Hey Gang! We’re back with another Top 40 this week! This time, we go back to a time when MTV was coming into full swing, as cable television was coming into more and more homes. There were some acts that still did not catch on to the music video trend, and others full embraced it, and reaped the rewards. Now, let’s Return to August 27, 1983, and begin the countdown!
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40. “Saved By Zero” by The Fixx
This song was released just before The Fixx released their signature hit, “One Thing Leads to Another”. “Saved By Zero” was used in a 2008 Toyota campaign. OK, I just realized that when those commercials came out, I already had my current Toyota Corolla for 4 years – and I still have it to this day! Sure, you all have touch screens, and cameras in your car now. But, I bet you don’t have a cassette tape deck like I do!
39. “You’re Driving Me Out Of My Mind” by Little River Band
The Little River Band began changing musical direction here. Meh. It’s kind of like how Saturday Night Live has a great run, then goes into a transitional phase, which sucks, before they go on another great run.
“38. Lady Love Me (One More Time)” by George Benson
Oh man! You can’t go wrong with the smooth sound of George Benson! This really brings me back to the early 80s. This song is a classic.
37. “King of Pain” by The Police
Another classic! This song from their Synchronicity album, was the final original single released by the band.
36. “All Time High” by Rita Coolidge
This is from MY James Bond movie. Cable TV was new in our house, and we had HBO, where I watched Octopussy several times a week. I’m not sure if this is a good song or not, but I do love it because it brings me back to that time.
35. “Kiss The Bride” by Elton John
This is my favorite Elton John song of the ’80s, if not of all time. What a great rocker!
34. “Don’t You Get So Mad” by Jeffrey Osborne
I love early ’80s R&B! And it doesn’t hurt that this song is by Rhode Island’s own, Jeffrey Osbourne. He is an awesome guy who does a lot of great charity work. So, he can be forgiven for letting The Bachelor use his signature song, “On the Wings of Love” in 2010.
33. “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sérgio Mendes (with Joe Pizzulo & Leza Miller)
Classic early ’80s ballad that is awesome! I still listen to this.
32. “True” by Spandau Ballet
Classic early ’80s ballad that irritates me! I couldn’t stand this song when it was first released. I do like it now, as it does make me feel nostalgic about a better time.
31. “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant
This is one of those songs that come to mind when you mention ’80s music. I loved this when it came out. Then got sick of it, after the constant radio and MTV airplay – even after he released the better “Romancing the Stone” single. But, I like it again now, and limit how many times I listen to it.
That wraps up today’s list of songs. What do you think? Do you have any favorites, or any “I forgot about that one!” moments. This is going to be great week, so come back tomorrow to check out the next 10 songs!Follow @returntothe80s