breakfast before school. This song was from the album of the same name, and was part of many of David Bowie’s reinventions. This is a great song from a great album.

2. “Time (Clock Of the Heart)” by Culture Club

Culture Club followed their world-wide smash hit debut, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, with this song. I like this one better. Culture Club was one of those bands that I didn’t care much for back then, but enjoy much more now.

Before we uncover this week’s #1 song, lets see what was topping some of the other charts this week:

The number one country song this week was – “You Can’t Run From Love” by the gone too soon Eddie Rabbitt

Topping the R&B charts was “Juicy Fruit” by Mtume. I never heard of the song or the band.

Sitting on top of the rock charts was this week’s #14 song, “Every Breath You Take” by The Police

The number one adult contemporary song was our #13 song this week – “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sergio Mendes

For the 17th, and final consecutive week, the #1 album was the legendary Thriller by Micahel Jackson

The #1 dance song brings us to our Hot 100 number one song this week:

1. “Flashdance…What a Feeling” by Irene Cara

What a Feeling! and what a way to end the countdown! A few years earlier, Irene Cara hit it big with the theme song for Fame. Somehow, she outdid herself with this classic from the movie, Flashdance. This song won all kinds of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Song, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. This is a well deserved #1 hit.


Well, that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. This has got to be one of the best countdowns we’ve covered so far. 1983 was such an incredible and pivotal year of music. Do you agree? We’ll be back with another countdown in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

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Remember That Song: 11/14/14

Hair’s to Friday!!!

Can you name the artist and song:

There’s no better time than now
You’ve got the right to choose
You can’t lose
You’re ____


Last Song: “Don’t Talk to Strangers” by Rick Springfield from Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet (1982)

Why don’t you tell me
Someone is loving you
Cause you’re my girl
Some say it’s no longer true

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Remember That Song – 11/12/13

Can you name the artist and song:

People shufflin’ their feet
People sleepin’ in their shoes
But there’s a warnin’ sign
on the road ahead


Last Song: “Love Somebody” by Rick Springfield

You’re such a tough little sister
Just looking for Mr. Right
On the wrong side of town

Great job Cooly and Robert (@mishouenglish)

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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

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Cool TV and my Fun Facebook Friday Night

This past Friday, I discovered a channel on my cable system that I never knew I had. I noticed it through the guide on the television, and there was a show called Flashback Friday (or something like that). Then I noticed that coming on at 8:00 was a show called 80s on Eight. Of course I set the DVR to record the show. Could it actually be a show that has ’80s music videos? Sure enough it was!! I got so excited, that I went on Facebook, and posted each video that came on with a brief description.
I had so much fun, that I thought I would share it all here as well.

If you are on Facebook, go ahead and Like Return to the 80s. In addition to linking the articles from this blog, I also share other pages, songs, and pictures that I come across.

For now, you don’t have to be on Facebook to share the Fun Friday I had. Hmm, I had fun Friday watching videos. Boy, I must be getting old!

So, below is what I posted along with each video. Enjoy!

One More Try – George Michael

OK, I just found a television channel that I never knew I had – Cool TV. Does anybody else have it? There is a show on now called 80s on 8 (not to be confused with the Sirius/XM channel). It looks like they show music videos from the ’80s! I am DVRing it now, and just started watching it. I’ll share the videos that are coming on. First up:

What Kind of Fool Am I – Rick Springfield

I’m liking this! As much as I love “Jessie’s Girl”, it’s refreshing to see a different Springfield video:

When You Love a Woman – Journey

Ummm..I thought the show was called 80s at Eight. Hold on, let me check…Yeah, that’s what it’s called. Eh, I’m definitely not going to complain! It is Journey after all. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen this video before. I must have stopped watching MTV by the time this came out:

Close My Eyes Forever – Lita Ford and Ozzy

Oh Yeah!!

Queen of the Broken Hearts – Loverboy

Woo Hoo! Here’s another one! Instead of “Working for the Weekend”, we get something a little different:

Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz

There are commercials after a few songs. They should throw in some ’80s commercials. Next up…

King for a Day – XTC

I would never have thought to include this on a playlist. Something different for me.

Head Over Heels – Tears For Fears

OMG, I just heard this song on the radio, and was thinking of using it for a “Remember That Song?” post:

Is There Something I Should Know – Duran Duran

I think there may be 1 or 2 of you out there who may like this one. Any
Stuck in the ’80s fans out there? Sing it with me: PPTMN!!

And We Danced – The Hooters

LOVE. IT. I’ll be rewinding this and watch it again!

Breakfast In Bed – UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

Awww!! Last song! I don’t think I ever heard this song in my life. I really like it! Better than “Red, Red Wine”. Happy Birthday again Chrissie Hynde!!

I hope you all enjoyed my lunacy this evening. I don’t go off the deep end too often. And I hope I didn’t annoy too many people by filling up their newsfeed. But, I had fun!

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Remember That Song: 8/24/12

Can you name the artist and song:

Come on, I’m talking to you, come on


Last Song: “Love Somebody” by Rick Springfield who turned 63 yesterday.

Great job Kim (@GarritKrus) and Kids Inc Daily (@kidsincdaily):

You’re a tough little sister
But you’ll settle for a mister tonight
But you’re running out of time

And thanks to @kidsincdaily for pointing out this version:

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Remember That Song? – 8/24/11

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

And let me make a brand new start
Let me get over you
The way _____ ______ ____ __, ____


Yesterday’s: “Human Touch” by Rick Springfield who celebrated his 62nd birthday yesterday:

But Sally has a hard time holding back
The alley to her heart is a beaten track
She’s got the love monkey riding on her back

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This Week’s News – Week Ending 5/20/11 – Arnold/Ralph Macchio/Rick Springfield/Star Tours/Charlie Sheen/1982 Tylenol Scare/R.I.P. Macho Man

Here is a list of news stories, this week, that relate to ’80s figures or stories:

Arnold Has a Love Child With Housekeeper

  “I lift things up and put them in.” Or something like that.

Ralph Macchio “kicked” off of Dancing With the Stars

Kirstie Alley did what Cobra Kai could not. she defeated The Karate Kid!

Star Tours 2 Opens

Star Tours 2 officially opens today along with this years Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It sounds incredible. I look forward to going on the ride when I head down there.

Rick Springfield arrest statements released

When Rick Springfield was arrested for DUI earlier this month, he apparently threatened the deputy and the deputy’s family.

Charlie Sheen replaced by Ashton Kutcher

It’s official. That crappy (even though Ducky’s in it) show is staying on the air. I think it would have been funny if they hired Ted McGinley instead.

Jeff Conaway in a coma

Sadly, it is not shocking news that the Grease and Taxi star is in a coma after an overdose and possible suicide attempt

Unabomber a suspect in 1982 Tylenol poisoning

Remember that big scare in 1982 with the Tylenol being laced with cyanide? Well, the Unabomber is a suspect. But, he’s such a upright citizen!

And this just came in while I was typing this article!

“Macho Man” Randy Savage died in a car accident this morning at the age of 58

He was one of my favorite wrestlers of the ’80s. I will write a tribute to him for next week.