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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 5, 1986: Songs 10-1

Well we have arrived at our Top 10 of the week. If you missed the previous songs, check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. This has been a fun week so far. So, let’s get this going, and Return to the week ending April 5, 1986, and wrap up this week’s countdown! And as usual, if you’d like to listen to the song on YouTube, click on the song title. And if you want to listen or buy this song on Amazon, you can click on the album cover.


10. “Nikita” by Elton John

Ah, the good ole days of the Cold War. Too bad those days are over, right? Right? Well, maybe we’ll get a Nikita ’18 update version this year.
One cool thing about this song that I didn’t know, is that George Michael and Nik Kershaw are on the backing vocals.

 

9. “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer

This is one of the most iconic music videos ever. The five models in the video are Julie Pankhurst (keyboard), Patty Kelly (guitar), Mak Gilchrist (bass guitar), Julia Bolino (guitar), and Kathy Davies (drums). Andy Taylor of Duran Duran (and a bandmate of Palmer’s from The Power Station) provides lead guitar.

 

8. “Let’s Go All the Way” by Sly Fox

This very cool song was the only Top 40 hit for Sly Fox, making them a one-hit wonder.

7. “Manic Monday” by The Bangles

This worldwide smash hit was The Bangles’ first hit single. It was originally intended for the group Apollonia 6 in 1984. And yes, that means it was written by Prince.

 

6. “What You Need” by INXS

This was the first Top 10 hit for INXS in the U.S. At the Countdown Music and Video Awards for 1985, in Australia, this won for Best Video.

 

 

5. “These Dreams” by Heart

This was the first Heart single on which Nancy Wilson performed lead vocals instead of Ann. It would also be Heart’s first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

4. “Secret Lovers” by Atlantic Starr

This was was Atlantic Starr’s true breakthrough hit on the pop charts in both the US and UK.

 

 

3. “Kiss” by Prince & The Revolution

I still remember listening to the radio while playing a computer game, when the DJ said that they were going to play the new Prince song, “Kiss”, for the first time. It was exciting for me to be able to catch the debut of a song on the radio. I’ve been a fan of this song ever since.

2. “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” by John Cougar Mellencamp

This is a fun rocker by Mellencamp, who had quite a good run of hit songs throughout the ’80s.

1. “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco

And we have arrived at the #1 song of the week! Of course, it’s a song that will be stuck in your head the rest of the day. While Falco was wildly popular in Germany, his native Austria, and much of Europe, this was his only #1 hit in both the U.S. and U.K. With “Rock Me Amadeus”, Falco became the first German-speaking artist to be credited with a number-one single in all mainstream US pop singles charts: the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 Singles. Prior to Falco, “99 Luftballons” by Nena got to number one on Cashbox, but peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.


Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. What were some of your favorite songs this week? And get your passports ready! The next time, we will go back to the U.K. to do a Top 40 there! Until then, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

One Hit Wonders: Sly Fox

Hi Everybody! Robert is back this week with some one-hit wonders of the ’80s. Every decade has had their share of one-hit wonders. I may be a little partial, but I think the ’80s had the best of the best! This week we will feature one song a day. Take it away, Robert!


What draws us to songs by bands who appear, have a great song, and then disappear? Encarta Dictionary defines One Hit Wonder as, “A musical performer, group, or composer who produces one hit song and then has no further success.” This phenomena of the One Hit Wonder is firmly entrenched in ‘80s music lore. The decade is riddled with songs that reached peak positions on all sorts of charts and received hours and hours of radio airplay. Some of those songs still surface on a variety of stations – AND WE LOVE THEM! I have no good explanation for what draws us to these songs, but we are drawn – and we sing (and sometimes dance) to them at the top of our lungs, enjoying every note as we are transported back to the heyday of our youth.

A few days ago one of these songs came on the iRadio ‘80s channel while I was doing some school work. Predictably, I stopped the work and sang at an extremely high volume. This sparked my desire to revisit more of these One Hit Wonders. I love these songs because they allow me to break my routine and experiment with genres I usually do give much time to. They allow me to step out of my box and enjoy something a bit different and even a guilty pleasure or two. I have made my list and narrowed it down to twenty (or twenty-five, still a few on the bubble) songs that perfectly represent this much beloved category. Over the next few weeks, I give you some of the best One Hit Wonders of the ‘80s.


“Let’s Go All the Way” by Slyfox

This is the song that was playing on iHeart radio that day and it has served as my Muse for this series of articles. Slyfox is a duo made up of Gary “Mudbone” Cooper and Michael Camacho who released this song in 1986. This song reached #7 on the AT40 and received plenty of airplay at my and my best friends’ house. All of us instantly put this song on any mixtape that we were making for anybody. While there is no official record keeping in existence, I am pretty sure you hold the world record for number of times “Let’s Go All the Way” was played. This song’s beat is infectious! It is impossible to get it out of your head even after just one listen (you’re welcome). The lyrics depict a modern world full of confusion and struggles; a world where just getting by is an ify proposition. The third verse even gets a little bitter and cynical: “Living in New York looks like and apple core / Asphalt jungle, got to be a man of war / California dreamers sinking in the sand / The Hollywood Squares are living in Disneyland.” The video has an antiwar slant to it, but the overall message is a bit muddled. I have listened to the entire Slyfox album and this is the only song of note. This is easily my favorite One Hit Wonder because it is catchy as all get out and it is the duo’s only real hit song – a perfect fit for the definition.

Remember That Song: 9/9/15

Can you name the artist and song:

My friends
Know what’s in store
I won’t be here
Anymore


Last Song: “Let’s Go All the Way” by Sly Fox from the album Let’s Go All the Way (1985)

Great job Andy (@andytorah) and Robert (@mishouenglish)!!!

Sitting with the thinker
Trying to work it out
It’s a traffic jam of the brain
Makes you want to scream and shout

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1986 – Sly Fox

“Let’s Go All the Way” by Sly Fox

Sly Fox was a short-lived duo, consisting of Gary “Mudbone” Cooper, an African American funk session musician and former vocalist with Parliament-Funkadelic, and Michael Camacho, a Puerto Rican-accented vocalist. They only released one album – Let’s Go All the Way. The title track from the album turned out to be a smash hit in the U.S., peaking at #7 on April 12, 1986.

Their follow-up singles, “Stay True” and “Don’t Play With Fire” did not sell very well. Since the dissolution of the band, Cooper has remained involved in the music industry. His most recent album, Fresh Mud, was a collaboration with Dave Stewart that combined blues and rap. Meanwhile, Camacho has concentrated on jazz singing, and he released his solo album Just For You.

Their one hit has been a lasting impact, as it is played on retro flashback programs and 1980s nights at dance clubs.

Now “Let’s Go All the Way” back to 1986, and listen to some Sly Fox: